Raf Simons is back. From where, I don’t know, but his shoe game is finally where it was a few years ago when he was doing adidas collabs.
Here is your first look at Simons Spring/Summer 2023 shoes.
With the RUNNER trainer and boot series, Simons had its own shoe thing that worked pretty well.
I mean, I can’t say if it worked or not (I don’t check his reviews) but the collection was an admirably concise selection of quirky shoes that embodied Raf Simons’ ethos.
Perhaps the biggest problem with Raf Simons’ RUNNER series was that it was too cutting edge.
Raf Simons’ RUNNER boots and heels weren’t exactly the streetwear fare his young fans associated with him when he redesigned the adidas Ozweego or Stan Smith.
Simons released RUNNER sneaker styles on the road, though they were still quite fashionable in the sense that they were technical, big and funky (and expensive).
For those looking for something familiar, never fear. Simons is redoing the Ozweego. Type of.
As seen in the designer’s Spring/Summer 2023 showroom, Raf Simons offers a selection of sporty running sneakers that recall at least one of the shapes he did with adidas at the time, domed bubbles and all. .
There’s no Three Stripes involvement, so things are slightly different, but mostly what you’d want as a die-hard Simons stan.
The other sneakers — available in white, black, or a handsome beige colorway that matches the non-Weego — are sleeker, with more of that retro sportswear charm that made Simons’ early adidas collabs a massive cult hit.
No price or release date yet – expect an early 2023 launch – and it’s not even confirmed to be an extension of the RUNNER range but, hey, if you like Simons, he knows you’ll probably like these.