Market Week never fails to deliver an eclectic selection of product from both younger, smaller labels as well as bigger players in the industry. This year, we decided to focus on the best footwear we came across. Traditional trainers are always a staple, but newer brand like the biomechanically minded GRDS brought something new to the table.
Browsing through the eclectic selection available during this season’s event, it’s clear that unusual sneaker design remains a strong selling point for a number of brands, while premium materials and unorthodox manufacturing methods help separate certain labels from the rest.
Scroll through below to check out the eight sneaker brands we’ll be watching during the SS17 season and take a look back at our coverage of New York Fashion Week: Men’s.
Veja extends their catalog of ecologically conscious offerings with more renditions of their popular leather sneakers. Classic color-blocking characterizes the majority of the timeless trainers but a pair wrapped in a beautiful perforated tan leather really caught our eye. Produced with recycled and responsible materials, Veja’s latest will appeal to any green-minded sneakerhead.
The local Brooklynites from the Hillside pick up right where they left off in SS17 bringing back their popular All-Weather High Top in more colorways. New collaborations for the season also meet their Standard-Slip-On, utilizing a unique knit material. Manufactured in a 140-year old factory in Western Japan, the Hillside’s footwear offers quality in both functionality and style.
The stylish Swedish label is often noted for the simplicity and functionality of its garments, but its classic footwear had our attention this time. Our Legacy’s Mono Runner sees more tonal suede and mesh sitting atop a comfy Vibram mid- and outsole while a number of clean tennis lace-ups round out the sneaker selection.
Dark horses in the performance footwear game, BrandBlack continues to blur the line between fashion and sportswear. The brand new Gambretto sneaker boasts performance with elevated design and materials, while the Kashiba Slide will keep you comfy off court. If you’re looking to wear something different in the gym, BrandBlack is definitely a brand to keep an eye on.
Japanese inspiration meets American-made quality in Yuketen’s latest sneaker. Crepe soles made with natural rubber are fitted to buttery suede uppers. Quality stitching, raw edges, and leather laces provide finishing details for those looking to jazz up their footwear rotation with something truly unique.
The luxury designers at Diemme continue to bring noble pieces to the table in SS17. Slip-ons keep things simple for those who want an easy-wear shoe that lets the materials do the talking, while the popular Fontesi is set to debut new colorways in an incredibly rich suede. If Italian quality and design wets your appetite, Diemme’s latest could fit your wardrobe.
Leather low-tops are fairly commonplace in today’s sneaker market, but GRDS changes it up with a new twist. Designed with biological mechanics in mind, each sneaker bears a unique inner pad and outsole to provide a better walking experience for the wearer. Handcrafted in Italy, these sneakers feature refreshing insight in a premium package.
Traditional silhouettes and materials are integrated with modern styling in the latest from No. 288. Mesh updates breathe new life into the Grand sneaker while the calfskin leather Bleeker is rendered anew with contrasting details. SS17 continues to work off of No. 288’s strengths – classic shapes, contemporary styling and timeless quality.
After stealing the show when we checked out Capsule last year, we had to check in again to see what the Italian shoemakers are up to. Its SS17 line continues to bring the brand’s contemporary aesthetic while reinterpreting models like the Vetta in new woven materials. A solid mix of the label’s iconic silhouettes and technical updates ensures a unique collection come 2017.
- Words: George Ocampo
- Photography: Thomas Welch / Highsnobiety.com