When we think of Swedish fashion design, Acne Studios is the first label that comes to mind. Since its 1996 conception, the Stockholm-founded enterprise has grown from go-to denim brand to so much more. Continuing to impress with its bold new collections season after season, an area that Acne Studios always hits the mark is in its luxury sneaker offering; kicks that offer an element of luxury to any rotation at price tags that sit in between top sports brands and major fashion houses.
Acne Studios’ sneaker designs are instantly recognized while also taking cues from both the hottest sneaker trends and timeless styles. Now, if you’ve been on the fence about which of its luxury kicks to invest in, here we aim to make your decision making that bit easier. From the orthopedic-looking Rockaway to the retro classic Lars, Acne’s latest sneaker output has a silhouette for every aesthetic, with colorways spanning from muted to all-out statement.
The Rockaway and Manhattan silhouette has been a staple of fashion week street style lookbooks since they first debuted. An update of its Soffiane runner for FW17 – which came with an experimental side lacing system, swollen paneling and the signature protruding midsole bumps still present today – the most recent iterations have been Acne Studios’ greatest yet.
A take on ’90s American urban sportswear, throwback aesthetics are best seen on the all-white pairs and the particular grail that is the tumbled, pre-distressed version which preceded similar styles by Margiela and Gucci. Meanwhile, recent exclusives to luxury fashion e-commerce giant SSENSE, including the multicolored iteration, come with insane head-turning appeal.
The Perey is a minimalist and decidedly smarter gem that can be paired with almost any outfit. Coming as part of Acne Studios’ popular face motif collection (which can be seen on the heel of each sneaker), the kicks also feature branding on the inner straps of their velcro closures.
Most popular in box-fresh white, the new season has seen brighter, bolder versions of the Perey, as well as new lace-up closures. Our pick for those who can’t get enough of the Stockholm label? Gotta be that instantly recognizable “dusty pink” colorway.
The Lars is a non-conformer – a minimalist sneaker that takes few cues from the trendy, chunkier shapes of fashion brands today. Instead, it’s a simple but perfectly executed every-day kick inspired by vintage indoor sports shoes, made from soft leather and sporting only very subtle branding on its tongue.
A perfect summer shoe, the black and tumbled white colorways are easily matched with a low-key but high fashion fit. To really show off that premium soft leather upper and suede paneling though, two-tone options such as the navy blue and tan versions are no-brainers.
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews