A lot of people look back on what they wore in junior high and cringe -- wait, it's "crimp"? Ok, a lot of people look back and crimp, because they're reminded of the awesome hair it produced. For shoes cobbled by dudes looking back fondly, check out Gourmet's summer kicks.
Made by alums of DC Shoes and Zoo York, Gourmet's summer line is inspired by nostalgia for the shoes they "wore in junior high or college" (apparently high school sucked), with fresh takes on everything from '90s athletic shoes to classic international designs, so let's hope they don't get sued by the (K-)Swiss. Behold:
1. The Cinque Undefeated: A collabo with the LA-based sneaker-paradise, its design is inspired by the classic shoes of Ireland's Padmore & Barnes, and then given athletic touches like "a bottom panel drawn from '80s and '90s running silhouettes", so it was based on the four Oldsmobile owners unashamed enough to turn on their minivans and drive them around.
2. The 31: A leather shoe that "sneakerheads are blown away by", it's available in all-black or all-white open-mesh (so your foot is "air-conditioned"), and designed with "geometric sensibility", also something most sneakerheads are blown away by, because you don't learn that until 9th grade.
3. The Uno C Low: Apparently not named after a judge from the Spanish language version of NBC's The Voice, this should please lovers of "'90s basketball shoes and cross-trainers", and is a low-top, "retro-inspired" version of their Uno design in navy/ white or violet.
And if none of these is your thing, they've also got the Cinque C in a dressier light grey/ white so striking, the only thing you'll see when looking back is people staring at your awesome shoes.