Welcome to 2016, a world in which we’ve finally accepted that comfort is cool. People are trading in stilettos for sneakers as footwear brands seek to capture a piece of the athleisure market. Although we don’t want to credit too much of this to Kanye West, his Yeezys have made wearing sneakers one of the most popular style choices in the last year. If you’re not trying to get Kanye out of his proclaimed $53 million in debt, there are plenty of other haute options you can sport. We’ve found five brands with beautiful kicks for men and women you could get into this year.
1 MIA Shoes
From Swedish clogs to New York City streets MIA Shoes has been able to successfully re-invent themselves over decades of fashion. Their ability to understand and set trends has put them at the forefront, and on the feet, of many shoe enthusiasts. The forward thinking brand was founded in 1976, and is approaching 40 years in the footwear business. While they continue to foster their signature clogs, they have branched into a leather-crafted Heritage Collection and feature fashionable athleisure options. We can’t get enough of their MIA Sport Telford available for Fall 2016!
Kanye isn’t the only star looking to capture a piece of this market. Rihanna in collaboration with PUMA has come out with some of the best selling sneakers so far in 2016. FENTY by Rihanna caught buzz with the release of its creepers edition. The new Rihanna shoe, The Trainer, is poised to be yet another sell-out success for the star and the brand. You can find this sporty new style at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and of course, PUMA. Become the buzz with a pair of haute new PUMAs.
3 Bruno Magli
For over 80 years Bruno Magli has been perfecting the art of shoemaking. If you’re an aficionado for the finer things in life, find yourself a pair of their impeccably crafted Italian footwear. All of their pieces are made by hand in Bologna, Italy, where Bruno and his siblings started hand-making shoes in 1936. Fast-forward to today and you have an international brand built on attention to detail and craftsmanship. They just recently began to dip their toes into the high-end sneaker realm, but what they’re bringing to the table is like nothing we’ve ever seen before.
4 Philipp Plein
If you’re looking for comfort with an extra touch of cool, look no further than Philipp Plein. The street-wear brand is made complete with over-the-top edge and luxury. What started as a brand that only had vintage military jackets embroidered with Swarovski skulls has now turned into a full-on fashion powerhouse with products in every sector of the market. And that of course means luxury footwear. Their line of shoes spans from sneakers to sandals and everything in between. Their sneakers are a statement piece that can complete any outfit.
5 Del Toro
You may know this brand for their sleek line of luxury slippers, but they have truly become so much more than that. What started with men’s shoes quickly turned into an entire lifestyle. Del Toro was created to fill a hole in the marketplace for velvet slippers at a reasonable price point. They since have continued to find opportunities in the footwear market to expand their growing brand. Which brings us to their Chukkas. Men and women around the country are rounding out their outfits with these versatile shoes. You can buy them in almost any style, for any occasion, wherever in the world you may be.