The Inevitable: Rick Owens Shoes

December 12, 2019

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To the average Joe, Rick Owens‘ pieces are probably head-scratching in their goth-tinged high fashion-ness, but to stylish dudes like A$AP Rocky, the designer’s dark, drape-y, asymmetrical designs are just damn cool. Owens himself is the living embodiment of his aesthetic, living in a museum of super-stark brutalist furniture, married to his grill-wearing muse Michele Lamy, and even works out (the guy is jacked) in his longline tank tops and drop-crotch shorts.

But back in 2008, before his label became the leather-jacket-selling powerhouse it is today ($120- million-dollars-a-year powerhouse, to be exact) Owens launched his “Geobasket” sneaker that Nike thought had more than a few similarities to a certain silhouette of theirs. IN fact, fashion-forward dudes everywhere starting called the sneakers by their Nike name: Dunks. In response, the mega-brand reacted the way you might expect, with a cease and desist order. The sneakers were taken off the market, but not before being snatched up by Owens disciples and sneakerheads alike. So in true grail form, there are only a finite number of pairs out there. It also means that to get one of your own, you’re going to have to pay anywhere between $800 and $2,500, depending on the condition and colorway. But a grail isn’t really a grail if it’s that easy to cop, right?

Don’t get us wrong: minimal white sneakers have a time and place in every closet, but we’re partial to wearing Rick Owens sneakers whenever possible. They’re comfy, they’re cool and directional (we’re talking chunky rubber soles and seriously oversized tongues). These statement low and high-tops subverts any expectations of what sneakers should be. The Geobasket and Techbasket silhouettes are the brand’s most iconic styles, and should be worn with drop-crotch sweatpants or skinny jeans.