This Sneaker Heel Is Officially a Thing

Sneakers or high heels? That’s millennials’ drama. Sportswear and sneakers — along with collaborations with big sportswear companies — have become increasingly prevalent among luxury fashion houses. However, Italian emerging talent Benedetta Boroli takes things the other way around, designing sneaker heels that infuse sporty elements into her feminine styles.
“To be honest, I’m a sporty girl,” Boroli, who created several sneaker heel styles, said. “I like designing formal shoes but in my daily life I wear sneakers, so I like to combine different materials and try to find a compromise among these two worlds.” The designer, who launched her label in Spring 2017, blends technical fabrics such as lycra, neoprene and rubberized hides with classic, more refined materials like calf leather and suede.
“I love doing research to find new technical fabrics so I thought ‘why not try to ennoble them?’” she said. Styles that merge elements from both the sneaker and the heel include high-heeled sandals, pumps, boots and ballerina flats with embossed neoprene detailing or sporty mesh inserts. She also has shoes with an outer space theme that includes glitter zip inserts and iridescent details.
Benedetta Boroli fall 2017 collection
Spring 2018 looked to the jungle. “I was inspired by the Paradisaeidae birds (commonly

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