Known for its lightweight EVA footwear, Native Shoes steps into a new silhouette for Spring ’15. Dubbed the Apollo and inspired by classic moccasins, the new design is the perfect pairing of old and new. Spearheaded by Creative Director Mark Gainor, the five-year-old company worked with a second-generation shoemaker in Los Angeles to create the hand-turned wooden last the new shoe is based on, and the China-made end product features a single piece upper made from an ultra lightweight, breathable microfiber on the brand’s signature blown EVA outsole.
As temperatures start to soar across the states, Vancouver-based Native Shoes unveils its Summer ’14 collaboration with Issey Mikaye’s Pleats Please label. Using the classic Jericho Women’s silhouette as a starting point, both brands’ design teams kept it “lite” in a mostly pastel palette punched with pops of coral and blue to bow a collection that speaks to the functional minimalism at the core of both companies’ DNA. “Native Shoes and Pleats Please share a common belief that fashion should be light and easy to move in: simple, stylish and comfortable,” explains the Pleats P