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Sport Trainer Black Calfskin & Grey Suede

Item Description Sizing Origin and Construction Mike's Notes 

Photographers and film directors have long known that a dark base color will tend to look even darker when contrasted with a lighter accent color. That must be why this new sport trainer features the deepest black we've yet encountered. It reflects the permanent midnight in the souls of men who have given up everything to save the one thing that truly matters. They go really well with denim.

The Epaulet Sport Trainer is our modern day re-interpretation of the athletic shoes issued to the West German army in the 1970s. We've retained the clean lines, slim shape, and minimal design of the original - but we've upgraded all of the materials to offer a truly high-end product.

Epaulet Sport Trainers perfectly compliment the casual side of our collection. We're confident that they are the best product on the market at anything approaching this price. They'll wear in beautifully, and we believe you'll find them to be some of the most comfortable shoes that you have ever worn. 

This edition is crafted in black calfskin & grey suede.

Epaulet Sport Trainers run true to size, and generally run consistent with Epaulet Tennis Trainers. If you typically wear a 10D in dress shoes, then we recommend ordering a US10 in these. For a comparison to our dress shoes, this size would correspond to a 10D in the Alden Aberdeen last, a 9.5D in the Alden Barrie or Tru-Balance last, and a 9UK in most Carmina lasts. Many of our customers also tend to wear the same size in these as they would in a Converse Jack Purcell or Vans Authentic - which can be a useful comparison for getting fitted locally. 

For European customers looking at the EU size, we also recommend purchasing your typical size.

The Epaulet Sport Trainer is hand-made in Portugal using gorgeous full-grain leather from Italy's esteemed Gruppo Mastrotto tannery. This stunning leather has a soft finish and an extremely supple hand. The comfortable last has a sleek profile, low toe box, and perfectly rounded toe cap.

A German-made single-unit rubber sole provides great traction and a cushioned ride. A kidskin glove leather full liner extends throughout the interior, and a comfortable, removable insole cushions every step. Both whole and half sizes are available for a precise fit.  

I can't even begin to describe the life-giving power of these sneakers. In deep summer I'm wearing khaki shorts and a vintage black band T five days a week, and these sneakers have made those old standbys feel exciting as hell. I also love them with dark denim and sunglasses worn at night.