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Rare Specimens: Designer Sneaker Showcase

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater achieves an unrivaled harmony between the man-made and the natural. Scholars believe Leonardo spent up to 14 years perfecting the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa. The seven-layer steel blades of Japanese swordsmith Masamune were rumored to slice, then heal, leaves floating past in a stream.

Incomparable materials and avant-garde details make our favorite designer sneakers works of art in their own right. Keep reading for a closer look at creations by Lanvin, Givenchy, Valentino, Balenciaga, Common Projects and Maison Martin Margiela.



I. Lanvin – Side-Zip Lace-Up Trainer
Materials: Lambskin and textile upper/leather lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Elastic zipped-strap closure conceals laces.
Origin: Portugal | Price: $795
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111) // Michigan Avenue, IL (312.464.1515)
Aventura, FL (305.356.6900) // Or shop online: Lanvin Trainer


II. Maison Martin Margiela – Replica Pollock Sneaker
Materials: Suede and leather upper/leather lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Jackson Pollock-inspired paint splatter detail.
Origin: Italy | Price: $565
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111)


III. Common Projects – Achilles Mid Sneaker
Materials: Leather upper/leather lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Signature style, size and color code stamped on heel.
Origin: Italy | Price: $421
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111) // Michigan Avenue, IL (312.464.1515)
South Coast Plaza, CA (714.549.8300) // The Grove, CA (323.930.2230)
San Francisco Centre, CA (415.243.8500)


IV. Maison Martin Margiela – Replica 3D-Effect Pyramid Sneaker
Materials: Rubber-coated textile upper/leather lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Rubber-coated, 3D-effect pyramid detail on upper.
Origin: Italy | Price: $550
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111)


V. Balenciaga – Monochrome High-Top Sneakers
Materials: Lambskin leather upper/leather lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Embossed graphic cuts on upper.
Origin: Italy | Price: $655
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111) // Aventura, FL (305.356.6900)


VI. Maison Martin Margiela – Future High-Top Sneaker
Materials: Leather upper/leather lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Velcro ankle-strap with hidden lace closure.
Origin: Italy | Price: $895
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111)


VII. Valentino – Canvas Rockstud Trainer
Materials: Leather, suede and textile upper/textile lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Pyramid ‘rockstud’ detail on heel wrap-around.
Origin: Italy | Price: $645
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111) // South Coast Plaza, CA (714.549.8300)
The Mall at Green Hills, TN (615.850.6700) // Aventura, FL (305.356.6900)
Or shop online: Valentino Trainer


VIII. Givenchy – Tyson High-Top Basketball Leather Sneaker
Materials: Leather upper/leather lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Basketball-textured leather upper with signature metal stars on strap closure.
Origin: Italy | Price: $1,025
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111) // Aventura, FL (305.356.6900)

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IX. Lanvin – Felt Sneaker
Materials: Textile and leather upper/leather lining/rubber outsole.
Features: Felt upper with rubberized-leather cap toe.
Origin: Portugal | Price: $570
Availability: Downtown Seattle, WA (206.628.2111) // South Coast Plaza, CA (714.549.8300)
Aventura, FL (305.356.6900) // Or shop online: Lanvin Sneaker

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[Photos by Lilly Warner. Styling by Baydra Rutledge. Art direction by Justin Abbott.]