Size and fit

Two types of construction embody the K-Swiss Classic 88 Knit which is one for men and women. Men can rock a pair of these clean low tops starting with sizes 6.5 to 14. Women, on the other hand, have a size range of 5 to 11. The sneaker is assembled in D and B medium widths, respectively.

K-Swiss Classic 88 Knit Style

Vintage looking sneakers like the K-Swiss Classic 88 Knit shoes deserve to be partnered with the same concept involving retro clothes. But for those who would want to dress freely at their will might consider dark denim jeans with white tees for an alternating color scheme. The flat sole of the low top sneaker enables it to blend well with numerous style options for men and women. The girls can even wear it with sundresses, so that’s a plus.

Notable Features

What differentiates this low top sneaker with other K-Swiss Classic 88 is the obvious knitted upper with a no-sew detailing on the stripes. The sneaker was released in two prominent colorways which are White/White and White/Navy/Red. The 3-piece toe accent was also remodeled to oblige with the knit material.

K-Swiss Classic 88 Knit History

Fusing European class with the American dream was the story behind K-Swiss’ success story. Art and Ernest Brunner are Swiss brothers who were living in the Alps then shifted for a more beachy vibe. Their strong inclination with the turf court sport brought them to coasts of California. Realizing that tennis athlete’s feet deserved the best option there is, they started distributing shoes which were formerly imported from Swiss Kuenzli.

Swiss Kuenzli became the inspiration of the shoe company named Brunner Ltd. established in 1966. The Brunner brothers changed their brand name in 1972 to K-Swiss which was heavily inspired by Swiss Kuenzli. The 5-stripe trademark of their shoe models was registered in 1974 which was roughly the same time when they released their iconic white leather shoe line.

The Classic was a huge hit for tennis enthusiasts and casual walkers alike during the time where athletes sport their kicks on and off the court. Showcasing its prowess in providing lateral stability via the stripes, the Classic came off as a birth child of K-Swiss’ ski-boot design. The 5 stripes come with matching D-rings at the lacing system for easy snugging.

Fast forward to the future, K-Swiss goes back to the coveted design of the Classic and reinvents its upper into a knitted material exuding uncontested comfort. The K-Swiss Classic 88 Knit radiates in a full tonal upper tinted in white with its lateral striping bearing the same pigment. The Stripes utilize a no-sew detailing which further boosts the sleekness of the silhouette.

The sneaker was fortunate enough to be inducted as the motivational speaker Gary Vaynerchuk’s third sneaker collaboration with the Californian brand. The K-Swiss Classic 88 Knit “Dirt and Clouds” revamp the timeless style of the sneaker and injects Gary Vee’s personal touch via the signature on the sole which reads “The Work, The Grind, The Hustle!” The color blue and brown symbolizes the rise from the ground up to the skies which are perfectly employed along the stripes on the side.

Additional Info

  • The compression molded EVA midsole provides ample cushioning and shock absorption while an injection molded EVA outsole administers grip and protection.
  • The footbed is made up of a die-cut EVA with a CMEVA heel cup.
  • The lace-up system of enclosure uses the iconic D-rings for its eyelets.


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