Among the new sneaker styles in Loro Piana’s Spring/Summer 2020 offering, we’ve spotted a pair that promises comfort and lightness as close to cashmere.
Made by hand in Italy, the 360 LP Flexy Walk sneakers compose of exceptional materials, as you would expect of the Italian house’s forte in top-of-the-range textiles. In particular, these shoes’ uppers are crafted from Merino wool, knitted just like a sweater in the company’s woollen mill.
The spring-like structure of the fibre gives the shoes stretch, flexibility, resilience and durability for form-fitting comfort, just like second skin. Plus, wool’s natural breathability keeps your feet cool and dry.
But this is no ordinary Merino wool. The secret lies in the luxury brand’s selective partnership. Loro Piana only works with sheep farmers in Australia and New Zealand who are committed to produce the finest Merino wool possible, resulting in a noble fibre that is as soft and as light as the coveted cashmere. This explains the “360” in the name — the shoes weigh 360 grams so you’re literally light on your feet.
Furthermore, it has the prized wool’s thermo-regulating quality — this Merino variant responds to changes in body temperature to ensure your feet are always comfortable when you’re moving in the shoes.
Harnessing its experience in the development of technical performance apparel and accessories for sport, Loro Piana complements the sock-like upper with a supple sole. Featuring a raised pattern of the brand’s initials for a non-slip finish, the ultra-light sole is engineered to cushion hardworking feet, enhancing all-day comfort as you count your steps.
And to make your smart strides looking sleek, the walking sneakers sport a polished aesthetic with modern tone-on-tone colour accents, and leather trim that lends a sophisticated finish.