The athleisure craze has seen sock-fit sneakers become the newest addition to men’s footwear ranges…
Sock-fit shoes are nothing new in the world of women’s footwear, with fitted ankle boots making a huge impact on fashion show catwalks in particular over recent seasons. But now this snug ankle style has collided with men’s footwear to produce sock-fit sneakers, another chapter in our ever-expanding obsession with athleisure wear.
The calf-hugging material has been shuffling all over European runways in 2017, including homages to the humble tube sock as well as shoes that look like they’ve been lopped off the bottom of a scuba suit from designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Marcelo Burlon, Neil Barrett, and GCDS.
Here are four more footwear manufacturers who have rolled out sock-fit sneakers of their own — will you be adding a pair to your wardrobe?
The three stripes blend new and old with their sock fit Stan Smiths, combining a cutting-edge full knit sock fit upper with the retro green and white colourway of the vintage tennis shoe, including a green leather heel, a trefoil Adidas logo, and a classic off-white rubber outsole. Retails for €130 (AU$190).
The French designer’s sock-fit sneakers are even more tech-y, using a highly breathable, stretchy, chainlink fabric that fastens around the ankle with a pull tab on the heel, as well as a chunky shock-absorbing midsole. The Italian made kicks come in red and black, with a luxe price tag of €795 (AU$1160).
The Milan fashion house ditched their iconic Ace sneaker on their 2017 runway shows in favour of the more streamlined sock-fit sneakers, which come in colourful and brightly patterned lace-ups that very much echo the sporty athleisure aesthetic.
Reebok’s Sock Runner Ultraknit is the most streamlined and futuristic looking sneaker on this list, incorporating the label’s trademark Pump technology (i.e. a carbonated foam midsole and carbon fibre outsole) in a bright white, super sleek, sans-laces silhouette.