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Alberto Guardiani’s ‘Sock Sneaker’: A Style Throwback To Neighborhood Basketball Players.

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Alberto Guardiani’s ‘Sock Sneaker’: A Style Throwback To Neighborhood Basketball Players.

Alberto Guardiani does a fresh take on the sock sneaker fashion trend exploding around the world right now. His design aesthetic is inspired by the socks and sandals look typically worn by basketball players.

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Alberto Guardiani Fall/ Winter 2018 Menswear Shoes

Stop and watch a game at any neighborhood basketball court in New York, after the game players remove their sneakers and switch to sandals before going home.

It’s basically a lifestyle hack, after a long game players feet are hot and swollen so switching from closed shoes to comfy flip flops is a functional practice and it’s been happening for decades.

The trend hit the pop culture radar when NBA and WNBA players were photographed during interviews wearing socks and sandals after practice and after games.

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NBA players in socks and sandals after basketball practice.

Obviously the functional style didn’t remain in sport culture, costume designers began referencing the look in films (have you seen Love and Basketball starring Sanaa Latham?) and ultimately it emerged as a fashion trend.

Sanaa Latham in Love & Basketball

It was only a matter of time before some clever designer pieced these two together into one chic snocker.

The full Alberto Guardiani Fall 2018 Men’s Collection:

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Alberto Guardiani Fall/ Winter 2018 Menswear Shoes
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Alberto Guardiani Fall/ Winter 2018 Menswear Shoes

About The Author

Nichelle Cole is the founder & creative director of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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