American Menswear Designer Todd Snyder and footwear brand PF Flyers has announced the launch of a new product in their ongoing partnership: the Grounder Hi-Top in military canvas and leather. This new style combines Todd’s obsession with military functionality and PF Flyers’ American legacy, resulting in a smart sneaker for the modern man.
In the early 1900’s, inventor BF Goodrich manufactured several lines of vulcanized athletic shoes from tire rubber. In 1933 he patented the Posture Foundation insole, changing the sneaker landscape and immediately growing in popularity. In the 1950’s and ’60s, PF Flyers became one of the most popular shoe brands in America, dominating the athletic sphere and integrating into the military.
The Grounder originated as a US military issued boot in the 1940s, offering comfort and support to American troops stationed all over the world. In time it evolved into a high performance baseball shoe, and eventually became one of PF’s most durable all weather sneaker boots. A perfect blend of fashion and function—with the proper nod to its roots in the Service—the Grounder can stand up to the elements while still looking sharp.
Rugged and refined, the Todd Snyder New York X PF Flyer Grounder Hi-Top combines the signature vintage army aesthetic with premium materials and sport-fueled functionality. The Grounder is constructed from 14oz military canvas, with a solid rubber outsole and pigskin leather lining. A new tailored last plus signature PF Flyers insert offer premium fit and comfort, while elevated rubber foxing, gunmetal eyelets and lace tips, and an embroidered leather ankle patch add a handsome touch.
“I love digging through flea markets and hunting for treasures, so when I went to visit Christopher Tobias and the PF Flyers team in Boston and saw all their catalogs from the early 1900s it just blew me away,” says Snyder. “This new style is based on an amazing vintage sneaker in their archive from when they were making shoes for the military. The military has always been a huge source of inspiration for me, and when I saw that, I just knew we had to reintroduce it.”