It’s strange to think that there was a life before sneakers. Or a life before sneakers as we now know them, that is. What did we all wear day-in-day-out before sneakers? Or a more haunting thought; where did you have to go to buy a pair of all-leather luxury sneakers a few years back? Come to think of it, actually no, it doesn’t even bear thinking about.

Today, sneakers are not a 'style sensation' or a comfortable choice of footwear, but a crucial part of our everyday wardrobe. Which is why we need our sneakers to be a little bit more durable than before. It’s a calling that not many brands have managed to answer, but Swedish-based North 89 has succeeded in doing so with its all-new weather-proof collection of winter sneakers.

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The all-new North 89 capsule collection is built on a seasonal range of sneakers that fuses serious weatherproof functionality with a modern, minimal aesthetic. Quite a combination. Where high-top sneakers and ‘sneakerboots’ have failed, North 89 have found a way to offer practical winter sneakers without compromise. North 89’s signature models the No.1 and No.2 combine high-grade textile uppers with suede detailing and reflective sole stitching. Available in warm winter hues of Black, Blueberry, Ebony, Ash and Midnight – North 89’s new weather-proof upper is complemented by matching waxed cotton laces, a full calfskin lining and a rugged Italian Margom cupsole with a full memory foam insole.

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Sometimes, though, we can only say so much about how good a sneaker actually is, so here’s what founder of North 89, Gustaf Secher, had to say about the all-new collection. “I found that there was a gap between sneakers and functionality. We have varying weather conditions here in Sweden, with harsh winters but relatively warm summers. With that in mind, I wanted to create something that adapts to the changing seasons that we experience in Scandinavia and in many other places around the world.”

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Sounds good, doesn’t it? Shop and explore the latest North 89 collection at OPUMO.