Luxury menswear meets industrial worker’s boot when Christopher Shannon and Cat Footwear collide
Christopher Shannon founded his luxury menswear brand with a vision of continuing the legacy of fine British tailoring, whilst Cat Footwear started on the feet of the industrial workforce. And now the two have collaborated to make a boot that walks somewhere in between.
It turns out that both brands have something to offer the other. Cat has extensive material libraries and knowledge of what makes a shoe built to last, in fact, the soul of every Colorado boot is stamped with ‘Walking Machines’, whilst the Central Saint Martins alumni, who founded his company in 2008, was earlier this year awarded the first ever BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund award.
The resultant collaboration – one boot that comes in two colour ways – features the Colorado’s T3 rubber outsole, a stacked midsole, and a tumbled leather upper.
Cat say that they are “thrilled to be working with a talent as exciting as Shannon’s”, and the young designer – who studied under the late Professor Louise Wilson – is equally as impressed with the footwear company. “We aim to work with companies who work to a really high standard and finish,” says Shannon.
This mutual respect between the two brands makes for a stomping collaboration, with style credentials to boot.
Words: Remy Millar