When we sat down with Filling Pieces founder Guillaume Philibert last year to crown him as the 'Sneakerhead' in the inaugural end of year OPUMO Awards, we asked him how the brand has grown to be one of the biggest names in men's sneakers. In response to that question, Guillaume emphatically replied; “We’ve become smarter, more flexible and more experienced.” Before going on to empower; “We design what we feel like. When it comes to product we make no concessions. We try to push boundaries in design and the product gets better and better every season because of that.”
Although, its almost twelve months ago, those words still ring true. As Filling Pieces’ latest winter sneaker drop is full of innovative manufacturing techniques and technical fabrics that not only show their growth but their growing ingenuity, too. Plus, it’s a sneaker drop that welcomes in a wealth of new sneaker boots, Low Arch Runners and an entire rainbow of colourways that will stand out this winter.
To point you in the direction of a few of our favourites, we’ve pulled together a quick and easy guide to the best new sneaker arrivals below.
A lot of you will fall in love with these Filling Pieces sneakers for the pristine all-white uppers or the contrast gum sole. Or most probably for the fact that they just look that good. What you might not realise, though, is that Filling Pieces’ quest for innovation not only leads to the aesthetic advancements you so love but to functional ones too. This new and improved silhouette has been updated to feature an absorbent neoprene sock that is joined by panels of breathable mesh to help keep your feet fresh.
Since the Filling Pieces Cosmo emerged a couple of seasons back it has become one of the stand-out sneakers in the brand’s rotation because it’s different. Different in the way that it changes the perception of what handmade footwear can look like. The low-top sneaker plays with the concept of harmony through contrasting lines that are somehow in proportion. It’s a mix of premium nubuck, suede and metallic mesh that gives the sneaker a futuristic, forward-thinking edge. It’s also that subtle mix of aesthetic that makes Filling Pieces such a valuable commodity in the sneaker world.
Socks and sneakers are slowly morphing into one of the same. Filling Pieces have weighed in on the slip-on sneaker movement with this Speed Arch Runner. Described as a ‘minimalist knit silhouette for when you want the feeling of wearing nothing at all,’ the Speed Arch Runner is made more comfortable than a lot of sock-sneaker alternatives thanks to its feather-light EVA midsole and heel padding.
The stylistic Ghost sole that you see on the Low Top Twist Sneaker is the brand’s very own custom design sole full of futuristic lines and considerable comfort. This season it offers its support to a radical new Low Top Twist – Filling Pieces’ signature woven upper – which has been given an athletic update thanks to suede tabbed lace loops, elasticated lacing system and rose-gold lace lock.
Just because we’re guaranteed to have a heavy-weather winter ahead of us it doesn’t mean you have to shelve your favourite sneakers. For this winter, Filling Pieces have revitalised the sneaker boot – you can bin those existing images of a sneaker boot that you might have – because these ones look nothing like that. Unlike the others, you’ll be more than happy to wear them. The innovative Filling Pieces Alpine Boot has a mid-panel crafted from a technical and lightweight canvas as opposed to all-leather for a lighter on-foot feel. Plus, the shoe sits on Filling Pieces’ new bi-colour Heel Cap runner sole that features an aggressive hiking-inspired tread.
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