So I was flipping through the pages of the Elle (US) March 2009 issue when I came across some interesting sneakers.
They are from a sneaker label called Upper Echelon Shoes, which was founded by New Yorkers Seth Campbell and Nick Cohen in 2005. The best friends, who have family backgrounds in the jewelry and shoe industry, came up with the idea of “shoewelry” and and Upper Echelon shoes was born. With a mission statement of “creating new and elevating current trends to an Upper Echelon, through intricate detail and styling with jewelry accents” the shoes boast luxury materials, intricate styling, and jewelry hardware.
The shoes come in three different styles: the Nise, the Chuck Buckle and the Stud Lo (I’ve only shown two here) and quite a few colour combos.
From time to time my style leans towards the dramatic and I was once a sneaker addict (I have 29 pairs of Air Jordans sitting in my closet) but I’m not sure whether or not I would wear these. I think they’re interesting but I’m not sure if ‘interesting’ equals ‘wearable’. You be the judge.
Update: Currently they are only available in stores in the United States, Hong Kong and Italy. For us Canadians you can purchase them by calling 323-525-1700. The Nise in Denim are $249US and the leather are $415US while the Chuck Buckle in leather are on sale for $255US (down from $365US) and the denim are $155US.