When it comes to high fashion’s sneaker offering, regular readers of Highsnobiety will know all about our love for Maison Margiela’s output. If you’re going to max out the credit card on some luxe kicks, there are plenty of worse things to spend your money on than some fresh creps from the fashion house.
And, while Margiela is known to drop some quirkier pieces on the apparel front ($1,000+ for less than a quarter of a sweater?), its footwear offerings are the gift that keep on giving, from its chunky Fusion, Artisanal and Security silhouettes to its sleeker sock and Replica kicks.
Scroll down to take a look at all the sneakers fast outpacing the rest of the luxury sneaker world, and our picks of each.
The minimalist Replica has released in all kinds of colorways now, from leopard print to neon green and space age, but you can’t beat the low-key colorways like the white and blue versions with gum sole below, or the newer, ultra-luxe satin pairs. Made from premium materials most traditionally including a quality leather upper with suede overlays, this is a timeless style from Margiela based on the classic Bundeswehr German army trainer.
The utilitarian Artisanal silhouette of Margiela is a testament to the house’s love for extravagant cuts. The heeled, low-top kicks feature exposed foam padding throughout, perforated toe details, and both a tonal lace-up and Velcro closure. Whether you rock plainer black or white versions, or bolder red and yellow colorways — all come with gold colorways.
Margiela’s Fusion is the Frankenstein’s monster of the sneaker world, featuring an extra-chunky shape, crazy glue splatterings, and a super unconventional deconstructed upper. Coming with the highest of all the Margiela footwear price tags, each of the more recent colorways is your most sure-fire way to land yourself in a fashion week street style round-up.
The French fashion house’s two cents on the chunky dadcore game is up there with the best of them. First shown at Paris Fashion Week Men’s for AW18, it’s made to mimic footwear associated with security personnel, and is a decidedly lower-key offering than Balenciaga and Gucci’s “ugly” sneakers.
You’ll have seen Balenciaga and Vetements’ offerings, but our pick of the sock sneakers goes to Margiela’s understated models. The original high-top rib knit kicks are about as low-key as this silhouette can get, with subtle stripes at the top and a logo flag on the heel collar. More recently, Margiela has released in-your-face offerings with maximalist branding emblazoned on their sides.
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