Shoes for rebels: Dior Homme spring 2017 sneakers
Remember Dior Homme's funfair rollercoaster ride that was its spring/summer 2017 show? Riffing on the runway's concept of rebellious punk spirit, artistic director Kris Van Assche designed a collection of seven sneakers resonating the subculture aesthetic.
"I always like to blur the lines and create contrasts," explains Van Assche. "The idea here was to play with a classical shape and radical techniques." In either low or mid-top, slip-on or lace-up styles, each custom leather upper evokes a different face of the Dior Homme universe — from the monochrome elegance of a matte and brilliant glitter finish to flocked velvet stains applied to a sequin underpinning. One spazzolato mirrored leather sports an airbrushed gradient of silver, bright blue and black, while another crackles with white paint applied to a black base.
A visual echo of spring 2017's leather goods, two styles replicate Dior's iconic 'Prince of Wales' check in an embossed grey leather splashed with white or multicoloured paint. Each sneaker is built on a broad moulded sole first seen in the winter 2016 collection with a masculine edge reflected in coated steel hardware and varnished cotton laces.
These colourfully graphic kicks channel a sense of polished utility, but the Dior Homme man isn't boxed to a certain code. He doesn't belong to a grouped category. He reinvents and does it the way he wants it — which is why he might just pair his sequinned slip-ons with a laid-back pair of ripped denim or his colour-splattered mid-top with a spruced-up tux, defying all odds.
Dior Homme spring 2017 sneakers will be available at Dior Homme boutiques in November.