Soles Of The Future
Puma’s Alteration Kurve sneakers take a playful approach to futuristic style, as they’re inspired by a postapocalyptic world. The exaggerated silhouette stays clean and simple with its color-block design and sporty mesh material.
Wear It Out
Margiela continues to put a cheeky spin on the chunky sneaker trend. One of their latest releases elevates an average white “dad” sneaker to an avant-garde level thanks to a crafty mix of hot glue, masking tape, and plastic embellishments.
Hike The Streets
Hikers continue to be a major trend and will continue well into fall, where they arguably belong. If you don’t yet own a pair, the Tractor Leather & Suede Lace-up boots by Rick Owens are the perfect start thanks to their versatile neutral tones. Their thick soles with spray-painted detail add an industrial, gritty touch.
Not Just Another Sock Shoe
Givenchy dresses up the sock shoe with extra-thick, notched soles, as well as laces. The “Jaw” style, which speaks to the soles that reminded Claire Waight Keller of the 1975 classic film Jaws, makes this pair a standout.
An interpretation of the classic runners using the codes of the Maison with the décortiqué sponge tongue and the handmade splash dripping, reference to Margiela’s iconic Replica sneakers.
*New* Retro Runners
Another Puma sneaker on our list for good reason: the new retro runner, RS-X, which is a new-guard classic. Its mix of old- and new-school design makes them current, but this no-nonsense colorway will make wearing these an option for years to come.
With the help of Tyler, The Creator, these GOLF le FLEUR* x Converse Chuck 70 high-tops bring a new level of originality to a classic. The bottom of the soles displays the rapper-cum-designer’s flower motif, a signature of his capsule collection. Quilted purple velvet conjures Prince vibes—these are a must for retro-lovers.
A collaboration between TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloist and Clearweather meshes the easy, low-top Donny silhouette with an avant-garde, grunge-inspired design. “Touch Me I’m Sick” is stitched on the right shoe, while the other shoe says, “The Grunge Years.”
Not So Basic
Thanks to an oversized black midsole, Y-3’s Tangutsu Lace sneakers are definitely a modern take on a basic. Topped off with Yohji Yamamoto’s name on the tongue, these become a quiet statement with versatility.
Metallic Is Here To Stay
These Valentino Garavani sneakers get a futuristic treatment with blue, red, and silver foil accents. The chunky high-tops are another pair we’d add to our ever-growing collection of thick soles.