The Luxury Rendition: Reinterpreting Classic Sneakers
If you’ve ever played a game of Chinese Whispers, you would quickly notice how one person’s message can take on a completely new form by the time it reaches the final receiver. This is due to certain factors such as discrepancies in how people encode & decode messages, and more importantly for this article is the way we interpret things. This is no different from what the creative directors of a large number of fashion houses have been doing for years now, taking athletic sneakers and reimagining them in what sometimes is a much cleaner and much better quality version of the original. While several sneaker purists will always opt for their O.G Jordan Bred 1s over a pair of Saint Laurent’s Black & Red SL/10H ($645), the success of the latter proves that there is a large market filled with people who are open to the reinventing of the classics.
While a number of brands simply draw inspiration from our favorite classic sneakers then go from there, some niche labels do not want to tamper with the silhouette of the sneakers we’ve grown to love at all and are solely interested in bringing more hues, complexities and/or a wider variation of materials much like the good folks over at Hender Scheme do. The designers over there have hand-made several classic sneakers for their “Hommage” collection using raw leather, which promises to antique beautifully as the owner continues to wear them.