Designed in collaboration with the legendary British shoemaker and handmade in Northampton, England.
Based upon Tricker’s classic Tramping Shoe, this edition features their more relaxed, raised toe box (4497K Last) and the very lightweight and comfortable Vibram Vi-Lite sole. Constructed with a good year welt, the shoe is re-soleable and is intended to last for decades.
“Footwear was my original portal into design - sparking my interest as a teenager to research materials and construction, proportion, color. This fixation would lead to my study of clothing. It is exciting to come full circle and introduce this footwear offering - handmade in Northampton, England by Trickers.
Taking their timeless Tramping Shoe, we worked with the 4497K Last. This shape features a higher toe box and a more comfortable fit accommodating the changes our feet go through everyday - whether standing throughout the day or taking a walk, being on an airplane, riding a bike, etc.
Sizing for this collaboration is slightly different than normal UK to US conversion (i.e. normally a UK9 is a US10). With this last being roomier in the toe box, they essentially fit a half size larger, so we mark each pair accordingly (UK8.5 = US10). After researching and testing over a variety of friends, we concluded that the best approach is to take your normal US shoe size above - and we have already taken care of the conversion.
Without a doubt, I wear a US10 in every single pair of shoes I own, and a UK9 if they are British - but for this last I wear a UK8.5 that still fit comfortable enough for thick or thin socks. Of course this can be confusing - but as an example, one of my friends was sure I had it wrong even after my long winded explanation - he said ‘‘I always wear 8.5UK and 9.5US", so he ordered an 8.5UK - then he returned them, needing an 8UK.”