Size and fit

The K-Swiss Classic 88 is a reissue of the OG version that is now made available in both men's and women's sizes. The gentlemen can choose from sizes 6.5 to 15 while the ladies can choose from sizes 5 to 12. Width variations are also offered in Slim, Medium and Extra Wide. The shoe's leather upper requires some time to break in but ultimately fits true to size.

K-Swiss Classic 88 Style

Aptly named, the K-Swiss Classic 88 is a classic shoe through and through due to its enduring style that goes beyond trends. It also stays true to its heritage by donning the same minimal design as its older sibling, but this time the Classic 88 features a fuller silhouette as it made room for more in-step support. 

Channel your inner retro style by opting for the Classic 88 and pairing it with your casual staples. A pair of jeans and a shirt could be a safe and typical option for a laidback day, but the best thing about the kick is it could be dressed up for work and casual business occasions by pairing it with suits or uniforms.

Notable Features

Keeping the OG Classic's spirit alive, the K-Swiss Classic 88 still features the brand's iconic D-ring lace-up system, five-stripe side branding, and three-piece toe that they became known for. This kick's distinct feature from the OG is its bulkier silhouette – thicker midsole and plushier in-step comfort. Some colorways feature a dark brown lining that creates a nice design contrast.

K-Swiss Classic 88 History

K-Swiss was introduced as a footwear company in 1966. Two Swiss brothers named Art and Ernest Brunner who has an obsession with tennis and skiing pioneered it. They were on the hunt for a pair of tennis shoes that are stylish, durable and comfortable enough for them to play in. Unable to find the right shoe, they saw a business opportunity and decided to create it.

The brothers eventually came up with the K-Swiss Classic – an all-leather tennis shoe that took inspiration from a ski cleat. Attributes like five side bindings and D-ring lacing system were adapted onto the Classic to aid in the sport's lateral movements. The kick became so well-known amongst tennis fans that it eventually crossed onto the lifestyle sneaker arena and was frequently worn by preppy kids in the 70s.

In the 90s, Steven Nichols took an interest in the company and boosted K-Swiss's presence in the market by hiring experts in marketing. It was so successful that the brand garnered the attention of the youth from the urban setting. Today, the brand is targeting millennial entrepreneurs as their market by offering amped up versions of their classic heritage designs.

Just like any other classic footwear, K-Swiss retained their most iconic footwear, the K-Swiss Classic and reissued it for the loyal and new fans alike. The K-Swiss Classic 88 is a reiteration of the original release, as it looks virtually the same to the naked eye. But the brand noted that the Classic 88 features updates in comfort and has a fuller silhouette. It is now available in various colorways and widths.

Additional Info

  • The K-Swiss Classic 88’s insoles are removable.


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