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The trendy sneakers of today often are split into two: you have the so-called ugly dad sneakers that take some getting used to or perhaps an eye for the avant-garde to appreciate, and then you have the simpler, clear-cut shoes that makes subtlety its main selling point. Alexander McQueen’s Oversized Sneaker can easily fall into the latter, although it has got the chunky sole that’s been associated with the first. The British fashion house is not the latest to dip its toes in sneaker production, since the oversized sneakers first hit the market in 2014. However, the pairs aren’t dethroned even four years later; their simplicity are still very much in fashion.
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Release Year: 2014
Retail Price: US$575.00
Alexander McQueen’s version of the oversized sneakers was first introduced in the runway during the house’s Spring-Summer 2015. Initially available in white and black, the shoes proved to be appropriate even outside the runway as it marries formal and casual tastes. The shoe made a quiet impact but is still distinct because of its exaggerated dimensions, mainly of the sole. Pairs can now be bought at US$575.
Fans of clean, minimal sneakers will find the Alexander McQueen Oversized Sneakers a familiar sight; the shoes have been compared to the silhouette of the Adidas Stan Smith a few times. Its beauty is understated, and it does not go overboard with the branding, so you can flaunt the stylish shoes more than the high fashion brand responsible for it. The label can only be spotted in four areas, and even then they are subtle. You can’t expect any less from the quality of an Alexander McQueen shoe. Not only is the calfskin leather buttery and made in Italy, it also doesn’t easily show creases even with frequent use. Laces rarely take the spotlight in sneakers, and the case is the same here, but Alexander McQueen’s are very thick and complementary to the chunky rubber sole of the shoes.
As expected from a high fashion brand, the price is significantly higher than the ubiquitous Stan Smith. The sneakers also run large, so it is recommended to go one size smaller than what you usually take. The leather may be soft, but the shoes require some breaking in time—prepare for pain in the first few times if you insist wearing them as soon as they’re taken out the shoe box.
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