The Tough Tennis Shoes

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  • Ultra-tough organic cotton canvas outer
  • Hard-wearing outsoles made from 100% recycled rubber
  • Sleek design and comfortable fit, made in Portugal

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Summer classics with staying power

Tough enough for the court, ready for everything else

4,000 of you got some pent-up tennis shoe disappointment off your chests. We sieved through all that feedback and boiled it right down. These were the repeat offenders on the tennis shoe let-downs list:

What you didn’t want


The canvas gave way too easily


The outsole wore thin in a heartbeat


They weren’t comfortable


The outsoles peeled away

Hole in none

You’ve just got this year’s pair of canvas pumps looking worn in and what happens? That’s right, your big toe makes an unscheduled appearance right through the canvas. Back to square one…Well, not with these. We selected some seriously hardwearing, half-braided organic cotton canvas, made by Telatex over in France. It’s the same stuff we use for our tried and tested Tough Trousers.

Court-ready, just in case

You don’t have to play tennis in these, but we wanted them to be up to the task, just in case. So we made the outsoles extra hard-wearing. Unlike those fly-by-night pumps you’ve been buying a pair of each year, these are made to stick around. The rubber’s 100% recycled, which could be a nice talking point, if you get really jammed up for chat on holiday.

Star comfort

We decided it was high time canvas tennis shoes matched their chilled aesthetic with some high-level chilling-friendly comfort. That’s in great part due to the Strobel construction, where the upper is sewn onto the insole before everything is expertly fixed to the outsole. With the extra comfy and easily removable insole and soft off-white twill lining, your feet will be on cloud nine.

No bells, whistles or zippers here

We spent a lot of time getting the lines on these just right. No platform soles, double-long tongues, zips or jazzy tweaks - just a seriously tidy pair of tennis shoes with a sleek shape in keeping with the type’s classically understated lineage. When a classic’s designed right, and made by expert craftsmen, you don’t need to distract the eye with bells or whistles.

Co-created, big time

We always get input from our co-creators (that’s you) before we whip out the draft pads and sharpen our pencils, but these were something of a co-creation highpoint. 70,000 of you told us what you needed from your summer footwear, with 4,000 of you sharing how they had failed you in the past. That’s quite the sample group, merci.

Eyelets on the prize

And, in this case, the prize is having laces that actually work. We went for tough metal eyelets - five on each side - that’ll let your laces move easily. Less drag, less fraying, more use. It’ll be some time until you have to pull the old skip-four-eyelets-to-make-half-a-shoelace-work trick.


We’ve got a hunch there might be a few unwanted downpours this summer. We know, it’s hard to believe. But just in case we’re right we went ahead and added a PFC-free water-repellent treatment to the canvas.

Big decisions

We wouldn’t be cruel enough to fix all the issues you had with summer canvas shoes then produce them in a day-glow polka dot with a tartan overcheck. We went - shockingly - with some tried and tested, classic summer hues. It’s over to you on the picking, but remember your choice’ll be with you for many summers to come so do so wisely.

Grand slam tennis shoes

That’s the long and the short of it. A pair of canvas tennis shoes that’ll actually last. Built for summer, with comfort and durability in mind. You don’t have to play tennis in them, but it’s nice to know that you could without them exploding before you make it to the net. The ball’s in your court.

All production steps for your Tough Tennis Shoes

What goes into making a pair of Tough Tennis Shoes. The materials have travelled a total of 7,148 km (4,441 miles) from field to doormat.

Organic Cotton (harvesting and preparing)

Farming cooperatives Benin, Turkey


Tissage Mouline Thillot (France) France and Turkey


Filatures et tissages des Vosges France

Social certifications : Standard100 by OEKO TEX

Dyeing and finish

Mathelin Apprets Teinture France

Social certifications : Tissu France Terre Textile, OEKO-TEX Standard 100

Sewing, Garment make and finish

Aboutoday Portugal


Road haulage

Environmental Impact

Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each pair of Tough Tennis Shoes we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:

7.02 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 72.4 kms (45 miles) by car.

0.25 g

of phosphor released in the water

The equivalent of growing 4.2 kg of apples.

150.27 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 50.8 of heating (in avg. flat).


Delivery costs

We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries* including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 6€ or 9€ irrespective of how many pieces of the same item you order. For deliveries in the rest of Europe and outside of the EU, the cost is 15€.

Easy to change sizes

If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe these are free, and for countries, in the rest of the world we ask you to pay the return and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.


Sure, we work hard on our products, but we won’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, you change your mind about the item you’ve preordered. We’re all friends here, you can be honest with us. So long as the item is in its original condition, with tags and packaging intact, you can send it back to us for a full refund. No worries.

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