The Reliable Workhorse Sneaker That Your Rotation Badly Needs

East London style, now in Manila.
IMAGE Stepney Workers Club

Every man's footwear rotation needs a simple, solid pair of beat-'em-up, thrash-'em-around sneakers. Most turn to the classic Converses or the humble stable of Vans. But if you're looking for something a beater sneaker that's just a notch up higher, turn to the sneakers of Stepney Workers Club, an East London brand that's landed in Manila, via Assembly in Rockwell Powerplant and SM Aura. Check it out:


Stepney Workers Club (or as catchily abbreviated, SWC), takes inspiration from "the inclusive culture of traditional workers' sports clubs." In the 1920s, one such club in Stepney was known not only for sports, but also for championing an anti-fascist, anti-war ideology. Likely inspired by the very same club, SWC set out to build a brand of sneakers that bear the classic design of the era.

The result is the Dellow, a timeless vulcanized sneaker in cotton twill canvas with high-wall foxings. It's made using old-school methods, and features a deconstructed upper, a premium cushioned flexible sole, and a concealed siped tread for improved grip. You'd have every reason to expect this kind of sneaker can take a beating—which is exactly what you'd need to give your loafers and brogues a breather.

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On top of that, of course the Dellow looks great: it's just simple canvas sneaker with a chunky sole, resembling the likes of Eytys and their thick-bottomed plimsols. And like Eytys' sneakers the SWC Dellow pairs quite well with ankle-length pants, cropped or cuffed to show a little sock or skin. Wear these out anywhere and watch the laidback summer vibes emanate from your person.


The SWC Dellow is now available at Assembly at Rockwell Powerplant and SM Aura Premier for the full retail price of P7,250.

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