Engaging conversation over coffee in a chic cafe, comfortable yet simply stylish attire, and long hour walks at the grand streets of Paris. Parisians love to walk and talk and they wear apparel that’s always street-ready but good enough for fancy night outs. Bensimon Sneakers, the new sneakers stepping in Manila, embodies the spirit of Parisian Life – simple and natural yet tough and travel ready.
Bennies in Manila
The Bensimon (pronounced as ben-see-mon), also called “Bennies” for short, is made out of soft canvass and a light rubber sole. I could clearly understand what the Bensimon brothers, Serge and Yves, mean when they say “Perfect Imperfection”. The hand-made quality gives each pair something unique, there may be similarities in the design lines and stitching but there are rough spots and imperfect cuts that doesn’t make it seem it came from a mass factory production.
Comfort and Fit
Like being in an entirely new place, Bensimon sneakers is something you get used to. I always like to break-in new shoes for a few weeks first to let my feet get accustomed to the fit and decide whether I like it or not. These “bennies” grew on me and got comfortable the more often I use it and longer as it softens up. Now if feels more like a sandal to me where I can slip it on and off comfortably. Pairing it with what I wear in terms of hue, Bensimon has a good array of colors to match with the clothes, I might buy another one since I only have the cobalt blue variant. More often, I use it when I stroll in mall, urban walks like when I went to Miri, Malaysia and simply everyday casual use like after-gym shoes. It gets natural in time as they say.
Bensimon Sneakers is distributed by Terry S. A., a renowned company who also manages the distribution of Havaianas, David and Goliath, and Pininho in Manila.
Bensimon Sneakers price ranges from P2,095 to P2,565 for the men and women’s line and P1,295 to P1,795 for the kids’ styles. Available at Rustans (Gateway, Makati, Alabang Town Center), Center of Gravity (Forbes Town, Burgos Circle, and Centris Walk), Shoe Salon (Glorietta 3, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Robinson’s Ermita, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, and Trinoma), and Shoe Thing (Kids styles only: Bonifacio High Street, Eastwood Mall, and Greenbelt 5).