The Best Sneakers to Buy If You Want to Make a Statement
Sneakers are a statement in themselves. A stark white pair contrasts greatly against a monotone look, while a normal pair offers a low-key effect when compared to a hyped pair. If we're really talking about a statement, however, you have to bust out the eye-catching.
In recent years, eye-catching meant a whole bunch of things: dad sneakers, ugly sneakers, and even out-of-the-ordinary styles. (We're looking at you Kanye.) This time around, it's back to simpler times with sleek collabs, referential details, and futuristic designs. From the most-awaited Air Dior to Louis Vuitton's latest, here are the best statement sneakers (so far).
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1| Dior Air Jordan 1 High
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Introducing the first-ever collaboration between Jordan Brand (@jumpman23) and a French haute couture house! Originally created for NBA star Michael Jordan in 1985, the 'Air Jordan 1' celebrates its 35th anniversary alongside the first Dior men's show in the United States - for the #DiorMenFall 2020 season - joining forces with @MrKimJones to create a new, limited-edition 'Air Jordan 1 High OG Dior' silhouette.? #DiorMiami ? © @Jackie_Nickerson?
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The Air Diors are probably one of the most-awaited sneaker releases as of late. It's essentially the ultimate luxury and sportswear collab. Not to mention, it coincides with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan, as well as the debut of Dior Men's pre-fall 2020 collection in the United States—making it a collector's dream. Plus, it's made in Italy and edge-painted by hand. With the release of these being pushed back, you can expect copping it to be a bigger challenge.
2| Louis Vuitton Trainer Sneaker Boot
Virgil Abloh's latest hit at Louis Vuitton is the trainer sneaker boot. The sneaker may look like your typical high-top, but it has cool extras such as a padded collar and a velcro strap marked "Advanced Tech System." You can choose from plenty of colorways, too.
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3| Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus x Nike Air Max 95 Sneakers
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If you have a closet full of Japanese streetwear, chances are, Nike's collaboration with Comme Des Garçons will look good with each piece. The Air Max 95 has been reworked with suede, canvas, and mesh resulting in an interesting ripple effect.
4| Bottega Veneta Speedster Sneakers
Not the type for screaming colors and design? Daniel Lee's take on the sneaker for Bottega Veneta should do the trick. The curry brown shade of the suede is enough of a statement, while the shape harks back to old school sneakers.
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5| Prada Collision 19 LR Sneakers
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The defining detail of Prada's Collision sneakers is the futuristic design cues. That along with a fabric upper, three-dimensional rubber elements, and tubular laces make up the whole shoe. The sleek sneaker almost looks as if it's been crafted in one piece.
6| Stüssy x Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2
Another seemingly minimalist sneaker is Stüssy's take on the Nike Air Zoom. Interestingly, the shoe is made of hemp overlays with a mixture of cotton slub canvas and cotton mesh underlays. Think of it as an exciting alternative to a clean white sneaker.