SW-02 | METAL BLACK
The SW-02 sneaker was designed by ISAMU JARMAN, a Japan born, Hawaii raised, Portland inhabitant for the Pensole World Sneaker Championship 2018, where it made the top 8.
In this METAL BLACK colourway we wanted to experiment different textures of premium leather and suede and add an "European Heritage" finishing with the outsoles being hand painted and brushed, giving a distressed look and making each pair unique.
"Originally designed for Pensole's WSC 2018, the brief was to design a lifestyle shoe for a stylish 20-year-old. Key words that I kept in mind moving forward were; Timeless, Focused, and Craftsmanship. Inspiration and field research came from looking back at the 90's iconic sneaker silhouettes and my personal experience of living in Portland for the last five years. After analyzing and filtering through the content, I distilled the trend to chunky, retro, and modern in both color and materials. Intersection of fashion and street. After iterations of what all that meant to me, and getting feedback from my friends on social media, I landed on The Pensole SW-01. Name SW for South West - which where I spent majority of my time in Portland. The SW-01 features bold, sweeping panels that offer structure and support - especially in the heel and vamp. The lines and curves draw inspiration from the cities' architecture and bridges. Strap in the back doubles up as a pull tab. Upper is primarily suede and performance textiles. It's an ode to AJ1's, Air Max 90's, Triple S, Yeezy 700 & 750, and EQT 93/17.
As it evolved and was adapted to production he decided to remane it as SW-02. The updated version of Isamu's concept"
- 3 different colours of premium Italian suede
- Breathable mesh
- Breathable elastic sock / bootie
- Leather lined insole – EVA footbed
- Real Rubber Outsole, side stitched
- Handcrafted in Portugal