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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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T S (4 days 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 (6 days ago)
I'm amazed.
robin louge (9 days ago)
Can someone tell me the name of the shoes? 0:24 :))
DementedEX (13 days ago)
...Noah Iz a joke... lol 🤣😂🤣
Adam Kagee (14 days 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 (16 days ago)
Good Lord WTF is wrong with you waked out ppl
NTH THN (17 days ago)
I... don't think his hair's texture goes with his hairstyle :/
NTH THN (17 days 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 (19 days 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 (19 days ago)
The Asian bitch knows nothing about shoes
Karlmalone321 (19 days ago)
So fucking cringe when the gay dude said “remember arenas?”
Darth Vader (21 days ago)
No Louboutins in the video?
killa stormz (21 days ago)
Jackie Kim got Designer EYEBAGS at work, THose must cost at least $4k each LMAO
killa stormz (21 days ago)
are we gonna over look the fact that Noah had a Hitler hat??? LoLc
olesto (22 days ago)
These are just rip offs with a higher price tag
st.louis missouri (22 days ago)
Hip hop culture not pop culture
westnile21 (23 days 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 (24 days ago)
so they look like they came out of a washing machine, so you're saying there clean? nice pun
Andrea Farrugia (28 days ago)
Like totally Omg it’s crazy....barf bag now!
James Hart (28 days ago)
I think Reebok has been following alot of the designer style shoe trends
Moe Fawkah (28 days ago)
Why y'all had to do Arenas like that? Lol I have that white pair. Still breaking necks, and comfortable.
Sizza (1 month ago)
These platform bulky dad sneakers are UGLY PERIOD!
Sebastian Castaneda (1 month ago)
@7:55 it looks more like a nike blazer
DreameePLUR (1 month ago)
whos barber
Saleucami (1 month ago)
Balenciagas look like musty old 90s cheapo sneakers.
Scentsational (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
People actually buy those old yellowed white shoes?
Carino Rossi (1 month ago)
I swear2Gd that Noah guy is flexing a Hitler hat haha
thenivekproject (1 month ago)
Instantly lost all respect for Highsnobiety when someone ignorant like that Noah guy is doing the editting for them
DORA (1 month ago)
i loved the video concept but the presentation is a little boring. still interesting though!
jim dugan (1 month ago)
Theres a sucker born every minute
Ben G (1 month ago)
11:01 ......teeth shiny like he got a grill in LOL
I DARE YOU REPLY (1 month ago)
i'm like Yo, he's like Yo.. then we went to dinner
Naiyo (1 month ago)
Am I missing something their f*&kn shoes ????? Since when did shoes get such high praise.
sennsir_ (1 month ago)
3:32 that fool doesn’t know his cars! 🤣 He must drive a Chevy & hasn’t ever seen a AM in person 😂
Julian (1 month ago)
My god, these 3 have the most annoying voices I've heard in a while. I'm sorry
713AMC (2 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 (2 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.
konrox (2 months ago)
MAISUN margiela...
killedbythedocter (2 months ago)
Those balenciaga triple s’s are the ugliest, most over priced shit that’s come out in a long time
MrSincerity88 (2 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 (2 months ago)
No mention of the sneakers in Chanel haute couture spring 2014???
swagsession1 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Is that Hilter on his cap
capitolArc (2 months ago)
This video was so poorly executed...
Fury Of Missouri (2 months ago)
Does anyone know what Reebok that is at the 15:34 mark?
Fury Of Missouri (2 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 (2 months ago)
when i see gucci aces i always see adidas superstars
jon herrera (2 months ago)
Gotta get that fashion victim money
Baskets (2 months ago)
Pico Peco (2 months ago)
WHY do people over use the word (sort of) being gratuitous with (one word) cheapens your speech!! 👎🏼
DatGuyJC (2 months ago)
I wish y'all would stop that annoying ass vocal fry.
Street Wear (3 months ago)
What is this music?
FJ707 (3 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 (3 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 (4 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 (1 month 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 (4 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 (4 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
I don’t get where this white guy is learning his history from but he’s a bozo
Anthony 7eran (5 months ago)
I had the red balenciaga pleateds and black ahah
Yourz Truly Fashion Guru (5 months ago)
What's up with that Noah guy? When did Fila become a designer brand dude?
James Burns (5 months ago)
Lol what a manlet
Sneaker Sickness (5 months ago)
Triple S is fucking awful
RivieraByBuick (5 months ago)
16:00 WW2 sneaker? how stupid is he?
Britt Waters (5 months ago)
Think Valentino got left out out the mix
HarryC26 (5 months ago)
The fact you didn’t talk about Lanvin is crazy
Offtrailed Dino (5 months ago)
That Noah is a cunt that washes his mouth with sulphuric acid every night.
mar cel (5 months ago)
TheBlurbs D. (5 months ago)
Ugliest sneakers in the world. I wouldn’t spend my money on these any day. Also there’s a totally different type of camaraderie amongst sneaker heads and that entire community.
Adam Elmallah (5 months ago)
jeek (5 months ago)
brainwashed humans
Olivia Wonka (5 months ago)
Balenciaga trainers are so fucking disgusting. They look like someones has been smoking onto them since the 80s
Will Simmons (5 months ago)
Did he just say that Germany Army Trainers were from ww2? i swear
damian holmes (5 months ago)
Bred 4s came out in 2012 😕
Haise Sasaki (5 months ago)
Jesus Christ how does that Asian guy straight up butcher every single name he puts in his mouth
Huda Abdi (5 months ago)
This is why it's so expensive to get trainers these days 🙃 I just want a good pair of long lasting trainers.
Raul Veizaga (5 months ago)
German Army Trainer in World War II? Does that mean it was a Natzi sneaker?? if so, what a play on words.
GoodMorningRatchets (5 months ago)
this dude haircut look like a 5th element character
GoodMorningRatchets (5 months ago)
how much money does it cost to make these shoes?
David Perez (5 months ago)
Put a fashion name on it and everyone loves it. Same shoe at a Payless store and everyone hates it. These people are super pretentious.
Mark Citarella (5 months ago)
All them special ed shoes are straight trash
937dboy (5 months ago)
the triple s's are crazy! period. i just got the alexander mcqueen chunky soles.. if i can catch the triple s's at 400 ill add them to my dead stock. the vintage bally joints would go crazy as a re-release.
Kay H (5 months ago)
Do people really pay attention to others' shoes?
Banks Dupree (5 months ago)
What do you guys think about the independent designer "Distant Future Brand " and them redefining the military boot for fashion.
Olusegun Arigbede (5 months ago)
Jackie's the real MVP
thehermanli (5 months ago)
noah needs to pull the stick out of his ass.
Davrod Watto (5 months ago)
The stuck up twats
Anarchy Seeds (5 months ago)
if your shoes are a distillation just kill yourself
S S (5 months ago)
seems like the girl doesn't know her stuff
Rubaida Allen (5 months ago)
Some of these sneakers are so f'n ugly. I wouldn't pay a reasonable price for them much less two grand. F outta here.
[email protected] (5 months ago)
Try to design shoes without looking like the other shoes is like making a T-shirt without the T shape. Everything is alike. People just don’t recognise them due to the brand and popularity.
Ben Donaldson (5 months ago)
D&G shoes stole from Hu NMD’s
jim hughes (5 months ago)
Lets be honest, LA Fitness, Light up shoes. Best shoes ever...
Brazen (5 months ago)
Those blueish purple Balenciaga shoes look similar to the Jordan “Gatorade” Rush Violet 1’s.
Ivy Keechi Paws (5 months ago)
Imma Bite that Noah dude and put him in an Arc! Liar wears Filas then says he only wears designers. Eat my Poop! 💩
Paul Asige (5 months ago)
Great T Shirt On The Lady At The Beginning.

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