12 sneakers for The Twelve Days of Christmas
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12 sneakers for The Twelve Days of Christmas
Drummers drumming, pipers piping, lords a-leaping, ladies dancing, so on so forth… These may be the perfect gifts to send to your true love back in the olden days, but nowadays, most of them are rather passé, (save for five golden rings, perhaps?). Instead, we commemorate the coming 12 days of Christmas the “hypebeast” way with 12 sneakers that have brought a skip in our steps throughout the year with their creative collaborations, innovative technologies and celebrated designs. Click next to see all the kicks.
12 adidas x Star Wars stompin’
The second collection from its multifaceted collaboration with Lucasfilm, the adidas x Star Wars Space Battle-themed Pack includes the X-Wing Starfighter inspired Ultraboost S&L footwear leads the pack, donned in a colour palette that is reminiscent of the ship’s grey and orange artillery and outer shell. Equipped with glow-in-the-dark elements, the semi-shiny engineered mesh and metalised stripes make for a standout in low-light environments.
11 Fendi FFluids flittin’
Inspired by the Millennials’ genderless attitude, Fendi releases the Fendi FFluid, a new sporty lace-up with a bold colour palette of white, black, red and pink on tone-on-tone suede. The “fluid” design features an arched shape and curved lines that give life to a signature chunky sole. The upper part is made from glossy neoprene or technical mesh, peppered by the script “FENDI 41’ 50’ 11’ ‘N” – the coordinates of the Fendi headquarters at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome.
10 Louis Vuitton Tattoos a-tappin’
Made in Louis Vuitton's emblematic Taiga leather, the original interpretation of the Tattoo sneaker boot may be subtle in design with its all-black hi-top style, but the bold rainbow-coloured rectangle printed on the side makes every step pop, alongside the Louis Vuitton label at the back and the House signature on the tongue.
9 Burberry Arthurs amblin’
Inspired by the concept of rain boots used at sea, the Burberry Arthur sneaker features a rubber on the sole and upper that are waterproofed, making the shoe highly functional during rainy seasons. The crosses on the sole represent broken out pieces of the Burberry check, whereas the small round bits towards the front represent the gripping studs as seen in traditional hiking boots.
8 Dunhill Radial Track Runners a-runnin’
A lightweight evolution of the Radial Runner, the dunhill Radial Track Runner characterises an athletic aesthetic inspired by the running tracks and outdoors sport with mesh, neoprene and calf cashmere suede. Available in subtle grey, cloud, lemon and black, the sneaker features a minimal yet functional toggle lacing system, with a blind embosses branding on the tongue, side and heel.
7 Stella McCartney Stan Smiths a-standin’
Leather-free and made using completely vegan materials, the Stella McCartney x adidas Stan Smith pack embodies the designer’s commitment to cruelty-free, sustainable practices without compromising on style. Refreshed with a new, light colour palette for spring 2020, white and black stripes adorn the heel, as playful hints of rainbow gradient show through the laser cut stars that make up the classic three-stripe pattern.
6 Z Zegna A-Mazes advancin’
Combining performance-backed tailoring with sportswear for modern and versatile men, the Z Zegna A-Maze sneaker is the latest eclectic member to be added in a collection that exhibits a perfect blend of fine tailoring and functionality. Crafted in partnership with industry-leader Vibram, the boldly geometric sole of the A-Maze is engineered with the Z Zegna TECHMERINO™ Wash & Go technology – the end result is a bold design with machine-washable, light weighted and quick-to-dry fabrics.
5 MSGM x Fila's
MSGM has partnered up with Fila for a fresh reinterpretation of the Fila Silva Trainer sneakers, one of the brand's most iconic styles from the ‘90s that pays homage to runner German Silva and his legendary victories at the New York Marathon in 1994 and 1995. Made with synthetic leather and nylon on a 3-D patterned sole that guarantees support, resistance and performance, the sneaker is customised with iconic labels and patches, presented in black/red and white/yellow colour combinations.
4 Versace Squalos
The latest addition to Versace’s coveted sneaker family is the Squalo that draws inspiration from the anatomy of the great white shark. Crafted in Italy from the highest quality materials, the sneaker features sharp lines on the outsole follow the form of the animal’s teeth. A celebration of Versace’s heritage, the leather details of the show carry the brand’s signature top-stitching, the logo embroidered on the tongue, and the Medusa hidden in the outsole.
3 Gucci Tennis 1977s
The Gucci Tennis 1977 recalls the original retro tennis sneaker launched over 40 years ago, crafted in diverse canvas combinations and prints with a white rubber sole outlined with a green line defining the sole. A variety of elements from the House's heritage also sits on the insole and the tongue: a textured GG motif on the bumper and outsole, and the House Web stripe in either green-red-green or blue-red-blue on the sides.
2 Ferragamo Hybrids
A new line of men’s shoes that eclipses the established boundaries of masculine footwear, the Salvatore Ferragamo Hybrid shoe combines the most appealing attributes of multiple genres, making it the footwear choice for the 21st century man. A shoe that features the apparent paradox of both progressive elegance and profound comfort: the Hybrid carries an interplay of colours (scarlet/black or burgundy/black); with a combination of traditional-leaning upper templates, and rope-edged ultra-flexible synthetic rubber soles.
And a Dior x Air Jordan I High OG
As part of the Dior men’s fall 2020 collection that premiered on the runway during the eve of the Art Basel Miami Fair earlier this month, the brand has partnered with the iconic basketball label Jordan Brand for a limited iteration of the Air Jordan I sneaker – making it the first ever collaboration between the sports brand and the haute couture house. Design codes for the light blue grey and white sneaker include: the Nike logo dressed in the Dior men monogram motif, as well as the Dior logo on the translucent outsole.