At first glance, Fuggit’s shoes appear like, well, sneakers. There is a pair of Yeezy Boost 700 wave runners complete with the distinctive orange and blue detailing, and Jordans 1s that boast Nike’s unmistakable swoosh.
The difference here is that all of the footwear is crochet. Created by Rich Riley, Fuggit is a brand of handmade sneaker-slippers that riffs on those much-coveted styles. For extra comfort, all of them come with an internal layer of Sherpa and a sole similar to that of a Birkenstock. At a time when many of us are leaning into a stay-at-home wardrobe, Fuggit has become a destination for sneakerheads who want to be that little bit cozier.
With a team of eight other craftspeople supporting his operation, Riley’s come a long way since launching as a one-man crochet band. Still, ironing out the initial kinks took some time. “The first sample took me three months to make and looked like a potato,” he says. “There was a lot of trial and error.” He also felt it imperative that the label address issues beyond fashion right from the start. “I always have been into researching consumerism and material violence and sneaker violence,” he says.
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