September 8, 2008
I’ve recently become enamored with the “athleisure” footwear company Clae. This romance started when I realized that I haven’t really branched out of specific brands (Nike) and styles (retro basketball, running shoes). I would describe Claes as skateshoes with an influence of Clarks design. Almost all Clae styles feature high grain leather, in a range of colors, and are finished with a midsole reminscent of old school Vans.
If you have the time, I suggest checking out their site at clae.com. Clae’s history is filled with inspiration from other footwear companies, mainly due to it’s founder Sung Choi. Prior to starting Clae in 2001, Sung Choi worked at DC Shoes and Lakai footwear. Supposedly, they even took a three year hiatus to work on revamping the styles and quality of shoes. I’ve heard these sneakers can be found at Reedspace in NYC, so I’ll be stopping by soon.
I’ve attached my personal favorites:
Black Romare Highs