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Luxe, Plain White Sneakers Will Never Go Out of Style

Zespà Aix-en-Provence is a little like Common Projects, but cheaper (and French!)
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We live in a post-Stan Smith world, in which Boost runners and dad trainers have taken hold as the sneaker trends du jour. Where once, two or three years ago, there was a broad appreciation for the simplicity and minimalism of the plain white sneaker, there are now greater inclinations to curvy (voluptuous?), over-the-top athletic shoes.

But because the plain white sneaker is such a timeless, all-season staple, it will never really die, and will live on for as long as there’s someone doing it right and making it well. Common Projects is a well-known label of plain sneakers that are done right and made well. But there’s another such brand that’s now available in Metro Manila.

Zespà Aix-en-Provence is a luxury footwear label established in 2015, by three friends from the Arts et Métiers university in Aix-en-Provence, southern France. They originally set out to reinterpret the traditional French espadrille as a luxury shoe, but eventually branched out into making upscale lace-up sneakers.

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Their flagship model (and a counterpart of sorts to the Common Projects Achilles) is the ZSP4, a slim, perfectly proportioned sneaker that’s about as clean and simple as it gets. In its original white colorways, the ZSP4 is made with premium Nappa leather; but it also comes in colorways made with calf suede and python skin. All Zespà’s shoes are made in a town called Cholet in western France, which ensures a consistently high level of craftsmanship.

The ZSP4 is everything you could want in a white sneaker, and a testament to the timelessness of a clean, simple, but well-made pair of shoes. It’s just one reason to keep tabs on this French sneaker brand, which has a few other models as well, all made to exacting standards.

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Zespà Aix-en-Provence is available in Assembly at SM Aura, The Podium, Rockwell Powerplant, and S Maison. The ZSP4 retails for P16,995.

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