When it comes to manufacturing leather footwear the Italian’s really are the creme de la creme. Whether it be loafers, brogues, boots, monk-straps or just your basic trainer, the Azzurri really do know their Goodyear Welt from their Blake Stitch.
However, good shoes come at a good price, and these Achilles Low Trainers from Italian Footwear Forza, Common Projects are certainly for those with deep pockets.
A signature piece amongst their footwear range, the Achilles Low is a classic tennis shoe made from luxury Italian leather with a sewn in rubber sole, full nappa calf leather lining, and padded ankle support. There’ll be no blistered feet wearing these bad boys in!
The Achilles is undeniably a lovely shoe, but not something I could see myself purchasing. Why?
Well for one I just don’t look after my footwear well enough to warrant shelling out just shy of £300 a pair. I’d be far too scared to wear them for fear of blemishing that lushous leather. This leads me onto my next point, which is that I believe tennis shoes are there to be worn, look worn, and look all the better for it. This might sound a bit strange to some, but for me the Achilles is almost too perfect. It’s a trainer you might imagine Patrick Bateman wearing in American Psycho; clinical, handsome, beautifully put together … yet rather soulless.
But listen, what do I know. Form your own opinion over at Trunk Clothiers