While some trends come and go, others stick around. Case in point - animal print, an evergreen fashion that never seems to lose its appeal. Described by Elle as 'a perennial trend' that's 'been on repeat for years,' animal print is one of the few styles you can buy today and wear forever. If you want to add a touch of the wild to your footwear collection, you're in luck. Animal print sneakers are everywhere, with every brand worth its salt getting in on the action. To get you inspired, we've rounded up five of the best pairs of animal print sneakers on the market. Without further ado, here they are.
1. P448 Star Ice Python Sneakers
If you're even vaguely aware of P448, you'll know they make good sneakers. Really good sneakers. Thanks to their Italian flair, their commitment to using only the finest quality materials, and their unique ability to pair eclectic innovation with classic craftsmanship, they're rapidly on their way to becoming one of the most coveted brands around. As The Spin Off notes, the brand has recorded 50% growth rates year over year since its foundation. And it's because of classics like the P448 Star Ice Python Sneakers that it's managed to do it. The design is a variation on the High-Top Star sneaker, the very first sneaker ever released by the brand. The silhouette is clean, simple, and minimal - which is just as well as the print is anything but. The leather uppers stand out from the crowd thanks to a bold, striking multicolor python skin pattern. A gray coconut tongue and toe add to the visual interest. Even the heel hasn't escaped attention, featuring as it does a bold herringbone tread inset with P448's signature ‘You Can Surf Later’ motto. As you'd expect of a luxury brand like P448, the sneakers perform just as well as they look. A cushioned footbed provides just the right amount of support, while the textile lining is soft to the touch and superbly breathable. Although the sneakers aren't the cheapest around, they're a very worthy investment.
2. Golden Goose Mid Star Sneakers with Animal-Print Details and Handwritten Lettering
Golden Goose might be relatively new to the scene, but they've already made a big mark. Even their hefty price tags (don't expect to pay less than around $500 for a pair) haven't been enough to deter their legions of fans. Their trademark style is 'pre-distressed,' meaning you won't have to waste any time breaking a new pair in. The Golden Goose Mid Star sneakers exemplify everything we've come to love and expect from the brand. Cool, packed with attitude, and made with the same exceptional attention to detail that Golden Goose has become known for, they're worth every cent of their $560 price tag. English style eyelets on the toe add a touch of old school elegance, while little details like the zebra-print star, the leopard-print heel tab, and the handwritten "Love is everything" lettering on the foxing keep things contemporary. As you'd expect from Golden Goose, the materials used in the sneaker's construction are first-rate: expect uppers made from a combination of cow leather and sheepskin leather, a lining made from a very breathable combination of cotton and cow leather, and a sole made from durable rubber.
3. Steve Madden Cliff Animal
If you're sick of the ever-growing cost of fashion sneakers, the Steve Madden Cliff Animal sneaker will come as a welcome relief. While they're not super-cheap, their $79.95 price tag is still several hundred less than some of our other entries. But make no mistake - the affordable price point isn't the only thing they have going for them. Crafted using a collaged construction, these are big, bold sneakers with an undeniably playful side. Their exaggerated proportions might make them a no-go for shrinking violets, but if you're happy to put up with some admiring glances, they're perfect. The uppers feature a striking combination of mixed prints and color blocking, while the white heel adds interest via the addition of some creative black splashes. A 2.5-inch wedge heel adds some valuable inches to your height without comprising the sneaker's comfortable fit.
4. Superga 2295 Exclusive Hightop Sneakers in Leopard
As Heddels writes, the first high top was born in 1917 when Converse debuted their All Star basketball shoe. It was an instant icon. Unlike any other sneaker that had come before, the All Star extended the canvas all around the ankle, providing the same level of support as a boot but without the corresponding weight. Since those days, the high top has come a long way. Whereas it was once the preserve of basketball players, it's now an essential item in all our closets. Regardless of how you style them, they add an instant hit of cool to any outfit. The Superga 2295 Exclusive Hightop Sneakers in Leopard epitomes everything we love about the style. Like all of Superga's designs, the silhouette is clean and crisp. The canvas uppers have been treated to a leopard print pattern that adds a big hit of visual interest. The vulcanized gum sole contrast's perfectly against the uppers, while also ensuring excellent grip and traction. A breathable cotton lining keeps things fresh. Practical yet stylish, comfortable yet edgy, these are the kind of kicks you'll want to keep permanently glued to your feet.
5. Jimmy Choo Impala Lo/F Animal-Print Sneakers
Jimmy Choo made his name in the early 90s. His comfortable yet uber-stylish shoes were adored by everyone from royalty to jet setters, businesswomen to fashionistas. Almost 30 years later, the brand is still one of the most coveted around. Regardless of whether you're looking for something prim and ladylike or edgy and trendsetting, there's a Jimmy Choo shoe to suit. The Jimmy Choo Impala Lo/F Animal-Print Sneakers represent everything we know and love about the brand. The low top design has been given a big injection of interest thanks to the contrasting use of tactile calf hair and zebra and leopard prints. Neon pink laces add a pop of color, while a star patch detail on the back completes the look. Cool yet casual, Jimmy Choo's high fashion take on the animal print trend is guaranteed to appeal to your wild side.
Written by Garrett Parker
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