Time to highlight a bunch of quality sneakers – both coming from traditional brands and sole sneakers brands. No news that there is a wide range of choices available nowadays, and not only the minimalistic Common Projects version but lots of different sneaker styles. Here’s some good choices.
Really cool wholecut sneakers by Septieme Largeur, who offers most of their models, including sneakers, as patina. Those are painted by the world champion of shoe patina, Philippe Yang, which is a clear perk.
A trainer in suede and textile from Myrqvist, available in several different colours. Here’s the moss green version, priced at €180.
Goral makes some really high quality sneakers in Sheffield, the UK, using leathers from fine tanneries like Horween and Charles F. Stead, Blake stitch upper to the lasting board for easier resoling of the sidewall stitched shoes, and so on. Here’s a sportier model made of reverse kudu suede.
The French-Italian brand JC Lutz do things differently, offering solely one model, but which you can personalise in loads of different ways. They constantly add new leathers, colours and details you can specify, so not least if you’re after something more particular they are well-worth a look.
Northampton brand Cheaney made a clever move to collaborate with Goral, mentioned above, for the production of their sneakers range. For made in the UK welted brands it’s good to continue to have also casuals made domestically.
At Skolyx, the company I work for, the sneakers range we’ve developed with real leather lasting boards, leather board heel stiffeners, vegetable tanned lining and chrome free calf leather uppers, and so on, has been a real hit. Offered at €140, the latest addition to the expanding range are these autumnal version of the regular sneaker in dark brown or black suede with matching soles.
A newly launched high-top sneaker in crocodile leather from the Swedish brand Martin Key. Made in Italy, and I’ve seen these myself and inspected them and they are not just fancy, but also well-made, with proper leather lasting boards and so on. Pricey, of course, about €2,000, also available in python leather and regular calf.
I usually end with a pair of bespoke sneakers, these ones are made by Carréducker in England. Hand stitched retro style semi high-tops in Horween Chromexcel.