Fashion designers lead our every day clothing options whether we know it or not. Not so much when it comes to sneakers though. Luckily, some do get it right as is evident in this Designer Edition of Sneaker Style.

To be honest, I had to do quite a bit of searching to find sneakers from designers that would make the cut. A lot of them, to be perfectly honest, look horrendous. And no, I don’t care if the designer is hot or if he/she is famous – if it’s shit, it’s shit. Not much to be done about that.

I’m a firm believer to let people or businesses do what they do best. Brands like Adidas, Nike, Puma and others have made it their business to make sneakers. In the same way that Saint Laurent, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garçons, Ermenegildo Zegna and others have contributed tremendously to men’s fashion over the years.

And sometimes the cross over by those brands into something that isn’t their specialisation is definitely worth considering, most definitely with the brands in this article.

Have a look!



DSQUARED2 Cord Detail Sneakers | © Dsquared2 S.p.A.

In case you were interested in this myriad of colours, fabrics and materials, these sneakers retail for about US$1,020. Available through the Dsquared2 website.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Extended Sole Sneakers | © Alexander McQueen Trading Ltd

Even though Alexander McQueen left us almost 8 years ago, his legacy is being preserved. These extended sole sneakers are definitely a statement and retail for about AU$650. Available in red, black and blue through the Alexander McQueen website.

Raf Simons

Raf Simons

Raf Simons Touch Strap Hi-Top | © Raf Simons

Some of Raf’s better work is reserved for his own label. These Hi-Tops are in full black leather and there’s also a similar version in white leather. They retail for about AU$1,541 and are available through Farfetch.


Gucci Ace Embroidered Low-Top

Gucci Ace Embroidered Low-Top | © Guccio Gucci S.p.A.

These Gucci low-tops are classic sneakers and won’t make you stand out terribly, but they will make heads turn for those in the know. Especially these embroidered versions that retail for about AU$715 through the Gucci website

Rick Owens

Rick Owens SS18 Dirt Geobasket

Rick Owens SS18 Dirt Geobasket | © OWENSCORP ITalia S.p.A

Deconstructed basketball sneakers by Rick Owens are the kind of statement piece not a lot of people can own up to. Definitely one of the more subdued purchases you can make at Rick Owens. Retail pricing sits around €659 through the Rick Owens website.

In case you’re looking for some more affordable sneaker choices, check these out:

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