European based with influence spanning world-wide, Northwave has evolved to become one of the most watched street shoe collections on the market today.

A leader in the snowboard boot market, Northwave’s directional street shoe designs over the last two years have drawn strong acclaim for their originality and individual style.

“Located in Northeast Italy at the heart of shoe making expertise, our strength is footwear. In our casual line the focus is on functional individual soles for the street, each collection carrying its own identity and built to walk,” said Northwave’s Marketing Director, Dan Hjort.

First released in the winter of ’95, Northwave’s original fat soled Espresso has since become the flagship shoe of our casual collection. Re-released last winter, the Espresso saw the addition of the hybrid Winter Street line, with an eclectic mix of bolder materials such as fake fur, snake, and suedes built on a new fatter snowboard boot grip.

Soles firmly entrenched in the Northwave psyche, the collection was further expanded in the spring with the release of the green golf spiked Club line. Symbolizing a growing movement in the youth underground to golf without the hype, the Club lines’ experimental defiance of the ordinary has won quick appeal.

A recognizable and much sought after force in the street shoe market, Northwave has expanded it’s operation for ’97. Our focus is shoes for people and their function ….. your feet and the street. Northwave, fine quality street shoes for all the year.


1997 – 98 Shoe Preview

“Builders of Fine Quality Street Shoes”

Northwave proudly introduces our new collection of street shoes for Fall – Winter 97 / 98. Originators of the big soled style of street shoes, and building footwear for over 25 years, we at Northwave offer the most innovative and alternative styles of street shoes available today.

Heading up the fall collection are the Winter Street’s, shoes inspired by snowboard boot soles but fashioned for everyday wear, now available in 4 distinctive styles.

The often imitated Espresso, our “Original Fat Soled Street Shoe” is also back in four different styles, three of which are available in ten unique colors.

Returning for its third round of play is the Club collection, a classic styled golf shoe designed for play on some of today’s toughest courses – the city streets. The Club comes to us this year in 7 styles, 2 of which are new, 5 suede and 2 leather, all uniquely colored.

Last but not least we are very proud to announce our latest entry into the shoe market, the Life collection, available in 8 styles, 6 suede and 2 leather. Like all Northwave shoes the Life is very distinctive by it’s unique sole which in this case is highlighted on the bottom with a sperm like traction design. We are very proud of the Life collection, a new line of shoes that we designed with style, comfort, and individuality in mind.

Founded in the world’s most renowned shoe making region in Italy’s Northwest Montebelluna, Northwave has combined over 25 years worth of quality manufacturing experience with young design influence to create our street shoe line which is only 3 years old. Debuting our first street line back in 1994, we at Northwave have worked very hard to lay a strong foundation on which to build a brand that will undoubtedly be around for many years to come. Quality, comfort, and style will drive the Northwave line into the 97/98 season and beyond.

All of Northwave’s street shoes are designed and built with two specific functions in mind, your feet and the street …………………. Winter Street(R) Series: Liens, Mellons, Indies, Rodeos

Available in four distinctive styles, the Winter Street series was inspired by snowboard boot soles but fashioned for everyday wear. Basically a winter version of our Espresso line, the Winter Street’s are highlighted by a snowboard boot soles with a street shoe upper to provide not only maximum ankle support, but stylee, and comfort as well.

Espresso Series: Soul, Cream, Chili, Legend

Coming to you this year in ten colors is Northwave’s(R) often imitated but never duplicated “Original Fat Soled Street Shoe”, the Espresso series. New to the series this year is the Soul, a blue/grey suede mid-top featuring speed lacing and the always present fat sole.Also new this year is the Cream, a suede mid-top available in 10 unique colors. Rounding out the Espresso series in the original Legend and it’s mid-top version the Chili, available in 10 unique colors as well.

Club Series: Shank, Mashie, Slice, Eagle, Flag, Birdie, Divot

Returning for its third season the Club series is a classic styled golf shoe designed for play on some of today’s toughest courses – the city streets. Debuted last fall the Club series came in all suede and this summer in all canvas. Seven styles in all, the Club series now comes to us this year with five models in suede and two in leather.

Life Series: True Love, Romeo & Juliette, Sutra, Forever, Loner, Escort, 2 A.M., Puppy Love

Debuting in summer 97′ the Life series will return for the fall line in 8 styles, 6 suede and 2 leather. Additions from the summer line would include the uniquely styled suede blue /grey mid-top Forever, and the black suede mid-top Sutra. The Life series is very distinctive by its unique sole which in this case is highlighted on the bottom with a sperm like traction design.

We are very proud of the 97/98 fall – winter line that was created for style, comfort, and individuality. As always, all of Northwave’s street shoes are designed and built with two specific functions in mind, your feet and the street…………………….