(Capsule) Review: Footwear
- 3 august 2009
The first thing that caught fellow PSFK writer Dave Pinter’s eye were the Spring Court Organic Shoes which debuted at (capsule). The shoes are actually based on the “orginal” Spring Court shoe- which is the first forefather of the modern tennis shoe. However, the new Spring Court’s have a more eco-conscious feel, with natural rubber soles, organic cotton uppers and even woven cotton eyelets replacing traditional the metal ones.
Another interesting development in shoes is a current collaboration between art periodical Arkitip , General Surplus and the Ace Hotel. Unlike many of the other shoe collections at Capsule, this collaboration is neither streetwear nor nuevo-gentleman, but rather can be described as elegant vacation chic. According to the press release:
“In creating a shoe for the Ace Hotel we sought to capture the essence of Palm Springs and the eclectic style of the hotel grounds. We developed a new mesh material that’s breathable for the desert heat, quick drying and non slip for the pool side servers.”
The shoes also comes with a lightweight mesh tote bag for transporting your new kicks from your house to poolside. However, if you want a pair of these limited edition gems you better act quick- there have only been 500 pairs produced , which will be sold at select retailers as well as at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs and the General Surplus and Arkitip websites.
However, one of the most eye-catching things at (capsule) was the Abington Collection by Timberland- which is a fresh take on the classic boat shoe, custom made to your preferences. To capture the true feeling of craftsmanship, a real life (and tight-lipped) cobbler extraordinaire was on hand showing visitors how each of these durable yet artisinal shoes are made.