The series is once again led by Barneys senior buyer of men’s shoes, Chris Pepe. The first release includes fresh takes on the Adidas Stan Smith and Superstar silhouettes. Both styles have a glossy white leather upper and use minimal stitching, instead making use of laser-cutting to create the shoes’ recognizable three-stripe details.
On the Superstar, the classic shell toe — usually done in rubber — is instead done in the same leather as the upper. Both pairs are also unlined, furthering Barneys’ desire to create a pared down version of the beloved kicks.
“With our Sole Series launches this year, we were really involved in the design process,” said Pepe. “The styles feel more elevated and aligned with how we’d buy shoes for ourselves. Because there are almost no visible stitch lines on the shoes, these classics are pushed to another level. Our design is a way to strip down an iconic style to it’s most minimal aesthetic.”
Barneys collaborated with Adidas for the first installment of Sole Series, as well as several other brands that will also be back this time around including Diadora, Vans, Timberland, Filling Pieces and Common Projects.
The BNY Sole Series Deconstructed Adidas Superstar and Stan Smith is available for both men and women for $150 in Barneys stores and on Barneys.com.