words // Brandon Richard

Staying true to the overall vision of Creative Recreation as a brand, the Solano high-top blends the comfort and feel of an athletic sneaker with the visual appeal of a dress shoe. The all-occasion silhouette is characterized by its premium leather build and zippers around the collar that allow the wearer to customize his or her look. Now available is a version of the Solano inspired by the frigid fall and winter temperatures of Russia.

Creative Recreation representatives used their experience from a recent trip to Russia for their Fall 2011 Collection. The boot-inspired shoe features a tan leather upper with navy blue military-stitched quilted mesh paneling on the sides and toebox. Dark green synthetic material appears on the ankle and forefoot, while red boot laces pull the look together above. Finishing off things below is an off-white vulcanized sole.

The Solano and several other Creative Recreation models are available now over at Eastbay.

Available: Creative Recreation Solano

Creative Recreation Solano Navy Forest Brown