We told you on Monday that the sneaker trend appears to be going nowhere fast, and indeed, pumped-up kicks seem to be extending themselves well into pre-fall and fall, popping up in the collections of designers both low-end and high. Even some brands who have never previously explored any shoe that could be called vaguely athletic are getting in on the act, most recently with the Mulberry Sneaker. Yep, it’s the first one, so it doesn’t even require a special moniker to distinguish itself from the rest of the line.
This Mulberry design, as well as the Zanottis from earlier in the week, illustrate beautifully how brands are taking the essential DNA and structure of a sneaker and making it over in a completely luxurious way. You’d expect this kind of animal-print haircalf to appear on one of Mulberry’s much sought-after handbags, so seeing it on an “athletic” shoe is a bit jarring but totally modern. If you’re looking to change things up a bit, these sneakers would make a much more interesting accompaniment to a little black dress than an average pair of heels. $700 via Mulberry.