Who: Jian DeLeon, Deputy Style Editor
Sneaker: Raf Stan Smith, $455
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When most guys see images from a fashion show, their initial reaction is usually something along the lines of "what the hell am I looking at?" Sneakerheads have the same general attitude towards the new wave of kicks from fashion designers like Rick Owens and Raf Simons. You have to speak a certain language to really understand what's going on. I don't have a pair of Stan Smiths, nor do I have any of Raf's designer sneakers-though I'd kill for a pair of the Nike Vandal-inspired shoes from 2010. These low-tops take inspiration from the materials, construction, and color palette of Simons' Spring/Summer 2014 collection, and fuses them with the classic Stan silhouette.
The snakeskin embossed leather and silver snap closures are pretty much copy-pasted off his line's Holographic Sneakers, and that bright green and blue pop up on pieces in the collection. I think of all the other fashion sneakers that have bit the shape of the Stan, from Common Projects to Saint Laurent Paris, and this particular pair is sort of like the merging of two things I'm super nerdy about. Plus, they're gonna look awesome all beat-up after a whole season of wear. After all, you don't drop bills on something you plan on wearing every once in a while. — Jian DeLeon