Moncler is applying its “born in the mountain” design approach to a pair of sneakers that work on the trail or on the sidewalk. The Moncler Leave No Trace Sneakers are “inspired by technical gear that feature a trekking-style outsole.” In other words, these shoes look good and function well no matter where you find yourself.
Moncler is an apparel and lifestyle company based out of Italy. The company was founded in 1952 by Rene Ramillon and Andre Vincent, and was later bought—in 2003—by Remo Ruffini. The name “Moncler” is actually an abbreviation of Monestier-de-Clermont, a small alpine village found in the mountains near Grenoble. Moncler got its start making quilted jackets for workers in the village. That was when French mountaineer Lionel Terray took note. From that exposure, Montclair jackets were soon found ascending K2, Achille Compognoni, Lino Lacedelli, and Makalu. To say that the brand has its roots in the mountains and in mountaineering is a bit of an understatement. It’s that experience that is applied in making the Leave No Trace Sneakers.
The sneakers come in three different color ways—a white with gold, black, and red accents; a black colorway; and a more earth-toned colorway with tan, brown, khaki, and green. The shoes are made of leather, suede, and honeycomb knit with a laced upper and rubberized speed-hooks. The outsole, which is obviously influenced by trail shoes and mountaineering gear, is made of rubber. While it is abundantly clear that these shoes have a mountain heritage, they’re still classy enough to wear with just about any outfit while you’re out and about on the town.
Montcler is a premium brand, so you can expect to pay top dollar for these shoes. They’re marked at $665 USD on Moncler’s online store, but already shoe sizes are starting to sell out.