Just when you thought the fugly sneakers phenomenon is relegated to pure streetwear territory, the kicks crawled their way into more formal forms of dressing. Yep, we’re talking wearing your chunky-soled gargantuan-sized sneakers with pantsuits.
Not that sneakers and suits are a groundbreaking combination. The boys have been doing it for years with plimsolls, Stan Smiths and the like — often as a shorthand for laidback swag when they need to zhoozh up their formal dress codes. In essence, the look is less Pitti Uomo, more Jay-Z.
Yet, what differentiates the way women are wearing their suits with these kicks — as these street style shots prove — is how the proportions are deliberately wrong because of the whopper sizes of these shoes. It goes against the natural order of style rules that’s rooted in Gvasalia-ism.
The hype aside, one can say that this disregard for old-school conventions is possibly the big appeal of wearing these shoes with your suits. But perhaps, they could just be portending a bigger trend: for Spring/Summer 2019, brands like Comme des Garcons showcased these chunky sneakers with dresses, coat dresses and suits. While labels like Coach and Gucci, take a left-field styling approach by pairing these shoes with long flowy maxi dresses.
All of which could be a good thing, considering the number of these Frankensneakers we’ve been covering in the past year.