In our sixth Sole Series drop, Barneys adds sleek shine to an Italian heritage athletic shoe. Merging style and performance for nearly 70 years, Diadora is all about the teamwork and active streak in the practice of sport—ideals that form not just a solid sneaker, but the perfect partner for a Barneys collaboration.
“We had an idea to make what’s typically only a detail on a running shoe the focal point of the collaboration,” says Chris Pepe, Barneys senior buyer of men’s footwear and creator of BNY Sole Series. To enhance the subtleties of kicks completely handmade in Italy with premium Italian materials, luxe matte leather takes the place of TPU plastic, typically a key element in running shoes.
“We really wanted to do something a little different, and an underlay of speccio metallic, a mirrored metallic leather, adds detail,” Pepe adds. “We chose colorways that you would typically find in a traditional sneaker as well as a fashion sneaker.”
While flashes of blue, gold and bronze are especially eye-catching, the true brilliance comes from interconnected nuances: Perforations reimagined into diamond shapes help metallic details to grab attention and leather panels appear even more dynamic, while full-grain leather lining and metal aglets reference those same metallic touches—an approach that expertly merges function and style.
Add this reimagined classic to your collection for peak performance.
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