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An incredible Paris Fashion Week Men’s FW19 is now behind us, which means it’s time for Highsnobiety to take a look at the best and most newsworthy sneaker collaborations that debuted on the runway in the French capital.
As has become tradition, the sneakers worn by models command just as much attention as the garms themselves. Brands and designers know this all too well and strategically place some of their most exciting footwear on the runway. While London Fashion Week gave us collaborations including Cottweiler x Reebok, A-COLD-WALL* x Nike, and more, Paris had just as much, if not more, heat in store.
Scroll through our roundup below to see what the likes of UNDERCOVER, OAMC, OFF-WHITE, and more have planned with regards to footwear.
OAMC x adidas Originals
Menswear brand OAMC unveiled two collaborative sneakers with adidas Originals. The first has been dubbed the Type 01 and is an original low-top design. A smooth leather upper sits atop a pre-aged rubber midsole, while a elastic strap runs across the laces and underneath the arch of the shoe. OAMC branding is embossed by the ankle opening on the upper, while a pull tab is present at the heel.
The second design is a tactical boot (the Type 03) defined by a lacing closure wrapping over a soft upper, reminiscent of northern boot design. The boot, like its low-top compatriot, features a leather upper that is tight to the skin and sits atop a yellowed rubber midsole with heavy tread.
ASICS x GmbH
Attendees of the GmbH show were privy to a closer look at the GmbH x ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 coming in FW19. Seemingly available in two colorways, the sneakers feature pastel hues one would most associate with springtime. A GEL-equipped sole and GmbH branding are present, as are a number of different materials.
Han Kjobenhavn x PUMA
This week at Paris Fashion Week FW19, PUMA and Han Kjobenhavn debut their latest sneaker silhouette – the Alteration. The silhouette was co-created by Han’s creative director Jannik Davidsen for PUMA, and shown during Han’s FW19 “Fairytale Denmark” show. The sneakers were shown on the runway in bold “Celery-Limelight” and “High Rise–Gray Violet” and drop globally on PUMA.com, PUMA stores and retailers on March 21, 2019.
White Mountaineering x adidas Originals
adidas Originals and White Mountaineering continued their long-standing partnership at Paris Fashion Week. Two new version of the soon-to-be-released Nite Jogger graced the brand’s runway, one of which you can check out above. The upper sits atop a full-length Boost midsole and features colorful paneling and branding.
UNDERCOVER x Nike
The co-branded Air Max 720, the general release version of which is set to be released very soon, features a speckled design and vivid color blocking that has become a signature facet of UNDERCOVER x Nike collaborations. “We make clothes not noise” is printed along the side of the sneaker’s Air bubble, while the shoelaces have been swapped out for ribbon laces. The Air Max 720 was seen in a number of colorways.
Perhaps the more interesting of the two styles, the aforementioned sneakerboot. It looks to feature React cushioning technology and its high-top construction is busy with leather and nubuck overlays. A zip runs down the entire forefoot, while TPU straps are seen on either side of the ankle opening.
Of the OFF-WHITE sneakers featured above, the ODSY-1000 leaps out as it’s a completely original silhouette and one that encompasses a number of current footwear trends. The silhouette adheres to current hiking-inspired sneaker styles, boasting an eye-catching chunky sole and industrial belt heel tab. The partially translucent upper, paired with a bright orange lacing system, reminds us of Virgil Abloh’s Nike collaborations, specifically the Nike Zoom Fly.
Highsnobiety also spotted a tasseled snakeskin loafer on which Abloh swaps out the leather heel platform for what looks like a colored rubber block. Another formal option was a snakeskin Chelsea boot with leather sole and OFF-WHITE branding on the elastic side panel. The branding stands in stark contrast to an already eye-catching shoe, giving off strong space cowboy vibes. The last of the four styles was a gray ’70s-style runner with suede overlays and large OFF-WHITE arrow sewn on the side.
OFF-WHITE x BAPE
Although not exactly a runway debut, Virgil Abloh was seen rocking a pair of black and white A Bathing Ape BAPESTAS that featured OFF-WHITE branding on the shoe laces and medial sides of the shoe. The sneaker was dressed in the model’s original tooling, featuring a crocodile leather-like upper in black, and a contrasting white shooting star.
It’s still unclear if this was a one-off bespoke model made for Abloh or if we can expect an official collaboration between the designer and the Japanese streetwear staple any time soon.
adidas by Raf Simons
Raf Simons unveiled the latest chapter in his long-time partnership with adidas at Paris Fashion Week Men’s FW19. Using a trompe l’oeil print, the designer reimagines the iconic Stan Smith model as three other famous adidas archive silhouettes, the Micropacer, the L.A. Trainer, and the Torsion Conquest Super.
sacai x Nike LDV Waffle Racer & Blazer Dunk High
This season saw new iterations of Chitose Abe’s still-unreleased Nike collaboration from last season. The re-imagined LDV/Daybreak and Blazer/Dunk hybrid models are redone in stark black and white and neutral grey colorways, replete with fur details on the tongue of the LDV/Daybreak.
1017 ALYX 9SM
While we’re still waiting on Matthew Williams to drop his Nike sneaker collab, the ALYX designer and founder presented a Sankuanz-esque shoe on the runway in Paris. The formal Oxford model evidently comes with a removable Vibram outsole, giving the shoe a more rugged, hiking-inspired look. Check it out above.
adidas Originals SC Premiere
adidas Originals recently unveiled its latest leather silhouette, the SC Premiere. The new model also made an appearance on the runway, albeit as a custom for the Études FW19 show, which featured black paint splatters as shown above. The SC Premiere is a modern iteration of the adidas court archive aesthetic with a crisp leather upper and rests on top of a rubber midsole with a contrasting off-white outsole. The model is topped off by a contrasting heel-tab and trefoil logo branding on the lateral side.
Heron Preston x Nike & UGG
Heron Preston’s first Nike sneaker debuted during his runway show in Paris, which also included a number of new footwear styles, including a collaboration with UGG. Preston’s Nike sneaker borrows design features from the 1991 Huarache Run, updating that sneaker’s bootie fit with what Nike calls a FOAM FIT system, meaning the foot sits directly on the foam rather than a sock liner. A chunky sole and Heron Preston’s signature signage on the heel and toe box complete the look.
Preston’s partnership with UGG was renewed for a second time, too. For FW19, it came in the form of two boots: a traditional slip-on with a zip front and leather pull, and a low-cut slip-on with an interior sock. Both came in beige and orange colorways.
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