FrontRunners: Sneaker Preview

Photo by Roderick Angle

Combining the classic style of an oxford with the rubber sole of an athletic shoe, the new Isaia sneakers (212.245.3733) will be available through select retailers in the United States beginning in late July. The shoes, priced from $425 per pair, come in a range of materials, including leather, suede, wool, and water-resistant cashmere. The footwear can also be customized with certain suit fabrics from the company’s made-to-measure program. Bespoke pairs take 45 to 60 days, because, as with Isaia’s clothing, they are handmade in Italy. Craftsmen use all-natural beeswax to match and dye the leathers and fabrics—a meticulous process that achieves a rich palette and texture seldom seen in a sneaker.

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