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This New Collab Makes a Good Case for Matching Your Watch and Sneakers

Turns out Italian-made sneakers and Swedish minimalist watches are a match made in heaven.


There’s something distinctly old-fashioned about the notion that all of the leather elements a guy wears (wallet, belt, shoes and watch strap) should match. You can get away with a white sneaker, a chocolate brown suede belt, and a caramel quick release if everything else you’re wearing helps to balance these pieces out. But sneaker maker Oliver Cabell’s collaboration with the Swedish watch brand Triwa offers an updated take on that antiquated thinking.

That’s because both the sneaker (an Italian-made minimalist masterpiece) and the watch (a slim take on the chronograph with a Miyota OS21 quartz movement) are themselves pretty modern. The sneaker’s tongue and pull tab and the strap on the watch are both cut from a soft blue suede, which helps unify them. But because the sneaker has a brown outsole and a crisp white body, they don’t feel dyed-to-match in the same way that a pair of all-cordovan shoes and a cordovan watch strap might. It also helps that you wear them with other pieces from your wardrobe individually and still look sharp.

But that’s if you manage to snag them both. The sneakers and the watch are both limited editions. If you want them, act fast.

Sneakers: $199Watch: $299

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