Kick Off the New Year With These Exclusive, Limited-Edition Shoes
Sneakerheads, rejoice. Christmas may be over, but it’s time to make a new list and check it twice. If you haven’t jumped on Barneys New York’s set of limited-edition kicks yet, then it’s high time to add to your collection.
The retail powerhouse launched the XO (Exclusively Ours) footwear project, appropriately dubbed the Sole Series, about six months ago, and has steadily been rolling out the exclusive shoe collaborations ever since. Barneys’ goal behind the program is to continue driving the creation of exciting, new products while driving energy around the sneaker culture. With unique interpretations of iconic styles like the adidas Stan Smith, Vans slip-on, Converse Chuck Taylor, Common Projects’ Achilles sneaker, and the Timberland field boot, the retailer has clearly succeeded.
Now that the eight shoe designs have all been released, there’s no better time to take a look at some of our favorite must-haves from the full collection. After all, it’s always good to start a new year on the right foot.
1. Diadora Perforated Leather Sneakers
The flash factor fused with the integrity of an Italian heritage athletic shoe makes these Diadora perforated leather sneakers an easy winner. “We really wanted to do something a little different, and an underlay of speccio metallic, a mirrored metallic leather, adds detail,” said senior men’s footwear buyer Chris Pepe, who spearheaded the Barneys New York Sole Series program. A cross between sports performance sneaker and fashion sneaker, the bronze, gold, and blue running shoes are completely handmade in Italy with luxe materials and brilliant subtle detailing like diamond-shaped perforations. This is a shoe that’s not afraid to shine brightly, whether you’re running laps or just jetting around town. And it’s simply made for all those magpies among you.
2. Filling Pieces Quilted Low-Top Sneakers
Up-and-coming Amsterdam brand Filling Pieces collaborated with Barneys for a few original takes on their signature handmade low-top silhouette. Oozing with underground urban attitude, these sneaks merge street style with high fashion in custom-made, camo-embossed Impala leather. But, it’s the version that features special Italian Cosido quilted fabric that really caught our eye. “The black-and-red micro quilted goatskin sneaker is really cool,” said Pepe. “The material looks like it’s a wiry basketweave of sorts, but the quilting is actually stitched down a bit.”
3. Brooks Chariot Runner
“The concept for the collaboration with Brooks started as a vintage, collegiate theme since this particular style was one of the top running silhouettes from the ‘80s,” said Pepe. “We kept the main color scheme but added the reflective toe and tongue, making a material that is typically a minor detail on technical running shoes one of the main focal points.” Available in both black/gray and red/gray colorways, the sneaker performs like any functional running shoe. But, the fashionable influences make them a great option to wear outside the gym with cropped pants or even contemporary tailoring.
4. Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers
A textural twist on the classic Converse high-tops, these crinkled, patent-leather sneakers are a cool step outside the norm. Available in black and white, plus a bold fire-engine red, the shoes are created with a loose lamination technique that creates the subtle yet statement-making ripples. “I think most people have a connection with the brand, especially this classic silhouette,” said Pepe. Even Chuck Taylor purists will surely find cause to take these fresh new pairs out for a spin. They’re a shoo-in for casual joggers and denim, where wearing the wrinkle effect never looked so good.
5. Vans Woven Slip-On Sneakers
A must-buy sneaker rundown must include the token pair of Vans for their laid-back, skater-influenced swagger, naturally. This pair of slip-ons are an elevated take on the classic checkerboard design — and it all started in the sample closet. “I discovered this cool swatch of material; a thin grain leather on one side, suede on the other,” explained Pepe. “We sent it to Vans to see if they could develop it into a fabric that could be cut and woven and used for a slip-on sneaker.” The end result features leather and suede bonded together into a single material; it’s an understated, artisan look that still makes all the difference. Available in two colors, classic black and white and a Barneys-inspired cobalt-blue and black, we say go for the blue.