Thanks to Virgil Abloh's debut show at Louis Vuitton and Kim Jone’s debut with Dior Homme, we’re definitely going to be seeing a whole lot more of the chunky sneaker trend in the coming year. Sneakers had established themselves in the street style scene, but the SS19 collection at the Paris Fashion Week Men’s saw the footwear trend alongside tailored ensembles.
Even stars like Bella Hadid, A$AP Rocky, Kanye West showed the sneaker some love at the Dior Homme SS19 show. The label’s collection made quite a statement by showcasing suits the world’s never seen before. Tailoring 2.0 as we call it, is all about deconstructed silhouettes, neon shades, all white styles - with just one thing in common - they’re all paired with sneakers.
While Dior played around with dad sneakers, Balmain joined the sneaker gang with a buckled up version that resemble the gym shoes one wore back in the 90s. Even though the Balmain version of sneakers were mostly white, the bulky appeal of the shoes was a constant theme throughout the collection. Dior chose to experiment with colour, neon hues and focussed on bringing back the 90s style (or so it looks).
Virgil Abloh's debut further reassured us that sneakers are here to say. He painted the ramp white his oversized, deconstructed styles of trench coats and suits. Layering was a common theme in LV’s collection, hinting that the sneaker fever might get prolonged till fall next year. At the same time, Acne Studios introduced a hiking-inspired version of the sneaker. With their complex lacing patterns and neon accents, the label went beyond the basic white rut.
It’s safe to say that this big, borderline weird shoe trend is having a moment right now. With such big names giving the good ol’ sneakers their seal of approval, it goes without saying that the trend will soon hit the streets. Are you ready for it?