“I am a huge believer in tradition, quality and craftsmanship; Italy has a long and well documented heritage in handmade expertly crafted shoes.”
BELIENI is a US-based brand specialized in luxury sneakers, handmade in Italy by sneaker manufacturer. Realizing a gap in the market with a lack of variety and subtle styling of high-end men’s shoes, designer Belieni sought out to shake up the world of luxury footwear, especially for men with a larger step.
“I started BELIENI because I saw a lack of variety in men’s luxury sneakers, specifically for larger foot sizes. So I began the process of coming up with a unique, versatile design with subtle detailing, able to be dressed up or down if needed, and created the exquisite design cues in each Calibre shoe.”
-Belieni Stevens, US
The Calibre high-top sneakers, handcrafted in high quality suede and nappa with copper-plated hardware and rubber soles in 4 colours – Black, White, Wine Red, and Steel Blue, have since garnered much attention. More colourways, a women’s line, and low-top designs are in the making.
- Prototyping & Sampling
First encounter with ISM
The initial communication and prompt responses from ISM along with their willingness to help a new brand is what led me to choosing ISM as my sneaker manufacturer.
– Belieni Stevens
Prototyping & Sampling
After three iterations to incorporate the materials perfectly, my sneaker manufacturer, ISM, created the final prototypes consisting of quilted and woven leathers, specially-sourced rubber soles, copper-plated hardware with specific logo details.
Packaging consists of a brushed cotton dust bag and matte black shoe box with plated logos. With the broad shoe size runs, 2 types of boxes were made for EU sizes 39-44 and 45-49 respectively. The first 100 pairs also came with a limited edition, numbered brand card.
The first production of the Calibre lace-up sneakers are crafted with woven suede front, fine quilted nappa leather and insoles, croc-stamped straps, copper-plated hardware, and custom logo details. The black version in particular features a specially-sourced rubble sole with splatter paint effect.