What makes the perfect winter shoes? Well, they can’t be suede, that’s for sure, and they’ll ideally have a fairly chunky midsole with rope laces for more exterior. Oh, and they’ll be dark in color, so shitty weather won’t ruin them.
Well, Manchester’s top Oi Polloi just so happens to have designed just that alongside timid French shoemakers Mephisto, in a bid to combat the dark winters of North West England.
Marking the third time the two brands have teamed up in as many years, OP has opted to revisit Mephisto’s hallowed Rainbow silhouette again this season, this time opting for all-over smooth brown leather – which is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Previously, OP had taken a riskier approach by sticking with classic Rainbow suede, but with the deepest, darkest winter trim ever closer, leather seemed like a wiser choice.
Dropping at Oi Polloi on September 29 (8am BST), OP’s Mephistos are just the latest in a string of collaborations from the Manchester retailer this year.
From his second Mephisto and Universal Works affair in Lavenham and most recently releasing the ‘Salford Sage’ sneaker alongside adidas Originals, OP has been busy, to say the least.
But with winter fast approaching and long periods of darkness setting in, there’s only one shoe you’ll need for those mulchy hikes, and that’s the Mephisto Rainbows leather. OP, sir.