Cop a pair of luxurious, retro-inspired sneakers designed by Ales Grey founder “Sneaker Steve” Patiño, who was influenced by his love of athletic shoes when creating basketball-style trainers. His Battalion sneakers pay homage to the recreation center of the same name where Patiño played hoops growing up in Queens. Each sneaker is handcrafted in Europe with Italian leather and an Italian Margom sole color developed exclusively for Ales Grey. These limited-edition shoes also feature Swarovski crystals encrusted on its logo. Seeking to give back to underserved communities, Ales Grey contributes a portion of its sales to the Inner-City Arts organization in Los Angeles, supporting the arts and children in need, among other projects.
Founded by industry veterans Arnaud Delecolle of the NYC lifestyle label ALIFE and Dave Cory, former Director of Product for Converse, this recently launched sneaker line is committed to producing practical, fashionable styles in an ethical working environment. Each sneaker is carefully created with ease in mind, translating to design nuances like thick, vulcanized signature Obra foxing tape for durable soles and large finger loops to seamlessly slip in and out. Obra is also dedicated to working with charities that advocate for the arts and education for local inner-city youth, such as Red Hook Labs, and promoting diversity within the creative industry, as with scopeofwork.co.
Founded in 2013, this Stockholm-based label is now available at Barneys with its signature unisex sneaker, among other on-trend styles. Eytys’ most popular style, the Mother spurred the label’s buzz thanks to its classic, versatile silhouette. Aside from their clean aesthetic, these shoes are functional due to their thick, custom rubber soles featuring air holes for weight distribution and a cork footbed for maximum comfort.