2014 has been the year of the high-fashion sneaker collaboration. Riccardo Tisci released three collections of Air Force 1s, Raf Simons and Rick Owens both work with adidas on their own line, and Public School got to design its own Air Jordan 1. To some, it might feel like fashion designers are jumping on the popularity of sneaker culture, but there’s a genuine appreciation behind why these sneakers are getting made. Tisci has loved the Air Force 1 for over 15 years, Pigalle’s Stephane Ashpool is holding streetball tournaments to coincide with his collab on the Nike Air Raid, and Alexander Wang is sending models down the runway in garments that take their inspiration from sneaker lore. It’s a fun time right now for those who love sneakers and style. They get to see designers such as Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver use the Foamposite One in their collections, while getting luxury upgrades on some of their favorite silhouettes. The Stan Smith has become the fashion world’s most-beloved model—just as Kanye and Pharrell—​and its buttery, slick upgrade, the Common Projects Achilles, has created the perfect sneaker to blend the two realms together. It’s an interesting time and no one knows exactly where this cross section is going to lead, but it’s happening right now and can’t be ignored.