Although we often review dress shoes, we’re also sneaker fanatics at Bespoke Unit. Both BU Founder Paul Anthony and I are quite fond of casual shoes. Yet we still endeavour to wear them with the same attention to detail as when dressing formally.
As such, I was delighted to learn that Beckett Simonon also produce ethically handcrafted sneakers as well as dress shoes. In this review, you will learn about the Beckett Simon Reid sneakers with me as we explore the following topics:
Breakaway Boot Specifications
- Brand: Beckett Simonon
- Made In: Bogotá, Colombia
- Style: Sneaker
- Formality: Casual
- Upper: Italian Full-Grain Calfskin Leather
- Construction: Side Stitch Construction
- Price: $200 USD [Buy From Beckett Simonon]
Like all of Beckett Simonon’s footwear, the Reid sneakers are made in small batches thanks to their group made to order production model. This enables Beckett Simonon to continue producing high-quality handmade shoes but at an impressively low price.
Crafted from full grain Italian calfskin leather using a durable side-stitched construction, they’re veritably premium sneakers. The topline edges are folded for both a clean finish all-day comfort.
Furthermore, the sneakers are made with removable cushioned inserts. Therefore, those who need orthotic inserts can benefit from using their own.
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Style & Appearance
With the majority of sneakers being manufactured in large factories with questionable working conditions, I was keen to discover an ethically handcrafted alternative.
With their black Italian full-grain calfskin leather uppers, these are beautiful sneakers indeed. Supple and smooth to the touch, the leather exudes prestigious quality. Additionally, it is quite robust and has been very resistant to scratch marks so far.
As for the craftsmanship, I was impressed by the side-stitching quality and overall construction. Furthermore, the soles are made from a high-quality leather with a thick wedge finish.
I was particularly fond of the outsole’s herringbone design and would later discover that they offer excellent traction.
Finally, the eyelets are well constructed and they are easy to lace without any bunching or tense areas.
Fit & Comfort
When I first tried the sneakers, I immediately noticed the folded topline edges. They resemble padded ribs along the top and I initially found it quite bizarre.
Admittedly, this odd sensation was quite off-putting and such a sensation would normally deter me from buying such a shoe off the rack.
However, I discovered it to be quite comfortable when walking once the sneakers had a few hours of wear.
Furthermore, the folded topline actually performed very well with loader or no-show style socks.
As for the interior cushioning, it rivals that of most cross trainer that I own.
Although their construction renders them heavier than typical running shoes, the foam insole offers excellent cushion and shock absorption.
Additionally, the insole provides excellent support and I felt that my arches and contours of my feet were cradled nicely by the foam.
Finally, I would recommend using a shoe horn or at least open the laces as much as possible when putting them on. The reason for this is that the tongue has a tendency to catch on your socks, which causing them to slide down your foot.
Dress Code & Formality
Sneakers and suits has become something of a phenomenon. While the BU team and I agree that we personally wouldn’t wear them together, it has become quite fashionable in some circles.
If you were to wear sneakers with a suit, you could do far worse than the Beckett Simonon Reid. With its full-grain calfskin leather uppers, they exude a dressy and elegant yet contemporary image.
Nevertheless, we believe that they still remain casual in terms of dress code and are best worn likewise. Still, they’re very stylish and modern sneakers with an elegant twist.
Therefore, they’d be best adapted to special yet dressed-down occasions like a night out or even a date. Depending on Beckett Simonon’s production campaigns, there are also several colours that you can choose.
While I preferred the versatility offered by the black sneakers, they also offer white ones and occasionally tan leather too.
Additionally, they’re very versatile and the shoes perform well for daily use. As mentioned earlier, I was quite fond of the herringbone outsole and it performed well in wet weather.
For instance, I took a mile walk to grab a taco and they gripped the ground the whole way.
Presentation & Value For Money
The Beckett Simonon sneakers arrived in an attractive red box with gold lettering and scrolling. I found this to be particularly elegant for sneakers and was happy with the premium presentation.
Furthermore, they come with dust bags to prevent the sneakers from getting dirty when not worn. They had a pleasant, soft texture and seem to be quite dust resistant.
I was also quite happy to find that the Reid sneakers were delivered with additional insoles for extra comfort. However, since they already felt quite comfortable and my feet aren’t generally sweaty, I have used them yet.
As for the value for money, their regular RRP is $200 US but they’re currently on sale at $169. While this may seem expensive for sneakers, I believe that they’re well worth the extra investment.
Between the quality of the materials and handmade construction, they’ll offer a much better lifespan than regular sneakers. Furthermore, the ethical manufacturing process adds significant value.
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I was delighted with my second Beckett Simonon experience. Having already a pair of their Dean Oxford shoes, the Reid sneakers gives me an excellent casual alternative.
Comfortable, fashionable and elegant, the Reid sneakers are certainly a worthwhile collection to any shoe fanatic. Whether you’re looking for just a pair of regular sneakers or even shoes to reserve for special occasions, they’re versatile footwear that you’ll be able to use for many years.
With the benefit of an ethical handcrafted, it’s hard to find a fault with these excellent shoes.
"Truly premium sneakers. If you're looking for sneakers that are a cut above the rest, Beckett Simonon deserves your attention."Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★
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