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Feast Your Eyes: Designer Sneakers for Fall

Gucci 'Bambi' High-Top Sneaker

The story of sneakers in the past few years has been that of the stampeding crossover, from athletics to streetwear and from fashion runways into your business-casual and weekend looks. Right now, with designers at the top of the chain focusing on this area of footwear, it’s safe to say the sneaker knows no bounds.

Four fall/winter styles worth your attention are by Gucci, Raf Simons and Rick Owens (both designing independently for adidas), and Giuseppe Zanotti.

Above, you see what happens when Gucci designer Alessandro Michele teams up with GucciGhost (some background on Mr. Ghost) for a graffiti-inspired high-top. Basically the story here is that GucciGhost went from spray-painting the Gucci logo on walls (an artistic act, if an illegal one) to making legitimate designer sneakers. See what we mean? The crossover is real.

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adidas by Raf Simons Stan Smith sneaker

This is an example of Raf Simons—longstanding fashion hero and current designer for Calvin Klein—working with adidas to make low-key upgrades to classic sneakers. His black-and-orange take on the Stan Smith sneaker is just weird enough to be strangely magnetic but also svelte, clean and highly approachable.

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Rick Owens by adidas Pro Model high-top Mastodon sneaker

On the other hand Rick Owens’s sneakers for adidas are for the conceptually minded. There is no question the mastodon seen here is related to the classic adidas Pro Model. But Mr. Owens’s version is the color of spent charcoal and proportionally out-of-whack—although faithful to his own aesthetic.

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Giuseppe Zanotti mid-top sneaker

For flashy Italian sneakers, Giuseppe Zanotti is the name you need to know. These particular mid-tops are like Lamborghinis for your feet: gleaming from all angles, capable of inciting gasps from strangers as you walk around and pretend there isn’t a major event happening around your ankles. Though, of course, there is. Even the bottom of the sole shines bright like a diamond.

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 —Andrew Matson