As a part II from 20 sneakers you should get from US and Japan, here are two European footwear options if you like the laid-back style of these classic, fun-coloured and eye-catching sneakers: Superga and Bensimon.
1. Superga, Italy
This classic Italian shoe brand began production in 1911 and is known for producing high-quality shoes with vulcanized rubber soles. Their famous 2750 Cotu Classic is an international favorite and comes in more than 80 colours (yes, 80!)—we’re talking ten different shades of orange, purple, blue etc.
New arrivals include funky animal prints, floral high-tops/flatforms (totally radical but still a trend right now) and sequinned-and-silk combos if you’re looking for statement shoes with a bold twist:
Superga 2095 Mid Cut Unisex—Graphic prints, EUR 79, + Add to wishlist
Superga 2750 Animals—Zebra print (also comes in Anaconda and Leopard), EUR 64, + Add to wishlist
Superga 2790 Fantasy—Arabesque Navy (has a 4cm wedge), EUR 69, + Add to wishlist
Superga Versus Versace, EUR 105, + Add to wishlist
2. Bensimon, France
Originally a Parisian lifestyle brand from the 70s, Bensimon canvas shoes were inspired by army canvas shoes and are made from 100% natural fabric and rubber. You can even chuck it in the washing machine and dryer when it gets dirty—talk about fuss-free, simple cleaning methods! Seen adorned on the feet of Hollywood celebrities (Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts) and British royalty (Camilla Parker-Bowles), this sophisticated French footwear brand is likened to “Converse sneakers for French women.”
Their essential Tennis Lace-Ups is akin to Superga’s Cotu Classic and is available in 50 different colours:
Bensimon’s new arrivals include laceless and strechier versions (Elly Stretch), houndstooth-printed and military-inspired Men’s Tennis shoes and kitschy fun-coloured motifs (Irokoa).
Bensimon Tennis Elly Stretch in Plum, EUR 35, + Add to wishlist
Bensimon Tennis Elly in Blue, EUR 33, + Add to wishlist
Bensimon Men’s Tennis Camofluo H, EUR 46, + Add to wishlist
Bensimon Men’s Tennis Katherine H in Brick, EUR 45, + Add to wishlist
Bensimon Tennis Tommy Wavy, EUR 39, + Add to wishlist
Bensimon Tennis Irokoa, EUR 56, + Add to wishlist
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