The British brand won’t be left out of the sneaker arms race.
At a time when today’s wildest sneakers seem to be coming from the most unexpected places, leave it to Burberry quietly release one very loud pair of kicks. With the newly appointed Riccardo Tisci at the helm and a fresh new logo created by fashion’s favorite graphic designer Peter Saville, the iconic (and usually low-key) British fashion house is currently poised for big change. We’re still a month away from Tisci’s Burberry debut collection, but the storied brand is wasting no time when it comes to releasing on-trend footwear.
This sneaker showed up during Burberry’s fall 2018 runway show earlier this year, and while the label is best known for its iconic trench coats and scarves, this foray into footwear caught our attention. And for good reason: Burberry has decked out a high-top, basketball-esque silhouette in the brand’s iconic “Vintage” check pattern. If that wasn’t eye-catching enough, the sneaker also features an exaggerated red rubber sole, plus a matching red strap that wraps around the front of the shoe. It’s not too often you see a luxury sneaker with a velcro strap, but this Burberry wears it well. (Don’t worry: there are still laces, too.) You can also pick up the high top in two black colorways: one with a white sole and the other with the same red one. But to be completely honest here: if you want a pair of Burberry kicks, you might as well get the ones that feature the brand’s most recognizable motif.
As the world of fashion descends on London for that city’s Fashion Week next month, we’ll finally get to see what tricks Tisci has up his sleeve. We know there is a new “TB” monogram (inspired by the initials of the brand’s founder, Thomas Burberry) that is likely to show up somewhere in the new collection. But the Burberry check pattern has been around since the 1920s; it’s a timeless signature that has been stylish from the start and has remained in style decade after decade. We’ll certainly be watching to see what Tisci sends down the runway next month—and until then, this pair of sneakers will do.