YSL Sneakers SS11

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There are sneakers, and then comes along YSL sneakers for Spring Summer 2011.  Stefano Pilati has introduced a high-end assortment in a range of colour-ways and premium leathers, such as deer skin, calf and nubuck, which are perfect summer shoes - and Kanye West wore his high-tops at Coachella festival in California this month. 

Like most shoes they are named (Jack and Jack Deck, Malibu 2 and Malibu 2 Low) but what I think really defines them is the way in which the two big examples below look less like sneakers and more like lifestyle shoes. More over, having little or no visual branding on them makes them particularly more exclusive. 

I think my favourite has to be the cup-soled, black (possibly moc) croc leather below, not only because they look exclusive but because they are subtle luxury. Many of us will remember, and were guilty of buying into, logo-mania in the late 1990s and I think now, in the times we live in, visible branding is not the best way to present our tastes or personality. 

Yes, when you spend about £225 - which the collection starts at - on a pair of sneakers, you want the world to know who that they are YSL. However, with an incredible aesthetic like this, they really do speak for themselves. 

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