- Australia + South Pacific
- Latin America
Cool Sneakers From Around the World
You’ll spot Nikes everywhere from Boston to Bali, but we love sneakers with a local stamp.
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?