Solid by name, solid by nature
Super-sleek sneakers made from Italian leather
You told us about your not so solid sneakers.
To get to grips with our sneakers, we asked you for your thoughts on the subject of sports shoes. In the end we had 7,500 questionnaires to go through, but after a few late nights and a lot of coffee, we can tell you these are the main issues that let your trainers down...
The leather snaps, crackles and pops
The outsoles can’t keep up
The seams give up
They’re too expensive
A leg up
Better the leather your know
We went for a full-grain leather and suede from Italy’s Mastrotto. Full-grain leather comes from the strongest and most flexible part of the hide—so you best believe this stuff is tough. Another thing we like about it is that rich patina it develops over time—meaning these shoes will look good, mile after mile.
It’s no surprise that the country known as ‘the boot’ has the best shoe suppliers. Margom makes super durable outsoles that have it all: comfort, looks and longevity. This sole’s sticking with you all the way.
Sneakers are made to move in—but all that jumping, running and strolling can often cause them to crack or split. We’ve worked hard on our design so that won’t be the case. Trainers shouldn’t wind up looking like broken vases after one quick jog to the bus stop.
OFF THE CUFF
Ankles put up with a lot of stick, so we added a cushioned cuff to keep them out of harm’s way. Looks can be deceiving—these low-profile trainers are big on comfort.
Removable natural-dye leather insoles with silicone interior? Welcome to the comfort zone. The leather keeps things smooth—socks or no socks—whilst that silicone keeps things bouncy and blister-free.
BREEZY DOES IT
No one wants hot trotters, so we added some air ducts on the instep to give your feet a welcome breeze. Cool… comfortable… these beauties couldn’t be fresher if they came with a packet of Smints stashed under the tongue.
LET’S GET TECHNICAL
The Sneakers are made using an age-old shoe-making technique known as ‘the Strobel method’. This means that the inners are glued and sewn to the uppers with a thread you could hang a ski lift off… probably. It’s a classic method that keeps things both strong and flexible, making it the obvious choice for our Solid Sneakers.
EYE ON THE PRIZE
Eyelets and laces aren’t talked about much, but they’re both very important. Our eyelets are made from metal, and our laces have been coated with a wax finish. End result—your laces won’t be ripping every five minutes.
We kept things strictly classic with our design. No daft logos, no zany colours and no gimmicky technology—just a clean, understated shape that’ll always look good, whether worn with shorts, jeans or chinos. Leave the space-shuttles to NASA.
Best foot forward
What goes into making your Solid Sneakers.
Environmental certification : ISO 14001
Social certifications : LWG GOLD, ISO 9001
The leather comes from Mastrotto, one of the great Italian leather suppliers. They’ve been perfecting their know-how for more than 60 years. and are known around the world for their flexible and durable leathers.
Perfect Eject Portugal
Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each pair of Solid Sneakers we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it :
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 105 kms (or 65 miles) travelled by car.
Equivalent to 2 five min showers.
92 hours electric heating for average appartment.
Four to the floor
anyone for tennis?
Returns & delivery
We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries* including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how much you order. For deliveries in the rest of Europe and outside of the EU, the cost is 15€.
Easy to change sizes
If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe, these are free. For countries in the rest of the world, we ask you to pay the return cost and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.
Satisfied or your money back
It costs nothing to try
If you ever change your mind or the product doesn't meet your expectations when you receive it, all you have to do is send it back unworn and we'll refund you. Easy.
Four of us started Asphalte back in 2016. With a few years of experience in fashion under our belts, we wanted to make clothes, but not just any old clothes. Well-made clothes, designed to last, using great materials and made in good conditions. The guys we wanted to kit were our mates, who liked clothes but who weren't willing to go all out on a pair of jeans. We send them a survey to find out what they expected from a brand. Their answers were so enlightening that we opened the questionnaires up to everyone. Best decision we ever made.
Since then, you've been at the start of every clothes we make. We ask for your opinion on a product before we get busy with the design process, and that's the way forward for us.
We're not here to reinvent the wheel. We're here to make your wardrobe classics with the best materials and the best manufacturers. Above all, we're here to make things simple, stuff that you'll still be able to wear in ten years' time.
Over the last 4 years, we've gradually put together the dream team to make it happen on a larger scale. Today, there are 45 of us working to make your favourite clothes, in a quality that was once reserved for a handful of men.