With a change of season comes an obligatory revamp for your rotation. Out with the summer-friendly canvas and sockless slides, and in with more weather-resilient, chunky silhouettes (or so it would seem at Highsnobiety HQ). If you’ve been looking for the perfect pair to set off your ’fall fits, the in-the-know sneakerheads who put this website together have some suggestions for you.
Covering everything from the slick to the thick; sporty to high fashion; affordable to investment — our staff selection of fall sneakers spans brands such as YEEZY, Nike, Maison Margiela, and Prada, so we’re not-so-quietly confident that you’ll find something you like.
Scroll down to see our full selection, and feel free to rip our writers taste to shreds/share your personal fall grails in the comments.
Nigel Minani, Commerce Content Curator
“Salomon’s S/Lab just released this Ferrari of a sneaker. From color to function, the Softground trail-running shoe is on the forefront of the ugly/dad sneaker trend that’s still going on, and probably won’t go away for a minute. Money here is well invested as the shoe features a water-repellent upper, a quick-lace system and, advanced cushioning.”
Jian DeLeon, Editorial Director
“Maison Margiela’s ‘Artisanal’ collection is known for pushing the envelope and making beautifully weird products, from hybrid leather motorjackets to Frankenstein trench coats. The Fusion sneaker technically lives in the men’s collection — hence the circled 10 on the bottom of the sole — but it reminds me of everything I love about the Artisanal line, which is coming back for men with John Galliano’s recent SS19 collection. I first spotted these on A$AP Rocky’s feet during Paris Fashion Week, and have wanted them ever since. This is pretty much a post-apocalyptic dad shoe that isn’t for the faint of heart, and I love items that almost dare you to wear them.”
Chris Danforth, Footwear Editor
“This Fall, I’ll be regularly wearing my trusty Timbs like every year. But on chilly days when I feeling like splashing out, I’ll be rocking the NikeCRAFT x Tom Sachs Mars Yard Overshoe. Say what you want about the design and the price, but…the waterproof Dyneema upper, treaded outsole, and easy Fidlock buckles make this a winter option that could contend with the best of them. Now, to figure out what pants to wear…”
Herbert Hofman, Creative Director for Commerce
“I’m not sure if I would call this Prada Novo design a sneaker or a shoe, which makes it so interesting. Some parts of the sole and upper elements communicate sneaker or workwear shoe, but the general execution and shape hark to proper leather shoes that could be worn with a classic suit. These days I’m bored of over-designed colorful chunky sneakers and am pining for uncomplicated leather shoes. This one combines both worlds and makes the transition easier.”
Aaron Toumazou, E-Commerce Editor
“When I first clocked Acne Studios’ Rockaway online I was on the fence — was this a chunky grail or bordering on orthopedic? When the distressed colorway arrived, I finally tried a pair on and I’ve been pretty infatuated ever since. Not only were my doubts about the silhouette put to rest, I love how the pre-distressed look takes the stress away from keeping a $500 sneaker squeaky clean.”
Fabian Gorsler, Footwear Staff Writer
“I really really didn’t want to pick a YEEZY, let alone an adidas or Nike model, for this list but there’s just no getting around that the YEEZY 500 in Utility Black is the perfect shoe for the Fall/Winter season. An all-black colorway with reflective detailing always works and the YEEZY 500 is just one of those sneakers that looks better when its beat up. The utilitarian design works with a number of ’fits and you don’t have to worry about inclement weather.”
Anders Schans, Affiliate Partnerships
“The Dunk is making a comeback right now, however, this Nike x Soulland Dunk High from 2017 is completely slept on. Soulland is a staple on the Danish fashion scene, and they outdid themselves on this one. The jewel swoosh placed on top of the stitched swoosh, the unpadded tongue, and the subtle colorway are all elements that make this shoe perfect in my eyes. This is easily one of my favorite releases in recent years, and a no-brainer this Fall”
Max Grobe, Associate Fashion Editor
“Fall/Winter is probably my least favourite season for men’s fashion, as I’m usually forced to defer to multiple layers of black and gray to stay warm. With than in mind, these Prada Cloudbursts are the perfect option to tie an all-black look together with a breathable mesh, and a variety of matte and shiny textures.”
Graeme Campbell, Newsroom Editor
“During summer, I usually opt for canvas beaters that can be wrecked at festivals and general outdoor galavanting. When fall rolls around, it’s time to switch things up with something a little more luxe, such as the 3A by Munich brand VOR. The kicks are essentially a rich man’s Stan Smith, boasting a full grain leather upper and calfskin leather lining. There are no chunky soles or oversized tongues here — just expert Teutonic craftsmanship that will bring a touch of regal elegance to any ‘fit.”
Callum Leyden, Junior Visual Editor
“The second UNDERCOVER x Nike drop featured the perfect colorways for fall. While the green mist model seemed to emerge as the more popular of the two, I love the color pop that came with the Superman-esque red and blue on this pair.”
Viktor Kaćunić, Affiliate Partnerships
“I had to choose the Skeppys for my go-to Fall/Winter shoe. Looks aside, the sneaker offers a lot of key traits you need from a shoe in the upcoming months. It’s durable, comfortable, offers a lot of stability, and that soft velvet used on the inside really does keep your feet snug. On top of all that, the shoe just looks really nice and is the perfect low-key flex. Don’t sleep on them (or on tour!)”
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