Salvatore Ferragamo’s low-impact trainers take inspiration from vintage running shoes

The latest from the historic Florentine house is a new series of colorful sneakers, combining vintage inspirations, high-tech materials and sustainable construction.

For nearly a century, the Florentine house of Salvatore Ferragamo has offered an ever-evolving range of luxurious footwear to its international followers – from the spectacular (a 1938 gold sandal with a dizzying rainbow wedge heel for Hollywood royalty Judy Garland) on a daily basis (their leather moccasin, with the signature Gancini buckle, which remains one of the house’s most enduring models).

The latest arrivals, revealed this week, hope to take a similar place in Ferragamo’s canon: a sleek new series of sneakers, which combine the house’s extraordinary dedication to craftsmanship with the comfort and ease of traditional running shoes. . Designed to be worn by all genders, they draw inspiration from vintage designs from the 1960s and 1970s, though reimagined in a contemporary style, using high-tech fabrications and a bold, vivid use of color (in another a nod to the past, a rainbow-hued sole nods to the aforementioned house classic worn by Garland). Another is decorated with the Gancini emblem designed in the 1950s, a motif taken from the looped wrought iron hooks originally made for tying horses on the historic Palazzo Ferragamo in Florence, where the house is based.

But the varied models offer more than just aesthetic design; instead, they also arrive with some serious enduring credentials – or, in the house’s words, “responsible essence”. Made from a ‘responsible, high-tech blend of materials’, each pair is made from an Econyl upper (Ecoynl is 100% reclaimed from fishing nets and nylon waste), suede overlays from manufacturing offcuts and leather that uses a chrome-free material. tanning process. Elsewhere, yarns are made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester, while felt details are also made from recycled polyester fibers.

A feeling of lightness and comfort – tenets defining all of Ferragamo’s nearly century-long production – complements the various sneakers, each style finished with a custom tread from heel to toe. §