When I first saw the Givenchy Floral Lace Slip-On Sneakers, I wanted them immediately. Givenchy has a particularly skillful way of mixing streetwear with high fashion, and these shoes are a perfect combination of the Vans slip-ons of my youth and the delicately gothic aesthetic that creative director Riccardo Tisci is known for. The only problem, of course, is that they cost in excess of $600, which feels like a lot of money. I’ve tried on Givenchy’s slide-on sneakers in the past, and they’re nice, but they’re also pretty basic.
That’s where the Marc by Marc Jacobs Slip On Lace Sneakers come in. They’re not as graphic as the Givenchy originals, and the patent cap toe is a bit distracting, but if you’re trying to get the look without paying more than half a grand, these shoes will get the job done in relatively luxurious fashion. If it weren’t for that toe, I might be ordering myself a pair right now. As it is, they’re still quite a good Look for Less, but I’ll hold out and see if the Givenchy sneakers go on sale.