Sneaker releases continue to come thick and fast. Regardless of the season or where you find yourself geographically placed, sneakers continue to be a trend that dominates footwear – be it on the runway, on the court, or simply during a street style flex.
It’s hard to believe that there was a time where sneakers were condemned in the fashion world. The shoes were instead seen as something to be worn solely at the gym, or for elderly men with bunions galore. Since then however, the sneaker has come a long way, having a renaissance of sorts with brands now capitalising on the trend that refuses to go out of style.
Given that today’s athletes boast an incredibly high following and almost cult-like status, brands are snatching the opportunity to collaborate with sport’s biggest stars to create sneakers that don’t just get the job done on the court or track, but also prove fashionable.
Such is the case with this week’s round-up, as Nike hits up the likes of LeBron James for their LeBron 17 sneaker, a fusion of style and technology and a shoe that boasts the highest-volume Max Air to date. Maximalist running brand Hoka One One have teamed up with Engineered Garments to produce an eye-catching running sneaker. And meanwhile, Vans have collaborated with legendary designer Vivienne Westwood to create a sneaker that champions fearless individualism and liberation.
See these designs and more in the round-up of GQ-approved sneakers we have our eyes on this week.
Nike x GYAKUSOU, Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail, $230
With an incredible new colourway, the Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail’s design is one that has been informed by heat-mapping research. Overlays have been placed in areas where trail runners need support and reinforcement, leaving certain areas of the foot as open as possible. The upper’s mesh has been treated with a water-repellent coating and is made from a quick-dry material.
Vans Authentic x Vivienne Westwood, $101
Designer Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with Vans Authentic to create a sneaker that champions fearless individualism and liberation. The low-cut retro sneaker features Vivienne Westwood orb and Lightning Bolt prints, kept in a vivid sky-blue colourway made exclusively for the collaboration.
Nike LeBron 17, $270
The LeBron 17 sneaker features state-of-the-art design fused with technological innovation. Aside from boasting the highest-volume Max Air, it also includes two independent Air Zoom pods under the forefoot that introduces the knitposite and signature LeBron details that have shifted to the tongue.
adidas Originals LXCON, $175
The new adidas LXCON channels the brand’s history into the future. Built with a multi-fabric textile upper, the streamlined silhouette delivers a supremely lightweight feel with techy looks. Featuring the bold three-stripes and a rope lacing construction, the sneaker has a contemporary feel that makes it one of the most distinctive styles on the market.
adidas x Bed J.W. Ford, Saint Florent BF Shoes, $235
With its sleek and stylish design, it’s no surprise the culprit of this covetable shoe is a collaboration between adidas and Japanese design label Bed J.W. Ford. With its distinctly tailored edge, the design boasts a Primeknit upper to the casual styling of the original. Adjustable laces at the heel complete the modern design.
Hoka One One x Engineered Garments Bondi B Sneaker, $260
Following on from last seasons collaboration with maximalist running shoe experts Hoka One One, Engineered Garments have created a trio of Tor Ultra Low hiking sneakers in three custom colours. With its mismatched colourway, this sneaker demands attention and has a lightweight mesh upper with leather overlays and moulded plastic accents.