One of the prime movers in our world this year was Gourmet. After moving on from their canvas Jordan fixation, the creative team responded with a masterclass in proddy that straddled the thin edge of the wedge between shoe, sneaker and avante garde footcover. With loads of neat details like full length air beds in duckbilled hikers, asymmetrical lacing systems and fresh mixes of fabrics, Gourmet have proven repeatedly that it is possible to be wickedly stylish and toe a relatively conservative non-sports line. So even and consistent is their handiwork that it's impossible to pick out a single model as deserving a spot in this list. So we pick them all! To hell with the rules!
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