Looking for a pair of classic sneakers with a bit of character that won’t fall apart? Rag & Bone may have the answer. The brand is launching Standard Issue sneakers for spring ’16, made with techniques that have been around for more than 50 years.
The men’s and women’s sneakers are done in both a high-top and low-top style using the direct-vulcanization process. Today, a lot of canvas sneakers are made by simply adhering rubber strips around the bottom edges of the shoe.
Direct vulcanization requires the use of a mold that fuses the rubber to the upper, making the bond between the rubber and the upper stronger.
So the sneakers won’t fall apart even if you wear them throughout the spring and summer.
The women’s low-top style is offered in three white styles, with either a silver, cobalt or red heel. There’s also all-black, granite and cobalt colorways. The high-top styles come in white and all-black.
The men’s low-top styles come in all-black, olive and black, white on white, and black on white. The olive and black, as well as the black on white, are offered in high-top versions as well.
The sneakers are available now at all Rag & Bone retail locations and its website, as well as major retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Intermix and Shopbop.
The high-top styles retail for $225 and the low-tops for $195.
Click through a gallery to get a closer look at the styles.