There aren’t too many independent shoe-makers out there, unfortunately. It’s a tough racket, sometimes even tougher than apparel, but occasionally a steadfast new arrival breaks onto the scene.
Opie Way is one such contender, a small brand with a devotion to making re-craftable shoes and sneakers. Started by husband and wife, Justin and Amanda James in Asheville, N.C.; the brand was founded as the antithesis of the larger and more exploitative sneaker conglomerates dominating the market.
The brand’s come-up was impressive enough to attract the attention of Raleigh Denim, which is launching this collaboration. The resulting black leather high-tops are a combination of boot and basketball shoe. Indigo Wickett & Craig leather serves as the upper, with a Horween vegetable-tanned liner, and a Margom outsole. The final product is an ethical piece of footwear that isn’t loud, but is certainly cool.
Available for $850 at Raleigh Denim Workshop