Longtime friends Robert Nand and Rich Cofinco launched Creative Recreation in 2002 to address the relative absence of stylish footwear options for young, creative professional men. There were dress shoes for the office, and sneakers for the basketball court, but very few casual shoes they wanted to wear. Being employed in the footwear industry gave Nand and Cofinco a solid foundation for designing their own line of unabashedly youthful sneakers, boots, and shoes. Bridging the gap between formal and casual, Creative Recreation’s sneakers have style to spare: think sleek tumbled leather high-tops, black low-tops with distinctive contrast stitching, warm waterproof boots, and — for women — styles ranging from stiletto boots to zebra-print “Cesario” sneakers. The brand also makes kicks for kids — applying lots of bright colors and Velcro fasteners for easy removal. Recreation has never been so creative or fun.
Sharp kicks that raise your profile
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Your last chance to score these stylish steals before they go
This aptly named Italian sneaker collection includes runaway hits like crinkled-leather high-tops and retro-cool low-tops. Also check out the crossover artists that mix boots-on-the-ground treads with b-ball styling. With a fan base that reads like a who’s-who of the international creative class, these kicks put you in good company.