When Raf Simons' reimagined adidas Ozweego first made its bold entrance onto the footwear stage back in 2013, even the most open-minded of sneakerheads were puzzled. As if straight from outer space, the shoe was a left turn on the casual footwear landscape of that time.
Since then, a flagship sneaker has become the must-have item for luxury houses and designers. Names like Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen were quick to act on the demand while other names took longer. But, seven years on, you'd now be hard pushed to find a name in luxury that doesn't have sneakers in its top-10 bestsellers list.
Having a wide range to choose from is usually a great thing, but with luxury sneakers at every twist and turn of the fashion world's new trajectory, it can all get a bit much. That's why Highsnobiety stylists were set the task of rounding up the only luxury sneakers that you need to know about in one convenient place — here. Understated options from Margiela and Off-White™ oppose loud styles from Balenciaga and Gucci to ensure that there's a style for every taste.
Scroll on for our full selection of the ultimate luxury sneakers.
Off-White™ Off-Court 3.0 Sneakers
Virgil's reconstructed style shines through on his label's newest sneaker offering. The Off-Court 3.0 Sneakerlooks as though it's arrived straight from Abloh's workshop experiments with two collars, unstitched panels, and the classic red zip tag.
Raf Simons Cylon-21 “Black”
Raf Simons has a track record of luxury sneaker smashes. The designer most recently put his name to this Myles O'Meally-designed pair which features some of the most streamlined design we've seen in a while.
Burberry Arthur Sneakers
One of the best bits to come out of the Burberry showroom in recent seasons has to be the Arthur Sneaker. This hiking-leaning design features a rugged sole unit that impinges on the canvas upper for protection and utilitarian style.
Balenciaga Track Sneakers
Balenciaga has a history of bulky luxury sneakers that grip the fashion world. After the Triple S, the Track Sneaker is arguably Balenciaga’s most famous silhouette with its unmissable layered upper.
Palm Angels Palm One Sneakers
Palm Angels isn't known for its minimalism, but the new flagship sneaker from Francesco Ragazzi's label is an understated star. Premium leather outfits a classic tennis-sneaker silhouette.
Off-White™ Out Of Office Sneakers
Whether you're loving OOO life or missing the in-office experience, Off-White™'s Out Of Office Sneakers are an essential daytime companion. Drawing on the popularity of the Nike Dunk model, this silhouette looks to a vintage green and white color palette to make its retro mark.
Maison Margiela Replica Sneakers
In the world of luxury sneakers, Maison Margiela's Replica is a permanent fixture. Inspired by german army trainers, this remake focuses on high-end materials and subtle detailing.
Gucci Screener GG Original Sneakers
Some people love immaculate footwear, but we think that sometimes it's the beaten pairs with more character. Alessandro Michele appears to agree. This pair of retro runners comes with a battered, pre-loved effect.
visvim Skagway G. Hi Patten Sneakers
Japanese cult icon visvim is also a permanent contender for the best luxury sneakers, but they're always highly unorthodox. From shaman sneakers to the Skagway which features a chunkier than chunky sole unit, every pair of visvim shoes has undeniable personality.
New Balance x Casablanca 327
New Balance’s partnership with Casablanca gets another update to our great relief. The New Balance 327 was already destined to be a central rotation member for spring and summer this year, and Casablanca’s monogrammed makeover just secured it.
Prada Cloudbust Thunder Sneakers
You certainly can’t accuse Prada of following the crowd. Prada’s contributions to the world of luxury sneakers nearly always feature a uniquely futuristic upper. This pair blends mesh with rubberized overlays and a rugged sole unit for year-round appeal.
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