Since its inception, Zespà has firmly cemented itself as a major player in the world of men's premium sneakers, an impressive feat but one that was not initially on the cards. In fact, when the label was first established – in 2009 by Jonathan Agrifoglio and Jérémy Amar in Aix-en-Provence in the South of France – its goal was to reimagine the design of the espadrille, giving the traditional summer shoe new life as a smart, contemporary piece of footwear.
In 2014, the brand finally shifted its main focus to men's sneakers, applying its signature Mediterranean-inspired aesthetic to its new offering. The result was premium leather sneakers imbued with timeless design; boasting excellent construction, clean lines and a Provençal colour palette. Styles range from classic all-white, like the bestselling ZSP4 and ZSP23, to retro-inspired designs like the '70s-style ZSPGT and more daring styles like the ZSP6N. Classic yet contemporary, these are versatile, staple-worthy sneakers that are designed to be worn with everything from jeans and shorts to tailored trousers and suits.
Of course, it's not just good looks that has us won over by Zespà. Crafted in family-owned workshops in Portugal, the French brand's footwear makes use of the highest quality full grain calf leathers from European tanneries. Durable, flexible and incomparably comfortable, these shoes are built to last, which is why they come with a second pair of laces. Sustainability and transparency are of utmost importance to Zespà. The brand opts for a short circuit process, using a direct-to-consumer approach in order to save time and money while keeping tabs on its carbon footprint. From tissue paper to tape, all the elements used for its transport-related packaging are recyclable, ensuring an eco-friendly logistics journey from the warehouse to your door.