Level Shoe District x Sole DXB
Greg Lucci strikes an imposing figure on the streets of New York City: solid build, shaved head, streetwear, ever-present sunglasses. A quick Google of his name shows photos of him posing with Young Jeezy or eating antipasti like a don.
Cross check it with the blog of Gourmet Footwear, which he co-founded in 2005, and it’s plain to see that he embodies the brand. Though Lucci has spoken of his luxury sneaker brand as ‘uncatagorisable’, it can perhaps be best summed up via its Twitter bio: ‘High-end for the regular guy.’
The ‘regular guy’ aspect draws, largely, on the Italian American heritage of Lucci himself and all that entails (batting cages, giglio feasts, gold chains and sweat pants, apparently), while the ‘high-end’ takes it cue from old world Italy’s renown for traditional, tailored silhouettes.
At Gourmet Footwear, this blend of influences translates into the collections’ craftsmanship. Sneakers are built on compression molded eva foam to give a lightness to their step, before being styled with luxe materials imported from Italy, such as gold cork, embossed crocodile leather and suede.
Versatile enough to transcend from a camping trip to a trip to the nightclub, the Gourmet Footwear FW14 collection continues its cult Quadici Lite series, and also introduces two new silhouettes: the Gaetano and the Corridore – the former a hiking boot, the latter a hiking boot-inspired sneaker.
In Dubai, Lucci’s brand can be found at Level Shoe District, who will also be hosting a pavillion at SOLE DXB 2014, where you can see the latest Gourmet Footwear must-have sneakers.
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