Sneakers didn’t own the runway during Fashion Month this season, but they still reign at retail and on the street. While some insiders said the explosive growth of the category is leveling off, the long-term impact of the streetwear revolution is notable.
“Boots are definitely back in as the ‘it’ shoe of the season,” said Alberto Oliveros, GMM at Level Shoes in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “However, I don’t think this will affect sneakers in any way. The trend is very much alive and well, and that sense of comfortable luxury will prolong the [momentum] further. They are still performing extremely well, and I anticipate that they will continue to do so.”
“Streetwear is here to stay because people are not going back to suits,” added GCDS co-founder and creative director Giuliano Calza. “Even if [formal] is the next sartorial trend, there are too many consumers out there who want easy things to wear every day. It’s going to be more organic, in a way.”
A fall ’19 sneaker from GCDS.
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To that end, Giuseppe Zanotti said he was trying to put the “emotion” of a sneaker into more dressed-up looks. “I tried to put a lot of details from streetwear and