Joshua Sanders releases a lightweight, chunky sneaker on the feet of Asian creatives
The Joshua Sanders we know is no longer. Or at least CEO Vittorio Cordella's latest slew of releases and, the brand's official website, will have you believe. Those fuzzy, cheeky — and almost irreverent — slip-ons, just a couple of years ago its bread and butter, have made way for the likes of sock sneakers and chunky kicks to steal the limelight; a swerve in design trajectory of which we'll chalk up to Cordella once informing us that the DNA of Joshua Sanders is curiosity.
At the present, it's a curiosity birthing lightweight, chunky sneakers. An oxymoron that is too, the very curiosity about the shoe coined the Zenith. The secret is tucked within its thick soles — in a material formulated and chosen by the brand for a featherweight quality — in black and white colourways, and embellished with black, white, metallic and colourblocked uppers.
While anyone who has walked a day or two in Balenciaga's Triple S will know exactly why chunky sneakers shouldn't necessarily feel the way they look, the brand's lightweight kick launches by delving into the shoes of Asian designers, musicians, models, stylists, photographers and club owners — hailing from cities Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. See below.