As high summer blazes on, feet are experiencing a lot of pressure to bare it all. But come fall, sneakers and boots will again dominate footwear, reinstating a more modest status quo. But more shoe doesn’t have to mean less freedom. For anyone who lusts after the airiness of a sandal, there’s Geox, an Italian footwear (and apparel) brand that’s built its reputation on making everyday, style-conscious shoes with highly breathable, waterproof soles. The brand’s 35 patents enable it to craft soles with “micropores” that allow vapor — i.e., sweat — to escape, while keeping external water out.
Geox’s fall collection features a useful range of what they call “lifestyle casual” styles, from trendy dad sneakers to sophisticated suede loafers. And all incorporate chairman Mario Moretti Polegato’s original “shoes that breathe” technology, which came about when the Northern Italy native was traveling through Reno, Nevada in the mid-’90s. Seeking relief from the intense heat, Polegato pierced his rubber soles with a Swiss army knife, a technique he developed and patented back in Italy. When no shoe companies were interested, he founded Geox, which now counts more than 1,000 stories globally. Below are 10 pairs from the brand to start wearing now, if you want your feet to feel free without actually being “naked.”
A dramatic sole makes this streetwear style feel extra-contemporary. Wear it with a pair of parachute pants. (Yes, they’re back.)
This might be one of the most truly minimal sneakers out there. Plus, the lightweight wedge is ideal for someone who wants to sneak in some height.
Something about the red, suede-like material makes this sporty style look luxe.
Even within a neutral color scheme, layered textures keep this style visually interesting.
Pair these space-age statement-makers with black, white, or both — then watch them do all the work.
If you’re anti-flats because of sweaty feet, then these could be the fashionable ones to win you over.
Besides looking expensive, these refined desert boots won’t go out of style anytime soon.
Because they’re designed with comfort and heat regulation in mind, these would work great at a festival or another outdoor event on a hot day. (Just add a breezy dress.)
These may pass for standard fashion sneakers, but their design incorporates technology that’s been tested in scenarios like racing circuits and ski slopes.
On a just-damp day when rain boots would be overkill, these fun low-tops will keep your feet dry while running around.
All images courtesy of Geox.
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