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We’re quite partial to soccer shoes, but aside from the negative Samba, there hasn’t been a whole lot of innovation. It may be time to look to other hemispheres…

These Brazilian sneakers came onto our radar by way of Oi Polloi, stitched together from fair trade cotton and local rubber and dubbed Veja Taua. The shape might look familiar, but it’s lighter and simpler than anything you’d pick up at the usual sneaker shop. And if you opt for a suitably tropical color scheme, they might even guess where it came from.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom