SNEAKER WORLD
the newest styles for men
text by Sri Rain Stewart   photos courtesy of Barneys New York

Sneakers continue to move in a new-school direction with reimagined classics, futuristic details and unexpected design nuances. To navigate the complex and curious landscape of the sneaker world, we curated 10 of the kicks leading the charge. All the styles pictured below are available at www.barneys.com

Above: PUMA Men’s Alteration Kurve Sneakers

SOLES OF THE FUTURE
Puma’s Alteration Kurve sneakers take a playful approach to futuristic style, as they’re inspired by a post-apocalyptic world. The exaggerated silhouette stays clean and simple with its color-block design and sporty mesh material.

Above: MAISON MARGIELA Men’s Fusion Mixed-Material Sneakers

WEAR IT OUT
Margiela continues to put a cheeky spin on the chunky sneaker trend. One of their latest releases elevates an average white “dad” sneaker to an avant-garde level thanks to a crafty mix of hot glue, masking tape, and plastic embellishments.

Above: RICK OWENS Tractor Leather & Suede Lace-Up Boots

HIKE THE STREETS
Hikers continue to be a major trend and will continue well into fall, where they arguably belong. If you don’t yet own a pair, the Tractor Leather & Suede Lace-up boots by Rick Owens are the perfect start thanks to their versatile neutral tones. Their thick soles with spray-painted detail add an industrial, gritty touch.

Above: GIVENCHY Men’s Jaw Tech-Knit Sneakers

NOT JUST ANOTHER SOCK SHOE
Givenchy dresses up the sock shoe with extra-thick, notched soles, as well as laces. The “Jaw” style, which speaks to the soles that reminded Claire Waight Keller of the 1975 classic film Jaws, makes this pair a standout.

Above: MAISON MARGIELA Men’s “Replica” Suede & Mesh Sneakers

TRAINER REVAMP
Our exclusive “Replica” Margiela sneakers pay homage to the original 1970s German Army trainers. Colorful paint splatters breathe intriguing life into the shoes’ neutral tone and minimalistic silhouette.

Above: GIVENCHY PUMA, Men’s RS-X

NEW RETRO RUNNERS
Another Puma sneaker on our list for good reason: the new retro runner, RS-X, which is a new-guard classic. Its mix of old- and new-school design makes them current, but this no-nonsense color will make wearing these an option for years to come.

Above: CONVERSE Men’s Chuck 70 Velvet Sneakers

PURPLE VELVET
With the help of Tyler, The Creator, these GOLF le FLEUR* x Converse Chuck 70 high-tops bring a new level of originality to a classic. The bottom of the soles displays the rapper-cum-designer’s flower motif, a signature of his capsule collection. Quilted purple velvet conjures Prince vibes—these are a must for retro-lovers.

Above: TAKAHIROMIYASHITA THESOLOIST Men’s Donny Kurt Sneakers

GRUNGE CLEARWEATHERS
A collaboration between TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloist and Clearweather meshes the easy, low-top Donny silhouette with an avant-garde, grunge-inspired design. “Touch Me I’m Sick” is stitched on the right shoe, while the other shoe says, “The Grunge Years.”

Above: Y-3 Men’s Tangutsu Lace Sneakers

NOT SO BASIC
Thanks to an oversized black midsole, Y-3’s Tangutsu Lace sneakers are definitely a modern take on a basic. Topped off with Yohji Yamamoto’s name on the tongue, these become a quiet statement with versatility.

Above: VALENTINO GARAVANI Men’s Mixed-Material Sneakers

Above: VALENTINO GARAVANI Men’s Mixed-Material Sneakers

METALLIC IS HERE TO STAY
These Valentino Garavani sneakers get a futuristic treatment with blue, red, and silver foil accents. The chunky high-tops are another pair we’d add to our ever-growing collection of thick soles.