Filed under: Shoes
You don't usually see sneakers on sale at Moss, the design heavy boutique but the Nike Sportswear 1 World is a pretty fascinating shoe. The new version of the popular Air Force 1 was created through a program in which Nike invited 18 innovators to re-imagine the shoe. Maharam, the 107-year-old American textile house created a shoe constructed of Layers, a textile created by the Maharam Design Studio in collaboration with Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. Layers is made of 100% wool felt fashioned with artisanal hand-cutting and embroidery. The result is a limited edition sneaker that radiates subtle cool. The shoe sells for $250.
Nike's latest iteration of the Mercurial soccer shoe, the Vapor SL, is a real feat of engineering, and I like the color combo, too. The SL in the name stands for "Super Lite" -- the black shoe and its hot pink swoosh only weigh 190 grams.
Some ingredient called "Tepex" is all about maximum strength with minimal weight. I researched Tepex a little bit, and without an engineering degree, reached the conclusion that if it's good enough for the aerospace industry, it's probably good enough to wear on your feet.
Crafted almost entirely from carbon fiber, the sneaker retails for $400. Because a pair of these are so hard to come by -- Nike only made 2,508 pairs -- they're only truly available on eBay, starting at around $1,000.
Filed under: Shoes
To celebrate the 2008 Beijing Olympics, jeweler Roberto Coin has created a few unique pieces including a $31,000 golden sneaker. The sneaker is made of 24 karat gold varnished nappa leather which is then coated with a PVC lacquered film. It is finished off with an 18K yellow gold clasp and Coin's signature small ruby.
Coin has also created a gold boxing glove pendant for $620, an 18K white gold panda with diamonds and black sapphires for $1,580 and a diamond pave peace necklace for $520.