Spotlight on Sneakers

28 Jun 2020
Spotlight on Sneakers

Footwear, the foundation of every outfit. Dress it up or dress it down, a sneaker is a staple piece in every closet. We explore how to wear dynamic silhouettes from familiar brands we love.



They say less is more... choosing the perfect pair of white trainers is no mean feet feat. It’s the pair of shoes you’ll reach for more than any other in your closet, and like most fashion staples, there is an abundance of styles to choose from.


When Balenciaga’s Triple S stomped onto the market in 2017, sneakerheads initially gawked at its chunky sole and aggressive, clumpy exterior. But it wasn’t long before it was spotted on the soles of pop icons and rap royalty, quickly propelling it to cult-status and thus, birthing the ubiquitous oversized sneaker trend. 

Ranked the #1 most popular women’s sneaker of 2019, Alexander McQueen’s oversized trainers are hard to miss. Distinguished by an exaggerated sole, pristine white leather, and a contrast heel tab, it elevates any outfit to new heights, literally. Another high riser, Acne’s Rockaway features perhaps the most bulbous sole on the list yet, the Swedish fashion house seamlessly blends urban sportswear and retro normcore, placing a modern spin on the ultimate dad sneaker. Never one to miss, Gucci jumped on board the trend with their rendition of the chunky trainer, Rhyton, a composite of vintage 90’s athleisure and their signature maximalist touch. Rising above the line of ultra-sleek and sporty, Louis Vuitton’s Archlight had sneakerheads clamouring to get their hands on the futuristic model. Featuring a  wave-like outer silhouette, it’s a statement piece, to say the least.


Fashion and Art have long influenced one another, with collaborations between the two industries becoming increasingly rampant over the years. Artists like Daniel Arsham and Tom Sachs are celebrated icons amongst the sneakerhead community, I mean, who could forget Sachs’ Mars Yard? An all-time holy grail. Trainers are, and will remain the he(art) and sole of every outfit. Whether it's a splat of scattered paint or a unique charm, a shoe is a designer’s form of artistic self-expression

Looking like it emerged straight from a chemical vat, Maison Margiela heads this list with their deconstructed Fusion sneaker. Haphazard streaks of glue gun threads trail across its exterior and topped off with sporadically strung laces, this brutalist shoe reinforces Margiela’s progressive aesthetic. Esteemed as a brand which historically turns fashion into art, Valentino plays on sophisticated streetwear with the Garavani, embellished with signature rockstud detailing, it exemplifies high-fashion drama. Saint Laurent juxtapositions their signature modern elegance with the understated. The Distressed sneakers are accented with the eponymous brand name scrawled in handwritten font on the sole for an extra touch of effortless cool. The Vulcanized Sneakers embody the bold, we’re all guilty of eyeing up its signature diagonals, and of course, the infamous red zip tie. Virgil Abloh employs his architectural background to his craft, it’s undeniable that Off-White has captured the hearts of streetwear fanatics all over the world.

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