BNY Sole Series is back for a second installment, and beginning today we’ll be rolling out special collaborative launches that the Barneys team has worked on with some of your favorite brands. Spearheaded by our senior buyer of men’s shoes, Chris Pepe, the focus on the project this time around was to elevate iconic styles. Perennial favorites from contemporary brands, these iconic shoes are taken to the next level in a way that you’ve never seen before.
“With our Sole Series launches this year, we were really involved in the design process. The styles feel more elevated and aligned with how we’d buy shoes for ourselves,” says Pepe.
As a follow-up on past successful collaborations with Adidas, this season the team gave a new spin to the iconic Stan Smith and Superstar. The two exclusive styles, which are available in both men’s and women’s sizes, are a modern take on the classic design. The team was inspired to create a pared-down version, stripping away stitching and embellishments to reveal a smooth, clean sneaker in its simplest form. Glossy white leather is used throughout and is laser-cut to etch recognizable Stan Smith and Superstar detailing, as wells as the Barneys New York logo. As each pair is deconstructed, special design nuances are revealed including an unlined interior and a leather Superstar shell toe, which is normally made from rubber.
“Andrew Orner, our associate buyer, also had the idea to laser-cut the three stripes on the side, which differentiates our exclusive Superstar style from all others,” explains Pepe. “Because there are almost no visible stitch lines on the shoes, these classics are pushed to another level. Our design is a way to strip down an iconic style to it’s most minimal aesthetic.”
“These sneakers are so timeless. Anybody can wear them, and they can be paired with almost anything,” he added. It’s no wonder the classic styles have become increasingly popular as the no-nonsense shoe of choice in recent years. The stylish Barneys collaboration pushes Stan Smith and Superstar styles to a new stark minimalism.
The styles are available exclusively at barneys.com and Barneys New York store locations. Keep your eye out for more exclusive collaborations with Vans, Diadora, Timberland, Filling Pieces, and Common Projects, as the ongoing releases are coming soon and will continue monthly.