Country of Origin: Portugal
The Epaulet Tennis Trainer is our modern day re-interpretation of the clean leather tennis shoes of the 1960s. We've retained the minimal look of the original design but we've upgraded all of the materials to offer a truly high-end product.
This "Mocha" horsehide tone is a gorgeous and versatile shade of dark brown. Tanned in Portugal, its official name is "Couro Cavalo" The skin is taken from the front quarter and has both a high natural oil content and a signature small visible grain. The effect is slightly distressed and the hand is radically supple. This gorgeous skin will age beautifully with wear.
Produced at our European factory, Epaulet Tennis 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. The last has a sleek profile, low toe box, and perfectly rounded toe cap.
An Italian-made Margom rubber sole provides great traction and a cushioned ride. Small low-profile lugs on the bottom offer additional grip and durability, without changing the trainer's sleek, minimal lines. The sole is cemented internally and reinforced with 360° stitching to the upper. A kidskin glove leather full liner extends throughout the interior. Both whole and half sizes are available for a precise fit.
Epaulet Tennis Trainers run true to size. 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.