Sneakers may have, in the past, been a purely practical type of shoe, most commonly worn for a range of sporting activities. However, nowadays, sneakers are a lot more than this! They’re a fashionable item that men and women wear for all manner of different activities. The surge in popularity for sneakers has led to many of the world’s top designer brands getting in on the action, and everyone from Gucci to Balenciaga can now be seen releasing new sneaker lines every year. Let’s take a look at some of the top designer sneaker brands of 2019 so far.
Gucci is one of the world’s leading trendsetter designers, and their embroidered trend – which began around five years ago – is still going strong in 2019. Gucci sneakers are made in Italy to the same high level of quality as all the other items in the brand’s lineup, with their low-top white sneakers being the most popular choice for many. Designed to pair just as well with smart jeans as they do with shorts and other leisure clothing, Gucci low-tops have been imitated in the high street stores ever since their release. To buy a pair of the originals, check out designer clothing store SSENSE.
Axel Arigato is a Swedish designer brand that focuses on making basketball inspired sneakers – similar to Converse and Vans. Their sneakers are available in a wide range of designs, patterns and colors, with their leather line-up being an especially popular choice with those who want to add a bit of luxury to their outfits. Axel Arigato is one of the few brands that has managed to create a perfect match between sports and luxury, and we’re really excited to see what the brand will release in the future.
Although nearly a century old, Balenciaga is one designer brand that has always managed to remain at the forefront of fashion. Their innovative designs shock the fashion world year after year, and they’ve designed not only avant garde looks, but also sneakers with more practical properties – such as shock absorption and memory sole technology. Balenciaga is perhaps most well known for their chunky trainer trend, which has been seen at many fashion weeks since it first appeared on the runways in 2015. Check out the iconic Triple-S sneaker if you want to get in on this trend.
When you first think of French designer brand Saint Laurent, your mind probably instantly takes you to high heeled boots and leather jackets. And, while these are what the brand is most well known for, they’ve designed tons of fantastic sneakers over the years as well. Saint Laurent sneakers are as decadent and as edgy as you’d expect from the brand, with hi-tops adorned with block paneling and low-tops scrawled with writing both being popular choices. If you have an edgy side, or fancy yourself a bit of a rock-chick, Saint Laurent is a top designer to buy from.
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