While Christian Louboutin’s 60-mm studded square-toe boots are the label’s highest yet in Milan, compared to the heels of Stefano Pilati at Pitti Uomo and Giuseppe Zanotti, they were totally in step with the current vogue. While sneakers are still a brand benchmark, even the HappyRui skate shoes featured thick, elevated soles. Elsewhere, function combined with form in retro VS kicks with Velcro fastenings and laceless sneakers with grosgrain ribbon tongues.
Evening centric styles featured luxe made-in-France fabrics like velvets and jacquards shot through with Lurex, while city sandals came with studs. We’ll leave the sock question to your discretion. Finally there was also a new après-ski snow boot collection dubbed After Snow, which came with padded uppers and the designer’s signature red track soles for icy climes.
Amongst Virgil Abloh’s 34 looks, FN spotted a first look at the upcoming Off-White X Air Jordan 5 collab that’s slated for release later this year. He also showed a mismatched white sneaker/black laceup combo, both of which featured blue sneaker-style soles. The designer posted a preview image of them on his Instagram feed over the weekend, captioned, “plot twist pair of shoes. this is the pair. one of each, none of the other.” There is currently much debate among the style set about whether the sneaker has had its day and we’ll see a return to more formal footwear or whether it’s set to go the distance. Abloh’s answer: Both.
The first sneaker collab of the week popped up at Sankuanz. Designer Shangguan Zhe’s collection featured a little taste of a new collaboration with Adidas Originals, set to be revealed this spring. Playing on both brands’ identities, the looks combine sporty, graphic Adidas Originals codes with Sankuanz’s layered, reversible designs and hallmark details.