Cool Sneakers From Around the World

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World

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    You’ll spot Nikes everywhere from Boston to Bali, but we love sneakers with a local stamp.

    From October 2013 By

    Wearing a pair of Lottos won’t improve your jackpot odds, but it will bring you one step closer to living la dolce vita.

    The Italian sneaker is just one of the quintessential brands you’ll find while treading the globe. From their origins as a 19th-century rubber-soled innovation, sneakers have spread far and wide, gaining a firm foothold across age groups and social strata. They’re an ID badge for urban tribes, points of pride for fashionistas, and the go-to footwear for working stiffs and leisure types.

    Wherever you go, people have a soft spot for this soft shoe, and the variety can still surprise. We found sneakers named after islands of the Pacific, bumblebees, merchant marine ship captains, and even an “athletic cock.” Many have been around for decades, and none are lightweights. They have famously won French Opens and won over Paris Hiltons.

    Someone wise once advised to never scrimp on your shoes and your bed; if you are not in one, you are in the other. To this, we’d like to add: look down, as you tread the globe. With all the cool sneakers we spotted, do you really wanna be like Mike?

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World: On, Switzerland

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    On, Switzerland

    The distinctive sole mirrors the country’s famous peaks and valleys as well as its penchant for functional design (like the Helvetica font, for instance).

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Helly Hansen

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    Helly Hansen, Norway

    Is it odd that these all-terrain running shoes are named for a legendary sea captain? Not in a country with more than 15,000 miles of coastline, fjords included.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Feiyue

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    Feiyue, China

    To natives, feiyue means “flying forward”—an allusion perhaps to their high-speed rail network, the world’s largest.

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World: Tisza Cipo, Hungary

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    Tisza Cipo, Hungary

    From the land that spawned the Rubik’s Cube, this other Magyar marvel (originally a state-owned brand) is manufactured entirely not in China.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Hummel

    Photo: Victor Prado

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    Hummel, Denmark

    Lace up a pair of these on your walk to Skagen or your feet will be in a rotten state.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Mizuno

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    Mizuno, Japan

    When does a sneaker have a logo derived from three planetary orbits? When it comes from the Land of the Rising Sun.

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World: Le Coq Sportif, France

    Photo: Le Coq Sportif

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    Le Coq Sportif, France

    Work up your appetite for that poulet de Bresse roti with the help of this distant cousin, a decidedly dapper fowl.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Volley

    Photo: Victor Prado

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    Volley, Australia

    To get ready for your walkabout, put these trainers down under your feet.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Havaianas

    Photo: Victor Prado

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    Havaianas, Brazil

    The name refers to the birthplace of the hula, but these kicks actually hail from the capital of the samba.

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World: Patrick, Belgium

    Photo: Patrick

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    Patrick, Belgium

    Originally from France—notorious for its 246 different kinds of cheese—this sneaker brand now hails from a neighboring country with more than 450 varieties of beer.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Lotto

    Photo: Victor Prado

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    Lotto, Italy

    Your chances of winning the jackpot are slim, but wearing a pair of Lottos can bring you one step closer to living la dolce vita.

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  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World

    Wearing a pair of Lottos won’t improve your jackpot odds, but it will bring you one step closer to living la dolce vita.

    The Italian sneaker is just one of the quintessential brands you’ll find while treading the globe. From their origins as a 19th-century rubber-soled innovation, sneakers have spread far and wide, gaining a firm foothold across age groups and social strata. They’re an ID badge for urban tribes, points of pride for fashionistas, and the go-to footwear for working stiffs and leisure types.

    Wherever you go, people have a soft spot for this soft shoe, and the variety can still surprise. We found sneakers named after islands of the Pacific, bumblebees, merchant marine ship captains, and even an “athletic cock.” Many have been around for decades, and none are lightweights. They have famously won French Opens and won over Paris Hiltons.

    Someone wise once advised to never scrimp on your shoes and your bed; if you are not in one, you are in the other. To this, we’d like to add: look down, as you tread the globe. With all the cool sneakers we spotted, do you really wanna be like Mike?

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World: On, Switzerland

    On, Switzerland

    The distinctive sole mirrors the country’s famous peaks and valleys as well as its penchant for functional design (like the Helvetica font, for instance).

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Helly Hansen

    Helly Hansen, Norway

    Is it odd that these all-terrain running shoes are named for a legendary sea captain? Not in a country with more than 15,000 miles of coastline, fjords included.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Feiyue

    Feiyue, China

    To natives, feiyue means “flying forward”—an allusion perhaps to their high-speed rail network, the world’s largest.

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World: Tisza Cipo, Hungary

    Tisza Cipo, Hungary

    From the land that spawned the Rubik’s Cube, this other Magyar marvel (originally a state-owned brand) is manufactured entirely not in China.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Hummel

    Hummel, Denmark

    Lace up a pair of these on your walk to Skagen or your feet will be in a rotten state.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Mizuno

    Mizuno, Japan

    When does a sneaker have a logo derived from three planetary orbits? When it comes from the Land of the Rising Sun.

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World: Le Coq Sportif, France

    Le Coq Sportif, France

    Work up your appetite for that poulet de Bresse roti with the help of this distant cousin, a decidedly dapper fowl.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Volley

    Volley, Australia

    To get ready for your walkabout, put these trainers down under your feet.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Havaianas

    Havaianas, Brazil

    The name refers to the birthplace of the hula, but these kicks actually hail from the capital of the samba.

  • Cool Sneakers From Around the World: Patrick, Belgium

    Patrick, Belgium

    Originally from France—notorious for its 246 different kinds of cheese—this sneaker brand now hails from a neighboring country with more than 450 varieties of beer.

  • Cool Sneakers Around the World: Lotto

    Lotto, Italy

    Your chances of winning the jackpot are slim, but wearing a pair of Lottos can bring you one step closer to living la dolce vita.

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