The sneaker seduction phenomenon has rocked the world of late, and even surprised the global economy, as the American branded footwear market kicks on to a cool US$1billion. However, it's the reselling of these sneakers that has become seriously big business.
Retailers are cottoning on to just how profitable it can be by accumulating models of small, popular production lines and flipping them for sometimes quadruple the original price.
Towards the end of 2015, the data gurus at Campless crunched the numbers on the world's most valuable sneaks and came up with a top 10 that reads like a sneakerhead's wish list. The highest and mightiest honour went, rather unsurprisingly, to the Yeezy 750 Boost Triple black high-top, at a cool $US1876 ($2570). It's no secret that Kanye's collab with Adidas has made a huge impact on the market and is already continuing its juggernaut surge well into 2016 (watch the video below).
The shoes people are camping out for
Kanye West and Adidas are re-releasing a limited number of the Yeezy Boost 350 sneakers around Australia, with people camping in the streets to get some.
Move over Yeezy
If having the coolest treads on the block, like the Yeezys, is not your style - but you're still after weekend wears that are as comfortable as possible without losing any masculine style appeal - then you'll be pleased to know there's no shortage of handsome high-end sneakers to entertain you.
Men have the luxury of a high supply of innovative sneaker designs that don't just have street cred but are accompanied with exceptional detail and contemporary looks. The difficulty is how to tell which styles and brands are going to stand the test of time, as the fashion trends and cycles spin every six months or so.
Designers to consider are Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott and Marc Jacobs, who have authentically embraced the inclusion of sneakers in their clothing collections. If you prefer to be more on the subtle side of style, then you'll be relieved to know there are also luxury chucks encompassing a minimalist feel that will compliment all your weekend wear.
Men across the globe have started embracing the luxury sneaker with such enthusiasm that it's not uncommon to see footwear intended for the street teamed back with two-button navy suits. For Marc Jacobs, it was a symbol of his fast-paced designer lifestyle when he wore his relaxed black suit and white sneakers whilst addressing his adoring crowd after showing his Paris Fashion Week collections. For other gents, it has a lot to do with a conscious lifestyle change to a healthier, lighter and better version of oneself.
So before you hit that buy button, here is an update on the crème de la crème of men's sophisticated luxury leather sneakers. No high-tops here, thank you, Mr West.
Scroll through the gallery above to see the haute couture of men's sneakers.
Experience within retail trend analysis companies has earned Louise Edmonds cred in the luxury menswear sector. The founder of MenStylePower.com utilises her passion and understanding of fashion to deliver a fresh, edgy take on men's style.