Must Have Haute Couture Sneakers From Chanel And Dior

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The Spring 2014 Haute Couture Season was more than just gorgeous craftsmanship! It was the High Fashion seal of approval allowing us all to wear comfortable sneakers without being misjudged by the avant-garde fashion population!

Chanel and Christian Dior sent their couture collections out the runway with sneakers and this is worth all our attention and time, dissecting the event!

Chanel Couture Spring 2014 sneakers collection

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While Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with luxury shoemaker Massaro and created a series of custom sneakers with embroideries and delicate, girly details, Raf Simons preferred his sneakers more on the amphibian side.

Chanel Couture sneakers sequins

sequins embellished sneakers from Chanel Couture Spring 2014

Dior Couture sneakers Spring 2014

amphibious shoes proposed by Raf Simons in Christian Dior’s Spring 2014 Couture Collection

Chanel sent out mostly white, ivory sneakers, all impeccably matching the outfits and the accessories. The athletic spirit of this type of footwear was tamed down by embroideries matching the ones on the skirts. There were even quilted fanny packs and knees and elbows protections in the same legendary Chanel quilted finish also used for the footwear!

white couture sneakers Chanel

white sneakers from Chanel Spring 2014 Couture could make off-beat wedding shoes

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Chanel Couture quilted sneakers

quilted sneakers matching the quilted protections from Chanel Spring 2014 collection

Chanel Couture soft pink sneakers

Chanel Couture cotton candy hued sneakers for Spring 2014

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Candy pink, lavender, soft grey, silver, even sequined sneakers were seen in Chanel’s Spring 2014 Couture collection! This follows in a consistent tendency to girly-up the traditional training footwear and make it more pink, more wearable by women on and off the gym. But between choosing a $60 pair of Nike sneakers with pink soles and opting for a pair of Chanel Massaro black upper sneakers with pink soles there should be more than just price differences (I’m certain that the new Couture sneakers will go up to 4-figures price tags).

Chanel Couture sneakers vs affordable Nike sneakers

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2014 sneakers (up) look just like the Nike sneakers (below) available here

There should be differences in the athletic built of the shoe itself. But when you get a sequin for each 100$ paid on a pair of sneakers, it’s highly improbable that you also care about the engineering behind a real training shoe…

lace sneakers Chanel Spring 2014 Couture

lace and tulle for couture trainers signed by Lagerfeld for Chanel

Bridal sneakers Chanel Couture Spring 2014

Chanel Haute Couture white sneakers

Now there’s an entirely different story regarding the sneakers accompanying Christian Dior’s Spring 2014 Couture collection designed by Raf Simons. Their silhouette hinted at beach shoes (amphibious shoes) and the flowers they were covered in matched the entire floral theme of the collection.

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2014 sneakers

Raf Simons designed sneakers for Spring 2014, Dior Couture

You may not see it right away, but the DIY opportunity of these sneakers is really a temptress! Say you take a pair of Speedo Water Shoes for $20 and use your crafty imagination to turn it into a pair with similar looks to the one seen in Dior’s Haute Couture Spring 2014 collection? Wouldn’t that be comforting not just for your feet but also for your budget?

Dior Couture sneakers vs affordable water shoes

Christian Dior Couture sneakers (up) look very much like the water shoes (below) available here

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Truthfully, I’m absolutely happy (although perplexed) that such fashion luminaries chose to use sports footwear in their Haute Couture collections. It gives us, folks back at home, something to talk about, and a real opportunity to hack couture! I’m loving it! (images Getty/styledotcom)

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