K-pop fashion inspiration from Blackpink’s Rosé, Sneaker Queen – from Dior’s artsy high top to Louis Vuitton’s quirky upcycled trainer

Blackpink’s Rosé sure knows how to rock a pair of designer sneakers. Photos: @roses_are_rosie/Instagram

A humble pair of trainers are a must-have item in your wardrobe, the same way that jeans never go out of style. But don’t underestimate the shoes’ ability to transform your whole outfit if you choose the right pair.

This month we’re taking a leaf out of Blackpink’s Rosé’s book, whose ability to effortlessly pair her white trainers with a sporty look, or combine her black ones with a sparkly party outfit, makes her the Sneaker Queen, in our opinion.

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Christian Louboutin 

Christian Louboutin’s Sharkina sneakers are head turners to be sure. Photo: Christian Louboutin

The Sharkina is a bold trainer concept with a transparent mirror-effect mesh finish over patent calfskin leather, detailed with Louboutin’s signature silver spikes and a two-tone shark’s tooth sole that just screams cool. Price on request.

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Christian Dior

These Christian Dior trainers have been given the artist treatment. Photo: Dior

This high-top men’s trainer is part of a collaboration with US painter Kenny Scharf and features a white and purple Dior oblique canvas with embroidered patches and layered transparent panelling, HK$11,500 (US$1,500).

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Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana’s 2021 Day Master Sneakers in canary yellow. Photo: Dolce & Gabbana
D&G’s latest series of Day Master Sneakers draws inspiration from the 80s and pulls off both sophisticated and sporty perfectly, meaning they’re surprisingly versatile. Available in different shades and in multicoloured models, but we love these yellow ones. Price on request.

Louis Vuitton 

Louis Vuitton’s ultra quirky Upcycling sneakers. Photo: Louis Vuitton

Part of Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2021 upcycling project, these trainers come resplendent with an iridescent luggage tag, LV upcycling logo on the back and monogram flowers on the outsole. Another quirk? They also feature handwritten annotations and deliberately hanging threads, HK$10,500 (US$1,350).

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Valentino’s Garavani Crochet Sneakers use a unique technique. Photo: Valentino

The Garavani Crochet Sneakers were first introduced in the brand’s spring/dummer 2021 fashion show. This genderless pair of trainers, using the macramé technique Valentino traditionally reserves for couture gowns, are woven from tubular fabric ribbons, HK$8,500 (US$1,100).

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  • Christian Louboutin’s Sharkina sneakers are about as statement as they come thanks to their red soles that resemble shark teeth
  • Meanwhile Valentino has applied a weaving technique usually reserved for its couture gowns to the gorgeous Garavani Crochet Sneakers