Were Maison Margiela’s New Paint-Covered Sneakers Inspired By Nike Running Shoes?

Whether it’s a high-profile collaboration between Nike and Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci or Zara’s latest Adidas-inspired affordable sneakers, fashion houses continue to seek inspiration from athletic footwear. For proof, look no further than these new Maison Margiela men’s sneakers, which appear to have been inspired by Nike’s running shoes.

Spotted by Highsnobiety, these Maison Margiela sneakers aren’t currently available from the French luxury brand’s website, but they were recently made available for preorder by Antonioli.

Maison Margiela Men's Black Sneakers
Maison Margiela's Nike-inspired Men's Black Sneakers.
CREDIT: Antonioli

The sneakers come in black and fluorescent yellow and retail for $595. If their silhouette looks familiar, it’s likely because it boasts a strong resemblance to Nike’s Free Flyknit runners, which were released in 2013.

Nike Free Flyknit One
The Nike Free Flyknit One sneaker.

Unlike the pristine knit uppers seen on Nike’s Free Flyknit, Margiela’s sporty sneakers feature uppers coated in cracked paint reminiscent of the fashion house’s collaborations with Converse.

You can preorder these Margiela men’s sneakers now from Antonioli for $595.

Maison Margiela Men’s Sneakers, $595; antonioli.eu

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Maison Margiela Men's Black Sneakers
The details of Maison Margiela's Men's Black Sneakers.
CREDIT: Antonioli
Maison Margiela Men's Fluorescent Yellow Sneakers
The details of Maison Margiela's Men's Fluorescent Yellow Sneakers.
CREDIT: Antonioli

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