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 loud left turn on the casual footwear landscape of that time. Six years on, and the shock threshold for sneakers is sky-high, with the most luxe of luxury fashion houses continuing to drop out-there silhouettes. Montreal-based online luxury retailer SSENSE is stocked up with shoes of this ilk, and we’ve rounded up some of the hefty highlights.
First up is the Off-White™ ODSY-1000 sneaker, a color-clash shoe with a lot of aggression in its sole. The spikey sneaker comes with technical mesh, yellow laces, and bold Off-White™ branding. It’s a lot. And it’s proud. If you want to go all-out heavyweight, Gucci comes through with the Flashtrek, a sneaker that’s so big, it borders on boot.
For loud silhouettes on the less color-heavy side, Maison Margiela offers a white leather option that stays true to its name. The “New Future” is what we like to imagine will be rocked onboard our new home in 2089 as it leaves the solar system, with a sole that looks ready for extraterrestrial terrain offset by a spacesuit style upper.