It’s no secret that chunky sneakers have been the wave for the past year or so. Sneaker trends ebb and flow, but when did this specific movement first crop up? A craze as ubiquitous as oversized sneakers rarely appears overnight. Long before Balenciaga dropped the Triple S or Kanye released the Yeezy 500, Belgian menswear designer Raf Simons was already hard at work, releasing vibrant and unorthodox sneakers. With the release of the Ozweego 1 in 2013, Simons cemented himself as a major figure not only in high-fashion, but also in sneaker culture and streetwear at large.
Both before and after the release of the Ozweego 1, Simons has consistently released some pretty monumental kicks. Before his collabs with Adidas, the designer had already put out some unstoppable sneakers, like the Velcro Strap High of 2010 or the flashy “De Stijl” hiking boots from his 2008 collection. We rounded up the greatest sneakers of his long history as a designer; check them out below.