Paris Fashion Week Men’s SS20 has come and almost gone in the blink of an eye. That means it’s time for us to take stock of the best and most newsworthy sneakers that debuted on the runway and in showrooms in the French capital.
As has become standard, the sneakers debuted in Paris commanded almost as much attention as the garms themselves. Brands and designers have learned all about the benefits of strategically placing their most exciting new footwear on the runway.
This week, we’ve seen new footwear from heavy hitters Off-White™ and Nike, as well as a number of stylish, under-the-radar offerings from the likes of Salomon, Rick Owens, and even fragrance brand Byredo.
Scroll through our roundup below for the lowdown on the best sneakers unveiled at Paris Fashion Week Men’s SS20.
Off-White™’s footwear offerings for SS20 were a big talking point as always. We got a glimpse at a pair of hiker-style sneaker-boots and some sandals. The boots stood out through the neon “X” branding on the side and a grippy-looking sole unit. The sandals, meanwhile, utilized the brand’s industrial tagging on the top strap, with additional branding appearing on the bottom strap and insole.
Virgil Abloh and Futura teamed up with Nike on a three-way Dunk Low collaboration. The partnership resulted in two colorways of the silhouette, the first in North Carolina blue and white, with customary Off-White™ branding on the lateral side and added Futura-style typography. Blue flat laces were combined with an extra pair of orange round laces added on top of the traditional lacing system in a style similar to some trail-running or hiking-style shoes.
The second version came in an orange and black colorway, with the same additional lacing system. The branding on the second pair was black, with a white Swoosh and midsole, as well as a darker blue translucent outsole.
Rick Owens never ceases to stun and his SS20 collection was no different. Bondage-inspired lacing was a huge theme, not just on footwear but on a number of trousers too. The gallery above shows a pair of low-tops whose upper is almost completely covered in laces, as well as a pair of platform boots with an insane lacing structure also covering the majority of the upper.
Byredo, Virgil Abloh’s favorite fragrance brand, is moving from scents to sneakers, with the brand’s first-ever sneaker, the Byproduct by Byredo, unveiled in Paris.
The silhouette is pretty simple, but each pair is pieced together from leather left over from the production of Byredo bags, giving it a more elegant look and feel. The curved leather elements create a patchwork effect, with zigzag stitching and topstitch panels adding to that aesthetic. The upper of each Byproduct sneaker is unique and features a mix of suede and polished leathers.
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@meestergreefin in an early pair of friends and family @adidasOriginals ZX 10000C. #hskicks #consortium
While the adidas Originals ZX 10000 C has been out for a while and was even the subject of a collaboration with Berlin-based Overkill, the Three Stripes unveiled a special version of the sneaker at Paris Fashion Week. Given out to friends and family of the brand at its showroom, this ZX 10000 C featured a gray suede upper with reflective detailing and hits of lime green on the laces, tongue, heel, and side stripes.
OAMC and adidas Originals are extending their partnership into SS20, as evidenced by the co-branded Type-04 sneakers worn in OAMC’s Paris runway show. The Type-04 looks to be constructed using a mix of different types of leather overlay on the upper, with either a nylon or neoprene base seen through the gaps. An adiPRENE midsole sits between the upper and an outsole with a hiker-style tread. adidas branding can be seen on the plastic heel counter.
Virgil Abloh unveiled Louis Vuitton’s SS20 footwear collection in Paris, taking a much more colorful approach than in seasons prior, adding hues of lilac, bright blue, and red among more austere elements of black and gray. A new low-top silhouette debuted, seeming to take inspiration from heritage runners by brands such as New Balance and ASICS. Meanwhile, the basketball-inspired 508 was also seen on the runway, as was a Timberland-like boot.
Fumito Ganryu and Salomon teamed up for the first time this season, opting for a muted colorway of the S/Lab XT-6 ADV trail-runner in mostly black with yellow trim on the foxing and sock liner. Black-on-black branding along the tongue and on the upper gave the project a stealthy look, while a white midsole and black outsole added contrast.
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