Barcelona-based retailer 24 Kilates joins forces with the American sportswear brand Saucony for the second time and thus reimagines the famous Grid SD inspired by La Victoria.
So – what is La Victoria?
In this historical take on the Saucony model the shoe resembles a whole ship, from sails to hull. But not just any ship. La Victoria was the first ship to sail around the globe, ultimately proving the earth to be a globe. It was commanded by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the beginning of the 16th century, who himself died during the journey. Despite being Portuguese, Magellan sailed under the Spanish flag, what creates the connection to 24 Kilates.
The upper of the sneaker is largely built out of burnished brown leather with perforated darker brown inlays, representing the wooden hull of La Victoria and creating a premium crafted look, as brown leather on a sneaker is a seldom sight nowadays.
The white tongue made of ripstop and topped with a red stitched 24 Kilates logo complements the hull with the obligatory sails. The ship-inspired concept is finished with brass details in form of grommets in the Saucony logo and lace tips as well as reinforcing white zig zag stitchings and a golden stitched „La Victoria“ writing. The ships original flag is also part of the shoe as it is embroidered on the pull tab at the heel.
With its historical reference and premium conduction the concept is definitively well-rounded and outstanding in a time of merely pop cultural related collaborations. But in the end, the question is who is going to actually buy this shoe, that is releasing at 24 Kilates Barcelona and Bangkok in a limited Quantity of 500 pairs worldwide. Although the concept is top notch, the look of the shoe is neither contemporary nor timeless due to the brown leather. Old school sneaker heads will probably love it, but this clearly is not a shoe addressed to the young guns.