If like us you choose to forego high heels in favour of comfortable, good-looking crepes at all times, you’ll no doubt appreciate our latest style obsession. Rose Rankin is a footwear label that’s stormed the London style scene, with everyone from sneaker heads to fashion fanciers and national press taking an interest in its bold and beautifully formulated designs.
Specialising in designing and crafting unique trainers, Rose Rankin, an Irish creative now based in London studied computer aided fashion design and footwear design at Central Saint Martins. Now her creations can be found at some of our favourite boutiques in the city and around the UK. We were lucky enough to meet Rose at The Basics Store in Shoreditch where her eponymous label is currently stocked.
A wonderfully warm and knowledgable person and a talented designer to boot (sorry, pun klaxon), Rose tapped into the gap between weekend and workwear to create trainers that conspire to outdo uncomfortable boots, weird pumps and godawful kitten heels at every turn. We’ve now forsaken our office shoes in favour of the awesome White Dot Coney low-tops and secretly love the admiring glances we receive on the reg.
Rose Rankin’s products are all about attention to detail; from embroidered logos and iridescent tabs to metallic piping and textural paneling, her shoes are designed in London and created in Portugal by dedicated craftspeople. These babies are all made from leather and calf hair so are soft and breathable but not vegan-friendly (sorry guys). Built on rubber soles and lined with leather, each pair employs bold prints and textural clashes for a tactile finish like no other.
Since customising her first pair of trainers as a child, transforming them from pink to black with layers of acrylic paint, Rose’s flair for blending the humble sneaker with exceptional materials and unique design has earned her many a seal of approval, including ours. The best way to start the year is undoubtedly in a pair of new kicks, and if they’re designed by a talented creative and look as good as Rose Rankin’s all the better.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth