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Treat Your Feet: Capri Pebble Sneakers by Koio

There seems to be a lot of options when it comes to minimalist, low-profile luxury sneakers today, but Koio is making their name as a stand out brand amongst wide range of competitors. Their made in Italy, direct-to-consumer model lets them deliver the quality and finish of more expensive shoes at a much more affordable price.

The Capri sneaker from Koio really encapsulates the brands origins, and demonstrates their expertise in luxury sneaker design and construction. These low profile shoes come in a wide variety of colorways (sneaker talk for colors) and a few different materials that are, nevertheless, all top quality. A variety of all leather options are sure to find a home in your closet, and for a bit more flourish, grabbing a pair with suede accents is a great way to take your style to the next level.

For me, I really like the texture of the Italian calf suede, so I went for the Capri Pebble, an all gray tone that has squirmed its way into my closet as a daily driver. However, Koio offers plenty of neutral colorways, blacks, a fan favorite triple white, and some options that pop a little more, like the rose pink Fiore, silver Sterling, or my personal favorite, the Castagna.

The beauty of the Capri design and colorways is that they can be worn with so many outfits, and are a very versatile piece to have on hand (or on foot, as the case may be). Koio is not shy about wanting to create a sneaker that can easily transition between all aspects of your life. From the bar to the office to a nice dinner, the Capri’s carry enough class to be at home in most situations.

Also, because they are so well constructed by talented artisans in Italy with high end materials, they will last a long time. So my original apprehension at wearing my “nice” sneakers too often quickly faded as I realized how well the Capri Pebble’s withstood the tests of time.

And Koio takes that made in Italy philosophy to its extreme. The word Koio, pronounced koy-oh, is even derived from the Italian word for leather—cuoio. Everything from the forms to the laces, and yes, even the shoeboxes, is sourced and made in Italy.

Because the materials are so rich and supple, they feel really excellent on your feet. They break in quickly, and even invite you to wear them without socks—if you’re into that. They are called Capris for a reason! The quality materials don’t stop at the outside—every Koio Capri is lined with buttery smooth calf leather, and your feet will thank you for it.

With the number of options available to savvy sneaker consumers, it's a testament to Koio’s philosophy and business model that they’ve managed to stand out. Whether you are looking to make a statement, start a conversation, or just have a super clean pair of sneakers to compliment any outfit, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Koio Capris. At $248, they undercut any of their closest competitors, with equal or higher quality, and are a solid investment to keep in your closet.

And if you’re wondering what I mean by the Koio philosophy (beyond their diehard commitment to being made in Italy), check out their frequent collaborations with people like JonBoy or Quincy Davis, who have taken risks and pursued unconventional paths in the pursuit of passion.

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Story by Thomas Bender


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