An Introduction to Stepney Workers Club  - The Drop Date

An Introduction to Stepney Workers Club 

Stepney Workers Club 

Beginning its remarkable journey back in 2018, Stepney Workers Club is a London born-and-raised label. Founded by Simon See and Roger Pereira, the brand draws inspiration from the inclusive culture of traditional workers’ sports clubs, offering versatile and stylish sneakers. Finessing models with both vulcanised and cupsole sole units, the label has made waves in the footwear industry with an unbeatable combination of immaculate quality and casual steez. Within this article, we’ll be giving you an introduction to Stepney Workers Club, taking you through their key styles. To kick things off, let’s strip it back to the core of the brand. 

The Heart of Stepney Workers Club 

The original Stepney Workers Sports Club was more than just a social group – it was the epitome of a classic ‘workers club.’ Engaged in a myriad of sports activities, they weren’t just scoring points, but a place in the heart of their local community. The collective’s ventures stretched way beyond the game; significantly involving themselves in activism and social change. S.W.C’s memorable slogan of ‘Freedom of Sport, Freedom of Thought’ was taken from a hand-made banner by the OG Stepney Workers Sports Club, highlighting the themes of inclusivity that resonated with the brand. The rest was history. Stepney Workers Club was born. 

With a purpose of ‘redefining what a modern-day sports brand can be’, S.W.C works across genderless sizing, representing boundary-defying athletic classics that have been embraced by diverse subcultures throughout the ages. Initially entering the scene as specialists in vulcanised sneakers, the brand defines itself against competitors via the unparalleled cushioning comfort within each model. Throughout the brand’s journey, we’ve seen an impressive roster of collaborations from Junya Watanabe to END., and we get the feeling that the best is yet to come. 

Stepney Workers Club 

S.W.C Styles on Offer

Stepney Workers Club features three categories of models; Vulcanised, Cupsole and the most recent edition, Runner. Let’s take a closer look at what each of them entail…

S.W.C Vulcanised

Dellow S-Strike ‘Ecru/Black’

The Vulcanised style can be explored through the silhouettes Dellow, Varden and Lister.

The Dellow silhouette is a concoction of a deconstructed upper, premium cushioning, a flexible sole and a cleverly concealed siped tread. Crafted with a nod to tradition, this sneaker boasts a classic vulcanised rubber sole and iconic high-wall foxings, ensuring a versatile and reliable style companion for your every stride. Drawing resemblance to the Dellow, the Varden model possesses the exact same steez, just in Hi-Top form. 

Varden S-Strike Canvas Black Stepney Workers Club 
Varden S-Strike Canvas ‘Black’

Driving a more casual approach, the Lister is S.W.C’s very own slip-on. Utilising in-house vulcanisation methods within its construction, the shoe boasts a flexible sole and siped tread for reliable wear on-the-move. 

S.W.C Cupsole

Moving on to the East London label’s next category of shoe, the Cupsole sneakers. Featuring a modified version of the Dellow and Lister (with a Cupsole unit rather than Vulcanised), you’re able to purchase to your preference. As well as these grails, this category also includes the Pearl S-Strike, a silhouette inspired by court sports sneakers. Seamlessly blending high-wall foxings with a sidewall sitch, the Pearl reimagines the court classic with a touch of modern flair.

Pearl S-Strike Leather White/Green
Pearl S-Strike Leather White/Green

S.W.C Runner

Amiel S-Strike ‘Dessert’

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Runner category, introduced during the Summer of 2023. Divided into the Amiel S-Strike and Osier – both silhouettes bring a streamlined, retro aesthetic to the table. 

Stepney Workers Club’s take on a 90s runner, the Amiel S-Strike blends mesh, leather and suede for a distinctive look. Enhancing its everyday appeal, the trainer comes equipped with a luxurious sports padded tongue and collar padding, elevating the support factor and solidifying its status as the ultimate companion. 

Osier S-Strike ‘College Blue’

The Osier S-Strike brings the brand’s admiration for 70s running aesthetics to life. Drawing inspiration from the uncomplicated elegance of vintage runners, it skilfully combines suedes with early-tech nylons and exposed padding. Timeless appeal with contemporary comfort – a must-have wardrobe essential.

In conclusion, Stepney Workers Club is a brand you should definitely be looking out for. We’re excited for what 2024 has in-store for the label!

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