Pumped Up Kicks: 5 Sneakers Inspired By Luxury Sports Cars

Can luxury cars go with fashion? We highlight how these carmakers can reach out to more consumers through fashion and streetwear.
by Ishuarwin Kaur Khosa

Photo: Mercedes, Bentley, BMW

Luxury sports cars have long been admired for their ability to race at thrilling speeds and their style and sophistication. They boast sleek lines, bold colors, and innovative designs have made some strides into the world of footwear.

We step into the shoes of five sneakers that have amped up their fashion quotient through collaborations of luxe carmakers. Ready, get set….walk.

1. 2023 McLaren x APL’s HySpeed

Credit: McLaren

Ready to take these new hues on a test drive or run?

McLaren is no stranger to taking its products to next level — the marque has partnered with luxe shoe brand APL again to introduce three new colorways to their supercar-inspired sneaker collaboration.

The sneaker’s construction was born from the athletic sneaker that shook up the luxury footwear industry, coupled with the sleek engineering of McLaren. This can be seen from the three-piece segmented midsole with APL’s patented FutureFoam technology and a full-length carbon-fibre plate, a material that can also be found in the seats of mid-engine sports car McLaren Senna. The nitrogen-filled cushioning completes the design, giving the shoe its signature elevated look.

The latest additions to the best-selling HySpeed collection ensure that there is a shoe for every colour preference. If you prefer bright hues, the magenta-and-pristine ombre shoe mixed with yellow tones is right up your alley. The tan-and-midnight colourway takes inspiration from McLaren’s signature interiors, while the French Riveria’s colourful hue is suitable for those looking for something more subtle.

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2. Bentley x The Surgeon’s Adidas Forum Low

Credit: Bentley

Bentley has unveiled a bespoke Adidas Forum Low sneakers created in collaboration with celebrity sneaker designer Dominic Cambrione, better known as The Shoe Surgeon. His other creative works include somewhat-outre beer-filled sneakers for Heineken too.

These unlikely collaborators collide in a capsule collection of 10 modified Adidas Forum Low sneakers that showcase intricate details from Bentley’s Mulliner division—quilted leather trim, cross-stitching borrowed from steering-wheel seams and deep-hued hides. These features make it easy to imagine how comfortable getting nestled in a 200 mph ultra-luxury coupe would be.

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Credit: BMW

BMW and PUMA are at it again. After joining forces for a line of apparel to mark the 50th anniversary of sports car BMW M, the two rockstars of the race track have worked together once again for some swanky footwear. The LGND takes after the M4 Coupe in motorsport guise, and its design is reminiscent of  PUMA’s Speedcat line and gets its chrome accents inspired by shiny bits of the real car.

The BMW LGND makes use of adaptive reflective materials as a nod to the M4’s laser headlights while the T-Toe shape takes after the vehicle’s aggressive hood design. The Hofmeister Kink has been incorporated to cement the connection between the sneakers and the sports coupe’s famous bend at the C-pillar.

These stylish everyday sneakers for men can be teamed with both formal and casual wear. The new footwear comes in two BMW M Motorsport livery versions and is available at selected stores as well as online.

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4. Ferrari x PUMA’s ION Speed

Credit: Ferrari

The combination of black and red is inherently aesthetically powerful as observed from many  of Ferrari’s automobiles. ION Speed, the result of Ferrari’s collaboration with PUMA, leverages on that. The footwear features a bold mix of high-performance materials with the shape of the design being inspired by the racing attitude of the SF90 Stradale.

The Ion Speed has a minimalist look using a knit mesh that’s very light. Puma used a 3D-raised TPU injection, as well as a heat-welded TPU skin making the shoe durable and comfortable to wear. This pair of shoes will have you looking like a true racing legend and going full throttle in the fashion department. Should you prefer to stand out from the crowd, the ION Speed is available in other colours including black, white, and saffron. Currently sold out in Singapore, this pair of sneakers are available in US stores and online.

Find out more here.

5. Mercedes x Santoni’s Santoni for AMG

Credit: Mercedes

One collection: Multiple purposes. Following a collaboration that started in 2005, The Santoni for AMG’s collection is the latest sneaker release by the duo, meant to commemorate 55 years of Mercedes AMG.

The new three-piece collection is made from the same nappa leather, a full-grain, unsplit leather made from lamb, kid, or sheepskin that is used for the seat covers of the new Mercedes-AMG SL.

The versatility of these sneakers is worth it for anyone seeking the perfect footwear for any occasion — be it at a business party with partners and colleagues, a wedding, or simply a stroll through town. This collection is available exclusively on Santoni’s website.

Find out more here.

This article originally published on The Peak Singapore.

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