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Wolf and Shepherd
For a pair of shoes to be worth wearing, they should not only look good but feel good, too.
Wolf & Shepherd’s dress shoes nailed both, which is why we named them the most comfortable dress shoes you’ll wear last year.
The brand is continuing to push the envelope in creating attractive, comfortable footwear, and its latest — the Gunner Driver — is the perfect shoe for summer.
It’s inspired by the classic Italian driving shoe and features a handcrafted waterproof suede upper. The materials are tanned and sourced in Northern Germany by a family-run tannery that specializes in suedes for supercar manufacturers, so your expectations for these should be high.
Wolf & Shepherd sent over a pair of these shoes for me to test, and I was excited to give them a try. Ironically, I had just returned a similarly-styled leather driver that I purchased a few weeks before because they were too uncomfortable.
My experience with the Gunner Driver was the complete opposite. In addition to having a sharp look and well-made feel, the shoes were surprisingly comfortable. That can be attributed to their pliable, form-fitting suede uppers and memory foam-lined insoles, ankle collars, and tongues.
Their comfort isn’t just relative to dress shoes either. As an avid sneaker collector with a background in sneaker writing, I’ve worn my fair share of shoes over the years.
My initial reaction to putting this pair on was that none of my sneakers were as comfortable.
I work in New York City, so I have to do quite a bit of walking during my commute, and my feet didn’t hurt at all. I was even able to wear these comfortably for a few hours after getting home, which is a lot more than I can say for a lot of other shoes. Wearing the Gunner Drivers all day was the real test, and they easily passed.
The waterproof upper also came in handy on a day I got caught in the rain walking from the subway to the office; the shoes dried perfectly and there was no damage to the suede. You typically have to check the weather before wearing suede shoes (which I didn’t do,) or suffer the consequence of damaging them.
Yes, there are waterproofing sprays that you can buy, but you run the risk of ruining your shoes by over spraying. The Gunner Drivers are ready to go right out of the box, whether you’re looking for drivers that are suitable for all weather conditions or find yourself poolside a lot during summer.
The Wolf & Shepherd Gunner Driver is available for $225. The price may seem a little steep, but they’re worth every penny. Skip the process of buying uncomfortable shoes like I did, and get the most comfortable drivers I’ve tried. Your feet will thank you.
Shop the Wolf & Shepherd Gunner Driver collection here.
Check out the four available colorways below.