We all work hard for our money, and while there are times where we may decide to turn down a purchase due to the ridiculous price tag (or opt for a cheaper alternative), there are times where we should treat ourselves to the finer things in life. Whether you are a self-described ‘sneakerhead’ or not, everybody deserves to own at least one pair of luxury sneakers in their lifetime. Now the mention of luxury might have you automatically thinking of obvious heavyweights such as Burberry, Gucci, and Maison Margiela, but there are other brands worth your time, money, and consideration as well.
We have put together a list of 20 different designer sneakers that you can purchase if you are considering adding a pair of luxury sneakers to your wardrobe. This is a varied roundup with something in there for everyone’s personal tastes and styles. Hopefully we can be of assistance as you take your drip to the next level.
Givenchy—The house of fashion. Givenchy’s foray into the sneaker game isn’t surprising as many of the world’s top luxury brands have changed their mind on making sneakers with its rise with popular culture and entertainment. While Givenchy offers different selections of sneakers depending on your preferences, the ‘Low Runners’ remain among the most popular. The overall design of the shoe is similar to Adidas’ NMD R1 (which has been a classic since the 1980s), and in addition to the ‘luxury specs,’ the shoes are quite comfy.
The ‘Low Runners’ boasts white perforated leather with a side zipper, alongside heat-bonded white and red band, and a white Givenchy branded zipper pull. If you had any questions as to just how popular this shoe is, the ‘Low Runners’ are currently on back order at Bergdorf Goodman until the end of September (though that could also partially be due to Covid). That said, if these are on your list, you may want to order now if you want a shot at being able to have these in your closet this year.
By now you have probably seen these plastered around the internet/social media as just about everybody who is ‘anybody’ have been spotted at some point rocking these. High Tops remain a go-to shoe with just about any brand as they are easily pairable with a large variety of outfits, while still being cutting edge. The B-23’s pride themselves on their white and black Dior Oblique motif and transparent paneling. The contrasting details and patchwork adds to the unique features of the shoe, and are an instant eye catcher with street cred to match.
Common Projects has a vast catalogue of sneakers to choose from on various retail websites such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The latter seems to have the most diverse collection when it comes to Common Project sneakers, so we’ll go with them when it comes to this article as there are plenty of options available for both men and women.
You really can’t go wrong with any Common Projects sneaker, and you could go with ‘traditional’ colorways such as off-white and denim, or if you are feeling on the bolder side, then you could opt for the ‘Achilles Neon Yellow’ low tops offered on the website. The ‘Achilles Low’ are another classic, and if you were to only have one Common Projects shoe for the entirety of your life, these would be our recommendation.
Any designer sneakers list has to include Gucci, and since for some reason it seems like the 1980s and early 2000s (which pulled a lot of its trends from the 80s) is slowly making its way back, we’ve decided to include the ‘Platforms’ as platform shoes as a whole were a staple of both eras. In all honesty, there is no other way to describe these sneakers other than the term ‘Gucci.’
The ‘Platforms’ are an all-white chunky shoe with the iconic metallic gold bee against the Gucci Web and classic branding. You have to give Gucci credit where it’s due as the brand was creating sneakers as early as the 1970s, during a time where other luxury brands didn’t consider sneakers a priority (and certainly not couture). Chunky sneakers may not be everyone’s forte as they can be heavy on your foot when walking, so if you aren’t a fan, Gucci has other shoes available that you can check out.
Fear of God has boasted collaborations with Nike and Converse, and have their own set shoes that are both timeless and classy. There is no denying the impact Fear of God has had on the luxury sneaker community, and if you are looking to add your collection, then look no further than the Taupe Suede 110s. A low top perforated suede sneaker with leather lining, this is a canvas shoe that is suitable for work and casual/semi casual events.
If the taupe colorway isn’t appealing, Fear of God does have other colors available (though you may have to scour the internet) to select from, and of course, if you looking for a more ‘athletic’ shoe, then you could check out their collabs (Nike has quite few that can be purchased via the resell market).
Prada does a good job at combining high-end and sporty, and the brand has plenty of styles available at your disposal. Known for their inter-galactic imprints, Prada currently has over 100 (yes 100) sneakers ranging from low tops to basketball style sneakers, and loads of color models that are similar to different Nike variations such as Air Jordans and Dunks. Our only criticism of Prada is that their women’s sneakers aren’t as progressive as the men’s. Many of the futuristic iterations that are available for the guys are missing for girls, and it would be nice to see those variations on the women’s side. Just a thought.
Speaking of sneakers that capture that intergalactic vibe, the Dolce and Gabbana ‘Super Kings’ are one of the brand’s most distinct sneakers to date. While labeled as a low top, the ‘super king’ element transforms these into something of a performance shoe. The ‘Super Kings’ feature a round toe, lace-up front fastening, and a logo patch complete with Dolce and Gabbana themed laces. The evil laboratory design is an added bonus and despite the crazy colors, it is still versatile enough to work with many different outfits (especially during the fall time when warmer colors are in season).
Straight from the fingertips of Virgil Abloh, Off White sneakers automatically give you a street but couture look that you can rock on any runway or sidewalk. Similar to the other brands listed, the sneaker collection is limitless, and whichever one you choose is really dependent on what you are feeling fashion wise at the moment. While Off White has their traditional sneaker model in terms of style, their designs aren’t super trendy, (there aren’t really a lot of sneakers that look like Off-Whites) so rest assured that you will definitely stand out when wearing them.
Now you could get the Louis Vuitton low top sneakers with their standard design (or even some of their other trainers), but this blue iteration of trainers just stands out. It literally looks like the shoes were grabbed from the ice blocks of the Arctic Ocean, and in our opinion, they are the most dynamic in the Louis Vuitton sneaker collection. If you are going to spend $1,000 on luxury shoes, why use it on a regular design that you could get in a much cheaper alternative? Why not step outside of the box and go bold? Again just our opinion, but Louis Vuitton does have plenty of other cool sneakers that are definitely worth a glance as well.
Since their debut in 1998, Maison Margiela has established themselves as one of the world’s luxury leaders, and the ‘Black Replicas’ are a pair that any fan of the brand should consider owning. Similar to Gucci, Maison Margiela was also one of the first luxury companies to really put an emphasis on sneakers, and this specific silhouette is inspired by their custom 1970s designs. Made from Italian leather and suede fabrics, the sneakers are clean cut and durable, with the ability to last you for years if taken care of properly. In addition to the black colorway, Maison Margiela also has brown, white, and grey variations that are very much worth the investment.
Never underestimate the importance of simplicity. While the ‘Grey Suedes’ don’t have the super colorful designs as some of the shoes on this list, these still standout with their all-leather fabric, lace-up closures, and velcro. The rubber midsole has a slight dark grey lining that is one of those minor details that may not seem super important, but changes the entire appearance of the shoe if taken away. While you can certainly rock these during the summer, the dark suede gives it a more wintery appearance. Either way the ‘Grey Suedes’ are a suitable transition shoe that makes a statement.
Let’s not sit here and pretend that we don’t own anything ‘faux’ in our closets. If the fake is done well enough nobody will ever notice, and that is exactly what Reebok and Pier Moss accomplished with their Trail Fury sneakers. The overall model of the shoe is similar to ‘InstaPumps,’ with their color mixtures and chunky outsoles, and the shoe itself is trail sneaker meant for hiking adventures. Reebok and Pier Moss really came together beautifully to create a powerful sneaker that is comfortable, and every hiker should consider these if they are looking for a dope new shoe.
Is any designer list complete without Louboutins? The answer to that is no. These jawns right here are called the ‘Loubisharks’ because, well, look at them. The whole purpose of high fashion is to create fashion pieces that you don’t see in everyday life, and the ‘Tiketa Slip-Ons’ are the literal embodiment of that. Have you ever seen anybody wearing a shoe like this in real life? Didn’t think so.
How come more people don’t wear sneaker boots? Granted it can be hard to find the right outfit to wear them with, but when you do it’s a banger look. Now these may not be top of the line in terms of Balenciaga sneakers, but they are solid shoes that capture the grunge high fashion look, while still giving you a casual element that can allow the shoe to be worn to games, the park, etc. Again, simplicity wins.
Saint Laurent sneakers are pretty basic—you aren’t getting much more than different variations of a canvas shoe. Occasionally they will sprinkle in a couple of high top basketball shoes, but for the most part low top classics are what you are getting. We’ve preached to the choir on the simplicity of sneakers, and these are no different. The quality is excellent and most of the shoes feature a neutral tan/white design, so you’ll be able to work with them for sure.
Jay-Z once made a statement about “Only wearing Burberry to swim,” and while that may have been true for the year 2002, we’ll plead our case for 2021. When it comes to Burberry sneakers, the key words are trainers and low tops—and there are tons of them. You can choose to get the custom Burberry print, or you could go with a different colorway. It’s up to you.
Steve Madden’s Maxima sneakers offer so many benefits that it would be almost insane to not pick up a pair (especially for the relatively low price of $100). The ‘Maximas’ scream ‘designer,’ and they come in a rainbow assortment of colors (Maxima Blush, Baby Blue, and Charcoal), and again they are $100! Sure they may not have the luxury name brand component, but is anybody really going to know at first glance? No. Steve Madden shouldn’t be slept on though, while not particularly known for their sneaker game, they do have some gems.
Have you ever seen a sneaker quite like this? Certainly this should come as no surprise as this is Alexander McQueen we’re talking about. Designed to give a vampire vibe, the shoes have a two-toned upper featuring red and white, and the shoe sports a red gel-like chunky rubber sole to give you that extra oomph. These shoes are definitely different than the norm, but that’s Alexander McQueen for you.
Valentino has quite a few sneakers available for your enjoyments, and the ‘Garavanis’ are one of the brands most exquisite. These are sort of like a luxury version of Air Max 90s with their color block patterns and chunky appearance. The shoe consists of a leather upper, and has the Valentino branding towards the top of the shoe. If this particular colorway isn’t your style, then you can definitely go for calmer color as Valentino has plenty of those in stock as well.
And then there was one. Golden Goose. Whether you are looking for casual sneakers, or formal ones, Golden Goose has you covered. As far as the ‘Superstars’ go, we aren’t quite sure what we would classify them as. They could be casual due to the fact that they are low tops, but the silver and gold tones could technically make them formal too. Either way, at $500 they are whatever you want them to be. So wear them however you see fit.
Well that is going to wrap up our suggestions! We hope we were able to help you on your designer shoe conquest and that you are able to get your new sneakers soon.