Jaden Smith is starring in Louis Vuitton’s latest womenswear campaign. COMME des GARÇONS, Rei Kawakubo disciples and countless other designers — especially those in the East and, in particular, Japanese avant-garde fashion — continue to move away from gender-specific silhouettes. Even Kanye West’s Yeezy Season drops barely differentiate between male and female and are further unified by their color palette. Seemingly everywhere you turn in the world of fashion, traditional notions of masculinity and femininity are being flipped on their heads in favor of a more gender-neutral aesthetic.
The shift has been especially obvious in the realm of footwear — in fact, you may have noticed that a bevy of releases — Nike’s especially — are now labelled as “unisex” (the Flyknit Racer, most notably). Ronnie Fieg‘s retrospective GEL-Lyte III “Homage” was even crafted in men’s and women’s sizes alike as he offered up the kicks at the brand new KITH Women store in Manhattan. And while women have for years been sizing down to rock men’s kicks, a lot of men can’t really size up to sport a ladies-only release.
This is especially a problem when it comes to designs like the
So, while we’re on the subject of missed opportunities, here are a number of kicks from Nike and