Pumped up kicks
Sneakers may lie closer to the casual end of the shoe spectrum but Dior Homme’s SS17 range is set to raise the bar in athleisure gear. In typical Dior fashion, Creative Director Kriss Van Assche has elevated the humble sneaker to couture level genius.
“I always like to blur the lines and create contrasts: the idea here was to play with a classical shape and radical techniques," says Van Assche. A Prince of Wales check is embossed into the leather before each of the thirty-four pieces required to make the sneaker is cut out by hand. Every pair is then hand-painted in bright daubs of water-based paint, a tribute to the Monsieur Dior’s own passion for painting. A single pair of sneakers takes four days to make – a lengthy process necessary to ensure that Dior’s high standards are met.