Forget what your mother said about keeping your shoes spotless. Instead, take a look at Gucci’s Resort 2018 collection: Alongside all the fur and embroidery, filth-coated sneakers, crowned with sloppily tied laces (one pair even sat behind the tongue), made a cameo with a polished plaid men’s suit and an elevated track pant. Bizarre? A bit. It’s odd to see a dingy sneaker paired with prim, dandyish looks.
But Gucci isn’t the first label to celebrate the grimy sole. Dirty shoes have also made recent high-fashion appearances with Vetements, which released a pair of scribbled-on sneakers for a collaboration with Reebok in Spring 2017, as well as for Balenciaga’s Fall 2017 men’s collection, where white trainers looked as if they had been dipped in tea.
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