At Paris Fashion Week 2022, which has now come to an end, designers have finally been able to go offline after nearly two years of digital shows in search of a new way to experiment with their brand DNA.
The kevlar runners were teased on social media late last month by Givenchy creative director Matthew M Williams, who then took us through the designer’s futuristic take on Givenchy at the Spring/Summer 2022 show. Some have drawn comparisons between these shoes and the YEEZY KNIT RNNR, but from the looks of it alone Givenchy’s version has more structural considerations than Kanye’s creation. Made entirely from knitted material, the shoe is built from the sole to the upper in one piece, while the sole unit itself incorporates triangular spikes and bridges for traction and foot support.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights of Paris Fashion Week was Balenciaga’s guest appearance in The Simpsons. Several groundbreaking shoe designs were also revealed. Among them was a collaboration between Balenciaga and Crocs. Instead of the classic Clog wood-sole, a gothic high waterproof platform is used and the heel is 4 inches higher than usual. The signature hardware is also adorned around the outsole. In addition to the Knight boot, which will debut in autumn 2021.
The two brothers Julius & Victor Juul have been a constant source of surprise at fashion weeks in recent years. The Spring/Summer 2022 collection is perhaps the pair’s most impressive season to date. The brand’s signature metal-covered heel is back in more styles, with the use of silver metal on the heel and outsole providing a more exaggerated silhouette while still being functional, while the all-black low-top Clog shows off the Copenhagen label’s softer side.
Luxury brands and sports brands are not new in the fashion world. This season, New Balance is catching on to the crossover trend with Miu Miu. The New Balance 574 can be seen on the model’s feet, and comes in two colourways, white and beige, with both versions featuring a retro design with a faux-vintage upper. The sides and back of the shoe are purposely not stitched with fabric and leather. The raw edges are clearly visible, creating a vintage-inspired denim look. The tongue has been simply modified to include the logo of both, giving the shoe a unique look. The sole is made of raw rubber to add a vintage touch to the shoe.
Paris Fashion Week shoe designs