Fall 2016: The New Status Shoes are Designer Sneakers

Here’s a few of our faves from the New York and Paris runways you need to know about


See John Elliott Hi-Tops from his Spring 2017 collection here.

The new status shoes are sneakers, and the most anticipated designer collabs are selling out fast, as in seconds, immediately after they drop. What makes these shoes worth the sky-high designer prices? Well for one the unmatched design and quality standards of world reknowned designers who are tweaking the average sneaker and reinterpreting them as exclusive, luxury footwear.

The exclusivity comes with the designer name, as well as a new experimental forays into unique color ways and use of materials. Not only are you getting one of a kind shoes in a limited production run, but the designers are transforming the norm-core staple into sleek kicks for the modern man. When designer shoes are involved, sneakerheads and designer shoe collectors embody commodity fetishism at its most competitive. It’s nearly impossible to get your hands on the suede Air Jordans by Public School NY or the stretch leather wrestling style boots on an Adidas sole by Rick Owens.


Ronnie Fieg images from instagram @ronniefieg from left to right: Year 5 Asics, RF X Diadora Made in Italy, Nike Uptempo Boys, Backstage at John Elliott with @johnelliott_

Ronnie Fieg, New York’s sneaker empressario, built his shoe empire, and cemented his spot as “The footwear aficionado” with his store Kith. Fieg stays ahead of the trends by ceaselessly spending time backstage at New York’s menswear shows and checking out off-duty street style. His Brooklyn roots and NY designer friends evidently influence his balance of cutting edge fashion and modern street style. Following his Instagram is a backstage pass to the coolest NY shows and a source of exclusive pics of new sneakers. See all the New York fall 2016 shoes most approved by Ronnie below.

New York

John Elliott custom Nike LeBron 12s

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Elliott’s newest shoe, a waxed slate combat boot, adds an element of cool to any look for fall 2016. Italian craftsmanship blended with Elliott’s design resulted in premium leather shoes including clever indents on the upper to easily wrap the laces around and tie them off. The speed laces are concise and contribute to the minimal look of the calfskin boot. Highly versatile as casual or dressy, the new boot comes in slate gray suede or black leather. Get this essential boot before it sells out, like the rest of John Elliott’s most coveted shoes.

Many John Elliott fans were hooked when they spotted the ultra clean, white Nike LeBron 12s that debuted at his SPRING 2016 NY MENS  runway show. Known for his luxury basics and minimalistic design, the Elliott’s sneaker is absent of color except a glow in the dark outer sole. This pair is available on NIKEiD, with a choice to keep it all white or add a custom color

For those in search of a less athletic shoe, Elliott also offers a sleek leather high-top sneaker on his website. The shoes come in white, black, or clay and feature a padded nubuck collar and fresh white sole on each color. The high top paired with his Cast 2 jeans and A Mercer Pullover makes for an effortlessly cool look.


PSNY x AirJordan 12s Retro


For fall, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow not only created a 7 piece collection in honor of Michael Jordan for Nike, their Jumpman in PSNY’s Nike Air Jordan 12s skyrocketed to popularity immediately after release. The sneaker is a sleek suede upper of grey and dark grey and includes the PSNY logo on the tongue. Public School emulated the original AirJordan 12s by listing their accomplishments as a design team alongside the list of Jordan’s achievements. The shoes were released in December and sold out in a matter of seconds. They also created an excllusive pair of Air Jordan 12 for “friends and family.” Ronnie Fieg posted a snap of the black and white shoe on his Instagram account. Fans will have to wait until Osborne and Chow release it in 2016.

For a more polished take on casual shoe Public School offers this low-top sneaker in an all white upper with black outsole, or a navy and black combination. For fall, the fashion savvy can also get the “Trevor Triangle Brogue Creeper” in black with perforated detail on the vamp and a natural colored platform sole.


Robert Geller x Common Projects Fall 2016


Robert Geller’s Fall 2016 show featured a suede Chelsea boot in dark navy, forest green, and gray with a side zip. And a series of black dress shoes with olive zig zag derby straps and a cap toe. It’s safe to say that the Chelsea boot collaboration will be everywhere this fall, and Geller’s is a necessary investment. Common Projects offers a slight variation on the Chelsea boot for anyone looking for a more casual alternative. New variations of the Achilles, Retro and Chelsea Boot in white, natural, olive, blush, grey, and the color of the season, oxblood are Geller’s contributions to Common Projects.


Thom Browne scotch grain leather five-eye balmorals

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Be prepared for shoe envy when you step out in these stylish balmorals with slick metal toe caps, and the standout red, white, and blue buckle strap, Browne’s signature, finishes off the completely unique spin on a classic shoe. Pebble grain leather adds a level of comfort to the oxford, along with a rough aspect that can be casual or professional. If you’re digging the buckle strap, Browne also offers the red, white, and blue detailing on wingtip oxfords, and side zip boots for fall.


European Designers

Olivier Rousteing x Nike


The beloved Balmain designer teamed up with Nike to release a fierce collection of black and gold athletic wear. The sneaker collaboration was the ultimate hybrid of fashion and athletics, and they are the most coveted pieces of the collection. Inspired by European football players, Olivier was adamant that the collection could actually function as high level sportswear. Similar trainers are available on Nike’s website until a restock rumored to be happening soon.


Walk on the wild side in Rick Owens collab with Adidas


Owens released a revamped version of the “Mastodon” for fall that has morphed into the “Mastodon” stretch boot with a knee-high, leather upper. He added a creme Adidas “Runner” sole on his “Stretch Boot” to create a futuristic look that fits perfectly with Owens’ design aesthetic. In his runway show, the models all wore the navy or cream “Mastodon” boots with exaggerated wide leg trousers under oversized coats and voluminous tops. The shoe completely sold out in Europe and is the ultimate fashion statement.


Adidas took advantage of another buzz-worthy designer and worked with Raf Simons


Simons take on the classic Stan Smith sneaker resulted in a new version of the Stan Smith Comfort and Raf Simons Matrix Spirit. The Matrix Spirit features a perforated R in place of the Adidas stripes and Raf Simons name along the back side. The sneaker brings bold colors with black velcro straps and tongue with a white toe, orange sole, and muted blue quarter. The sneaker also comes in various bold, contrasting colors including lace up versions. Multiple styles of the sneakers come in bright red, which is the most popular color for fall. Take any jeans and t-shirt combo to the next level this fall with a red sneaker.


Lanvin dark brown grained nubuck mid-top sneakers

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For the outdoorsman, this expertly worn in dark brown grain rugged sneaker will make any man look adventurous, even if you’re not inclined to step outside. Lanvin strikes the perfect balance between a high and low top while maintaining a padded, comfortable collar. Luxe and casual, these shoes add style to slim jeans and active looks.


Alexander McQueen’s four-eye bluchers

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McQueen’s bluchers are a statement above the average four-eye bluchers, and incorporate all the hot color for fall, bordeaux, along with the designer’s classic oversized lug sole. This versatile new chunky interpretation modernizes any workwear silhouette. Unexpected navy and red woven laces add a pop of bright color and a youthful aspect to the shoe.


Maison Margiela expands the line of ankle-strap sneakers with gold, silver, and bronze metallic

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Maison Margiela future high-top and replica low-top as part of Pre-Fall 2016, and the high-top has taken off in multiple colors to choose from. Bold metallic silver, gold, and bronze options fill the fall metallics trend, along with a red, nude, or black calfskin offering. You can even rock navy or black crocodile stamped leather and grey python print as the animal print fall trend. These versions can be made more formal, but Margiela also designed a black leather version with a red sole, and a bi-color red front and black back ankle-strap sneaker, reminiscent of the Bulls and maybe number 23.


Giuseppe Zanotti’s patent “Urban Shark”

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Zippers and patent inserts lend an high-end urban appeal to the otherwise plain black fabric sneaker. The look is skater with a futuristic, unique design input by Giuseppe Zanotti. The low-top sneaker is the upgraded version of Zanotti’s popular Shark 4.0 shoes. The patent details make the shoe appropriate with dressier outfits, but the basic design can easily be dressed down for the weekend.








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