Tretorn. The Swedish brand still has that country club allure, made even more exotic by the fact that they are still a bit hard to find in U.S. stores, though now seem to be reappearing. Above, an old commercial for the brand that seems to date from a 1990s revival of the brand in the U.S. Interesting that in the U.S., the brand is associated with tennis, but in Europe and the U.K., associations also include rubber and wellies.
The classic Tretorn? The Tretorn Nylite. My wife received a pair of the shoes from her fashionable sister Suzette for her birthday last week.
A bit of product info from a tag that is sewn on the back of each shoe:
The Nylite, born in 1967, reigned supreme on tennis courts around the world for over a decade. Recognized for its distinct toe shape and lightweight rubber sole, the Nylite was soon regarded as the first luxury sport shoe. Today, Tretorn brings you the Nylite in the same style as the original, created 40 years ago.
Today, the brand is apparently owned by German Puma, though that fact is hidden, so as not to contaminate one brand with another, as Tretorn is decidedly Scandinavian, just as Dunlop is British.
Recently, there has been a renaissance of interest in 1970s tennis brands; the Boast polo shirt, for instance, is also in revival.
With a legacy of Wimbledon and technological innovation with tennis balls, the Volvo of tennis shoes is everything classic that trendy Adidas and Nike are not.
Interested in classic shoe brands? Read:
- History of Rubber Company Sneakers
- Top Ten Classic Tennis Brands
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- History of Alox Shoe Laces
Below, a 50th anniversary promo for the Nylite.