The fashion industry is a weird place. I mean literally, anything can be stylish at any time in the modern world. Take the instance of ugly dad shoe trend which is considered a high-end fashion trend these days. Sock sneakers trend is also such an example. It is a kind of a trend that is mostly hated by everyone but still exists in the world.
Sock sneakers are nothing but just sneakers attached to a sock-like upper with no laces over it. Rather than relying on laces these kicks come with a structured sock material for shape retention. Although these sock-like sneakers are mostly hype-centric, few of them do come with relief to your pockets. So let’s start with the list, shall we!
BTW image courtesy to Highsnobiety.
I’m not really into style. I’m more into confidence or having something to say.Virgil Abloh.
5. Adidas Originals NMD CS1 Parley Prime-Knit.
So let’s kick off our list with an affordable shoe (sort of) with Adidas NMD CS1 Parley sock sneaker. Back in 2015-16 when NMD was still hyped, this kicks came with parley collaboration. This iteration of NMD CS1 is made with a sock-like upper which is made of prime knit.
But the special thing about this prime knit is that it is made partially from waste ocean plastic collected from the ocean beds. This shoe is a great overall sock sneaker with a great cause behind it.
4. Adidas Originals Crazy 1 ADV Sock Prime Knit.
Adidas Originals Crazy 1 ADV Sock Prime knit is the Adidas iteration of the sock-like sneaker. This shoe is a whole one-piece prime knit constructed sneaker which is a bit firm than the regular prime knit. This helps in making the shoe a bit more stable as the sock can a bit flimsy some times.
It boasts an Adidas ADV midsole for great traction. The sock upper consists of differently patterned stripes all along with it, also consisting of Adidas three-stripe logo.
3. Vetements x Reebok Sock Sneaker.
Vatements, as you may know, is an ultra-luxury fashion brand. They joined forces with Reebok for a new sock-like sneaker which initially got a lot of criticism but later got digested by everyone. It is a single sock joined with a quite futuristic designed outsole. It is high cut sneaker with its sock opening reaching almost to the thigh.
Currently, it is available in a bunch of upper designs too. There is nothing else more significant about this shoe rather than its price which is very steep at above $500.
2. Puma x Han Kjobenhavn Court Platform.
Now let’s dive into the realm of hi-end collaboration with Puma x Han Kjobenhavn Court Platform. This one-piece constructed upper sneaker is made with an amalgamation of velvety soft sock material and swede. The grungy patterning is an awesome touch by Han Kjibenhavn who is a renowned designer from Denmark.
Court platform comes with quite a heavy and thick outsole which adds up to its raw aesthetics. The raw sock edges and distressed look make it a stand-out from the others.
1. Balenciaga Speed Trainers.
Balenciaga Speed Trainers is the sock-shoe offering from the acclaimed fashion house of Balenciaga. This particular shoe is single-handedly responsible for the popularity of the sock-shoe trend in the sneaker universe. It rocks a wildly designed outsole underneath a single sock upper which is very lightweight as it seems to be with only about 240 grams.
The minimal branding of Balenciaga makes it more classic than ever. The sole of these trainers also comes with memory foam technology for optimal comfort. The only bummer is the price of these kicks which is very steep and it is what we expect from such a high-end brand.