22 Jul 2015
The running shoe has gone through many a transformation in the last few years, with fashion and performance combining for trendy street shoes, and heritage brands putting a stylish spin on traditional silhouettes. Walsh is one such brand, taking their British pedigree and athletic roots into the forefront of footwear design with high-end collaborations and masses of street appeal.
Walsh running shoes come from a long legacy of craftsmanship. Founded by Norman Walsh in 1961, footwear is somewhat of a family affair – Mr Walsh senior was a cobbler and Joe and Jeff Foster, grandsons of Norman went on to found iconic footwear brand Reebok. Before creating his own company, Norman Walsh had already been making footwear since 1945, and went on to supply many 1948 Olympics athletes, so was nothing of a novice when his own business got off the ground.
Nowadays, Walsh has kept up the pace by refashioning their classic performance pieces into slick sports-inspired shoes with a casual seventies soulfulness. Their Lostock and Ensign styles are a modern classic infused with a low-key spirit - think Jamiroquai for style inspiration. These are the kind of sneakers that make a perfect match with relaxed denims. Not surprisingly, fans of the Lostock and Ensign include Brit indie bands like The Struts and The Vamps.
Colour-blocked in punchy colours and crafted in a mixture of textures like nylon, suede and leather, these easy-going items echo times gone by with the kind of minimalism that’s season-less and international. Slim soles and a myriad of finishes to choose from mean their appeal is truly cross-continental – outside of the UK, Italy and Asia are major markets for Walsh. Take tips from Japanese street style where keeping things clean with urban undertones and dark hues benefits from a pop of colour at the shoe.
Walsh also keeps things fresh with designer collaborations, most notably with Margaret Howell and YMC. No matter the reincarnation, the slim shape, signature panelling and trademark soles that the brand was built on are never forsaken. Much like its Made in England heritage, Walsh keeps to a working formula - reimagined for contemporary cool.
See our Limited Edition range of VEGAN WALSH CASUAL SHOES here.