sneaker styled walking cane by matthew kroeker for top & derby sneaker styled walking cane by matthew kroeker for top & derby
apr 12, 2013

sneaker styled walking cane by matthew kroeker for top & derby

‘sneaker-styled walking cane’ by matthew kroeker for top & derby



for hundreds of years, walking sticks were used as common fashion accessories – made and worn with pride. over time, the aesthetics were abandoned and the finely crafted artifacts were replaced with cold, clinical, and impersonal items of utility. canadian designer matthew kroeker has conceived an elegant and functional walking cane for top & derby, helping give cane-users an extra boost of confidence and poise in their daily routines. the handle has a distinct nose which is comfortable to hold and intuitively positions the hand directly over the wood shaft. this unique detail also allows the assistive device to rest against a wall effortlessly for quick access; it can be propped up on its nose or side, without the cane slipping or falling over as easily as generic canes often do.



the cane can be perched on it’s side



cast in aluminum and then heat-treated the construction provides a rigid core, which over-molded with silicone, forming a soft, continuous grip that conforms to a users hand and dampens vibrations while they walk. The shaft is turned from solid American black walnut and finished with a durable coating to protect the wood and bring out the natural variation in the grain. the show of the grain implements a sneaker-influenced sole that’s molded in an abrasion resistant thermoplastic rubber. the walking canes are seeking funding on indiegogo.



the over-molded silicone grip allows the cane to lean against the wall without slipping



the wordmark is laser marked on the solid walnut shaft






woman with a top & derby cane



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  • First of all it is beautifully designed. But it’s designed mostly for old people – where is
    the old user in the presentation?

    Shahaf says:
  • really nice design. Bling on the gold plated version!

    pg says:
  • @Shahaf. Thanks for the comment! You make a good point, but if you check out the campaign at you can see that the older demographic has been represented (in the video and elsewhere)

    matthew kroeker says:
  • People of all ages get injured and use canes– just visit any occupational rehab office and you see teenagers all the way to geriatric patients depending on canes. I salute a designer finally designing a fashionable look. One more thing thats great about it…sometimes canes fall to the floor…clattering as they hit …making a racket. With a rubber handle…sound is deadened.

    Mary Anne Enriquez says:
  • I was bron in 1945. Many would label me as “old” due to my birth date. I don’t feel old., and there is no need for me to use a cane. I know good design when I see it, however, and these canes are cool. At my gym, younger participants frequently endure sports injuries. Others have not inherited “good bones” or are overwieght and have “knee surgeries, often in late thrities to mid fifties. To me they are not “old” at all , but they are out of shape and susceptible to back, knee and foot injuries This produict could be useful to people of all ages due to conditons they may have or just as a matter of style. Like a well desinged hat, a cool cane could be quite the fashion statement

    Richard Schmoyer says:
  • I love the design. The challenge with canes is where to rest them when not in use – example at a meeting, restaurant, or sitting at a park bench. You have come up with a great solution with the handle. Perfect for all ages.

    Meadow Hunter says:

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