Tretorn is the brand behind the Nylite: the sleek canvas low-top claimed by many footwear historians to be the world’s first luxury tennis shoe. Making its debut in 1967, the Nylite became the favorite sneaker of Swedish tennis star Björn Borg as well as Scandinavian design aficionados and Ivy League preppies. But Tretorn’s roots go back much farther than its listing in 1980’s The Official Preppy Handbook might suggest. Founded in 1891 by Swedish entrepreneur Johan Dunker, the company achieved overnight-sensation status thanks to its bustling galoshes business. Before long, Tretorn expanded its product line to include fashionable yet functional athletic shoes, the popular Skerry Vinter rubber rain boots, weatherproof coats and jackets, and tennis balls and other sporting gear. Outdoorsy and adventure-ready, every Tretorn product reflects its Swedish origins with subtle, timeless design elements, practicality, and expert craftsmanship. Socially conscious from the start, Tretorn uses sustainable materials in its products and packaging.
Whether they’re cruising on furniture or running laps, kids of all ages will have their pick of cute shoes for the season. Darling maryjanes and loafers come courtesy of Elephantito and Pedoodles, while Converse keeps it cute with classic all-stars in whimsical prints. We also like Hunter for winterized boots, as well as Kico Kids for rainproof wellies.
Since we're all aware how quickly kids go through shoes, why not stock up in advance? We've got classic unisex options like Converse All-Stars in everything from neutral colors to tie-dye, plus an array of other kid-approved sneaks and rain boots. Just-for-girls selections run the gamut from cute Mary Janes to bow-embellished ballet flats.
As much as we here at Gilt love all of our sales, we can't argue with the instinctive logic of a shoe sale that give you quick access to all the great options we've got in your size. For all you size 11 members, we've got a great array of shoes by Cole Haan, Converse, John Varvatos, Fred Perry, and a ton of other celebrated designers. See a pair you like? We suspect they'll be a perfect fit.
Tretorn’s famous white canvas low-tops are an excellent example of Scandinavian design's renowned balance of function and form. For a variation on the classic look, consider the white-canvas mid-tops, or take a completely different tack with the black nylon sneakers.