After years of battered and blistered feet, women are stepping down from heels thanks to the rise of comfortable, athletic-inspired sneakers. While fusing together fashion and functionality may not be an easy feat, Isabel Marant has become a master of the trade. After introducing the sneaker wedge in 2012, the chic street style was an instant hit, being knocked-off by everyone from Steve Madden to Nike. As always, it seems the knock-off versions seemed to taint the originality of the design— even Marant herself has had enough of the growing popularity of the style.
“I don’t wear them as often as I [used to] because I see too [many bad copies] in the street. I’m not saying mine are the most beautiful shoes, but they have a certain [style],” Marant told WWD.
With her latest collection, Marant continues to stress the importance of comfort, but the designer is looking past the wedge sneaker. For pre-fall 2014, she introduced a sleeker, more flattering silhouette in a luxe leopard. The style is definitely appealing and we love the playful pattern.