Though its offering ranges from ready-to-wear clothing to leather accessories, Bally is perhaps best known for its shoes. One of the world’s oldest luxury brands, Bally’s footwear craft stretches way back to 1851 when it was established in Switzerland by Carl Franz Bally. But despite being in the game for a while, Bally isn’t one for resting on its laurels.
Teaming up with superior sole provider Vibram, Bally is combining its long-held expertise with modern technology for some seriously comfy and durable footwear options. They also look good.
Vibram soles have long been a sign of quality for mountaineers and hikers alike. However, over the past few years, the world of high fashion has welcomed the Vibram sole as one of its own. As outdoor-bound venturers had done for years, those in the know when it comes to the world’s hottest products now recognize a Vibram sole for its superiority. And for good reason. Its unparalleled grip, vulcanized rubber construction, and flexibility and stability across all terrains make it a go-to, not only for mountain walkers but for those on the front row, too.
Bally’s Vibram-boasting sneakers are available in a wide range of silhouettes and colors, and we’ve picked out some current favorites below.
This one is a beast, and a piece fit for those with a penchant for sneakers of a certain chunkiness. Again coming in grained calf leather, the Viber steps things up quite literally with a hefty sole that proudly bears the now unmistakable yellow Vibram emblem at the heel. An inner sock and a zip-up function offer elevated comfort and ease of wear. The yellow-, blue-, and orange-bearing colorway below is a fun option for the summer.
Lazy footwear fans rejoice — Zip-up sneakers are still a look this season, and here Bally serves up a shoe that lets you do both. The Grody, which references the brand’s classic High Galaxy silhouette, gives you the option of removing its laces and opting for a solitary zip. We’ve picked out two monochrome colorways of the Grody, which comes dressed in grained calf leather. The Vibram outsole adds a nice contrast of color to each of these.
The Gavino silhouette is part of Bally’s Galaxy range and uses rubber-coated calf leather and foam midsole to form the lightest sneaker in our selection. Reminiscent of ’80s runners, the Gavino is a good option for the more minimal-leaning rotation. It arrives below in a sleek all-grey choice as well as a black colorway that’s contrasted nicely by some red detailing.
Now this is something for those venturing into conditions that are a little bit more hazardous. This portable performance, which can be fitted to any shoe, uses Vibram’s Arctic Grip tech to provide a trustworthy steadiness on cold, iced, and snow-covered ground. Or, it might just be your wild new footwear accessory.
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