Sales of “athle-style” shoes have become one of the fastest growing segments in men’s fashion. Designers like Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Jeremy Scott of Moschino, and Raf Simons of Dior all have collaborations with sport shoe companies designing these turn up versions of our basic sneakers.
We’ve found three of our favorite collaborations on the market and suggest a ramen diet for a few days because these shoes are not cheap. We justify this expense by pairing these kicks with dress pants, suits, shorts, gym clothes, selvedge denim—well, basically EVERYTHING!
Raf Simons x adidas = New Classic
Raf has always brought a minimalist aesthetic to his designs. He designed shoes under his own label with an eye toward subtle detail and craftsmanship. Now Raf has reinvented the ever-classic Stan Smith tennis shoe for adidas. A new classic!
Ricardo Seco x New Balance = Beaded Glory
Inspired by the beading of the Huichol people of Mexico, these shoes are truly wearable art. Bright and smart, we initially shied away from these stunners over our concerns about appropriation issues. But with further research we learned that Mexican designer Seco worked hard to ensure that the integrity of the shoes mirrored the wishes of the Huichol workers. We hope that funds from the sale of these glorious shoes—when they become available to purchase—will go back to help these struggling communities.
Ricardo Tisci x Nike = 1980’s Nostalgia
Since taking the helm at Givenchy, Tisci is pushing fashion boundaries. Although known for his daring designs, this Tisci x Nike Air Force 1’s feels retro. It’s like Tisci’s channeling the 1980s or reliving an early MTV aesthetic—and we’re down for the ride. We love the thick, almost brick-layer soles with the non-metallic gold upper and contrast stitching. And he even got the velcro strap (“Hello” sneaker heads)! These shoes make us nostalgic for Keith Haring street art and break dancing.
Which designer collaborations are your favorite and what will you wear these with? Please let us know in our “Comments” section!