The old saying “Don’t let the door kick you in the ass on your way out” is the epitome of Monika Chiang’s Artemys Sneakers and, it’s no wonder, Hollywood is smitten with these fearless, fashion must-haves. Tooling around New York City, models Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova were both caught in Artemys black-and-gray high-top sneakers ($385). Declare your independence with the fashion kick’s unique color combinations and textures including brushed metal, studs and spikes and metallics. The Artemys Sneakers are Chiang’s signature style and “evoke modern glamour steeped in an elegant nonchalance.” High-top sneaks are not new to the fashion scene – the retro 80’s style found a resurgence when Rihanna demonstrated her fancy foot work in a pair of Classic Chi-Kaze Reebok high tops in her “Where Have You Been” rehearsal video. Described as “wearable objects of art,” Chiang’s designs are frequently spotted on starlets including Kristin Stewart, Shay Mitchell, Julianne Hough and Kat Graham.
Chiang’s style savoir-faire stems from her “appreciation of exotic cultures” which has been the most influential component of her designs. Chiang is known to “push boundaries in chic new ways” – We suspect this is why her Artemys Sneakers are having a diva snowball effect. Chiang’s Atremys Sneaker collection “is not designed for a woman of a specific age or who lives in a particular place – it’s all about her attitude and spirit” and the designer declares her collection inspires, empowers and gives women the confidence to “feel comfortable, without sacrificing style.” Amen, sister!