Since its inception in 2016, Swedish footwear label Myrqvist has made a name for itself as a go-to for beautifully handcrafted shoes that are affordable without compromising on quality. Drawing on characteristic Swedish design principles of minimalism and functionality, its shoes are classic and made to last. Which is why a collaboration with one of Sweden’s most renowned architects and designers — Thomas Sandell — was a no-brainer for the brand.
While perhaps best known for his architecture input on buildings such as the Stockholm Stock Exchange and Gåshaga Brygga, Sandell is also an established designer, having created furniture and interiors for IKEA, Skultuna, Palmgren's and Reijmyre. Now, Sandell is lending his expertise to Myrqvist, for whom he has created a special collection that consists of three made-to-order models. They are: Ängsö, a single monk strap loafer with a fringe tongue and grained leather strap; Kungsholmen, a single monk-strap boot with a half-rubber sole and a negative cut heel; and Skeppsholmen, a fresh take on the often more formal single monk strap shoe, which features a robust sole rubber sole, a 360 storm welt and golden buckle.
Sandell has used buckles rather than laces for a sleek, sophisticated look that would suit formal as well as casual settings. Details are pared back and colours are classic, placing focus on the quality of craftsmanship and the premium leather used.
Read our interview with Myrqvist founder Sebastian Öhrn.