“Sophomore” translates to “wise fool” in Greek, and is our driving ethos. We work to cultivate a Beginner’s Mind, and we believe that if you’re just a little smarter, a little wiser, just a little more considered, you can have exactly what you want, what you need, and have some fun while you’re at it. There is currently a delta between where we’ve landed as a culture, and where the human body is meant to be. The modern world doesn’t have a plan. It didn’t arrive through thoughtfulness, or careful consideration. It just landed on us, consequence be damned. In this paradigm we’re too often asked to choose between feeling right for the times, and simply feeling right. Sophomore was born from this tension; from a notion that feeling current and doing right by your feet doesn’t have to be a choice. That’s why we create shoes that aren’t just made for the modern world, but made because of it. Solutions that don’t represent a departure from what you love, but a graduation to something just a little better.
Jordan has had a lifelong obsession with health and finding ways to make
natural living cool.
As a frustrated footwear consumer and foot nerd, he created Sophomore to make healthy, comfortable shoes for everyday life that actually look good. In 2016 he co-founded NYC-based healthy restaurant brand Springbone Kitchen, which now has four thriving locations and a national e-commerce business.
Outside of work you can find him trekking through forests, swimming in lakes and trying to emulate Rafael Nadal on a tennis court.
The Footsoldiers is a London-based footwear design firm specializing in lifestyle and performance design. It has since grown to become one of the largest independent footwear design consultancies in the World. Clients include UGG, Sperry, New Balance, Clarks and many, many more.