Sport trainer
(available in white, navy, cognac
and pewter), $275

New Kicks

New York shop Epaulet has developed a sterling reputation for its in-house line. While their chinos, sport shirts and Southwick-manufactured suits are worthy of praise, their footwear really takes the cake. Known for sourcing quality materials and knowledgeable factories, their Carmina loafers, brogues and monk straps hit the nail on the head for many menswear aficionados. Now, they're making their foray into the luxury sneaker realm. Reinterpreting the classic German Army Trainer, Epaulet ups the ante with premium calfskin uppers and suede mudguards, and sits it all on a natural Italian-made rubber gum sole. Our personal favorites are the navy and white/grey versions, but there's something to be said about the suppleness of the cognac shoe too. Each shoe is manufactured in Italy and comes with waxed laces, braided cotton laces and a travel bag. Considering similar offerings from designers like Maison Martin Margiela and brands like Common Projects easily run close to $500, the price point on these quality kicks makes them just about perfect for any sneakerhead who wants to up his game.

Styling Tip
These look great with a pair of slim stonewashed denim, an unstructured sport coat
and a broken-in marled T-shirt.

Published on

August 9, 2013

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