The new wave of minimalist sneaker design has inspired a multitude of brands over the last few years. Some are closely associated with expert craftsmanship, while others are solely focused on the art of simplicity. CQP is known for both.
Despite its relatively tender age, the brand’s cult-favourite designs have become known for being some of the finest understated sneakers that you can buy right now. CQP’s journey began in 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden, where the brand is still based today. The brand’s timeless design combined with its exquisite craftsmanship has propelled it above the parapet of likeminded sneaker labels; and as the appreciation for detail has become such a valuable commodity in footwear, so has CQP – as they now represent some of the most understated and comfortable sneakers currently available.
Every CQP sneaker is meticulously crafted to time-honoured tradition and comes complete with the requisite qualities you expect from a premium sneaker; clean, minimal design, exquisite leathers, coated cotton laces and delicate, precise details. One of the brand’s most popular styles – the Racquet – is a case in point.
Partially unlined to offer the comfort of a slipper, the sneaker contains the same well-built sole as all other CQP sneakers but features soft suede and leather uppers for added comfort. The Racquet also offers a quick-and-easy slip-on option to your favourite lace-up sneaker, as the fully unlined interior ensures that you can wear them comfortably without socks.
So, for those of you who are looking for a sneaker that can take you from the office and into the evening this summer, this style is the perfect choice as it will work as well with a simple turn-up trouser and tee, as it would when worn with a deconstructed blazer and a crisp white shirt.
But before you deliberate your favourite pair of CQP sneakers, there is one more things you need to know. CQP fits one size large. We recommend that you order a FULL size down from your normal shoe size. For example, if you normally wear a UK size 10, you should order a UK size 9. Sizing conversions are also listed beneath each CQP sneaker on OPUMO.com under the ‘Size Guide’ drop down menu. There, you will see that we use standard UK sizes along with a conversion chart that displays the correct US, EU and Japanese sizes.
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