It’s not the newest thing to have, but it could be the most comfortable to wear when travelling. The sock sneaker-boot has come into its own since the crazy popularity of Balenciaga’s monastic USD595 Speed Trainer. With knit uppers now as common as canvas and PU, the sock sneaker-boot is the go-to shoe when pounding city pavement not deep in snow or slush.
This pair by Diesel, called Loop Sock Sneakers, caught our eye because of the knit pattern, which looks like something from an unknown tribe. These could have been inspired by someone’s blanket! What doubles the appeal of this high-top is the that the sock itself does not sit on the phylon sole without side support, such as the quarter and toe box. Unlike most sock boot-sneaker, this pair comes with laces and a lacing system that could have arrived from something Tinker Hatfield cast aside.
Unusual for sock sneaker-boots is the heel tab, which aids with the wearing of the shoe— you can easily pull it on. These kicks are, expected, snug, soft, warm. To us, it’s as comfortable as Nike’s Air Presto Mid, but more attention-grabbing. Since the knit upper is made of polyester fibres, we recommend this strictly for colder climes. Perspiration may not be the enemy of socks, but they are definitely no friend of the sock sneaker-boots.
Diesel Loop Sock Sneakers, SGD395, is available at Diesel, Paragon. Product photo: Diesel. Montage: Just So