New Republic Men's Kurt Leather Sneaker

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New Republic Men's Kurt Leather Sneaker

New Republic Men's Kurt Leather Sneaker

RRP: £94.10
Price: £47.05
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Unmatched comfort: Designed with comfort in mind, New Republic shoes are made to be worn all day, every day, ensuring that your feet stay happy and pain-free. That is, until your cheap pair of shoes falls apart, and you’re still too much of a cheapskate to get a new pair of shoes after only a few months of wear. Regarding the grip, the Kurt’s sole features a wavy design on the ball and heel portion of the sole. I found that this gave great traction in most urban environments, and also seemed to be effective at displacing water so that my foot wouldn’t slip. Construction Quality

The process of crafting a New Republic shoe is elaborate and includes several important steps, including construction on a last, using basic tools, and the grading process. This attention to detail ensures that each shoe fits well and is built to last. Additionally, New Republic offers the option to personalize the shoes, which is a great way to make the footwear truly unique. Quality control issues: As with any brand, there is a risk of quality control issues. Some customers have reported receiving shoes that are not up to their expectations.

Mens / Unisex

They’re built with a flat welt resulting in a pretty tight construction. The Sonomas are an overall solid shoe, design wise. Fit and Comfort When I received the sneakers and broke them out, I was surprised by how elegant they looked and good they felt. The leather isn’t very soft and supple, but it also doesn’t feel like plastic. It feels exactly how it’s marketed (assuming that you’re aware of “genuine” leather and can manage your expectations accordingly). The first thing to consider is your personal style. If you like to be out there, against the grain of fashion norms and looking primarily for unique statement pieces, New Republic likely isn’t for you. I also think the added dimension of the high soles prevents that clown effect that flat shoes sometimes give.

I tried the Bowery Canvas Sneaker, Kurt Leather Sneaker, Stanton Recycled Suede Sneaker and Sonoma Suede Chelsea Boot. Read on to see what I think about each of them. Bowery Canvas SneakerI've been looking to buy a pair of white leather sneakers (similar to Common Projects, but not that expensive). Vulcanized rubber describes a process by which rubber is mixed with sulfur and then heated. The sulfur changes the molecular structure of the rubber, causing it to become more durable. I like this inclusion on these shoes, as it stays true to the classic slip-on appearance and provides extra protection from wear and tear.

They’re also a great brand for any guy looking to do a full shoe closet overhaul. New Republic: The Brand The interior lining is made from 100% genuine split leather, which is often referred to as suede due to its rough, fuzzy texture. When full grain leather is separated from the raw hide, the leftover fibrous portion of the hide is used to make split leather. Straight out of the box, I was impressed with how clean and simple the overall shoe profile was. The leather was glossy, felt and smelled genuine, and the rubber soles looked to have good traction. Bottom Line: New Republic offers a compelling value proposition. Because of the low prices, non-boring neutrality, and versatility, I can see a guy using New Republic for most of his shoe closet, sprinkled in with some hardcore investments. Crepe soles are naturally porous, which helps in wet conditions. Normally a flat, ungrooved sheet of a sole would make me nervous in slippery conditions since the water has no displacement, but the crepe material absorbs some water so that the gummy sole can grip the pavement.The upper portion of the shoe is made with specially crafted action leather. If you’re thinking, “Action leather isn’t a real thing”, it actually is. But it’s also not the tight stuff you put on when you get the urge to go fight crime. I’ve worn these for about a month now and they’re looking just fine so this isn’t a huge concern so far. I just want to note that this clean, minimalist shoe isn’t the kind that can pull off the worn look. The Kurt also features a Tencel mesh footbed designed to prioritize comfort for the wearer’s feet and thus decrease break-in time. The newest version of the Kurt, which has been available for roughly a year now, comes with a tonal microfiber and leather lining meant to accommodate comfort and complement the all-white silhouette. HANDS-ON THE PRODUCT I can safely say that the lower-quality rubber sole used for the Kurt sneakers is also hefty, and although it isn’t nearly as premium of a material, it works just fine for the shoes themselves. The cupped sole works well with the Tencel mesh footbed to mimic the feeling of something similar to memory foam, and the result is a reasonably comfortable shoe once it's broken in. Top-grain leather is a step below full-grain and, as a result, is weaker because it usually has been sanded down. This process breaks the fibers and diminishes that premium richness and sheen, which has become synonymous with full-grain leather goods. A "cleaner" looking leather where the imperfections that are commensurate with full-grain leather have been sanded down and thus eliminated.

The EVA footbed provides the majority of the bouncy, cloud-like step, and the cork cover lends moisture absorption and a comfortable template that can mold to the shape of your foot. Speaking of which, there is a slight break-in period to these. It’s nothing that can’t be overcome by 3 or 4 solid outings, and it stems from the combination of the waffle bottom tread and suede upper. The Sonomas fit true to size in my case. These Chelsea’s come in half sizes, which I appreciate, so you shouldn’t have any issues finding the size that works best for you. The New Republic logo is embossed on the shoe’s tongue, which I think gives a nice classy touch to these shoes. Right away I could imagine wearing these with jeans and a short-sleeved button-down for drinks on the town, or with a casual summer suit. Sole

I’ve had slip-ons with the vulcanized rubber sole before and used them heavily for skateboarding. Obviously, skateboarding puts a lot more duress on your shoes than everyday wear, and even then the vulcanized rubber sole held up well. Like other suede boots and shoes, I don’t recommend wearing these in the rain or other wet conditions, since suede and water don’t mix. Your boots won’t be instantly ruined if wet, but it’s best to reserve these for sunny, dry days to best preserve the leather and its construction quality. Fit and Sizing



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