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OAK - a.ok Black Buckle Hi-Top Sneaker | Available Now

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For those who pledge loyalty to the minimalist, deconstructed sartorial camp a la Raf Simons, Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe, Martin Margiela and sorts, New York City's OAK residing on Bond Street is a retail grail for the faithful. While OAK's carefully curate items might be slightly pricey for some, its diffusion line which was just launched earlier this year, a.ok, helps fans of OAK enjoy the same minimalist, monochrome aesthetics without breaking bank.

Taking a look back at 2009, other than American outdoor gear, the tougher, darker renditions from punk rock and biker get ups also enjoy its spotlight as leather and studs continue to dress this season. As fashion conscious girls would know, one of the most coveted pairs of kicks is the Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Buckle wedges in suede and leather. The strappy, bondage buckle trend so thoroughly enjoyed by the ladies with attitude is now translated into sneaker form by a.ok. Just dropped online and in stores, the Black Buckle Hi-Top Sneaker is seductively bad in all-over tonal black, with a tough black leather upper sitting atop matching black soles and toe box. The only pop of color highlighting the kicks come from a shiny dark grey panel detail and five silver-buckles. Not to worry though, slipping into these kicks are easier than it seems with a side zipper. Pair with slim fitted pants and shirt or tees for an added edge. Now available for order via: OAK.