Mix business with pleasure in a single pair of shoes.
About this project
NobleSole makes luxurious leather sneakers that are artisanally crafted by a family-owned factory in Portugal. Rather than bring yet another minimalist sneaker to market, we set out to create a real footwear solution for today’s man. By merging the comfort and wearability of a sneaker with the sensibility of a dress shoe we have created something that looks like a dress shoe but wears like a sneaker.
Our brand is about blurring the lines between convention and expression in order to createcomfortable yet versatile shoes that can be worn for both business and pleasure. We make shoes for the entrepreneur, the creative and the modern professional – sneakers that are great looking, multi-purpose, super comfortable and premium quality.
We have streamlined our offering to cover your wardrobe essentials and added a patent leather version for tuxedos (or ripped up jeans and a leather jacket).
Be sure to check the bottom of the page for larger images and styling advice for each colour.
What if you could covertly wear a pair of sneakers to work with your suit? And what if you could wear that same pair of sneakers after hours and not look like you just left your suit at work?
We have designed the Windsor sneaker to simplify your life. Enabling you to leave your uncomfortable dress shoes at home yet still look professional at work. And when the weekend rolls around, they pair seamlessly with your favourite jeans.
Imagine travelling with everything you need for business and pleasure without wasting valuable time waiting for that extra bag to come off the baggage carousel. We all know that packing multiple pairs of shoes can be problematic because they take up precious space in your luggage. So what if you could pack your bag for business and pleasure with only 1 pair of shoes?
The Windsor comes fully equipped with a removable dense foam insole. Designed for maximum comfort, it will mould to the shape of your foot over time. However, if you require an orthotic our insoles easily slide out so you can comfortably wear the shoe without compromising your health or safety. No more sizing up or hoping the shoe will stretch enough to be comfortable.
To achieve this type of versatility in a sneaker we had to make a couple of changes to the traditional silhouette.
Starting from the ground up, the first change we made was to the sole. Rather than use the same sole that every other sneaker company uses, we selected one with a slightly tapered toe. The taper not only references the silhouette of a fine dress shoe but also nicelycomplements modern menswear silhouettes. Next we reduced the number of laces to give the shoe a clean profile. And as a finishing touch we added an elegant perforated medallionto the toe.
All of our leathers are sourced from the best Italian tanneries and the shoes manufactured byartisanal, family-owned factories in Portugal‘s shoe corridor. We’re proud of the quality of the craftsmanship that goes into our shoes think you will be pleased with them too.
We’re ambitious and want to offer a wide selection of colours and styles to our backers. However, we’re also realistic so we have carefully selected some milestones that will enable us to offer more variety to our backers.
The founder of NobleSole, Patrick Cornish has worked in footwear and fashion industries for over a decade. Patrick has always had a passion for fashion and design, long before he attended design school in Montreal, Canada. Throughout his career, Cornish has worked with brands creating a vast range of fashion as well as functional footwear and apparel. Aside from his passion for designing and manufacturing sneakers, Patrick has had the opportunity to craft footwear for iconic celebrities and numerous private label collections.
Risks and challenges
Trial & Error – We’re past that. We have great relationships with our suppliers and time has been a true test to that. We have partnered with a factory that we trust not only build great shoes, but to also deliver.
We all understand that in this day and age, there are a lot of external circumstances that can cause delays or issues with acquiring raw materials and the chain reaction can tumble into the production, causing late shipments.
To reduce this risk, we have pre-booked our production space with our factory and we have our suppliers on standby to fulfill our raw material orders. Our factory and suppliers are as excited as we are to get this project launched and understand the importance of the partnership.
We have done everything we can to anticipate any hiccups along the way. We can’t guarantee everything will go 100% smoothly, but if experience has taught us anything, it is that planning, planning and more planning is the best way to keep your customers and supports happy. We will do whatever it takes to ensure your kicks get to you in a timely fashion and keep all backers in the loop through regular updates.