Matthew M. Williams likes big shoes and he can't lie: just look at his immense Nikes! But, sometimes, he prefers a balance between the beefy and the balletic, as exemplified by Givenchy's TK-360 sneaker (which Highsnobiety exclusively reviewed).
The epitome of what Williams describes as "total knit" construction, the Givenchy TK-360 is an entirely knitted sneaker anchored by a uniquely molded shape that boasts a fat heel and tapered forefoot, with the resulting silhouette almost affecting the feel of an especially graceful hoof.
Laces lock in the wearer's foot but the TK-360's sock-like upper really isn't going to go anywhere. Its single-piece design is flexible but not flimsy, despite the knit extending from the top of the ankle opening to the bottom of the treaded outsole.
Williams describes the TK-360 as his "dream shoe" and the amount of effort poured into its design reflects this. He's proud of it, too: when the TK-360 first plunged into the viscous sludge that is streetwear discourse last year, Williams shut down comparisons to other woven footwear, saying "Show me another knit shoe without a sole."
The TK-360 was first seen as a cornerstone of Givenchy's Spring and Pre-Fall 2022 footwear offerings and it's officially debuting as part of the latter collection on July 1 for $895, though it'll see limited release in-store and on Givenchy's website from early May.
New iterations are already be in the works, though the TK-360 is launching in a truly vast array of initial colorways.
Seriously, if somehow Givenchy doesn't scratch your palette itch by offering the TK-360 in everything from pink and "acid yellow" to classic gray and beige, you may be looking for a color that doesn't exist.
But those new knit sneakers, first seen in Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2022 presentation, are not dissimilar from the TK-360 as we've been introduced to it.
They just have a few more ridges and a few less laces.
Other brands are dabbling in the future of footwear, to be sure, but no other luxury label is manifesting sole-free woven shoes. In that arena, Givenchy's TK-360 stands alone.