Of all Prada's Fall/Winter 2023 pieces, the label's chunky footwear reigns supreme in fans' books, and understandably so.
There's no denying that Prada's FW23 shoes offer many vibes — it's like the result of a linkup between today's sneaker and dress shoe silhouettes. Think Raf Simons' adidas Ozweegos meets Balenciaga's Triple S and Paraboot's Michael shoes.
At the foundation, the sneaker oozes the spirit of the Prada America's Cup, the label's coveted sneaker initially designed for the Prada Luna Rossa sailing team during the 1997 America's cup race (where the shoe gets its name).
The FW23 shoe's upper boasts technical mesh and leather — the same construction as seen on the OG Prada sneaker —making the latest more like a modern update to America's Cup.
In addition to the toe reworked in the manner of moccasin-style derby, there are also moments of heavy Raf Simons influences in the footwear model. Given he is the menswear co-creative director.
Specifically, the shoe's contrasting textures and color schemes instantly reminded me of Raf Simon's collaborative adidas Ozweego series. One commenter fittingly called them the "Pradazweegos."
Quite a few FW23 pieces leaned into the vibes of the since-shuttered label, especially evident in the whimsical collars nodding to Raf Simons FW13.
In addition to signature branding, a classic lace system and hulking sole with an Air-like unit round off this Prada shoe.
A sleeker option also comprised Prada’s FW23 footwear offering, which is already generating buzz amongst the label's devoted following.
It features the same toe box construction as the sneaker hybrid, instead with a lug sole and zipper closure.
It's unknown whether the Prada sneakers...erm, loafers...wait, derbies will see the light beyond the catwalks. If so, it's going to be an autumn of flasks totes and snofers.
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