Prada’s America’s Cup sneakers — celebrating the international sailing competition of the same name — are a staple silhouette of the Italian fashion house. A mix of leather and breathable mesh on EVA rubber soles, the footwear is a sleek style featuring subtle emblem branding. But in a move we weren’t expecting from Prada, the sneaker has been completely revamped into a high-top knitted sock shoe.
Designers’ sock sneaker offerings are at an all-time high right now, from customizable hybrid footwear from SWEAR to the high-fashion offerings of Maison Margiela and Balenciaga. But Prada’s stark adaptation of the original, simple silhouette with its latest release comes as a bold change of direction to a winning formula.
Like Prada’s Cloudbust sneakers, the new America’s Cup high-tops are big on comfort, as is usual of a silhouette that’s essentially a pair of socks attached to rubber soles. The stretch knit uppers conform to the wearer’s feet in a way the previous version could not, nicely finished by Prada logo lettering on the shoe’s ankles.
The shoes come in all black (which you can check out in closer detail below) and are also available with a white sole unit. Currently splitting opinion at Highsnobiety HQ, we’re keen to hear whether you prefer the America’s Cup of old, or the new knitted version, so share your thoughts in the comments.
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