Ground control to major fashion brands. Some of our favourite designers are rooting down with in-season footwear from reinterpretation of classic sneakers to something completely elevated — you’ll see in a second.
The follow-up to Cole Haan’s ØriginalGrand is aptly named. It is ultra cool with every component of the shoe from its upper design to foam density optimised to reduce its weight. The 36Ø Design & Engineering System is uses is a high-volume dual-density footbed that lends a very soft feel, and the sneaker even hugs your foot snugly with an internal stretch bootie.
Ace sneakers, ace designs. From a bevy patterns played on the sneakers, we like the retro design of the embroidered “Loved” along the sides, a nod to the evolution of the phrase “Blind for Love” that seems to be favoured by the House of Gucci.
Kim Jones takes inspiration from friend of the Dior, Daniel Arsham, debuting the Worker low boots during the Summer 2020 menswear show. This style of transparent shoes takes cues from the look of quartz crystals seen in Arsham’s artwork. Dior recommends pairing the Worker with a pair of funky socks.
The Winter 2020 sneaker was designed with the idea of moving freely in the ocean, with a bicolour sole recalling a shark’s tooth — hence, the name ‘Squalo’ which translates to ‘shark’ in Italian. Along the toe of the shoe reads the word “love” in braille writing, also found in Versace‘s Chain Reaction sneaker.
If you want a little extra height, you’ll find it with no secrets or subtleties in Onitsuka‘s Deligation Chunk. The sneaker combines the upper of another design, the Mexico Delegation, and the voluminous sole of the Chunky Runner.