Autry sneakers (“the shoes with the American flag”) is distinctive for its 1980s flair and the Stars & Stripes flag in its logo. Starting up in 1982 in Dallas, Texas, Autry’s sneakers gained mass popularity thanks to their design and technical innovations. In 1985 it was voted the finest tennis shoe on the market by Tennis Magazine, and in 1987, it was featured in Sports Illustrated.
After founder Jim Autry died in 2009, the brand was discontinued until 2019, when it was then taken over by French fans Alberto Raengo and Régis Billard and their partners Gino Zarelli and Marco Doro. Transforming Autry into a modern lifestyle brand, it now offers a growing range of models all based on the iconic Autry Medalist tennis shoe, a re-edition of which was launched through a network of premium sellers.
The vintage-style Autry Medalist features a clean and subtle silhouette, combining a perforated toebox with an off-white chunky midsole and flat-top laces. They were built with comfort, mobility, and shock absorption in mind, with an upper made from soft leather and a thicker and wider sole for extra grip, and now come in a variety of colours further to its classic white style and both high and low-top versions.
The Autry Dallas is a smooth leather model that features exposed seams and a padded ankle collar. It comes in a variety of colours intersected with white panels, and keeps its sole unit yellowed for that 80s vibe.
The Autry Open comes in a high, mid, or low-top silhouette with a leather upper and contrasting multi-layer suede inserts. A padded ankle collar, mesh side inserts and a leather and cotton terry lining ensure a comfortable fit, and a vintage-look yellowed rubber sole.
The Autry Bob Lutz, like the Dallas, has a clean leather upper with exposed seams, but also features a distinctive yellowed rubber toe that matches its rubber sole. Flat cotton laces and a padded ankle collar complete the look.
Generally, Autry sneakers fit a bit large, so it’s recommended you buy a size down.