From the seemingly endless iterations of runners to clean court shoes, the athletic influence on sartorialism and runway style is tough to ignore. If you walk out on the streets of NYC on any given day you are bound to find women in expensive dresses paired with $80 trainers and men in custom 3-piece suits complemented with simple leather tennis shoes.
This shift from hard-soled dress to thick rubber and synthetic constructions may, to the untrained eye, be perceived as a conscious function over fashion move. In reality we were witness to an evolution in style that maintained a balance of contrast and complement when everyday, workout footwear meets more "elegant" apparel and outerwear.
Athletic giants like Nike and Adidas have found even more success and status as young models replace soccer players in their campaigns and the audience widened even more. The issue with this? A complete flooding and oversaturation of the market with a prevailing lack of individuality not only from store to store but consumer to consumer.
Imagine the proverbial bandwagon that was too heavy to begin with collapsing under even more pressure and, like we all know, every so often out of a dying trend is born something even more refined and important than it's predecessor. In this case, I am referring to the luxury leather sneaker. The reworking of a sneaker through expensive componentry and materials rails against the limited edition monthly-Jordan-release sneakerhead mentality as well as the hypebeast crowd that hops from trend to trend.
In fact, our Dutch designed and hand crafted label Blackstone Footwear has made a point of carving out their own space at the forefront of this movement by offering soft Italian & Argentinian leathers with zippers and cupsoles to give a perfectly engineered fit in addition to a wearable yet superior look.
Your dressy days are numbered as we usher in a new era of Euro leather sneakers that will continue to play an integral role season after season and remain relevant before, after, and during the firestorm.
Contact us to see how you can represent Blackstone in your retail location and offer exclusivity with enhanced profit margins.
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