Paris Fashion Week Men’s SS20 has come and gone in the blink of an eye. That means it’s time for us to take stock of the best and most newsworthy sneakers that debuted on the runway and in the showrooms of the French capital.
As has become standard, the sneakers debuted in Paris commanded almost as much attention as the garms themselves. Brands and designers have learned all about the benefits of strategically placing their most exciting new footwear on the runway.
This week, we’ve seen new footwear from heavy hitters Off-White™ and Nike, as well as a number of stylish, under-the-radar offerings from the likes of Salomon, Rick Owens, and even fragrance brand Byredo.
Scroll through our roundup below for the lowdown on the best sneakers unveiled at Paris Fashion Week Men’s SS20.
Off-White™’s footwear offerings for SS20 were a big talking point as always. We got a glimpse at a pair of hiker-style sneaker-boots and some sandals. The boots stood out through the neon “X” branding on the side and a grippy-looking sole unit. The sandals, meanwhile, utilized the brand’s industrial tagging on the top strap, with additional branding appearing on the bottom strap and insole.
COMME des GARÇONS x Nike
Continuing their tradition of debuting projects at Paris Fashion Week, Nike and COMME des GARÇONS unveiled a trio of Air Max 95s, all of which featured deconstructed side panels. The deconstructed theme was previously seen on the duo’s version of the Shox TL, which dropped recently in two colorways and featured frayed detailing on the upper. All three colorways of the CDG x Nike Air Max 95 are set to be released at some point next year.
Dior unveiled a number of new styles on the Paris runway as part of its SS20 collection. The footwear offerings included pieces designed in collaboration with artist Daniel Arsham. A few sneakers from the Dior SS20 collection showcased a transparent design that resembled a cast, with the wearer’s socks visible inside.
Chinese sports brand Li-Ning went all out for its SS20 show in Paris, debuting a number of eye-catching new styles. Li-Ning’s SS20 footwear collection included a new model of the light-up Aurora sneaker. The shoe was made in collaboration with Random Identities, the Berlin-based label from former Yves Saint Laurent head designer Stefano Pilati.
RHUDE shared three colorways of a basketball-style high-top that looked to take cues from the Air Jordan 1. A predominantly leather upper with nylon detailing gave the sneaker an athletic yet versatile look.
White Mountaineering x adidas Originals
White Mountaineering and adidas Originals debuted a SS20 collection in Paris that included two colorways of a reworked LXCON Future. The sneaker came in black/navy/white or orange/sand/white and featured co-branding on the midsole and TPU pipe along the upper. White Mountaineering also opted to swap out the lacing for a set of buckles across the forefoot.
Off-White™ x Futura Laboratories x Nike
Virgil Abloh and Futura teamed up with Nike on a three-way Dunk Low collaboration. The partnership resulted in two colorways of the silhouette, the first in North Carolina blue and white, with customary Off-White™ branding on the lateral side and added Futura-style typography. Blue flat laces were combined with an extra pair of orange round laces added on top of the traditional lacing system in a style similar to some trail-running or hiking-style shoes.
The second version came in an orange and black colorway, with the same additional lacing system. The branding on the second pair was black, with a white Swoosh and midsole, as well as a darker blue translucent outsole.
TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. x Converse
TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. has worked with the likes of Converse, Salomon, and adidas in the past, and for SS20, the Japanese designer teamed up once more with Converse on a number of silhouettes, including the Chuck Taylor above. The collaboration featured an exaggerated, reconstructed sole unit paired with a canvas upper and co-branded detailing. The other debut silhouette was an ERX 260 high-top basketball shoe.
Rick Owens never ceases to stun, and his SS20 collection was no different. Bondage-inspired lacing was a huge theme, not just on footwear but on a number of trousers too. The gallery above shows a pair of low-tops whose upper is almost completely covered in laces, as well as a pair of platform boots with an insane lacing structure also covering the majority of the upper.
Byredo, Virgil Abloh’s favorite fragrance brand, is moving from scents to sneakers, with the brand’s first-ever sneaker, the Byproduct by Byredo, unveiled in Paris.
The silhouette is pretty simple, but each pair is pieced together from leather left over from the production of Byredo bags, giving it a more elegant look and feel. The curved leather elements create a patchwork effect, with zigzag stitching and topstitch panels adding to that aesthetic. The upper of each Byproduct sneaker is unique and features a mix of suede and polished leathers.
While the adidas Originals ZX 10000 C has been out for a while and was even the subject of a collaboration with Berlin-based Overkill, the Three Stripes unveiled a special version of the sneaker at Paris Fashion Week. Given out to friends and family of the brand at its showroom, this ZX 10000 C featured a gray suede upper with reflective detailing and hits of lime green on the laces, tongue, heel, and side stripes.
OAMC x adidas Originals
OAMC and adidas Originals are extending their partnership into SS20, as evidenced by the co-branded Type-04 sneakers worn in OAMC’s Paris runway show. The Type-04 looks to be constructed using a mix of different types of leather overlay on the upper, with either a nylon or neoprene base seen through the gaps. An adiPRENE midsole sits between the upper and an outsole with a hiker-style tread. adidas branding can be seen on the plastic heel counter.
Virgil Abloh unveiled Louis Vuitton’s SS20 footwear collection in Paris, taking a much more colorful approach than in seasons prior, adding hues of lilac, bright blue, and red among more austere elements of black and gray. A new low-top silhouette seemed to take inspiration from heritage runners by brands such as New Balance and ASICS. Elsewhere, we also saw the basketball-inspired 508 and a Timberland-like boot.
sacai x Nike
Nike and sacai doubled up on their double-everything collaboration. The LDWaffle, which has already dropped in two colorways with more to come, was shown in a striking black/white colorway in Paris. The upper is black on black, while the exaggerated midsole is white for an element of contrast.
It doesn’t look like much else has changed in terms of design and materials, but considering this season’s drop was one of this year’s most anticipated, we’re sure the silhouette will be a hit again next year too.
Fumito Ganryu x Salomon
Fumito Ganryu and Salomon teamed up for the first time this season, opting for a muted colorway of the S/Lab XT-6 ADV trail-runner in mostly black with yellow trim on the foxing and sock liner. Black-on-black branding along the tongue and on the upper gave the project a stealthy look, while a white midsole and black outsole added contrast.
Awake NY x ASICS
Awake NY collaborated on ASICS’ first ever hybrid silhouette, the GEL-Kayano 5 360, which combines the upper of the GEL-Kayano 5 OG with the sole of the GEL-Quantum 360. Revealed by Awake NY founder Angelo Baque on Instagram, the sneaker was showcased in two colorways: gold/black and silver/green. Both pairs are finished with Awake NY branding at the toe and heel, in addition to co-branded insoles.
Nike x MMW
This unnamed sneaker debuted on the Parisian runway in an all-white colorway, and while it was part of the Alyx Studio show, designer Matt Williams revealed that the sneaker is part of his ongoing Nike x MMW collection. What looks to be a Training or Running design, the silhouette shows Williams’ penchant for technical details.
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