Tretorn recreates Europe’s first-ever sneaker in latest drop

Tretorn can boast a remarkably rich history in sneaker-manufacturing. It might have flown under your radar that the outdoorsy brand is the second oldest sneaker manufacturer in the world, solely beaten by the American sneaker maker Keds. Back in 1900 Swedish rubber manufacturer Henry Dunker decided to produce rubber sole sneakers and the rest, as you say, is history.

To celebrate the 120-year-old history Tretorn is now releasing Heritage Numbers, a collection of five redesigned sneakers originally made between 1900 — 1967. This time around the rubber soles are all made out of recycled rubber, and the canvas and suede materials are locally sourced with water reduction programs and chemical restrictions.

The company’s 1900 foundation sneaker is recreated as Jubilee with both canvas and leather as well as a more comfortable sole. Another recreation is Nylite, which pays homage to the 1967 version made famous by tennis giants Björn Borg and Martina Navratilova.

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