In an era where everything from your skincare to your phone case can be customised, it seemed only right that your footwear would be given the same treatment. Cue the My Cesare sneakers, the first fully personalised sneaker from Ermenegildo Zegna.

First shown on Alessandro Sartori’s collection for the Ermenegildo Zegna Winter 2019 season, the My Cesare sneakers can come in almost a thousand different combinations. That’s because almost every element of the shoe can have its colour chosen by you.

Latin-American singer A. Chal posing with his version of the My Cesare sneakers. (Photo: Ermenegildo Zegna)
English poet/model Sonny Hall's customised My Cesare sneakers. (Photo: Ermenegildo Zegna)

How many times have you stared at one of two options of the sneakers you’ve been lusting after, wishing instead that they came in your favourite colour combination? With the My Cesare sneakers, you’ll finally be able to flex your artistic mastery after years of being a sneakerhead.

Whether you want a yellow XXX logo (a signature since Sartori stepped into the house) or the laces to come in a dual vicuna & white colourway, the options are aplenty. Seriously though, you would be surprised by the sheer extent to which you can customise your sneakers.

What makes your pair of My Cesare’s really yours though is at the heel. A little patch will be home to your initials (up to three characters) with the letters being in your chosen colour. This mark, while not as bold or prominent as the other customisable elements of the sneaker, will distinguish it as yours. It also makes for the perfect statement sneaker with elements of haute couture.

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The stealthy-looking My Cesare sneakers by Topaz Jones are accented with a hint of orange. (Photo: Ermenegildo Zegna)

Don’t be fooled by its exterior. The My Cesare sneakers with their ultra-light soles and athleisure silhouette make them perfect for visiting one of your high-end boutique fitness havens. With these shoes, we envision the future of footwear to be able to bring you from the boardroom to the treadmill with style, and it doesn’t get any easier with My Cesare.

If you’re convinced, you can customise your own My Cesare sneaker via the Ermenegildo Zegna interactive design application, select boutiques, or through Farfetch and WeChat. And in six to eight weeks, you’ll be the proud owner of your very own pair of personalised sneakers.

(All images: Ermenegildo Zegna)

Josiah Neo
Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.