The best shoes of SS23 Men’s Fashion Week

Fashion Weeks – they arrive with great intensity, consume us with products and rhythm, then disappear in the blink of an eye. Until next time, of course. SS23 Men’s Fashion Week had plenty of spectacle to offer as the world flocked to Europe to soak up the sunshine and eyes on what awaits us in the new year. Did everyone bring their A-game with them? Well, that’s up to you.

As always, the shoes were weird and wonderful, beautiful and ugly, and everything in between. From wacky in-house creations to the wonky world of collaborations, there was something for everyone or nothing for anyone. To refresh our minds, we’ve taken a look at some of the best sneakers, heels, flats; the lot, which the SS23 parades had to offer.

Tayler Wilson, Style Editor

“What Grace Wales Bonner has done with adidas Originals over the past few years is nothing short of remarkable, but the designer’s upcoming SS23 shoes with the German label which were revealed in Milan earlier this month are honestly taking the cookie. Everything , from the oversized tongue to the stitching on the front of the upper, evokes nostalgic memories of baggy football from the 90s, and the silvers?Don’t get me started.

Alexandra Pauly, style editor

“Y/Project’s gigantic boots put Ye’s Balenciaga stompers to shame. These chunky, multi-ply pumps are the Shar-Pei of footwear: crinkly, distinctive, and ideal for owners who don’t like to take long walks.

Jake Silvert, Editor

“I feel like AURALEE has it easy when it comes to top lists because their clothes are so good they don’t really leave much room for competition. For Spring/Summer 2023, the brand Japanese girl is working on a collaborative New Balance again, remixing the same retro, sleek silhouette as Junya Watanabe MAN, pretty fun. shoes from AURALEE’s New Balance collaboration are unbeatable.

Tora Northman, Head of TikTok

“Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection featured a handful of great shoe options, but the rubber trainers caught my eye. Whimsical and futuristic, these are exactly the kind of shoes I’d put on to brighten up any what an outfit – plus they come in so many different colors. They feel like the perfect culmination of Virgil Abloh’s LV and the creative genius of his design team, and I can definitely see them becoming a crowd favorite. Now let’s just hope they are made in smaller sizes as well!”

Morgan Smith, Style Editor

“Indeed, it was hard to keep my eyes off Loewe’s SS23 sprouting grass pieces, outfitted with actual growing plants. But neither could I take my eyes off Loewe’s puffy elastic boots, which give your old rain boots a run for their money.

The brand’s soft boots feature a technical yet playful design with adjustable elastic lacing and a chunky sole, reminiscent of a marriage between protective sneaker overlays mixed with Tom Sachs’ Mars Yard overshoe.

Jonathan Anderson has done it again, delivering an offbeat weather shoe that’s unique, fresh, and honestly just plain fun.

Sam Cole, Associate Style Editor

“For me, Children Of The Discordance’s version of the Salomon XT-6 is an easy win. I’m a big fan of the silhouette and always on the lookout for new seasonal colorways because honestly Salomon rarely misses (if at all) This iteration is unlike anything we’ve seen on the XT-6 before, replacing the vintage-inspired block colors with a print-based upper. It was a traditional woodland camo, but on closer inspection, it’s something very unique to COTD’s SS23 collection.Those details that force you to take a closer look at the shoe are what make it makes such a solid collaboration, highlighting the potential this racer has yet to unlock.