2017 was the year fashion developed serious daddy issues. Clothes took a turn for the baggy and dorky, socks were pulled up higher, and shoes? The chunkier (and sometimes dirtier), the better. And if sceptics thought all this sartorial elevation of paternal awkwardness would only happen in 2017 and stay in 2017, they couldn’t be more wrong. Giving further leg up to the continuity of dadcore splendour is the current It-sneaker: Louis Vuitton’s Archlight.
The Archlight first marched down the runway four months ago, as part of Nicolas Ghesquière’s anachronistic vision for the French house. A host of willowy models wore the bulky kicks in a maelstrom of shades and prints that were juxtaposed with opulence-swathed palace frocks — looking like they stepped out of fairytale books and took a quick detour at a sportswear outlet before making it to the Louvre Museum, just in time for the fashion show.
The jarring past-meets-present concept was what Ghesquière had in mind when he paid a visit to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art: “We saw the most beautiful frocks and I thought, this is so interesting to mix them with sport clothes, with sneakers, to create that look.”
While you may not be throwing on any period coats anytime soon — especially with our sweltering humidity — there’s no reason why you shouldn’t jump on the dad-wear bandwagon with the Archlight on your feet. Either monogram- or multicolour leather-covered, your every stride is a plush, cloud-comfortable bounce. Above, watch the Archlight in its full dimensional glory.