For the past few years, designer sneakers have become widely popular thanks in large part to the players of the NBA and NFL. Expensive high-tops, in particular, have crossed the border from ironically hip to mainstream. If you're a sneakerhead or looking for a fresh pair for the season, continue reading.
Some of these sneakers shouldn't feel completely new to you. They're made by iconic shoemakers like Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Jimmy Choo. They're definitely pricey, but that also means they're exclusive: You won't see many other people wearing them.
The brand recently launched a limited-edition capsule collection with Sporty Henri, a new e-concept store founded by French professional handball player Henri Tai. The collaboration includes Louboutin’s classic style and signature red soles combined with Sporty Henri’s clean white and black color palette. You better hurry on these, since only 600 pairs were produced worldwide. ($895, sportyhenri.com)
FEIT’s Fall ’16 collection is inspired by current global and environmental instabilities, so expect earthy tones and vegetable-tanned leathers. These kicks are handmade from start to finish from natural materials ($580, feitdirect.com)
Saint Laurent offers some serious shoe game, and these high-top suede and off-white leather sneakers are the latest in its classic ball court style. First order of business: Buy them. Second, make sure to waterproof them. Third, wear them all the time. ($595, ysl.com)
Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti is known for his over-the-top kicks, which often feature bright metallic colors and exotic leathers. You might have even seen these on your favorite athlete or rapper and wondered whether you could pull them off. One way to try is to go for a monochromatic sneaker in a subtle color, like these KRISS sneakers. ($695, giuseppezanottidesign.com)
Pierre Hardy was an illustrator for Vanity Fair Italy and Vogue Hommes International before becoming a shoe designer in 1987 for Christian Dior. Today, Pierre Hardy has women’s and men’s collections sold around the globe. Hardy likes to play with materials, like replacing laces with a wide black elastic on a slider sandal, or mixing fabrics like suede, leather trim, and Velcro for this high-top sneaker. ($595, pierrehardy.com)
This pair of Jimmy Choos is made out of uniform blue croc printed nubuck. This silhouette is called the Argyle, and is one of the brand's most popular styles. They're definitely loud enough to make their own statement, so pair them with a subdued outfit like a pair of jeans and a henley. ($750, jimmychoo.com)