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Each season, sneaker news and footwear collaborations continue to take over the headlines at fashion week.

These days, you’d be very hard-pressed to find a luxury brand without a few sneakers or rubber-soled kicks in their catalog, in fact, many of the world’s biggest designers (Kim Jones, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, the list goes on and on) have their own collaborations with major sportswear brands. Sneakers have become an important thread in the haute couture tapestry, and this year alone, Virgil Abloh showed a new Air Jordan 1 during his OFF-WHITE show, Nike also outfitted Astrid Andersen models with the forthcoming Air Max 270 sneaker, and Versace debuted a collaborative sneaker alongside 2Chainz.

Check out the biggest sneaker highlights from FW18 below.

2Chainz x Versace Chain Reaction Sneaker

What else would you expect from a collaboration between Italian fashion house Versace and Atlanta-bred rapper 2Chainz? Completely over-the-top in every way, the ostentatious kicks were dubbed the Chain Reaction sneakers due to their link-shaped outsole. Shown on the Versace runway in a variety of colorways, the different options included floral patterns and cheetah prints, finished off by rope laces.

Y-3 Futurecraft 4D & BYW BBall

Y-3 once again borrowed adidas and Carbon’s Futurecraft 4D sole technology for the brand’s FW18 show at the Grand Palais in Tokyo. While Y-3’s footwear designs have been mainstays in streetwear for decades, this year we see the arrival of the aforementioned Futurecraft 4D sneaker, as well as the James Harden-inspired BYW BBall sneaker featuring a decoupled Boost sole.

Dior Homme

Featuring a bricolage aesthetic with rubber patches on the midsole and extra foxing tape on the toe, Dior Homme channels a punk-rock feel for these new FW18 low-top sneakers. Designed by Kris Van Assche for Dior, the sneakers also feature a tribal print on the white laces. Stay posted for more information as it arrives.

Gucci

Gucci and the brand’s current creative director Alessandro Michele are on a bit of a roll right now, and for Pre-Fall 2018, the Italian house introduced a pair of new low tops that bear similarities to the classic Germany Army Trainer. Little is currently known about the sneakers, which feature subtle color blocking and a characteristic lace jewel, but stay posted for more information as it arrives.

Maison Margiela Security Sneaker

While storied fashion house Maison Margiela is known for chunky silhouettes like the Margiela Future high-top, this season the Security sneaker made its debut on the runway. Presented in blue and red colorways, the techy upper sits a top a Vibram sole, while a steel toe-cap adds tangible protection the sneaker’s heavy-duty facade.

Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Jordan 1

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As a follow up on the Chicago colorway included in Virgil Abloh and Nike’s “The Ten” collection, now we see a white version of the iconic basketball shoe included in OFF-WHITE’s latest show at the George Centre Pompidou. Not much is known about the release of the new white colorway, but rumor has it that a third University of North Carolina version could be arriving this Spring as well.

Nike Air Max 270 for Astrid Andersen & AVOC

AVOC

Taking design cues from the old school Air Max 180 and Air Max 93, the Air Max 270 is one of Nike’s big product pushes for Air Max Day 2018. The sneaker is set to officially release on February 1, but was also spotted on the runway in London and Paris, at presentations by Astrid Andersen and AVOC respectively.

SWEAR x Vetements

Vetements was tapped by UK footwear label SWEAR for these rave-ready, monster sneakers, which showed on the Vetements catwalk. SWEAR cites ’90s club kids as the inspiration for these ultra high-top kicks, which showed in the white colorway above, as well as several other supplementary colorways in Paris. To be the first to know when the forthcoming SWEAR x Vetements footwear is dropping, head over to the SWEAR website.

COMME des GARÇONS HOMME PLUS x Nike ACG Air Mowabb

Nike and COMME des GARÇONS reprise their longstanding relationship for FW18, showing two versions of the beloved ACG Mowabb for FW18. White and black versions were spotted backstage at COMME, showing “CDG” branding in place of the classic ACG logo. In recent seasons, COMME des GARÇONS showed collaborative versions of the Air Max 180 and Flyknit Racer on the Parisian catwalk, but FW18 takes things in a more rugged direction with the Mowabb.

Stampd x A Bathing Ape Roadsta

Following up on Ronnie Fieg’s Fiegsta release alongside A Bathing Ape, Chris Stampd and his namesake brand now present a new take on the Roadsta, done up in a shimmery silver colorway, complete with an Air Max-like heel bubble. While a few pairs were spotted around fashion week in Paris, the kicks likely don’t drop until later this year.

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