Sport Hybrids represent the modern dress code of comfort, the word for S/S 23
Sports influences have filtered in and out of footwear for the last two seasons; from the original runners, sneakers, and Tavas’s inspiration, footwear continues to embrace the comfort factor.
There are not many comforts that feel as necessary as having footwear that puts Comfort first. Designers like Simone Rocha, Collina Strada, Jil Sander, and JW Anderson create shoes with thicker, more supportive soles that also have something extra. And it is the slip-on variety that is making it first and foremost. The prophetic mule keeps shape across the foot, but the sole and midsole change. JW Anderson’s luminous green slides carry enough rhinestones to glow in the dark, yet he also presents a simpler version with a clog-like toe. Collina Strada‘s easy slip-on (who teamed up with Brazilian-based footwear label Melissa to highlight the need for sustainable design and, incidentally, is 100% recyclable) embraces the idea of a ballet flat coordinated with a futuristic take on the sport’s sole. Stella McCartney wraps the ankles in ties but keeps the form light and easy. Andreas Kronthaler makes a case for simplicity in a two-tone example of simple chic.
Botter and Adidas again teamed up for an SS23 campaign dubbed “The plastic sea.” Exploring the idea of incorporating ‘water’ into the collection, the footwear, made from a prime knit upper with three stripes, looks as if the shoes are floating. “While they aren’t floating, the label creates an illusionary perception of moving through water by attaching a bulky transparent outsole to the traditional Predator Edge models.”