When Karl Lagerfeld sent his flock of 2014 Chanel Haute Couture collection-clad models down the staircase runway earlier this week, the only thing anyone could really focus on was the fact that every model paraded out in sneakers. Chanel Couture sneakers, handmade by Massaro, an esteemed Parisian footwear atelier, were intricately created using python skin, tweed, lace, pearls and jewels. Each pair of them usurped a minimum of 30 hours of the couturiers' time, but they are still sneakers nonetheless.
The sneaker street style trend boomed less than 2 years ago when blogger Susie Lau of Susiebubble started the craze after stealing almost every street style photographer's attention while wearing varying neon-hued Nikes mixed with high fashion ensembles while attending fashion week. Afterwards, people ditched the 'sporty gal' stereotyping that tags along as the consequence of wearing sneakers. Instead, they started to become the 'thing' for daring street style stars who openly accepted the trend with the hope of leaving behind their pair of comfort-lacking stilettos. However, I did not see the mash between couture and sneakers coming so soon. It brings a whole new level to both street style fashion and high fashion. No doubt, I can foresee fashion enthusiasts, as the likes of Anna Dello Russo or Hanne Gaby Odiele, fighting and clawing their way to get their hands on these soon-to-be crazed over sneakers. Howeve, to get their feet into these, they'll also have to buy a whole haute couture Chanel look to go along with them, which can start at around $15,000. Well, then again... that is what makes these sneakers Chanel and not just any other sneakers.