No type of footwear is as versatile as a sneaker. (Not to mention, pain-free.) Though once reserved for sport, legacy brands and high-heel loyalists have taken a shine to the silhouette in recent years. In September alone, designer Collina Strada made the case for them on its Spring/Summer 2022 runway, while celebrities like Ella Emhoff wore them on the coveted steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Met Gala.
When you think of signature kicks on the market, you conjure up an image of Vans’ checkered slip-ons, Converse’s Chuck Taylor’s, or perhaps Nike’s Air Force 1s. While, yes, these iconic shoes still hold their cult-favorite status today, newcomers are proving you don’t have to be a household name to create a beloved sneaker.
Rising sneaker brand Veja has won over the hearts of celebrities like Katie Holmes and Reese Witherspoon, thanks to minimal designs, affordable price tags, and earth-friendly production process. And luxury designers like The Row and Loewe are coming out with their own unique approach to a classic kick.