Made-in-Italy quality for a very not made-in-Italy price.
Some sneakers are crazy expensive right now. Sure, there are still a ton of great options on the lower end, but more and more, it’s become “normal” to spot a pair of six, seven, even eight hundred dollar kicks when scrolling through the latest offerings on sites like Mr Porter or Matchesfashion.com. To be clear, there’s nothing inherently wrong with springing for the best designer sneakers on the market if you’ve got the dough. (In fact, we encourage that kind of next-level flexing from time to time.) But the name of the game for most guys is finding a pair of sneakers that look expensive but don’t require a small business loan to pay for. Enter these beautiful handmade sneakers from M.Gemi.
In honor of the 1-year anniversary of its men’s collection, M. Gemi introduced what it’s calling the Netto Due. Like you’d hope from any high-end sneaker, each sneaker is individually handpainted painted with vegetable dye. The results of this process are obvious, as the leather from these shoes feels as buttery soft as the stuff you’d find on a high-end dress shoe. Additional details worthy of praise include the sneakers’ Margom rubber soles—highly-regarded as the world’s best—which are stitched to the sneaker uppers instead of the cost-cutting method of glue. All in all, these sneakers remind us of the highly-coveted style from one of the world’s best designers (whose suiting quality is unmatched and who moonlights as a film director), but at just $248 are basically a third of the price.
How can M.Gemi afford to make shoes this good at such a reasonable price? Well, like lots of new fashion brands that were born in the tech era, M.Gemi sells its shoes directly to consumers instead of third party retailers. In other words, if they did things the old school way, you could expect these sneakers to retail for at least $600. Now, look—we know nothing can beat the real thing, and sometimes a $900 splurge on sneakers is just what the soul needs. But the quality and brighter hue options like a burnt orange are as real as, these M.Gemi sneakers will still get you all the compliments of a shoe that’s a lot more expensive.
$248, available at mgemi.com