Giuseppe Zanotti Metal-Plated Black Leather High-Top Sneakers

8th September 2014

The Giuseppe Zanotti Metal-Plated High-Top Sneakers is undoubtedly the ultimate metal-plated high-top series of its kind and sports as the leading flagship sneaker in Giuseppe Zanotti Fall Winter 2013. Bold, beautiful and beguiling, it looks and feels like the product of an Italian designer company at the top of its game.

A year since the Giuseppe Zanotti Metal-Plated High-Top Sneakers was launched, it has made just as many waves as the profound classic double-bracelet series. The rigid silver-tonal metal bracelet house a fold-over velcro strap with signature-logo etched at the top vamp closure, but the real head turner feature here is the main gigantic one-piece constructed metal plaque which captures the power of luminosity, adding intrigue detailing more than the premium over contemporary double-bracelet editions.

Key specifications features a flat black leather exterior, tonal stitching, and rubber sole revolves the highest standard of luxurious materials epitomised from delicate textured finishes. The sleek hardware element accented the modernity sneaker through contrast refinement details, offering striking good looks and poise when you over step shoe game limits. “These are sneakers from the future,” said a friend who was captivated by the evocative silhouette and daylight eye-blinding mirror plates. Shop a range of diversified Giuseppe Zanotti Design men’s shoes available at multiple global boutiques in Farfetch.

But when you delve the extra large metal plaque that sit just right above the toes, it’s not such a great ideal as it first appear when footwear flexibility comes into play, as there is a bit far less practicality to go with. Other daily maintenance concerns includes the hardware rubbing into the upper vamp and cap-toe over a few wears which eventually eats into part of the delicate calf-skin finish. Nevertheless, this issue is a common Giuseppe Zanotti design imperfection that can be mitigated with a shoe polish.

I’ve always wanted the Giuseppe Zanotti Metal-Plated Black Leather High-Top Sneakers as it has been one of the most desirable and grandiose Giuseppe Zanotti high-top sneakers one can find in the marketplace. Many thanks to a devoted reader from Singapore who has convinced me to make the right decision and purchase this iconic statement piece that has delivered head-turning looks with real world usability. The best part is, they don’t make them anymore (at the moment) which encapsulates it’s rarity and questionable future residual value. Fetch the last few pairs fast! As the remaining sizes are only limited available at SSENSE for now, since the prosperous Italian designer is currently focusing on much more berserk experimental seasonal designs such as the 2014’s signature chain series, they even made a chain embellished edition which looks stunning in a spectrum of shades!


SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Black Calfskin Leather High Top Sneakers. Calfskin leather high tops in black. Round toe. Label plaque at tongue. Signature zippered expansion gussets along tongue and at heel. Rigid tonal metal etched foldover strap with Velcro closure at vamp and silver-tone metal plaque on oversize toe strap. Leather interior. Black rubber sole. Tonal stitching. Calfskin leather. Made in Italy.

SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Black Leather Metal-Plated Faraone Sneakers. High top leather sneakers in black. Round toe. Gunmetal tone hardware. Logo patch at tongue. Zip closures at eyerow and heel. Foldover velcro strap at midrow and vamp with metal plates. Black rubber foxing. Tonal stitching. Leather upper, rubber sole. Made in Italy.

SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Green Velvet Gold Metal-Plate Veronica Sneakers. High top velvet sneakers in dark green. Round toe. Gold tone hardware. Leather trimmings throughout in black. Logo patch at tongue. Zip closures at eyerow and heel. Foldover velcro strap at midrow and vamp with metal plates. Black rubber foxing. Tonal stitching. SSENSE Exclusive. Made in Italy.

SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Silver & Crystal Studded London Sneakers. High top leather sneakers in metallic silver. Round toe. Tonal logo patch at padded bellows tongue. Velcroed tab closures at ankle and at vamp with tonal crystal-cut stud accents throughout. Extended heel collar with exposed silver tone zipper closure. Silver tone exposed zipper detail at eyerow. Textured rubber foxing in off-white. Tone on tone stitching. Leather/textile upper, rubber sole. Made in Italy.

Farfetch – Giuseppe Zanotti Nero Black Gold-Plated Croc-Embossed High-Top Sneakers. Nero black leather high top trainers from Giuseppe Zanotti featuring a round toe, crocodile skin embossed detail throughout, and flat black rubber sole. Has a front gold-tone metal panel with velcro strap fastening, two side gold-tone zip fastening extendable panels, and back zip fastening. Item ID: 10587636. Outer Composition. Leather 100%.

Giuseppe Zanotti Design – Giuseppe Zanotti Green Velvet Gold-Plated London Columbia Sneakers. RDU329 002 Permanent Collection Item. The green velvet and black calfhide high-top sneaker is brightened up with an oversized gold plate over the upper part and the strap. Composition: Leather, Velvet Velvet, velcro closure, rubber sole, visible logo.

Contraband Boutique – Giuseppe Zanotti Columbia Silver Matel Plated Sneaker. Giuseppe Zanotti leather high tops in black. Label plaque at tongue, fold over strap with Velcro closure at vamp and silver-tone metal plaque on oversize toe strap, round toe, tonal stitching. Hand made in Italy.

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  • Dan

    These sneakers are epic! They look amazing on you Maurice

  • Anonymous

    It is crazy to me that this outfit is comprised of different designers! Very nice blend.

    • Thank you, I try to adjust with a more subtle style and highlight the look by using key details.

  • Anonymous

    A good read, nice to read something that isn’t a 3 paragraph fly-by.

    • I'm glad you enjoyed reading this, truly appreciate your comment. :)

      Hope to hear more from you soon

  • Anonymous

    Does these fit true to size? They need to make more of these than the chain ones

    • Yes they do, TTS and much better than the chain series for sure!

  • Vilamores

    Your outfit is sooooo amazing! Love that GZ sneakers!

    • Glad you like them, thank you :)

  • Anonymous

    Nice outfit and that sneaker looks amazing. I'm jealous :(

    • Thank you, there is no need to be jealous :3

  • Sina Ranje

    Hey Maurice any idea what is a reasonable price to pay for the silver or gold plated zanotti high sneakers in today’s market? Obviously the shoes are sold out in retail stores but people are asking near $600 on ebay for used pairs. What are your thoughts? Is that too much?

    • Hi Sina, it’s reasonable to ask around $600-800 for a good condition GZs, and fair to ask for $900 above for those highly desirable ones. Those that are really used falls below $550 or less.

      So far GZ has been overproducing sneakers, making it much more accessible as compared to 3-4 years ago where it was much more exclusive. They even came out with lower rangers where you’ll be able to catch a new pair around $600-800 – depending on the location you live where import tax and sales tax applies.

      Perhaps instead of purchasing a used pair in eBay. You might want to checkout the final sales in SSENSE and even Farfetch as I see some good markdowns there, i’ve directly linked it as below.



      Good luck and hope you’ll able to get what you like!