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Wang to Balenciaga. Long live sport luxe.
I used to have a pair of black Nike high tops that I’d wear to play basketball in high school. I remember going to the local mall in our hometown with my mom in Gr. 9 to pick out my new kicks after I made the freshman girls basketball team.
Black with a white swoosh, they had a thick Velcro strap up top that I’d pull tight after I had laced up. In Gr. 9, I loved the Velcro strap. By Gr. 10, I hated the Velcro strap. But because they were perfectly good high tops, I continued to wear them throughout my Gr. 10 basketball season. I didn’t make the team in Gr. 11 (a wound I don’t want to open up again) so there was no need for new high tops. (FYI: Michael Jordan was also cut from high school bball).
True to my flip-flopping Velcro past, I can’t decide whether I love or hate these Alexander Wang heels. Wang likes his Velcro and often uses it in his shoes but usually, it’s a little more concealed than it is in this pair. I like the mesh-Velcro pairing but I also think the materials cheapen the look of the shoe and at $570, there’s nothing cheap about these Wangs. And while we’re on the topic of cheap-looking materials, in the future, I would like to see the designer stay clear of “Italian stretch fabric” as well.
Over the weekend, online retailer Net-a-Porter did a cool round-up of sportswear pieces you can wear at night. Although there were a few too many neon items (neon doesn’t always have to mean sporty), Sports After Dark, included a mix of expected clothing designers (Alexander Wang, Michael Kors) with some unexpected accessories by Maison Martin Margiela and Eddie Borgo.
But let’s talk about the Karl Sabine PVC shorts for a moment (see above). The product description reads: “This boxer-inspired pair are perfect for channeling the sports-luxe trend – style them with a statement tee and bronzed legs for a winning after-dark look.” I’m all for sports-inspired fashion (obviously) but boxer-inspired shorts made of PVC go too far. The same goes for gym-inspired shorts made of leather and sweatsuit blazers (see below). It’s like wedge sneakers all over again.