wares: anniel sport shoes
I’m doing a sort of massive overhaul of my clothing lately (today), trying to get rid of the piles of things I bought when I was younger that I liked for their quirks and replace them with soft, good quality, cozy things in a smaller color range that all go with each other. (Also: can’t afford/don’t have physical strength to get all my crap home.) You might think this sounds like a mind-numbingly boring wardrobe, but it’s how the French live and also how they look so effortlessly put together all the time. They pile on layers of clothing – scarves, blazers with rolled sleeves, boyfriend sweaters (probably belonging to their Actual boyfriends, since it’s so unfashionable to be single here) – in agreeably similar gradients, all falling in soft layers or nicely juxtaposed against the occasional angled shoulder or heel.
So yesterday I picked up a pair of supersoft suede shoes in a good neutral heather green color with little string laces, and then looked up the brand online. Turns out it’s kind of a cult thing: according to Cool Hunting, “Originally designed for performers in Italy’s piazzas, the family-run label Anniel Sport has been producing extremely pliant ballet and gymnastics shoes in streamlined silhouettes since 1976. The rubber-soled shoes gained popularity in Japan, setting off the idea of using them as streetwear and spawning even more styles and colors. Today, the collection consists of shoes and handbags in saturated jewel tones and buttery-soft Italian leather.”
So basically, I love them, and will wear them all the time, when I’m not wearing the suede version of these. Love any shoes that seem like the kind Philippe Petit might design if he made a line for young bright-eyed tightrope-walker-hopefuls.