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Here's How High Fashion Sneakers Infiltrated the Streetwear World

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From the Ground Up, our brand new sneaker show is back with another episode diving into all things footwear. Last week, we explored the evolution of custom sneakers, but this week, we’re looking into high-end kicks and how they’ve crossed over into to the streetwear world. For our latest in-depth discussion, host Pete Forester sits down with Jackie Kim, associate fashion director of Barneys New York and Highsnobiety’s assistant editor Noah Thomas to share their thoughts on whether high-end sneakers like the Balenciaga Triple S should be grouped in with Air Jordans and other sportswear brands. They also examine what advantages designer sneakers have over more mainstream products. FOLLOW US Facebook: https://facebook.com/highsnobiety Twitter: https://twitter.com/highsnobiety Instagram: https://instagram.com/highsnobiety/ View more Highsnobiety videos here: http://hsnob.co/qh67
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Wanderman (2 days ago)
Noah wth did you smoke man? lol
Monk$hood (7 days ago)
Jackie 😍😍
Real Bulldogs (23 days ago)
Give me Clark’s originals all day
Tomás F. (27 days ago)
Red, Blue and Black... U know...very typical Jordan colorways... 💀
colin rice (1 month ago)
Someone needs to get my mans a new haircut
danang pamungkas (1 month ago)
No originalities. Hi fashion be like.. im better than you, in price tag chategories.
aligboyakasha (1 month ago)
I like when people ignore what's the difference between high-end runway fashion and wearable fashion
April M (1 month ago)
nice short bus hair cut
Pico Peco (1 month ago)
WHY are people so gratuitous with the word (sort of) ANNOYING!!!
Thomas Weaverling (2 months ago)
The high end makers obviously have no idea what they are doing. They can't come up with their own designs. You'll have some snob looking down on you for what you're wearing, yet they're wearing obnoxiously looking knock offs that they paid a ton more for.
TroyMichael (2 months ago)
This was a great piece. But I feel the RAF Adidas Ozweego should’ve been stated as the front runner for this whole “Dad shoe” wave that we’re in right now. Definitely ahead of their time
William Zhang (2 months ago)
I have always thought that the Alexander McQueen Oversized Runner looks alike the Nike Air Max 1 & 90, though it doesn't affect the fact that it's my favorite
J (2 months ago)
Good video
b. chiu (2 months ago)
i agree
m3talh3ad123 (2 months ago)
I'll probably never buy high fashion shoes passed Raf Simmons' lineup, and even then a $500 retail price tag is out of my reach. I can afford it, but I can justify spending that much retail on shoes I'm not even that hype on. The farthest I'll go is OW's collab with Nike, and I don't even consider OW as high fashion.
Bibiesbumsbunker (2 months ago)
The Balenciaga's are inspired by flysteppers and it's just another kind of blue you're talking hard bullshit
APCWORLDSUXAZ (2 months ago)
how the fuck is this ghetto shit recommended, sneaker culture is absolutely fucking retarded. foam plastic fake leather 3,500$ on sale !!!! we also have some plastic sunglasses with initials on it for 10 k super cheap..and to go with it these 500 dollar jeans,,,, and a 500 dollar cotton hoody made in same places Walmart gets their clothes from...wow.. I got a 500 dollar trash bin for sale if anyone interested will totally be a collectable in some years..... ill put any initials you want on it ^^
Altair Ibn La-Ahad (3 months ago)
Never talk to a guy that wears Fila
Michael Gazdich (3 months ago)
Anyone know what those commended garçon chucks were with the kiss emoji?
Akashic Entertainment (3 months ago)
clean cut shoes look the best with lil accent color or logo or mini design that has style dont over do shoes they look like shit
ASTRAL THIEF (3 months ago)
They're standard colors you're used to seeing from every company dickhead.
Ashkhen Haykuni (3 months ago)
Noah shut up
Michael Hattingh (3 months ago)
You're a fucking retard
Korsu (4 months ago)
This whole video is a shitshow
zarim ekmal (4 months ago)
No, it's not. High end has never been in our consciousness.
Daniel Vargas (4 months ago)
i need a beard to do that hair cut
Jose Felix (4 months ago)
If you blow your months income on a pair of shoes there's something wrong with you.
kyle staples (4 months ago)
those 'high fashion' sneakers look like the ones i can buy at my bodega.
fuhjrvr (4 months ago)
I like em but their too chunky n expensive. If hey we’re less chunky and expensive I’ll buy
chsrebekah (4 months ago)
you lost me at , "let me be perfectly honest with you" what bunch of (all of it) shit
Pei Yi Kuan (4 months ago)
Love love love this! loving the insights and the history bombs..hahah!
Dollydagger Lioness (4 months ago)
Let's get real with truth, STREET WEAR comes for HIP HOP CULTURE PERIOD! These designers are riding that wave for profit. That shit won't last, trends die. Culture evolution begins when those of us whom live the culture daily get tired of designers biting off our style, so what do we do to change it? Go back to classics. Swag is a gift, not a trend! Watch, soon we'll go back to rockin them Payless buddy's and make it look cool! Lol
Allen Iverson (4 months ago)
Wether u realize it or not it’s easy to see that Rocky is pretty much the main reason for all of this...too much drip
TheMightyTuna .N (4 months ago)
The shoes r cool n all but the fuck happens to his hair cut. Spend the money for a new barber bruh u got enough shoes.
T S (5 months ago)
on the real all these shoes they showing as so called designer shoes are ugly overpriced trash, and of course the dick riding in this video is out of pocket. you damn well know he aint feeling these shoes but cant speak his real mind cause he getting paid to suck up. the chick has no clue about the sneaker culture, and its people like that the give the wrong idea of what sneakers and fashion is all about. being outrageous with designs slapping a Louie V on it dont make it hot. sneakers are only worth what stupid people are willing to pay for them.
Emm W (5 months ago)
I'm amazed.
robin louge (5 months ago)
Can someone tell me the name of the shoes? 0:24 :))
DementedEX (5 months ago)
...Noah Iz a joke... lol 🤣😂🤣
Adam Kagee (5 months ago)
you cannnot group 'high fashion designer sneakers' in the same bracket as a 'sneaker head.' Those OG sneakers have a story with a root origin of sneaker culture from back in New York. These high end designer brands are just capitalism
Joseph Dudeck (5 months ago)
Good Lord WTF is wrong with you waked out ppl
NTH THN (5 months ago)
I... don't think his hair's texture goes with his hairstyle :/
NTH THN (5 months ago)
I don't like High Fashion sneaks. I don't see the technology behind them, just designs & labels. I'd take Air 97's look anyday over that basic leather Gucci white sneaks. Those are too basic.
Master O'Neal (5 months ago)
On the contrary, I think that the more distilled and “inspired” the use of street representations and elements within designer styles become, the easier it becomes to simply not pay homage. High fashion brands are not as refined or original as they are given credit for, it really is frustrating. I mean keep it real, they’re re-skinning hip-hop styles and targeting the main crowds who could care less. It’s wack.
Karlmalone321 (5 months ago)
The Asian bitch knows nothing about shoes
Karlmalone321 (5 months ago)
So fucking cringe when the gay dude said “remember arenas?”
Darth Vader (5 months ago)
No Louboutins in the video?
Samu Rai (5 months ago)
Jackie Kim got Designer EYEBAGS at work, THose must cost at least $4k each LMAO
Samu Rai (5 months ago)
are we gonna over look the fact that Noah had a Hitler hat??? LoLc
olesto (5 months ago)
These are just rip offs with a higher price tag
st.louis missouri (5 months ago)
Hip hop culture not pop culture
Monk$hood (7 days ago)
Truth everything kOOL comes from black culture then they steal it and refuse too give us credit for our knowledge. SINCE DAY 1
westnile21 (5 months ago)
Idk about you guys but I find the Balenciaga Triple S To Be ugly af and would never drop that amount of $ On them. However the Balenciaga Speed Trainers Are Dope. Still won’t pay $750 for them tho.
Jae (5 months ago)
so they look like they came out of a washing machine, so you're saying there clean? nice pun
Andrea Farrugia (5 months ago)
Like totally Omg it’s crazy....barf bag now!
James Hart (5 months ago)
I think Reebok has been following alot of the designer style shoe trends
Moe Fawkah (5 months ago)
Why y'all had to do Arenas like that? Lol I have that white pair. Still breaking necks, and comfortable.
Sizza (5 months ago)
These platform bulky dad sneakers are UGLY PERIOD!
Sebastian Castaneda (6 months ago)
@7:55 it looks more like a nike blazer
DreameePLUR (6 months ago)
whos barber
Gap (6 months ago)
Balenciagas look like musty old 90s cheapo sneakers.
Scentsational (6 months ago)
“The easiest way to separate from the pack is just to throw down some more cash.” No I disagree with shelling out more money to stand out. Eventually others will continue to move in your lane. You’ll go broke trying to stay ahead. Unless you’re that guy that has an endless sneaker fund. In my opinion the easiest way to separate from the pack is to go against trends. Sounds scary to most but it works. It’s all in how you OWN what you wear.
McNugget Fan (6 months ago)
People actually buy those old yellowed white shoes?
Carino Rossi (6 months ago)
I swear2Gd that Noah guy is flexing a Hitler hat haha
thenivekproject (6 months ago)
Instantly lost all respect for Highsnobiety when someone ignorant like that Noah guy is doing the editting for them
Dora Boras (6 months ago)
i loved the video concept but the presentation is a little boring. still interesting though!
jim dugan (6 months ago)
Theres a sucker born every minute
Ben G (6 months ago)
11:01 ......teeth shiny like he got a grill in LOL
I DARE YOU REPLY (6 months ago)
i'm like Yo, he's like Yo.. then we went to dinner
Naiyo (6 months ago)
Am I missing something their f*&kn shoes ????? Since when did shoes get such high praise.
sennsir_ (6 months ago)
3:32 that fool doesn’t know his cars! 🤣 He must drive a Chevy & hasn’t ever seen a AM in person 😂
Julian (6 months ago)
My god, these 3 have the most annoying voices I've heard in a while. I'm sorry
713AMC (6 months ago)
The "High Fashion" sneakers are showing us how stupid the consumers are by charging $1000 for some ugly, bulky & bullshit shoes because they are designer brands
OrNah (6 months ago)
Funny how in 2001 LV sued/sent C&D supreme for that years line; and now they want everything supreme. Now high fashion is stealing from street.
kyy310 (7 months ago)
MAISUN margiela...
killedbythedocter (7 months ago)
Those balenciaga triple s’s are the ugliest, most over priced shit that’s come out in a long time
MrSincerity88 (7 months ago)
I just love shoes! Like at any price point, it’s dope to see the inspiration serve as a give and take
Luis Karl Lagerfeld (7 months ago)
No mention of the sneakers in Chanel haute couture spring 2014???
swagsession1 (7 months ago)
the don c 2 was inspired by the channel bag not the "balenciaga".... this dude mad corny and don't know his facts smh
Caspar Rasmussen (7 months ago)
Is that Hilter on his cap
capitalArc (7 months ago)
This video was so poorly executed...
FuryOfMissouri (7 months ago)
Does anyone know what Reebok that is at the 15:34 mark?
FuryOfMissouri (7 months ago)
I'm sorry, but that Noah guy doesn't know shit about sneakers, sneaker culture, or sneakerheads.. why was he even in the video?😂
Yung Eristoff (7 months ago)
when i see gucci aces i always see adidas superstars
jon herrera (7 months ago)
Gotta get that fashion victim money
Baskets (7 months ago)
Pico Peco (7 months ago)
WHY do people over use the word (sort of) being gratuitous with (one word) cheapens your speech!! 👎🏼
DatGuyJC (7 months ago)
I wish y'all would stop that annoying ass vocal fry.
1 0 (8 months ago)
What is this music?
FJ707 (8 months ago)
noah is a square and yaw that buy his shit are the same lames lmao he living off hype. High end sneakers are wack and will not dominate the sneaker culture. this was made for the rich just like Tommy Hilfiger bruh
I'mSHERLOCKed (8 months ago)
I don't think I've seen someone make fashion commentary that's so clearly elitist, even in its senseless justification, but pretends it's not. Really Noah?
realicey (9 months ago)
Your are only talking about the zeitgeist & design. But apart from the collabs, nobody knows what technologies are used in designer sneakers, and whats in their soles. If they r askin these prices, they have to furnish me with these infos !!!!!
jaebiz (5 months ago)
The nike yellow M&M dude is defiantly butt hurt. We get that designers from for fashion houses take inspiration if not outright steal ideas from mainstream brands and remix them. It doesn't make them or the mainstream brands they draw from less or more valid. His 10 minutes spent on 'trying to draw a lineage exercise' came off as insecure. Straps haven't been implemented successfully until these Pradas? I get not mentioning the Raf Simons double strap sneakers after Kayne pushed them in 2008, but not mentioning MM Futures and it's strap implementation after spending 5 minutes on the brand was just lazy AF.
timothy hill (9 months ago)
I dont get why fashion takes from the sneaker world?
I’ve seen Korean shoes similar to these with different brand names and are much cheaper :)
ANT1989 (9 months ago)
If those shoes were originally in Walmart, NO ONE would buy them. Proves just how dumb people truly are. Lol Those shoes look like someone glued multiple soles together, cut a bunch of different fabrics, sewed them together, scuffed and dirtied them up and put a $800 price tag on them. L.
Leezy Suave (9 months ago)
KEEP IT 100... ALL these shoes are ugly af maybe except for the Arenas... but I rather just get Supras if I was gunna get Arenas... same look but way cheaper. But some people just like to spend that money to flex for the social status.
CJ Tomas (10 months ago)
yes you have the Balenciagas, the Saint Laurants, the Vetements. But what about Bapestas and Roadstas by A Bathing Ape as a sneaker to transition into the fashion scene as it is a great entry sneaker with a price that doesn't kill a wallet and can still catch eyes with crazy colorways that nike/jordan now has? They also have a great history in terms of streetwear, and can still turn heads. I don't know what to consider bapestas as I can't really afford any of these shoes, but I think Bapestas can be in this category because of the very similar silhouette to the Air Force 1.
Anthony 7eran (10 months ago)
I don’t get where this white guy is learning his history from but he’s a bozo
Anthony 7eran (10 months ago)
I had the red balenciaga pleateds and black ahah
Yourz Truly Fashion Guru (10 months ago)
What's up with that Noah guy? When did Fila become a designer brand dude?
James Burns (10 months ago)
Lol what a manlet

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