Canvas sneakers are the ultimate democratic shoe. From their advent as beach shoes in Victorian England to their status today as the footwear equivalent of blue jeans, canvas sneakers have been celebrated for their comfort, durability, and affordability. And damn-near everyone has worn them.
After finding a vintage, impeccably made canvas sneaker, SWC founders Simon See and Roger Pereira realized that no brand was making the shoe that they wanted to wear; something that retained the egalitarian spirit of the canvas sneaker, and was still affordable, but was upgraded in every way. What they came up with was the Dellow, SWC’s signature shoe. Grounded by a chunky vulcanized sole and high foxing, the Dellow has a sturdier look than your average Vans Old Skool or Chuck Taylor. Its canvas is substantial, but it still has a slim profile to balance out the hefty sole. They also threw in a pillowy insole for good measure, making these bad boys fit to walk, skate, or ride all day. In our humble opinion, it’s the Platonic ideal of a canvas sneaker.
Since launching in 2018, Stepney Workers Club have continued to expand their offering with the Varden (basically a high-top Dellow) and the Lister slip-on. They’ve also seriously upped their materials game, with the Dellow now available in colourful suedes, leathers, and even a sumptuous corduroy. In case you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty stoked on SWC. There’s very little these shoes can’t do (and that’s why every member of the Wallace team owns a pair).