[STYLE] AXEL ARIGATO TEAMS UP WITH CAT FOOTWEAR ON A ECCENTRIC HYBRID SNEAKER
Axel Arigato is excited to announce its collaboration with workwear specialist, Cat Footwear. Two unconventional brands coming together to create something quite unique in a product creation that hasn’t been executed before.
Wanting to include elements of workwear by combining a modern upper on an existing structure from the Excelsior to create an unconventional hybrid sneaker. Between a performance shoe and a style that is relevant in the current market with urban attributes. The silhouette is as bold in style as it is in performance. It is built for strength and power, creating impact and without becoming self-serious.
The partnership between the two brands has resulted in a sole drawn from the archives, the Intruder, and curated by Cat Footwear, accompanied with finishing details and design of the upper formed by Axel Arigato.
“Axel Arigato has reworked the archived silhouette by offering a contemporary twist on the industrial silhouette. With Cat Footwear being one of the most recognizable industrial brands in the world. It’s an unlikely pairing which makes it interesting for us.”Max Svärdh – Creative Director and Co-founder, Axel Arigato.
With a history of being used in the mining industry, the sole was originally designed to be worn on broken ground, providing grip and protection for people who work in challenging environments. Most popular in South Africa, the iconic Intruder style by Cat Footwear still sells there today with the highest sales since launching in 1996.
The upper is constructed of premium leather, suede, and mesh paired with hiking cord-style laces and include features such as reflective webbing. The detail used by Arigato fuses elements of functional design, noting the craftsmanship in the Italian fabrics.
The 3-piece collection launches at www.axelarigato.com and Axel stores worldwide on 6th of December and retails at €240, $315, £210.