Upper Echelon Shoes

 
 

So I was flipping through the pages of the Elle (US) March 2009 issue when I came across some interesting sneakers.  

Upper Echelon Shoes

 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.

 

Nise in Denim with 18K gold-plated chain

Nise in Denim with 18K gold-plated chain

UES - Nise Pink

Nise in Pink with 18K gold-plated chain

 

Nise in White with 18K Gold-plated chain

Nise in White with 18K gold-plated chain

 

 Nise in Black with gunmetal chains
Nise in Black with gunmetal chains

Chuck Buckle in denim with gold studs and buckles

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.

 

 

Chuck Buckle in brown leather with gold studs and buckles 
Chuck Buckle in brown leather with gold studs and buckles
 

 Chuck Buckle in pink denim with pink studs and buckles
Chuck Buckle in pink denim with pink studs and buckles

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.

-Septembre

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.

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About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine, TheKit.ca, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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2 Responses to Upper Echelon Shoes

  1. Lucas Kilravey says:

    Ahem, “once a sneaker addict”….? Whom are you trying to kid?

    I seem to recall being asked if there were any moisture outside before you would agree to don a certain red pair of Jordan’s for an Ottawa adventure.

    These are very chic – only at Holt’s, Ogilvy’s and Simons or are we talking Browns?

    Anyway, spiff shoes.

    – Lucas

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