Tommy Hilfiger is killing it right now. The brand's digital sales showroom in New York has been credited with transforming the buying process. Its outright ban on the use of exotic animal skins has made it the darling of PETA and other animal welfare groups. It became the first major white-led fashion brand to speak out after the death of George Floyd in May. It launched the first-ever adaptive clothing line for children with disabilities. Basically, 2020 was the year Tommy Hilfiger got woke. Fresh-faced girls with shiny ponytails, tennis skirts and polo shirts might still be its core demographic, but more and more of us are waking up to its appeal. It's still about color, still about preppy, and still about America, but its expression of those things has moved enough with the times to generate a refreshing new buzz. For the first time in quite some time, Tommy Hilfiger is cool. If you needed any further proof, just check out its footwear collection. More specifically, check out these five pairs of the best Tommy Hilfiger sneakers on the market today.
Lewis Hamilton Shearling High-Top Sneakers
It's winter, it's cold, and it's time to retire your summer slip ons in favor of something a little more substantial. Something with enough durability to stand up to slippery pavements, enough warmth to keep your toes cozy, and enough style to brighten up all those dark nights. Something, in fact like the Lewis Hamilton Shearling High-Top Sneakers. As the latest in the ongoing collaboration between TH and Formula 1 boy wonder Lewis Hamilton, the sneakers marry Hamilton's urban British style with Tommy Hilfiger's American sensibilities. The result is a shoe that manages to be both cutting edge and classic at the same time. Available in two color options (summer cognac or white) and featuring a score of attractive detailing (including incredibly warm shearling at the ankles), these are shoes that will see you through to spring in style. Best of all, you'll be doing your bit for the cause as you wear them. As complex.com writes, when Hamilton agreed to join forces with Hilfiger, it was on the condition that he could be more than just a face to the collection. He wanted to be involved in each and every detail, from the design to the production. Why? For a start, he wanted to introduce the concept of sustainability to the TH collection. And that he's most definitely done. Thanks to his involvement, Tommy Hilfiger has retooled its factories, changed its suppliers, and taken a whole new approach to production. If these sterling beauties are anything to go by, it was worth the effort.
Hand Dipped Chunky Crest Sneakers
In fairness, Tommy Hilfiger makes a lot of very affordable sneakers. Its Essentials range features a great selection of styles at equally great price points. But every now and again, it likes to push the boat out. And when it does, the results are epic. Take the Hand-Dipped Chunky Crest Sneakers as an example. Priced at around the $400 mark, they're the perfect illustration of why anyone who thinks Tommy Hilfiger peaked in the 1990s needs to bring themselves up to speed. They might be as much about color and America as the brand ever was, but their innovative spin on the TH MO keeps things bang up to date. Described as 'Pioneering spirit meets urban Americana', they feature an eye-catching display of country-inspired checks, rich textures and crest embroidery. A bold crest adorns the upper while TH collection branding is scattered throughout. Of all the details, first prize has to go to the audacious soles, which manage to capitalize on the trend for chunky soles to spectacular effect. Hand-dipped to guarantee a uniquely personal look, they're proof that Tommy Hilfiger's remit extends way beyond the classic white tennis shoe these days. Comfort and functionality are taken care of by the moisture-wicking polyester lining and the durable rubber sole.
Tommy Hilfiger Premium Cognac Brown Leather Cupsole Sneakers
Tommy Hilfiger may be embracing the 21st century for all its worth, but you don't have to dig too far into its collection to find plenty of the old preppy standards that made its name in the first place. Proving you can move with the times without abandoning your roots, the Tommy Hilfiger Premium Cognac Brown Leather Cupsole Sneakers are a glorious mix of classic good looks, preppy detailing, and old school style. Crafted from a luxurious hand antiqued dark brown leather and featuring a stitched white rubber cup sole, a traditional round toe design, and a subtle Tommy Hilfiger embossed tongue, these are a substantial offering with enough versatility to take you through any occasion. The easy, snug fit, meanwhile, guarantees hours of comfortable wear.
KITH x Tommy Hilfiger Hyperbole
We first saw the Hyperbole in the 1990s. Now, it's back with a bang with the KITH x Tommy Hilfiger Hyperbole. As highsnobiety.com writes, the sporty sneaker keeps things old school by featuring the same OG materials and components that made the sneaker such a cult favorite back in the 1990s. Subtle branding details can be seen via the puffed embroidered flag logo on the side, along with the "Tommy KITH" co-branding logos on the tongue, insoles, and outsole. The style is unashamedly retro, with the white leather uppers treated to a pop of color courtesy of the red sport mesh panels along the side and a blue mesh tongue. With their iconic tri-color theme, the logoed detailing, and their 90s vibe, the Hyperbole will inject a glorious dose of nostalgia into your wardrobe.
Signature Embossed Logo High-Top Sneakers
As Business Insider wisely notes, regardless of your personal style, everyone needs a pair of white sneakers. They go with anything, take you anywhere and make any outfit look that little bit sharper. Other trends come and go. White sneakers are here to stay. Whether you're buying your first pair or adding yet another to your collection, you're going to love the Signature Embossed Logo High-Top Sneakers. Sharp but still casual, they bring us an update on the classic high-top with a minimalist finish and plenty of signature details. Leather uppers combine with a breathable cotton liner and natural rubber outsole for excellent traction. Signs of their provenance can be spotted in the signature detailing on the midsole and the TH signature logo and rubberized flag embossed on the heel. They're sharp, they're stylish, and they're about to become your new favorite sneakers.
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