Dad Shoes, Animal Prints & More of the Best Sneakers at NYFW Men’s Fall 2018

The breakout of men’s shows for the fall ’18 New York Fashion Week circuit swiftly passed this week from Feb. 5- 8, with little time to catch a breath before moving into women’s. Chinese athletic brand Li-Ning made its NYFW debut, boasting a runway full of “dad sneakers.” And Tom Ford decided to skip shoes altogether, at least in his closing where models donned undies and socks. Other brands in between — Ovadia & Sons as a leading example — found their own way to put their signature into the footwear category.

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Leopard print low-tops on the runway at Ovadia & Sons.
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Long gone are the days of animal print dominating in only womenswear. Prints and color were the name of the game at the Ovadia & Sons show. Low-top sneakers were the main course in shoes while zebra-stripes, leopard print and bright mustard yellow served as toppings.

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Pink and white sneakers on the runway at the Tmall China Day: Peacebird/ChenPeng show.
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Don’t get too cozy, “Gen-Z Yellow.” Millennial pink is still finding a way to peek through, like on the runway at the Peacebird/ChenPeng show, a part of the Tmall China Day. More pastel pops were presented throughout the sneakers, including mint green and sunburst yellow.

On the runway at Perry Ellis.
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At Perry Ellis, a hint of the dad sneaker trend made its mark. While the silhouette isn’t quite as chunky as the likes of the Balenciaga Triple S or the Gucci Rhyton, the shape and look still fit the agenda.

See what other sneakers hit the NYFW Men’s fall ’18 runway.

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