Literally—vertical rattlesnake tail and all.
Snakes are having a moment. In 2017, calling your least favorite celeb a “snake” on Twitter is a uniquely popular insult. But we’re a little more interested in how the trend is manifesting on our feet. Snakeskin boots are particularly popular, and Gucci’s snake-embroidered kicks were one of the hottest pairs on the market this summer. And now snakeskin-print kicks are everywhere, whether we’re talking Céline, Reebok, or even Converse. Loewe designer J.W. Anderson—fresh off his collaboration with Uniqlo—has brought the style to another level with his recent Spring-Summer 2018 womenswear collection. Not only did he design a sneaker adorned in snakeskin, but he threw a couple of rattlesnake tails on the toes of the style for effect. If you’re looking to add a little danger to your wardrobe next season, these might be your best bet. Bite the style, but try not to get bit.
Other than their exaggerated toe (basically a hood ornament in sneaker form), the kicks look like your run-of-the-mill leather retro runner. (The tails come on a suede version of the shoe, too.) The origins of this sneaker go back to pointy boots worn by dance crews in central Mexico, a trend that dates back to about 2010. In 2015, Comme Des Garçons made their own version of the “Guarachero Boots,” opting for a more literal—and extremely pointy— interpretation. By contrast, Loewe’s kicks are more a distant cousin; the rattlesnake tips seem a little bit more like a wink at cowboy culture. To paraphrase style icon Woody from Toy Story: There’s a snake on your kicks!
We don’t expect pointy-toed kicks to become a major sneaker trend any time soon. But in a climate where Larry David and Skechers are setting trends, a pair of snake tail-adorned sneakers really don’t seem all that crazy. Just wait until celeb-insult Twitter gets ahold of these.
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