There are luxury brands and then there's Bottega Veneta. In even his thus-brief tenure, creative director Matthieu Blazy has handily distinguished Bottega from any of its would-be peers, further fleshing out a realm where humble sophistication è tutto and social media sono niente.

#NewNewBottega, as it's sometimes called, is epitomized by clean lines, easy dressing, and resplendent fabrication. Blazy's vision is all-inclusive: there's ample room for nipped tailoring, easy athleisure, and faded workwear, so long as it's all sleek and sumptuous.

House signatures, like Bottega Veneta's perennial it-bags or those killer trompe l'oeil leathers epitomize the mood within Bottega World, Blazy's domain.

Citizens of Bottega World carry elegant leather satchels to the bookstore and their eveningwear is somehow simultaneously glamourous and egoless. The vibe is effortless, the magic word is "intrecciato," and the only passport you need for entrance is the Bottega app.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Tiktok.

Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2022, Blazy's debut collection, is a strong introduction to the refurbished Bottega World and it's filled with as many sly treasures as it is obvious grails.

For instance, hidden amidst the mouliné wool suits, mouthwatering handbags, ingenious leathers, Blazy tucked away a hidden partner to Bottega's deliciously puffy Pillow bag.

Meet the Pillow sneaker, Bottega Veneta's subtle secret weapon.

The Puddle boot was one of the early smash-hits of #NewBottega, which came before #NewNewBottega. It's still available in all its laceless rubber glory, but it's been around long enough to also be imagined in everything from fur to glitter.

Bottega has rolled out plenty of shoes since, including a plethora of sandals, mules, loafers, and leather lace-ups that cleverly mimic the Intrecciato weave through embossed leather.

But, unless you were a canny observer, you might've missed that Bottega never really introduced a proper "sneaker."

And I'm not counting styles like its Trail shoe: delightfully wacky they may be, but they're not quite what I mean.

Currently available in a brief assortment of tonal colorways via Bottega Veneta's website for $920 apiece, the Pillow sneaker is, by every definition, a sneaker.

But it ought to be clarified that there's an ocean of opulence between the Pillow and a conventional sneaker. You can't get these rich leather uppers or clever platform sole just anywhere.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

The Pillow is a worthy example of the kind of thing that Blazy does so well with Bottega. It's inherently approachable, even for someone unfamiliar with luxury goods, but so obviously elevated beyond the ordinary thanks to suave design and peerless construction.

That slight hint of green that peeks out from underneath the sole? Quiet genius. Obvious branding has no place in Bottega World.

Photos reveal the Pillow shoe's lush make but obscure its shockingly light weight. Seriously, you see that beefy sole and think, "Okay, these are gonna be bricks." Exactly the opposite and, again, a throughline to Blazy's ongoing work at Bottega Veneta.

Lightfooted grace manifested through clever textile manipulation; that's Blazy's Bottega for you. And you can be sure that whatever sneaker Bottega cooks up next will be no less elegant, though it probably won't be quite as massive.

We Recommend
  • winter boots
    Big Boot Season Is Here
    • Style
  • main image
    With All This Trompe L’Oeil, It’s Hard Knowing What Is Real
    • Style
  • best dress shoes
    Forget Sneaker Raffles, We're Copping Dress Shoes
    • Style
  • Kendall Jenner wearing Bottega Veneta's new Over-The-Knee boots at the gas station.
    Celebrity Paparazzi Shots Are the New Runway Show
    • Style
  • A dapper-looking A$AP Rocky goes shopping at Bottega Veneta on Melrose in West Hollywood.
    Let A$AP Rocky Show You How to Style a Five-Figure Bottega Coat
    • Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety
What To Read Next
  • solange knowles fashion week outfits
    In Solange's Insanely Cool Style We Trust
    • Style
  • new balance 1000 sneaker 2024
    New Balance Is Back With Another Solid Sneaker Revival
    • Sneakers
  • HS x Cetaphil
    Cetaphil & Highsnobiety Bestow A Self-Care Sanctuary Amid Fashion Week
    • Beauty
    • sponsored
  • HOKA Elite Terrain System Clifton L Suede
    HOKA’s New Sneaker Isn’t Like Other HOKAs
    • Sneakers
  • Bella hadid Orebella
    Is Bella Hadid Launching a Beauty Brand?
    • Beauty
  • nike zoom vomero 5 design by japan
    No Notes, Nike's Japan-Designed Vomero Sneaker Is Stunning
    • Sneakers
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.