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F.E. Castleberry x Greats ‘The Royale’ Review

F.E. Castleberry x Greats Royale Sneakers Review

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F.E. Castleberry x Greats Royale Sneakers Review
F.E. Castleberry x Greats ‘The Royale’ Review
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A little quirk can get a piece to greater heights when it comes to fashion. The field is all about artistry, uniqueness, and self-expression. It demands personality, albeit even just a tinge of it. The F.E. Castleberry x Greats Royal collaboration proves that a simple quirk, no matter how small, creates a world of difference for many fashion-lovers. Although not all fashion critics are convinced, quirkiness will always have a special place in fashion and luxury.
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A little quirk in one’s life never hurt. Whether it’s one’s style or personality, quirkiness makes a person unique and memorable. At times, a signature quirk can be incorporated into everyday things, from how one does his work or how one wears her clothes. Sometimes it can be what one already owns or wears, be it his clothes, her shoes, or simply accessories. Recently, quirky style has found its way into sporty footwear, courtesy of F.E Castleberry’s collaboration with Greats Royale.

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Release Date: November 9, 2017
Retail Price: US$240.00

F.E. Castleberry is a new and emerging made-to-measure designer based in Manhattan. His signature style is all about Wes Anderson’s films, from the pastel pop colors to the preppy silhouettes, which proves that he knows a thing or two about giving something some quirk. He did just that for a pair of high-quality tennis shoes as part of his new collaboration with Italian shoe brand Greats Royale. The pair debuted last November 9, 2017, and costs $240 a pair.

Pros

Greats Royale is known for their pristine, stark white footwear, which makes this new collaboration all the more interesting and covetable. The quirks come in the pops of color F.E. Castleberry strategically put on the tennis sneakers. A vividly-hued heel tab in crocodile skin adds that signature Wes Anderson-like pop while the similarly bright midsole pulls everything together. The quirkiness is not that overwhelming, but it is interesting enough to garner curiosity and desire from loyal customers of both brands.

Cons

Since its release, the collaborative shoe has been compared to Stan Smiths and it’s not hard to see why. Various critics have claimed that the shoe is essentially just a pair of Stan Smiths accidentally dipped in paint, which does not sound good in a competitive market. It’s one thing to be compared to another item, it’s a whole another issue when that item is as famous and iconic as Stan Smiths. The quirkiness could have been more, but it seems that a love for minimalism took over when designing the pair.

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