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Iron-Inspired High-Tops

These New Rick Owens Sneakers Boast Sleek Gray Uppers and Gum Soles

— February 16, 2018 — Fashion
These new Rick Owens sneakers are ideal for those who appreciate boldness and simplicity at the same time, with the statement high-tops featuring an all-over gray colorway, with thick gum soles for contrast.

Due to the use of dark gray, the iteration was dubbed 'Iron.' The uppers of the sneakers are made from a high-quality leather, with careful stitching generating some subtle patterns across the uppers. On the inner side of each sneaker, silver zippers are included, making it easier to get them on and off, while contributing to the utilitarian aesthetic. Military-green laces add some more variance to the design, as do the black borders that line the edges of the tongues.


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Trend Themes
1. Bold-gray Colorways - Opportunity for brands to create sneakers with bold, all-over gray colorways, offering a sleek and minimalist aesthetic.
2. Contrasting Gum Soles - Chance for shoe manufacturers to include thick gum soles as a contrasting element to the overall design, adding visual interest and uniqueness to the footwear.
3. Utilitarian Aesthetic - Space for designers to incorporate utilitarian elements like silver zippers and military-green laces, giving sneakers a functional and industrial-inspired look.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion Footwear - Potential for fashion footwear brands to experiment with bold colorways and contrasting soles to attract consumers who appreciate unique and eye-catching designs.
2. Streetwear - Opportunity for streetwear brands to tap into the trend of utilitarian aesthetics and create sneakers that align with the style preferences of urban fashion enthusiasts.
3. Luxury Sneakers - Chance for luxury sneaker brands to innovate by incorporating high-quality materials, intricate stitching, and unique design elements to cater to the discerning tastes of luxury fashion consumers.
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