Cinzia Araia has been my favorite shoe line of the S/S 14 season. I discovered them online and almost immediately following they were popping up in our favorite shops- Atrium, Sneakerboy, Odd Style, and Oak NYC. Owning 2 pairs in 2 different styles, I can speak to their appeal and why they are this season’s top collection.
Made in Italy, Cinzia Araia makes funky and edgy men and women’s sneakers as well as shoes. With the men’s sneakers it’s all about mid-high tops. Designs range from a laced inner zip high top with pronounced thick sole, and amazing leathers and suedes (with side cut outs on some) to a mid top in the same fabrics with hidden laces and flowing fabrics on the front to laceless mid tops. Cinzia Araia even throws in a trainer (available in normal and crazy colorful color ways) that competes with this season’s trainer sneaker craze. These styles are all unique to fashion and depending on the color can be dressed up or down. Make no mistake, while it’s an upscale sneaker it’s definitely got a casual fit and vibe and will get you noticed walking down the street, especially in the gold and silver color ways (in addition to the traditional blacks and whites).
The women’s line of sneakers is similar to the men’s but in different more feminine colors (throw teal in the mix as well as some other lighter tones) and feminine silhouettes such as wedges and with fringes. The women’s shoes range from lots of straps and thick heels to a more traditional high heel. One thing remains constant, which is a unique silhouette. They are funky and flirtatious and show the world that the woman wearing them is very conscious of her style.
There are some boots and sandals looks present as well in the collection. The sandals are extremely cool and unique with a thick sole and some give mid ankle support in a robust gladiator type of styling. Overall, this stuff is much cooler than anything you’re used to and you should just check it out:
See more at the Cinzia Araia site!