Over the past few years, more and more high-end brands have got into the sneaker business. From Celine to Louis Vuitton, Chanel to Prada, prestigious fashion houses are milking the market in comfortable footwear and releasing some mighty fine sneakers in the process. Take Dior’s recent collaboration with Nike as an example. When Kim Jones, the creative director at Dior, announced the release of the Dior x Air Jordan sneakers earlier this year, the waiting lists filled up faster than you could count to three. And considering a pair came with the not-insignificant price tag of $2,200 USD (making them the most expensive Air Jordon’s ever sold), that’s no little achievement. But there’s more to the Dior sneaker line than Air Jordon’s. Whether you’re in the mood for a velvet slip on, a graffiti emblazoned kick, or a deluxe tennis shoe, you’re guaranteed to find something that appeals in their catalog. If you’ve got cash to burn and fancy grabbing yourself a pair of the brand’s finest, cast your eye in the direction of these very exquisite (not to mention exclusive) offerings.
Dior x Air Jordan
Before we go any further, let’s get the most obvious one out of the way. When Dior extended the arm of friendship to Nike, not everyone was receptive to the idea. Dior is couture. Nike is, well, Nike. They make decent sneakers, sure, but they don’t exactly match up to the prestige and status of the Dior’s of this world. But the naysayers were wrong. And the figures prove it. According to Dior, a whopping five million people put their name down for a pair of the sneakers when the collaboration was announced. Of those, 4,987,000 were left disappointed. Only 13,000 pairs ended up being produced, leaving plenty of fashionistas crying into their Chanel scented handkerchiefs in despair. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. How many of the 13,000 pairs found a forever home, who knows? What we do know is that they’re still widely available on places like stockx and other retail sites…. although with some now fetching upwards of $20,000, you’ll need to have a very well-padded wallet if you want a pair. But if you do decide to break out your savings, you’re unlikely to regret the expense. With a design that marries the silhouette of the classic Nike Air Jordan 1s with Dior’s sophisticated grey color pallet, a reinterpretation of the iconic Nike swoosh to feature Dior’s Oblique jacquard, and a scaled down model of the Dior motif laser-etched into the insoles, these are some seriously newsworthy kicks. Speaking via fashionunited.uk, Martin Lotti, Jordan brand VP of design, says: “Our partnership with Dior offers a new look into the style of basketball and blends high-end streetwear with luxury fashion. We will pay homage to both brands’ rich iconography and draw inspiration from our heritage.” Suffice to say, they’ve succeeded.
Dior Solar Sneakers
There’s something about the Dior motif that makes people go a little weak at the knees (or at least, it does the kind of people who like fashion and aren’t afraid to show it). If you rank amongst them, you’re going to love the Dior Solar. These are sneakers that don’t just acknowledge the emblematic motif, but worship before its alter. Constructed in an easy-to-wear slip on style, the velvet kicks feature a fully embroidered Dior Oblique on their uppers. in case anyone was still in doubt about who their maker is, the world Dior is engraved along the heel. And if that still wasn’t enough, just check out the engraved star, Christian Dior’s lucky symbol, on the textured rubber sole. If you love Dior and want to wear your allegiance loud and proud, these are the sneakers for you (although you may want to heed advise and buy half a size up from your usual size if you want them to fit).
If you thought Dior only made women’s footwear, think again. This year, creative director Kim Jones has lent his streetwear sensibilities to the sneaker department of the menswear collection. In the process, he’s given us one of Dior’s finest pair of shoes yet. Following hot on the heels of the uber successful Air Jordon collaboration, the announced release of the B27 this autumn has been greeted with a frenzy of anticipation from sneaker freaks. As robbreport.com writes, Jones has taken inspiration from everything from vintage tennis shoes to the world of skateboarding to whip up this latest deluxe offering. With their perfect balance of comfort and style, they offer superb functionality with an aesthetic to match. Priced at around $926 for the high-top version and a very budget-friendly $1043 for the low top, the sneakers come in a choice of neutral color options (including white, pale grey and black) and feature a winning combo of leather and nubuck in their construction. The signature logo features heavily, as you’d expect – in addition to the logo-jacquard across the sides, the brand name is stamped on the heel and sole, while the eyelets have been very cleverly manipulated to form a “CD” configuration.
D-Connect Dioramour Graffiti Sneakers
If French Vogue recommends a particular type of sneaker, you’d better sit up and take notice. In this instance, the sneakers at the receiving end of their attention are the D-Connect Dioramour Graffiti sneakers. In keeping with the theme of Dioramour that features heavily in this season’s capsule collection, the sneakers are nothing short of a celebration of love. Littered across their neoprene uppers are the worlds “I love you” in several languages. Just in case you forget their provenance, the brand name is signed on the two-tone rubber sole. They aren’t necessarily the most subtle of sneakers, but for anyone hoping to make a big statement with their footwear this season (and who can afford the $900 asking price), they’re perfect.
They’re cute, they’re comfy, and they’ve got polka dots. What more could anyone want from a pair of Dior sneakers? Featuring a fully embroidered navy-blue Dior Dots cotton drawn from the Dioiviera capsule collection, these super-chic sneakers are the perfect combination of relaxed style and outstanding comfort. If you want the world to know just how much you’re prepared to invest in your feet, the ‘Christian Dior’ signature on the tongue, sole and laces should do the job nicely.