I count myself as one of many fans who are enamored with all things Aimé Leon Dore. The NYC-based brand is an expert in streetwear with pieces like sneakers and baseball hats that quickly rise to It-status before they are nearly impossible to track down. Founded in 2014 by Teddy Santis, you can spot elements of his Queens upbringing in the collection, in addition to references including ‘90s hip-hop culture, basketball, and vintage cars.
Santis has collaborations with mega-brands including Porsche under his belt and was also named as New Balance’s creative director last year, which is why you have seen him shaking with the sneaker universe with styles that have gone viral recently. And yes, everyone in fashion is on a waitlist for the recent releases and about-to-drop pieces. Ahead, see the must-buy pieces from Aimé Leon Dore that fashion insiders can’t get enough of.
One of the biggest cult items from Aimé Leon Dore? The 550 sneakers in collaboration with New Balance. Bringing back the classic sneakers with the Aimé Leon Dore design aesthetic, they always sell out immediately when they drop and have a major following among fashion insiders.