If anyone is in the running for the best luxury basketball sneakers, it’s Celine.
The French fashion brand has just released its latest high top sneakers, the CT-03, designed by creative director Hedi Slimane. We first saw them in action during Celine’s winter 2021 men’s presentation, Teenage knight poem, which took place in the French Renaissance towers of the Chateau de Chambord in France. Now these shoes are ready to hit the streets.
The CT-03 sneakers sport a classic look reminiscent of basketball shoes from the 80s and 90s, especially the Air Jordans. The uppers feature contrasting color panels made entirely of smooth calfskin, while the inside of the shoes is equally comfortable with a leather lining. The shoes also feature rubber soles embossed on the sides of Celine’s minimalist logo.
What sets them apart from the CT-01 (also known as the Z sneakers) and CT-02, Slimane’s first two sneaker offerings for Celine, is the contrasting leather velcro strap that is secured to the laces. . Velcro closure was once associated with shoes from your preschool days, but the retro strap has been making a comeback in the sneaker world for quite some time now, much to the delight of those of us who are too lazy to tie our laces. . Looks like Slimane got the memo.
The striking design detail is even more visible with the Celine branding, which is already present on the tongues of the shoes. You’re not meant to be subtle when wearing these luxe sneakers, and that’s pretty clear with the two colorways of the CT-03.
You can start in “Optic White” with a black cross top strap, or you can stand out even more with the pair in black and orange, with white laces. Both styles are available for S $ 1,350 each at The Shoppes’ Celine boutique, Marina Bay Sands. But you can also copy them through online retailer Mr Porter, which exclusively launched the rest of Celine’s Teen Knight Poem Collection, ranging from beanies to graphic hoodies, sweaters and shirts.
Below we highlight the best Celine sneakers you can buy right now.
Header photo credit: Céline
Celine’s iconic CT-01 sneakers are also known as Z sneakers due to the distinctive contour along their upper, made all the more evident in this style with the use of black calfskin. It’s certainly a way to make a good impression, considering this is Celine’s very first pair of men’s sneakers.
Perhaps the most understated style in Celine’s sneaker offering, these Z sneakers are crafted in Italy from crisp white leather. The Celine logo along the heels is the one thing that should stand out, so be sure to keep your sneakers squeaky clean.