For all your ambitions of being known for your sartorial style in 2020, Covid-19 lockdown has probably dealt them a hefty blow. It’s one thing to pronounce the year yours for the taking and stock the wardrobe full of enviable garments, lust-worthy jackets, and the kind of sneaker rotation that would have even Drake blushing, but when no one’s hanging around socially and Zoom meetings ensuring no one cares about what you have on from the waist down, it’s hard not to feel anything but dismayed.
Thankfully, with restrictions easing, you can finally bust out some cool kicks once again – even if it is just to go down to the local café and ask for your coffee while standing 1.5 metres apart from all other customers. And when it comes to any outing in this new normal we’ll soon be living in, you’ll want to consider some of the sneakers from this week’s round-up of GQ favourites.
From Reebok to Nike, Adidas and ON RUNNING, these brands fuse form and function to create covetable sneakers that are sure to sell out as soon as they hit stores. The plus side is that most don’t just boast a fashionable silhouette, but also offer numerous benefits when it comes to whatever goal it is you have in mind. If you’re into hiking, there’s a shoe for that. Ditto if you like lifting weights. Either way, these sneakers have you covered for the colder months ahead and will ensure that when the time finally comes for you to re-emerge into society, you’ll be looking as stylish as you were before.
Reebok Nano X, $190
The Nano X raises the standards of what makes a versatile trainer, with Reebok delivering a sneaker that not only outperforms its competitors in the box, but also delivers against the demands of all functional training regimes. Whether you run, lift, jump, or hike, the Nano X has you covered and even more importantly, it will have you looking stylish for all activities. With enhanced technology, unparalleled stability, runnability and high density foam comfort, this is a sneaker that fuses form with function.
Adidas Performance, UltraBoost DNA Parley, approx. $238
Adidas and Parley continue their successful collaboration with the new Ultraboost DNA Parley, a she that’s eco-friendly and stylish at the same time. In the fight against waste, Adidas have achieved a stylish silhouette that is incredibly comfortable, with Boost midsoles and Continental rubber outsoles.
Nike x Travis Scott, Air Max 270 Cactus Trails, $255
Fans have been waiting for Travis Scott’s next Nike collaboration and finally, they can feast their eyes on the Air Max 270 Cactus Trails. The sneaker highlights a 90s aesthetic with a worn-in feel, with browns, tans and oranges on the painted base layer derived from a trail-inspired style of overlays. Reinforcing Scott’s love of vintage style, the sneaker even features a Cactus Jack logo which appears on the heel tab and insole.
Adidas, ZX 2KBoost “710 Hommage”, $231
ZX has stood as a symbol of progress for the three stripes brand for decades, beginning as an innovative program of technical running silhouettes. Still seen at the forefront of progression, the latest ZX 2KBoost brings a modern twist to a classic, featuring an engineered mesh upper and stretch mesh tongue, completed with matching green laces and sock liner.
ON RUNNING, Cloudnova, $240
Known for their technical sneakers that deliver unparalleled traction on any kind of terrain, ON RUNNING have delivered yet another sneaker that will have heads turning, regardless of whether you find yourself on the trail or street. The Cloudnova fuses everything you’ve come to love about the running tech brand with a new style and silhouette, offering a responsive, comfortable design with urban energy.
Nike, Adapt Auto Max “Motherboard”, approx. $630
The Adapt Auto Max provides a fresh take on the famed Air Max silhouette. Backed by FitAdapt technology, this sneaker extends the storied concept of the shoe into 2020 with power laces that allow you to set and save the perfect fit, including customised lighting. Manual controls even allow you to adjust the shoe on the go meaning you can strut around in hands-free style as you see fit.