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As an undergrad at Southeastern Louisiana University 25 years ago, Billy Reid bought his first pair of white canvas K-Swiss Surf and Court sneakers. “They haven’t been white for a while, but I still have them. They’re like sandals,” says the Alabama-based designer of the hole-ridden relics that once served as tennis shoes. “It was something I hung on to because I couldn’t find a replacement pair.” Though subsequent eBay searches produced similar sneaks, none replicated the wear on his shoes from a “shape standpoint.” Then, two years ago, Reid, a Council of Fashion Designers of America winner, approached K-Swiss about reviving his old standbys with a limited-edition washed version in natural canvas (and pigment-dyed blue and black) with antique-brass eyelets, an elongated toe box (to mimic miles of stretching) and cheeky striped interior linings. “We actually used mattress ticking. It’s soft and has a really sturdy base to it,” says Reid, noting that, aside from the bedroom fabric, “all those materials are things we’ve used in the collections. So, without trying, it did have a message to it.” That message: pure Southern comfort. Billy Reid for K-Swiss Venice Surf & Court, $95, www.billyreid.com