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Renowned for their trailblazing work in researching fabric treatments and studying form and function, Stone Island’s take on the Samba soccer training silhouette defies convention, taking the recognisable ‘Raso Gommato’ technical fabric from the brand’s archive, a rubberised military cotton satin, and treating it with an original process. Dyeing the separate upper components then unleashing a color corrosion on it, washing off the colour, bar the serrated 3-Stripes to emphasise this iconic branding, highlighted with stitch detailing, and a more traditional suede forked forefoot panel.
Continuing the appropriately unorthodox approach to reworking a classic, asymmetric zip fastening replaces conventional lacing, revealing a dual branded tongue beneath, while a smoother outsole jettisons smaller details to focus on the main features. The Stone Island logo is rendered in white stitching on the left shoe, and a leather and suede heeltab, plus a custom sockliner finish a stunning new look for the Samba’s slimline silhouette.
About Stone Island
Since the inception of the label in 1982, Stone Island has been designing innovative, top-line sportswear collections, with a high emphasis on function and innovative use of colour and materials. The extreme originality of its design processes has led to an ever-expanding collection of unique, wearable design objects. Ongoing research from the dedicated Stone Island colour laboratory ensures innovative exploration into garment dyeing techniques, fibres and textiles not previously seen in the clothing industry. The Stone Island design manifesto is dictated by the contemporary needs of today and continues to show how far it can carry us into the future of fashion.