As sneakers continue to infiltrate every echelon of culture, the luxury landscape has been exploring new territory, too. No longer is it simply COMME des GARÇONS and Balenciaga waving the flag for luxury sneakers, with pretty much every high fashion brand seemingly having trodden down this footwear path.
And with the shapes, aesthetics, and colorways changing every season, here we’ve narrowed down some particular highlights of the current luxury offering. In our selection below, you’ll find everything from the latest stealthy kicks from Salomon x Boris Bidjan Saberi and Vibram-harnessed snake print high-tops of 1017 ALYX 9SM to the top-tier offerings of fashion houses including Maison Margiela and Prada.
Scroll on to peep all our luxury sneaker picks.
The Cloudbust is a signature shoe from Prada which has seen everything from monochromatic to neon colorways done with both lace and velcro-strap closures. For SS19, this iteration really stood out to us, coming in a mostly white upper with yellow and maroon panels and accents throughout.
The pre-distressed vibes have been a fixture of luxury kicks by everyone from Acne Studios to Maison Margiela in recent times, but a favorite of ours have to be these by Boris Bidjan Saberi. Don’t be fooled by the worn aesthetic; the upper comes handcrafted in a premium grained kangaroo skin leather, and the smudged rubber trim on its chunky sole really pops.
When has adidas by Raf Simons ever disappointed? The Detroit Runner has seen its share of colorways now, but for your spring and summer rotations, the contrasting sole and logo plaque attachment on its heel takes it to new heights.
Margiela has something for every aesthetic when it comes to sneakers, from its low-key Replica to its wild, deconstructed Fusion. Recently though, it’s the Artisinal silhouette that takes pride of place on our wishlist, done out in a deep red to embrace that devil on your shoulder encouraging you to drop $1,000+ on your next rotation addition.
Balenciaga’s Triple-S silhouette long reigned supreme as the ultimate luxury sneaker flex, but its Track sneakers are fast taking over. Sitting at the higher end of that evergrowing relationship between performance-wear and fashion, this off-white and orange colorway might just be our favorite to date.
Lovers of all-things Nike will surely be familiar with the elevated output of COMME des GARÇONS, and the Air Presto Foot Tent is the latest must-have for serious collectors of this ongoing collaborative effort. In truth, we’re surprised these are even still available at retail platforms.
1017 ALYX 9SM’s snakeskin print pieces have emerged as quite the highlight for SS19, seen rocked by everyone from Kim Kardashian to A$AP Rocky. Now, applied to Matthew Williams’ brands insane Vibram-harnessed high-tops, we have a true luxury sneaker grail on our hands.
With its own recent releases, Salomon S/LAB is at the top of its game in recent times. Add the avant-garde aesthetics of Boris Bidjan Saberi to the mix and this tri-colored low-top Bamba 2 might just be one of the best kicks to come from this ongoing partnership.
You can’t beat a pair of Visvim kicks. These Voyageur moccasin-style sneakers are pure quality, coming with a classic fringe-trimmed cow suede upper atop a contrasting cream rubber sole. Extra elevation comes care of details such as leather laces, brass eyelets, and hand-stitched details throughout.
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