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The Stat Sheet: Epaulet Tennis Shoes

  • Kempt Staff


Epaulet has been on a real tear lately. What started as a well-appointed menswear shop on a sleepy Brooklyn block selling Aldens next to Japanese selvage has turned into a bona fide menswear label with an ever-growing line of oxfords, chinos, suits and even leather café racer jackets.

The latest: minimalist calfskin sneakers based on 1960s tennis shoes. And like everything they make in-house, the attention to detail is high.

Here’s what else you need to know:

The Story: Epaulet went to Italy for the leather—esteemed tannery Gruppo Mastrotto—and Portugal for the handmade process. They’re 360-degree stitched and lined in glove leather. All based on the sleek minimalism of 1960s tennis shoes.

Who to Channel: A ’60s-era grass-court pro in his Wimbledon whites; JFK taking the sailboat out for a weekend spin; James Dean reclining on a soundstage between takes.

When to Wear Them: Whenever the occasion also calls for jeans, or shorts, or playing a lawn game.

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