From home to the office, the cubicle to apres-five, and then home again—we’d trade in our favorite four-inch pumps for a pair of comfy fashion sneakers any day. To the rescue: Two Canadian labels to watch have put their heads together to create a pair of high-tops that make your once-edgy New Balances look just, well—plain.
Amanda Lew Kee and design duo Sully Wong have debuted the SWALK01, a women’s premium hi-top sneaker that combines the high-tech, athletic style of Sully Wong’s Japanese-inspired accessories and Amanda Lew Kee’s fashion-forward aesthetic.
The SWALK01 ($225) women’s sneaker comes with all of the bells and whistles. It’s made from premium raw-cut leather, has a Japanese-leather-lined denim interior for comfy breathability, a removable leather footpad, and black waxed rope laces for a streamlined, black-on-black look. Only 120 pairs have been made.
“Together we are aiming to give the women’s market (in Canada) a sophisticated limited edition option, in the realm of casual athletic footwear, focusing on quality,” says Amanda Lew Kee.
This is the first foray into women’s sneakers for both fashion labels and it’s a beautiful start. “At Sully Wong, we are always eager to work with other creative visionaries and develop fashion-forward additions for the collection,” said George Sully of Sully Wong. “Amanda Lew Kee’s edgy design and high-street fashion perfectly complement the hand-crafted, clean silhouettes of Sully Wong, and we’re excited to enter the women’s shoe category.”
But how to incorporate this look into your own wardrobe if sneakers aren’t your thing yet? Lew Kee says it’s easier than you think. “Pare down your favorite dress or skirt with a pair of chunky socks or stockings for a cosy tomgirl look,” she says. “You can also wear the sneakers with an oversized coat, or with ripped boyfriend jeans for the weekend.” The result is a dressed-up-but-not-too-dressed-up look. Plus, your tired feet will thank you.
Go to SullyWong.com to purchase online or if you’re in Toronto, head over to the Distillery District GotStyle location, 21 Trinity Street, Toronto, 416-260-9696