Tricked Out Trainers

Just as casual footwear brands have been trying their hands at smarter styles of late (think Bape and Nike), some of the industry's most established shoemakers have also ventured into unknown territory - and the results have been questionable at best. Are Trickers the first to figure out where the others have been going wrong?

Despite a blossoming trade in more traditional styles, the UK isn't known for trainer manufacture. The only UK-based trainer brand that comes to mind is Pointer, who train their staff at John Lobb.

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While most shoe companies take the 'if at first you don't succeed, fail again repeatedly' approach to casual footwear, Trickers have branched out, teaming with longstanding collaborator Junya Watanabe on a black boot. Wisely avoiding the brogue detail on the toe, it's the best attempt at a trainer by a shoe company we've seen. And, given the atrocities we've witnessed, that's high praise indeed.

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