Proenza Schouler Steps Up Its Shoe Game

Proenza Schouler Steps Up Its Shoe Game

The New York design duo on why the new Proenza sneaker is the only shoe you need this season.

The New York design duo on why the new Proenza sneaker is the only shoe you need this season.

Text: Priya Rao

“We really don’t know anyone who hobbles around in sky-high heels anymore,” says Jack McCollough, one half (with Lazaro Hernandez) of New York design duo Proenza Schouler. “Nothing feels more now to us than a sneaker. Comfort and ease are everything these days, so it just makes sense.”

Perhaps it’s fashion’s continuing preoccupation with athleisure, but the street style set agree—nothing looks fresher with a turtleneck dress or a smart blazer and pair of wide leg trousers than a minimalist sneaker. Fittingly, the twosome has finally introduced their own sporty offering washed in three colorways: all white, black and white, and red and white.

“We wanted to strip it down to the basics, including getting rid of the laces and adding a couple of elastics to hold it all together,” explains Hernandez. “It’s super anonymous in a good way, almost DIY, and looks really good when beat up.”

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