Northwave (previously known as Calzaturificio Piva), an Italian brand founded in the region of Montebelluna (a renowned shoe district), is synonymous with one thing: footwear. And snowboard boots. Which is basically footwear. Northwave got its breakthrough in the global streetwear scene in the 90’s with their smash hit Espresso silhouette, which was especially big in Japan. After having been out of production for years, their icon, with its unique “Big Boy” sole, is now back. If it looks familiar, it’s likely because its also a predecessor to many contemporary brands’ newer silhouettes.