For a lighthearted (and mostly financially-unattainable) example of just how insane this year has been, look no further than the field of celebrity footwear and its full-on collapse into aesthetic excess.
The red-hot hype that’s driven streetwear drops – from the around-the-block lineups to insane resell values – is nothing new, but the subculture reached a boiling point this year with a spread of over-the-top celebrity collabs that, style be damned, have pushed demands and price points to new heights.
The most recent example of these trends is the Post Malone’s collaboration with Crocs – yes, those Crocs – which one-up the already-garish clogs by throwing on a coat of beerbongs & Bentleys yellow and the album’s barbed-wire motif.
The second drop of Post’s collaboration with the brand dropped yesterday… and sold out instantly. Don’t worry, though, you can cop a pair for the totally reasonable price of $390 CAD:
The rapper’s wearable rubber duckies follow the same path as other celebrity footwear collabs from this year in being both questionable in style and price tag. Lebron James’ collab with Nike and KITH, a high-top that appears as if it was made from the material of an Ed Hardy wallet, currently goes for just over $1200 after shipping:
And what would a roundup of this year’s bizarre trends in celebrity footwear collaborations be without mention of Kanye’s infamous Yeezy Slides, which can be grabbed online for just under $900 USD. Just maybe don’t wear them to your friend’s wedding at the Versace Mansion:
Kanye got the “helping my mom wit groceries” slides on 😂
— Gilbert Wobbleton (@andruuspaghetti) August 19, 2018
This isn’t to condemn sneaker-heads: who wouldn’t want to support the artists they love by wearing their designs on their feet? It’s to illustrate just how how intense this love seems to be; a love appears to only be growing in its transcendence of taste.
On the other, more affordable side of the spectrum, this year also saw stylish kicks emerge from the minds of both Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott. Lamar’s DAMN.-inspired take on the Nike Cortez currently goes for around $200 USD, while Scott’s “Cactus Jack” Air Jordans can be found for around the same price range if you look hard enough. Check out both – along with the more lavish collabs previous mentioned – in the gallery above.