A good pair of smart casual sneakers can work wonders. They can dress up your casualwear, dress down your formalwear and lace together any outfit in rubber-soled, leather-uppered, low-top style. So it pays to invest in the best.
Walking this smart-casual line in a collection of stylish leather sneakers is Rubirosa. Named for the famous Latin American Porfirio Rubirosa, a style icon and the last great playboy of the twentieth century, these shoes are handmade with the utmost attention to detail, traditional craftsmanship techniques and offer unparalleled comfort.
Nonchalant and refined, the brand’s designs are inspired by nature — with colours including simple black and white alongside charming earth tones, which can be easily matched with many summery hues. Here are five of the best to lace up this year…
Go for brown nappa leather for a brogue alternative
In brown leather, these handmade sneakers are the ideal alternative to your workaday brogues. The embodiment of casual style, they feature wingtip detailing on the toe and tanned leather uppers. But they’ve also been designed practically — more comfortable than your normal formal footwear, standing on rubber soles and lined with an inner sole that guarantees a natural climate for the foot.
Odile low 002 Brown in nappa leather
In smart black leather, these are your new suiting sneakers
Want to step the formal factor up again? Go for these monochromatic Odile Low 002 sneakers. Handmade in Italy from elegant black leather, these are your new suiting sneakers. All you need to do is polish up those uppers — again adorned with a wingtip design — and these kicks will be red carpet ready. Even the laces are cast in jet black to create a pair of shoes as sleek, suave and sophisticated as you most trusty pair of Oxfords.
Odile low 002 Black in nappa leather
Blue suede sneakers will up your sporting style credentials
Super by name, super by nature. These white-soled handmade Super Blue S sneakers are perfect for off-duty athleisurewear looks — and are the most outwardly trainer-like trainers in Rubirosa’s new collection. There’s something innately versatile about navy suede, and these sneakers wear the fabric incredibly well — paired with white laces for a further nod to the shoes’ sporting essence.
Odile low 002 Super Blue S in suede leather
Business casual dressing calls for a pair of taupe sneakers
Smart casual can be a tricky dress code to get right. But, with these taupe suede Odile Low 002 sneakers, it’s a cinch. The colour is subtle without being too casual, the white strip of a sole maintains an informal edge and the suede adds a level of texture that elevates these above a pair of normal leather sneakers. If you’re looking for neutral footwear that can still turn heads, these are the choice for you.
Odile low 002 Taupe in suede leather
There's nothing more classic than a white leather sneaker
The classic option is often the best. Bright white sneakers will never not be cool — and will always have a place within your wardrobe. So why not buy the best? Rubirosa’s take on the style are cleanly cut, simply designed and pay due diligence to even the most basic details — even the inner sides and sole are crafted with the highest quality, vegetable-tanned leather, ensuring a comfortable fit and breathability.
Odile low 002 White in nappa leather