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5 Stylish Karl Lagerfeld Sneakers That Nod to the Iconic Designer, His Cat, and His Legacy

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2023’s Met Gala exceeded expectations with stunning red carpet looks that honored Lagerfeld’s iconic legacy of design. His signature style codes of black and white, tweed, draping chains, pearls, and low ponytails were seen on A-list attendees like Dua Lipa, Anne Hathaway, and Janelle Monáe, to name a few. But red carpet glam is purely optional to incorporate some Lagerfeld-inspired looks into your everyday wardrobe: Just slide into sneakers by Karl Lagerfeld’s namesake brand.

Lagerfeld is revered for his contributions to luxury fashion houses like Chanel and Fendi, but “The Kaiser” expanded his impact on fashion with his own brand when he founded his namesake licensee line in 1984. After Lagerfeld’s death in 2019, the house of Karl Lagerfeld was acquired by the global leading fashion manufacturer G-III Apparel Group, which also owns stakes in other designer licensee lines such as Calvin Klein, DKNY, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Sneaker offerings from Karl Lagerfeld range from minimal low-top sneakers to large, bold silhouettes that reference the ‘dad shoe’ chunky sneakers currently trending in fashion. Many shoe styles are made with smooth leather and feature fun rubber patchwork and metal charm pins. For Karl Lagerfeld fanatics, some shoe styles even reference his beloved pet cat, Choupette. Karl Lagerfeld shoes are currently available on the brand’s website, as well as retailers like Farfetch, Nordstrom, and Amazon. With the Met Gala buzz and the upcoming “Kaiser Karl” docuseries in the works for Disney+, which is said to tell the tale of Lagerfeld’s rise through French high fashion in the ’70s, the time is nigh to add Lagerfeld-approved shoes to your spring and summer outfits. Shop five stylish options, below.

Karl Lagerfeld Kapri Karl Ikonik Sneakers

The Kapri Karl Ikonik sneakers come in Lagerfeld’s preferred black and white colorway, and feature an adorable icon of the famed German designer. Made entirely of smooth leather, these comfortable walking shoes for women and men feature a wedge heel and cup sole.


Karl Lagerfeld Maxi Kup Logo-Debossed Sneakers

These minimal white sneakers for women and men are super versatile for everyday wear and sporty styling. The Maxi Kup Karl Inject Logo Sneakers are constructed with durable leather that boldly showcases the designer’s name on the outer sides of the shoe, and include contrast heel counters a plateau cupsole.

Karl Lagerfeld Zone Karl NFT Sneakers

Everyone needs a classic ‘dad shoe’ this season, and the Zone Karl NFT sneakers upgrade the trending chunky kicks with monochrome wave patterns, metallic textiles, and leather. There’s even a mini Lagerfeld peering over the heel cage to keep you company in these walking shoes for men and women.

Karl Lagerfeld Malna Sneaker

These adorable Choupette-inspired, studded slip-on women’s sneakers are constructed with a breathable, flexible upper and supportive rubber sole. The Malna sneaker combines the comfort you need with the style statement you want.

Karl Lagerfeld Lux Finesse Monogram Sneakers

The Lux Finesse Monogram Sneakers are another stylish option in Lagerfeld’s namesake line. These designer sneakers shine with metallic highlights that frame tech-y leather and suede paneling.

Meet the Author

Olivia Cigliano is a Commerce Writer & Producer at Footwear News and WWD where she writes shopping content on the best-rated footwear, TikTok style trends, and more. Olivia received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College, and her byline can be found in publications including Elite Daily and CR Fashion Book. In her free time, Olivia can be found scouring the internet for deals on cool combat boots and dad sneakers to add to her ever-growing collection. Learn more about us here.

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