Sneakers are hotter than ever. While they don’t sound more like a necessity for sports than a luxury item, the most coveted ones are anything but. Considering athleisure wear is a booming category, this isn’t exactly a surprise. As a result, boutique sneaker brands are becoming big business. Between limited editions, interesting collaborations and just good old-fashioned hype, everyone wants to get their hands on the newest pair. Here are four luxury sneaker brands worth buying. Between resale value, style, and even functionality, you might want to step into all of these great finds.
Yeezy is inescapable. Blame it on the designer Kanye West or the ubiquity of Kim Kardashian, Yeezys are only available in limited numbers and sell out within minutes. Strictly released on a collaborative basis, Yeezy has worked with BAPE, Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Adidas. At the moment, you can only buy these kicks on eBay, but keep your eyes open for the next season, which is supposed to be released later this year. Rumor has it the release will be a new 550 and the 350 in six new colorways. Seriously, set the date on your calendar and get in line now, because they may sell out in less time than it takes to tie your own shoelaces. You can also sign up for the latest updates through the Adidas website.
2. Golden Goose Deluxe Brand
Founded in Venice, Italy, in 2000 by husband and wife team Francesca and Alessandro Gallo, Golden Goose takes a unique approach to sneakers. Instead of offering perfectly pristine, fresh out of the factory pairs, Golden Goose shoes look already broken in; complete with distressed materials as well scuffed soles. This label could be your go-to if you tend be hard on your feet or often mar your shoes in bad weather.
One pair that really stands out are the Mid Star suede trainers because they are cut somewhere between high and low top. While most people worry about ruining the perfection of suede, it’s no worry with these. They are “pre-distressed,” complete with a stain on the outer star. If this style appeals to you, but you’d rather have a low top, check out the Super Star trainers in tan.
3. Common Projects
Founded in New York in 2005, Common Projects is all about bucking trends. Instead of being flashy, this brand is about modern, yet timeless designs, featuring simple looks and monochromatic elements. The black suede high tops from the most recent collection really stand out. Featuring black laces, the stark whiteness of the sole is a sharp contrast. They could be a good substitute for Chelsea style boots. On the other hand, these white low tops are a bit old school, but the burgundy back tab keeps them from looking a little too dad-like.
4. Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta isn’t a typical sneakerphile’s brand, but it’s a luxury label that happens to make some of the most stylish sneakers out there. Most of the brand’s shoes feature the Italian label’s signature intrecciato woven leather. This iconic design was originally developed in the ’60s by artisans who cut leather strips and passed them through sewing machines. There really isn’t any other shoe out there that even remotely resembles this style. If you are looking for spring shoes, check out the fresh look of their bright blue slip-ons. They boldly break up a monochromatic look and add a burst of color to any ensemble. The slip-on is also a great feature for convenience as well as style. Who needs laces? If you prefer a darker color, the navy blue slip-ons, featuring unique color-block soles, are a great choice.