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Billy Reid & K-Swiss Collaborate Again For Fall 2016

Collaboration alert. Billy Reid once again partnered with K-Swiss for his runway shoes this season, where he debuted his fall ’16 men’s show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. The two brands, which have been working together since 2011, joined forces on a range of new made-in-America sneakers. 

“It all started with an old K-Swiss Surf and Court shoe that I had,” Reid said backstage before his show. “It had holes in it and was torn to shreds, and K-Swiss wasn’t making the shoe at the time. It was obsolete. So we asked to remake it and put our own spin on it.”

K-Swiss Billy Reid Fall 2016 Sneakers
K-Swiss sneakers on the Billy Reid fall ’16 runway.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.
K-Swiss Billy Reid Fall 2016 Sneakers
K-Swiss sneakers on the Billy Reid fall ’16 runway.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

Five years later, the athletic brand is still partnering with Reid on his runway footwear. This season, the shoes — brown and tan suede leather low-tops, which match the line’s neutral color aesthetic — were handmade by the manufacturer Minor Brothers Boot & Shoe. These collabo sneakers were paired against Reid’s own runway shoes, which included suede boots and simple slip-ons.

K-Swiss Billy Reid Fall 2016 Sneakers
K-Swiss sneakers on the Billy Reid fall ’16 runway.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

As for the ready-to-wear, easy luxe fabrications were key. We saw ponyhair and shearling jackets, chunky turtlenecks, slouchy oversized wool pants, quilted puffers. 

“We wanted the vibe to be uncomplicated luxury — luxury you can use and wear, and live in,” Reid said. “Our customer has really responded to that, and they’ve been asking for more of it. We used a lot of cashmeres and silks in lighter treatments to give them a little more movement.”

K-Swiss Billy Reid Fall 2016 Sneakers
K-Swiss sneakers on the Billy Reid fall ’16 runway.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

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