From the Ground Up, our brand new sneaker show is back with another episode diving into all things footwear. Last week, we explored the evolution of custom sneakers, but this week, we’re looking into high-end kicks and how they’ve crossed over into to the streetwear world.

For our latest in-depth discussion, host Pete Forester sits down with Jackie Kim, associate fashion director of Barneys New York and Highsnobiety’s assistant editor Noah Thomas to share their thoughts on whether high-end sneakers like the Balenciaga Triple S should be grouped in with Air Jordans and other sportswear brands. They also examine what advantages designer sneakers have over more mainstream products.

Later, Pete and Jackie take a trip to Barneys NY flagship store to explore where high-end sneakers have gone, where they are now, and where they are going. To give more insight and history on designer kicks, our editorial director Jian Deleon takes us on an almost thirty year journey through the industry’s evolution.

Check out our full in-depth conversation on high-end sneakers in the episode above, and be sure to follow us on YouTube for new episodes of From the Ground Up.

Also, watch our previous episode of From the Ground Up as we explore custom sneakers.

Words by Kyle Hodge
Staff Writer

New York based writer that pops flavor and drips sauce.