High-Fashion Sneakers

Sneakers have been part of hipster culture for many decades, but in the past decade or so, high-fashion labels have decided to present their take on them by creating highly stylized sneakers that are not for sport, but part of a hip ensemble. Sneakers reflect the independent spirit of youth and the name was first coined by mischievous schoolboys on the U.S. East Coast. In 1887, the Boston Journal of Education reported that is the “harassed schoolmaster who can fully appreciate the pertinence of the name boys give to tennis shoes—sneakers.” For fall-winter 2010/2011, there are number of fashion houses that have stylish sneakers, here is just a sampling (Louis Vuitton and Lanvin) of some of our current favorites.

Above photo: Louis Vuitton‘s Meteor sneaker “boot” in suede calf leather

Above photo: Lanvin‘s Medium-high trainers in calfskin with grosgrain ribbon