Heritage American sneaker brand PF Flyers have been a little quiet for the past couple of years under the New Balance umbrella. That’s now changed with new owner Kassia Davis (coincidentally the daughter of NB chairman and majority owner Jim Davis), who bought PF in 2021 and is looking to revitalise the brand founded in 1937 by reissuing their iconic Center model.
The Center is perhaps best known for its silver screen appearance in 1993 film The Sandlot, which undoubtedly caused a spike in sales for the shoe and a healthy dose of nostalgia for 1960s Americana. Everyone can again buy a box-fresh pair of black and green Flyers – which the brand is nicknaming ‘The 1993’ – and pull them out on the field, just like Benny the Jet.
Beyond this edition, classic colourways of the Center have returned. Black, white, navy, and red are four essential shades of the model, which is still a canvas and rubber plimsoll. Technically speaking, the canvas is a sturdy 10z duck, the laces are also cotton, and the insoles have a heritage graphic replicating the OG edition, while also being firm and supportive. The Center is available in high and low cuts.
The return of PF Flyers should be exciting news for devotees of the brand. Could this also mean the revival of made in USA models too?