Filling the City of Love with bold sneaker styles, Paris Fashion Week's SS20 proceedings illuminate a global footwear sensibility.
A global hub of high-fashion and luxury, Paris plays host to the world's finest designers for their fashion week expo. With a historic and respected lineage of haute couture, the City of Love continues to offer a resounding voice in contemporary menswear, presenting a culmination of the major European seasonal fashion showcases. Elucidating a global style, the street style seen in Paris is unrivalled for its experimental, elegant and forward-thinking appeal. Topped off with a plethora of cutting edge sneaker silhouettes, Paris displays the versatility of footwear in the modern age.
Sitting at the forefront of the contemporary zeitgeist, Nike's recent collaborative efforts with Sacai and Off-White continue to prove a firm favourite. The LDWaffle and Blazer sneakers designed with the Japanese label's designer, Chitose Abe, sees classic Nike style doubled up for a maximalist take on their trademark athletic sensibility. Virgil Abloh's signature approach signals his continued dominance in the sneaker universe with the hybrid Zoom Terra Kiger 5 delivering a striking visual aesthetic, combining trail running practicality with esoteric detailing.
The luxury realm was well represented with Balenciaga's Triple S sneaker positioned firmly as an unmissable statement style, while Maison Margiela offered a subtler tact, extending their refined aesthetic in the form of a metallic rendition of the infamous Replica sneaker. Dior Homme joined the casual footwear set with their translucent B23 hi-top sneakers, covered with their instantly recognisable logo branding.
A fresh face at this years proceedings, Salomon's S/LAB trail sneakers proffer a technical and practical boost, providing a durable style favoured by many in the era of "war-core".
A veritable feast of styles, Paris fashion week has underlined the immense wealth of sneaker variety, with attendees carefully selecting models from luxury to sportswear in a celebration of the global nature of fashion in the present day.
Check out our Paris SS20 street style gallery.