Every season, there's a new release, a new style, a new bandwagon to jump on. But what if you're getting sick of throwaway fashion? What if (whisper it now) you're starting to think your mother was right about quality being more important than quantity? How's a fashion-conscious sneaker freaker meant to put their best foot forward if they don't have more shoes in their wardrobe than Foot Locker? Basically, they buy investment pieces. Sneakers that are built to last. Sneakers that might tap into the trends of today, but in a clever enough way to still look the business in 10 years' time. These sneakers aren't going to be cheap, but that's ok. You're not going to need many. They might not be available in every shoe store in town. That's ok, too. It's why the universe invented online shopping. They're probably not going to be made by a brand you associate with sneakers. And that's just fine... provided it's a brand you associate with quality. With expert craftsmanship and a firm belief that God is in the detail. It's also going to help if this brand has a finger on the pulse of fashion and enough experience under its belt to know what's still going to look good 4,5,6 years down the line. If they happen to have easy access to some fine Italian leather, so much the better. In other words, welcome to the world of designer sneakers. More specifically (that Italian reference wasn't for nothing, you know), welcome to the world of Valentino. If you thought Valentino was all about red-carpet looks and expensive perfume, prepare for a fashion awakening. Valentino does sneakers. Really, really good sneakers. The kind of sneakers you're never going to want to take off. Sneakers like these.
Valentino Open Stripe-Panel Leather Sneaker
Regardless of their style, size, color, or anything else, all Valentino sneakers have two things in common. They're all really, really, ridiculously good looking and they're all crazy comfy. Take this pair of open stripe-panel leather sneakers as a classic example. With a neat, monochromatic look, this is a refined sneaker that manages to pull off that biggest challenge of all - the smart-causal look. Whether you dress them up or dress them down, they're going to make your feet look Good with a capital G. Classic but with enough personality to be distinctive (check out that crisscrossed leather strap), subtle but never boring (that bold graphic is there for a reason), and with just the right amount of signature details to keep their provenance in mind (notice the signature Rockstuds on the rubber sole? The resident office fashion snob will too), there's never been a better way to buckle up. As for the comfort side of things? Try slipping your feet into a pair and you'll soon see.
Valentino Bounce Sneaker
Streetwear rubs noses with high fashion in the Valentino Bounce, a sneaker that marries athletic sensibilities with couture details to frankly fabulous effect. Crafted from the finest Italian leather and featuring a lace-up front fastening, an almond toe, a back embossed logo stamp, and a chunky rubber sole, these designer beauties pair our obsession for logoed fashion (check out the 'VLTN' splashed across the side) with our need for comfort (suffice to say, you can forget about blisters when you've got a pair of these strapped to your feet). Best of all, you get all this at a price point that's not going to make you cry (not too much, in any case).
Valentino Rockstud Untitled Men’s Leather Low-Top Sneaker
As boutique.humbleandrich.com writes, anyone who thought Valentino couldn't pull-off an athletic design clearly hasn't run into a pair of Rockstud Untitled Men’s Leather Low-Top Sneakers. Available in a choice of color options and featuring a truck-load of iconic Valentino details (if some brands like to keep their identity secret, Valentino is the opposite), these low-top bad boys are sleek, stylish, and undeniably sporty. Stand out features include a logo patch at the tongue, a stylized lace-up front fastening, a classic round toe, a ridged rubber sole, and, of course, a healthy scattering of rubber studs along both the front and back.
Valentino VLTN High-Top Sneaker
When it comes to perennial fashion, the classic high-top sneaker has it beat. A fixture in our wardrobes for longer than we can remember, they're managed to become ubiquitous without losing an ounce of cool in the process. The only other style that could give them a run for their money is the chunky basketball sneaker of the 1990s, a look that as editorialist.com writes, has spent the past few years gaining an ever-firmer foothold in the streetwear sphere. Now, imagine a sneaker that manages to combine both trends in one. How awesome would that be? Very awesome, as it turns out, as anyone who's gazed longingly at a pair of
Valentino Garavani High-Top Sneakers will know. Priced just short of the $800 dollar mark, these meticulously-built, gorgeously designed kicks win a serious amount of fashion points for their cool good looks, their logoed laces, flatform soles, and logoed heels. if that wasn't enough to win you over, the insane number of color options and material choices in the collection are sure too.
Valentino Rockrunner Sneaker
If you want a shoe that's going to get you noticed in a good way, you could do far worse than pointing your wallet in the direction of Valentino's Rockrunner sneakers. For its bestselling sneaker, Valentino has given us an update on the classic running shoe. The familiar silhouette is bought bang up to date with a collection based on rich, primary colors, bold, graphic panels, signature Valentino prints (bright butterflies, more foliage than a jungle, and the ever-present camouflage), and, of course, a healthy scattering of iconic rockstuds. But it's not just the style that's noteworthy. Crafted from leather and suede and featuring a durable canvas paneling and an EVA innersole, these are as practical and durable as they are good-looking. According to the editor of Net-a-porter, the 'thick, spongy soles feel really comfortable'. Whether you choose a pair in blue, red, yellow, or green, prefer printed or plain, a solid color or a combo, there's one thing we know for sure... your feet will never have looked so good.
Written by Garrett Parker
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