With our busy lives that require us to run all day, the right shoes can make all the difference. Shoes started out as functional designs meant to protect our feet, and yes, we should choose ones that do just that, BUT, they should also reflect our style statements and represent our personality and personal sense of fashion. After all, don’t they say you can tell a lot about a man by the condition of his shoes? Personally, I like a good pair of sturdy and stylish sneakers, the ones that can get me through the day without hurting my shoes, and also match my outfits! However, I know that is not the case for everyone. People have high demands and expectations when it comes to their shoes, which is why designers unleash all their creativity, sparing no effort to create unique, innovative and ergonomic shoes. From high-heeled Balenciaga sneakers to trendy minimalist sneakers inspired by Nike, these shoe designs are as futuristic, inventive and fashionable as they come!
1. Balenciaga high-heeled sneakers
This Balenciaga concept high-heel shoe was designed by OJB Studio with potential future technologies in mind. “In this Balenciaga concept, [current] boundaries and manufacturing constraints were ruled out, freedom and imagination leading the way,” Ollie of OJB Studio told Yanko Design. “This process allows for a quick and efficient means of experimental aesthetic ideation, delivering rather wild, yet desirable designs.” The brief for the specific concept was to create a Balenciaga high heel for the near future, inspired by elements of a sneaker. It’s purely a visual exercise in determining what the future of fashion in the footwear industry will look like.
2. Diverted vision
Defined by its padded design and minimalist profile, Averted Vision is practical and fashionable. Cushioned soles take up about half of the shoe’s side profiles, providing enough bounce for gravity-free play. Conceptualized without laces, Averted Vision could benefit from textile technology to conform to the feet of the wearer for a snug and comfortable fit. The shoe’s silhouette appears to be inspired by today’s designs, like the Yeezy Foam Runners and Boosts. It sometimes feels like life on Mars is just a stone’s throw away these days, so it’s no surprise that forward-looking designers are influenced by today’s trends.
3. The Kajola shoe collection
The Kajola shoe collection is designed to look like rotting shoes as the materials used are natural. Because of the way it’s designed, it’s really more of a work of art than a functional shoe. They want to call it “living artifacts” made from various biomaterials like volcanic dust, clay, and even cocoa powder. So over the years it will naturally curl up on itself, just like leaves and other organic materials do when they decompose. They are named after a region in Nigeria and a trip to the local forests. The idea is to push what other things can be used to create.
What are Heinekicks? Simply put, these are limited-edition sneakers filled with beer. There are only 32 pairs available worldwide, and yes, you heard that right, they actually contain insoles filled with the new Heineken Silver. Heineken promises that these liquid-filled kicks “will have you walking on beer.” The Shoe Surgeon also kept the brand’s iconic red, green and silver colors in the shoes. He’s outfitted the sneakers with a sleek green lenticular upper with silver and red accents. A removable metal bottle opener has been integrated into the tongue of the shoes. This could come in very handy when it’s time to open a cold one!
5. adidas x Victorinox EQT 93 Trainers
This is the Adidas x Victorinox EQT 93 sneaker from the German sportswear brand for people who have a very active lifestyle. When you need it most, the sneaker has the Swiss brand’s EDC in place for any fastening, cutting or other task. The shoe is based on the EQT 93 sneaker and modified for this exclusive offering. According to Veronika Elsener, Head of Marketing at Victorinox – “We are delighted with the result of products that bring unique design and exciting details.”
The brief was to create a pair of shoes that could be used by the “urban nomad”, i.e. people like me. The designer was able to come up with a concept for a Vans-like pair of shoes called Sim-Plis-Tech, drawing inspiration from a mix of space, extraterrestrial life, corals and skate parks. We get something that looks like an astronaut would wear while walking around Mars and also something that city dwellers can wear while walking through the urban jungle.
7. The Nanoflex Parafit TR and the MEMT Parafit Club
Reebok really wants to help the disabled community with a collection of lifestyle and performance-oriented sneakers. This new edition sneaker is designed in partnership with Zappos Adaptive and includes two sneakers designed for easy on and off to make life easier for people with disabilities. Dubbed Nanoflex Parafit TR and Club MEMT Parafit, these sneakers are low-top and feature removable sock liners (for orthotics) and high-abrasion rubber outsoles for superior grip. While the Nanoflex Parafit TR has a breathable mesh upper, a medial zipper and a heel pull tab for easy on or off, the Club MEMT Parafit has a leather upper and an extra 4E width.
8. Koio x Norm Architect sneakers
KOIO is known for making things more interesting through its partnerships with other brands. His collaborations with sneaker brands not only tell us about Koio’s design philosophy, but about the other brand as well. The collaboration with Norm Architects resulted in a pair that can be worn for most occasions. The pair is available in two different colorways: Cliff and Black Timber. Versions for men and women are available in different sizes. The sneaker collaboration is a minimalist silhouette of the classic Oxford shoe with a twist. It has also gained a furniture counterpart which is beautiful, casual yet elegant, oak.
9. PATRÓN’s Limited Edition Tequila x John Geiger GF-01 Sneakers
The PATRÓN Tequila x John Geiger Limited Edition GF-01 sneakers are crafted from rare materials with the designer’s creative principles in mind. Geiger was thinking about style, comfort and versatility – and that’s what sneakers deliver. The shoes are versatile, like tequila PATRÓN, so you’re free to use the pair on the street or on the pitch. John Geiger’s signature urban style and “g” logo have been applied to the pair. The green and white color will remind you of the agave fields of Jalisco.
10. Running shoes 38%_2101
Once you’ve set foot on Mars, it can be nice to wear something cool and durable like the 38%_2101 running shoes for MARS. The pair is based on the Y-3 running shoes and looks very futuristic. The designer decided to opt for the Y-3 because the brand has a futuristic vision. The 38%_2101 running shoes for Mars seem out of this world, but the pair is also something we can still wear on Earth. The designer’s process included several other inspirations such as aerospace equipment and minimal color units and a few cleanly shaped elements.