Ratings & Reviews
These shoes are wonderfully comfortable out of the box, and bold in the red paisley fabric weave. Their design evokes the classic canvas flat-footed sneaker we all knew growing up (and probably owned at some point) but is given a bold reimagining in several ways: The red paisley pattern is not a print, but woven into the fabric. All of the gold accents in the pattern are stitched with metallic threads, allowing the gold to assert its presence along with the deep red, green, and blue hues of the paisley pattern. Taft’s quality construction in dress shoes is wonderfully translated to the design language of sneakers: as such, they have a weight to them that can seem surprising for a pair of sneakers, but the weight is not unpleasant and it doesn’t translate to feeling heavy underfoot. Break-in period was minimal for me; I was acclimated to the shoes within a couple of hours after wearing. In addition to the standard shoe pouches and paint-stirrer style horn, these sneakers come with an extra pair of waxed laces. The ones shipped on the shoe is a soft cream white, while the extra pair is a mellow tan. While I haven’t swapped laces yet, I suspect the tan laces would work well for pairing with khakis, or situations where you might choose a pair of brown/tan dress shoes over a black pair. The lavender-scented sole is an understated touch, signifying there’s something a little different about this sneaker compared to similarly-styled ones. Even after a few days of walking around and getting the soles dirty, the lavender scent comes through without ever getting close to being overpowering. If you have only purchased Taft’s dress shoes and boots, loved the quality but were unsure if their sneakers would be worth the purchase—as I admittedly had been—allow me to put those worries to rest. The Taft Sneaker has quickly become my preferred shoe for leisure, work, or when I’m out and about.