Universal Works x City Runner Project
Universal Works and Norman Walsh – two greats in British manufacturing – have joined forces to “create a sneaker for contemporary urban life”. The City Runner project takes Norman Walsh’s ‘Ensign’ trainer model – originally developed in 1981 for Boston Marathon runners – and brings it bang up to date via a tonal leather and suede upper for a luxurious and contemporary finish. Available in three pared-back colour ways, each design has been inspired by a different style capital around the world. Black represents London, referencing Universal Works’ more “mature” side and recent presentation at London Collections: Men; navy represents Tokyo, which is known for its love of indigo (a colour integral to the British brand); and stone represents Paris, reflecting the colour of the city’s classically styled architecture. They come complete with a soft comfortable midsole, pig skin lining and original Vibram self-cleaning sole. The Universal Works x Norman Walsh City Runner trainers are available now at Universal Works’ Berwick Street, London, store and online at universalworks.co.uk, priced at £135 each.