Heeled sneakers: trend, fad, heresy?

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Sneakers and high heels: two radically opposed silhouettes on paper. 🤐 Yet these curious hybrids seem to be gaining momentum in the luxury world, even if it means confusing sneaker fans.

It was in the 2000s that sneaker heels first appeared. The rise of the internet benefited counterfeiters who tried to seduce women by hijacking emblematic Nike or Jordan silhouettes in stilettos. Now, 20 years later, the phenomenon still resonates.

Last December, CDG, which is not at its first attempt, lifted the veil on a pair of Nike Premier shoes initially dedicated to football. Obviously, designer Rei Kawakubo can’t imagine anyone running after a ball in a pair of heels, but it instantly found an audience.

The house of Balenciaga, which has become the queen of diversion under the aegis of Demna, has bet on the X-Pander model adorned with stilettos and sold for the modest sum of 995 euros.

👉 In early February, Dior added its stone to the edifice by releasing the D-Zenith model: a sneaker boot with a golden heel and an integrated logo sock.

👉 But it’s especially the last Off-White fashion show that was well invaded by these shoes that often trigger heated debates. First seen during the SS19 collection, the “runner heel” was once again present on the FW22 runway, accompanied by various hybrid pairs, such as a grey and green sneaker bootie adorned with double lacing and sequin motifs.

📌 Whether we’re talking about a trend, a fad or a heresy: sneaker heels are back and there’s no more talk of bootleg.

What do you think? 🙄

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Katharine Hamnett, designer of genius and pioneer of responsible fashion

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