These won’t equip you the aviation skills of Charles Lindbergh, but they sure can make you feel just as cool and invincible as the man in the sky. Comme des GarÃ§ons has partnered up with London’s heritage leather apparel company, Lewis Leathers, to bring the latter’s speciality in leather work into some artfully distressed sneakers. The high top version of these worn-in and tough looking sneakers were previously released as a high top at the opening of Dover Street Market on ZOZO. The low-top version has just hit retailers and offer a more casual solution for those who do enjoy the stylishly antiquated kicks.
This collaboration marks another success in Rei Kawakubo’s choice of working partners, and also attests to the adroit lady’s good taste. Lewis Leathers is almost like the British counterpart of Schott on the stateside, except a decade older and on a different continent, but doing great work with leather. Lewis Leathers was founded in 1892 in a tailoring and outfitters shop, and makes splendid autosports wear designed for flying and motoring for the British gentlemen. Later, the label continued to cloth some of the most renowned UK rockers, the Royal Air Force and style-conscious people.
The collaborative sneakers possess a willfully worn-in look, with hand-dyed leather, laces and soles. These may look like CONVERSE Chuck Taylor low-top sneakers from the front, with a rubber toe cap and similar silhouette, but flipping over to the heel, the sneaker features a buckled oval panel which gives the sneaker and additional aviator edge and rocker edge. The shoes come in two colorways, black and blue– with the blue version offering a little calming aquatic touch so they seem rather fitting for the summer as well (though, when is there ever a time when one can’t wear black sneakers)? These sneakers are individually dyed, so each pair is different from the next. They are available now at retailers such as colette and Dover Street Market, so if you are feeling them to up your cool points, check them out.