Posted October 21, 2008
Ben Walters moved to Shanghai five years ago. What struck him most? The shoes the laborers wore: tough, comfortable, and surprisingly chic. Walters decided to make a similar version to sell in the U.S. His new line called OSPOP (One Small Point of Pride) features two versions, now-called the Tianlang Trainer. The Skywolf comes in the three colors normally worn by Chinese workers. The Departure comes in six nontraditional, more fashion-friendly colors. (That logo, by the way, is the Chinese word for Labor.) Both styles are as tough as the original shoe, so they're likely to outlast your other sneaks.
$76 at Ospop.com.