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From the Ground Up | High Fashion Sneakers



From the Ground Up, our brand new sneaker show is back with another episode diving into all things footwear. Last week, we explored the evolution of custom sneakers, but this week, we’re looking into high-end kicks and how they’ve crossed over into to the streetwear world.

For our latest in-depth discussion, host Pete Forester sits down with Jackie Kim, associate fashion director of Barneys New York and Highsnobiety’s assistant editor Noah Thomas to share their thoughts on whether high-end sneakers like the Balenciaga Triple S should be grouped in with Air Jordans and other sportswear brands. They also examine what advantages designer sneakers have over more mainstream products.

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31 comments

  1. KEEP IT 100… ALL these shoes are ugly af maybe except for the Arenas… but I rather just get Supras if I was gunna get Arenas… same look but way cheaper. But some people just like to spend that money to flex for the social status.

  2. yes you have the Balenciagas, the Saint Laurants, the Vetements. But what about Bapestas and Roadstas by A Bathing Ape as a sneaker to transition into the fashion scene as it is a great entry sneaker with a price that doesn't kill a wallet and can still catch eyes with crazy colorways that nike/jordan now has? They also have a great history in terms of streetwear, and can still turn heads. I don't know what to consider bapestas as I can't really afford any of these shoes, but I think Bapestas can be in this category because of the very similar silhouette to the Air Force 1.

  3. Nice shoes… Did it come with a dick in your mouth?

  4. I don’t get where this white guy is learning his history from but he’s a bozo

  5. I had the red balenciaga pleateds and black ahah

  6. What's up with that Noah guy? When did Fila become a designer brand dude?

  7. Think Valentino got left out out the mix

  8. The fact you didn’t talk about Lanvin is crazy

  9. That Noah is a cunt that washes his mouth with sulphuric acid every night.

  10. Ugliest sneakers in the world. I wouldn’t spend my money on these any day. Also there’s a totally different type of camaraderie amongst sneaker heads and that entire community.

  11. Balenciaga trainers are so fucking disgusting. They look like someones has been smoking onto them since the 80s

  12. Did he just say that Germany Army Trainers were from ww2? i swear

  13. Bred 4s came out in 2012 😕

  14. Jesus Christ how does that Asian guy straight up butcher every single name he puts in his mouth

  15. This is why it's so expensive to get trainers these days 🙃 I just want a good pair of long lasting trainers.

  16. German Army Trainer in World War II? Does that mean it was a Natzi sneaker?? if so, what a play on words.

  17. this dude haircut look like a 5th element character

  18. how much money does it cost to make these shoes?

  19. Put a fashion name on it and everyone loves it. Same shoe at a Payless store and everyone hates it. These people are super pretentious.

  20. All them special ed shoes are straight trash

  21. the triple s's are crazy! period. i just got the alexander mcqueen chunky soles.. if i can catch the triple s's at 400 ill add them to my dead stock. the vintage bally joints would go crazy as a re-release.

  22. Do people really pay attention to others' shoes?

  23. What do you guys think about the independent designer "Distant Future Brand " and them redefining the military boot for fashion.

  24. noah needs to pull the stick out of his ass.

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