The Knox v The Charlie

The Knox v The Charlie

Our sidewall stitch construction married traditional craftsmanship with ultimate comfort and production. Built like a boot using only premium hides inside and out, HELM sneakers are resoleable, contour with age, and keep getting more comfortable through the years. The Knox and The Charlie are matched in integrity although set apart in look and feel. We’re breaking down the key differences and similarities so you know exactly what to expect and to help you choose the best fit for your style.

What’s the Same


Sidewall Stitch Construction
Traditional sneakers are made by cementing the upper to the sole of the shoe (an inexpensive production process with less complex construction). Our designs are sidewall stitched for increased integrity. 

Supple Leather Uppers
High-grade leather means less cracks over time. HELM sneakers will retain shape and the contour improves with every wear.

Renewable Style
Every style in our lineup is resoleable and constructed using only the best materials. Increased longevity means you’ll see a better return in your investment with lower cost per wear.

Odor Resistant Lining
Cow leather is more odor resistant than other hide types. Inside and out, HELM sneakers feature only the highest quality and grade of hides. 

What’s Distinctive

Zip Up Profile
The Knox is a contemporary blend of our customer favorites, the Pablo and The Charlie. The pattern is inspired by an Italian Moto boot, with a YKK zipper for a minimalist profile. 

Padded Tongue
We added a cushioned lining to the tongue of The Charlie. Much like a durable hiking boot, the profile features a padded top for step-in comfort and heightened ankle support.

The Hardware
When it comes to hardware, The Knox is minimalist while The Charlie is bold. Featuring D-ring and Speed Hook lace-ups in polished nickel or antique brass, the details of The Charlie make a statement. The Knox interior YKK zipper is subtle, enduring, and refined. 

The Fit
Lace-up profiles offer a flexible fit across the top of the foot, allowing for width and ankle support to be tailored. The Knox’s moto boot style is designed to fit like a glove, with an effortless easy-on easy-off zip-up design. Both styles feature the same toe box shape and leather type. If you have a high arch or narrow foot, we recommend The Charlie. 

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