Model of “running” type sneakers inspired by Brittany – and its characteristic yellow lichens – Ispahan is an incredibly comfortable sport chic leather sneaker. It is handmade in Italy, with a recycled plastic sole.

  • Calfskin (suede and calfskin), vegetable tanned.
  • Partial lining and insole in leather.
  • Rubber sole, ultra robust, made from recycled plastics.
  • Made in Italy.

A sneaker inspired by Brittany.

“Brittany, for me, represents an ocean of outdoor possibilities: the sea, the beaches, the moor, the rivers and the forests are like so many invitations to live outside.

I am not Breton but became one by adoption as I love nature, landscapes, and the lights found there.

Being myself a fan, among other things, of sport fishing – which I practice on an island off the coast of Brittany – I wanted to propose a model of sneaker that recalls this fantastic region, by the accumulation of hidden details;

The hand stitching that adorns the exterior like a nod to fishing line.
The juxtaposed leather inserts that evoke the undulation of the swell.
The small back yoke like a wave in Chinese shadow.
Even more essential: the sole, entirely made from recycled plastics (mainly collected on the beaches and at sea). The sea, and its pollution by plastic being the major ecological challenge of our generation (and the next ones) it seemed important to me to integrate it as a stakeholder in this new model of sneakers.
To be often in the front row (as a sailor and fisherman) it is a subject to which I am particularly sensitive, so I wanted Caulaincourt to contribute – even modestly – to the efforts which are multiplying in this field of eco-responsibility linked at the sea.

Saving our oceans is the straightest way to save the planet.

These trainers are made to accompany you – for a long time, because that’s also ecology – throughout your outdoor adventures, while remaining chic and well-fitted.”

Alexis Lafont, founder.

A sneaker with incredible comfort.

Being manufactured with perforated leather, and unlined, makes the Ispahan absolutely comfortable!

What’s more, from noble materials: this avoids the “stove” syndrome that is often encountered on “classic” sneakers.

Add to that a soft leather and you get a shoe with remarkable comfort.

Good to know: Caulaincourt is one of the only houses in the world to offer the resoling of its sneakers.

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