You could easily say that today’s sneaker market is saturated, and with bigwigs like Nike, adidas, Reebok, Converse and Vans, you might think there’s no room for the smaller guys anymore. (Take into account the offshoots and side projects of the heavyhitters – i.e., Nike SB, Converse Skateboarding, etc. etc. and it looks like there’s virtually no room left for latecomers to join the party.) However, there’s still a gleam of hope for the smaller sneaker companies to make their mark, and Warrior Footwear is primed to do just that.
If you’re looking for high-tech gadgets, like air pumps, intricate shock systems, or the like, you’re in the wrong place. Warrior Footwear traces its influences back to 1930s China, originally appearing on the feet of laborers. Fast forward to the ’70s, and Warrios were the shoe to have – every kid in China had them. The glory days lasted until the 1990s, when Western brands began to infiltrate the scene and the masses traded Warriors for the brands we’re all familiar with – think Nike, etc. Jump through time once more to Fall 2008, when two American students took it upon themselves to resurrect the Warrior silhouette and create Warrior Footwear LLC. The result? A line of unisex sneakers with a simple, streamlined approach to casual footwear.
Warrior Footwear’s line includes four different models: the Team Basketball shoe is available in white/red and black/red and retails at $60 (the highest price point of the collection). The Warrior Tennis features a padded tongue and in a silver/white colorway, is universal and ideal for any last-minute court challenges you might get. Like the Team Basketball, the Warrior Tennis is also $60. At $50, the Street Kung Fu was “originally the choice of kung fu masters.” With a white canvas upper and ‘Warrior’ emblazoned on the side, these kicks are a spiced-up version of your classic white canvas sneaker. For $45 you can cop the Lane Badminton, another white canvas shoe this time featuring a blue-stripe print on the side.
With a rich history in it’s product influences, we think Warrior Footwear is here to stay. The four different styles are available on Warrior’s online store. Keep them in mind for any relatives or friends this holiday season!
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