Thursday, July 24, 2008

Designer Sneakers

Gucci

Raf Simons

YSL

Junya Watanabe (Photo: Mr. Kim)

Lately, there has been an influx of designer sneakers into the shoe market - every major and minor designer has their own sneaker. Although all the major fashion houses have always had their token standard (plain and boring) sneakers, it is only now that ateliers like YSL and Gucci are increasing their sneaker stakes by creating designed sneakers that move way from the traditional sneaker. The running shoe aesthetic is slowly being redefined by visionary designers such as, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto, and Junya Watanabe, just to name a few.

Being the sneaker pimp that I am, I LOVE the creativity and vision that these design houses and designers bring to the sneaker design table and I am looking forward to seeing the extent to which sneakers may be designed. However, designer sneakers also have designer price tags and this may be the downfall of the designer sneaker. Time will tell I suppose, but for the time being catch all the end of summer sales and snatch up a pair of designer kicks for a fraction of the designer price!

Yay to designer sneakers!!!!

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