6 Shoes That Could Replace the Triple S
Who will take Balenciaga’s crown?
It’s been impossible to ignore the rise of Balenciaga‘s Triple S silhouette. Since the chunky-soled sneaker first dropped in September 2017, the shoe has appeared at fashion weeks across the world and quickly become a street style staple. There are other silhouettes vying to replace the Triple S as fashion’s favorite sneaker, though, with everything from brand new Prada models to previously-unloved Nikes finding a new home amongst the fashion elite.
From the chunky-soled to the futuristic, we’ve compiled six of the sneakers that could be coming for Balenciaga’s fashion week crown.
First revealed last summer, Prada’s ultra-futuristic Cloudbust silhouette is the Italian label’s take on an athletic-influenced sneaker. The shoe comes with a knitted textile upper which is offset with contrasting (or tonal, depending on the colorway) leather detailing across the sneaker. The standout features are undoubtedly the velcro strap and the bubble-like sole unit, which makes the shoe look somewhat like a high-fashion VaporMax.
Available from: SSENSE
Price: $695 USD
Louis Vuitton Archlight
Influenced by both futuristic trends and vintage basketball sneakers, the Louis Vuitton Archlight is an extreme take on the chunky sneaker trend. A key feature of the shoe is the exaggerated arch incorporated into the midsole. The sneaker comes in a range of colorways, including a number of white versions featuring contrasting pops of color.
Available from: Louis Vuitton
Price: $1090 USD
Nike Air Monarch
Nike’s Air Monarch is the Dad shoe to end all Dad shoes. Despite once being Nike’s top seller, the chunky silhouette has been parodied in the past and sat firmly outside of the fashion sphere, although the flame was kept alive by the Team Monarch Instagram account. Now, though, the Monarch is set for a big 2018 with John Elliott’s NikeLab collaboration and a reported redesign planned for later this year. In the meantime, you can still pick up the OG silhouette.
Available from: Nike
Price: $65 USD
adidas YEEZY Desert Rat 500
The latest silhouette in Kanye West‘s ongoing YEEZY collaboration with adidas Originals, the Desert Rat 500 is a new take on the ubiquitous chunky sneaker trend. The bulky runner comes with a mixed material upper of suede, leather and mesh atop a bulbous adiPRENE midsole. So far, the sneaker has emerged in “Supermoon Yellow,” “Blush” and “Utility Black.” All three adidas YEEZY Desert Rat 500 colorways are rumored to get an individual release this year.
Available from: N/A
Dior Homme B22
Dior Homme‘s take on the chunky sneaker trend – snappily named the “Black, Red and Yellow Canvas and Calfskin Trainer” — comes with the now-customary bulky sole. The shoe comes with a chunky white midsole and subtle Dior Homme branding. Although other colorways have been spotted — including predominantly white or beige versions — the standout sneaker features a mostly black upper contrasted with neon yellow and red accents.
Available from: Dior Homme stores, for more information visit the brand’s website.
Price: $970 USD
The Angel from Stockholm-based label Eytys is a mix of different influences, including the barrio style of 1990s East Los Angeles and classic trail shoe silhouettes. The sneaker fits perfectly into the chunky sneaker trend, with the oversized sole unit the shoe’s defining feature. So far, the shoe has dropped in a number of different versions, including suede, leather or canvas uppers.
Available from: SSENSE
Price: $340 USD