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.
But given our own busy and active lifestyles, we’ve become something of an amateur athlete ourselves. Which is why when it comes to our choice of footwear, sneakers really do prove popular for reasons beyond that of style. Such is the case with this week’s round up, as Nike produces an athletic sneaker that is so fashionable, you’ll be wanting two pairs – one for the trails, and one for daily tasks. Similarly, New Balance and Puma are getting on the athletic sneaker bandwagon, with styles that fuse fashion with innovation to produce something so comfortable, you’ll be getting daily wear out of it.
See these designs and more in the round up of our GQ-approved sneakers we have our eyes on this week.
Moncler, Leave No Trace Sneakers, $754
The new sneaker embodies the brand’s DNA with a design language born in the mountains, with inflections of city style. With its chunky silhouette, the sneaker takes its cues from the latest style trend, embracing a retro outdoor aesthetic while debuting with three colour and material combinations.
adidas Consortium, Torsion Comp x HAL, $191
Thanks to Aussie sneaker store Highs and Low, the adidas Torsion Edberg Comp gets a new injection of fresh style. The white and yellow silhouette is made with a soft leather and features distinctive branding on the side panel, featuring neoprene and EVA accents as well as Torsion System technology.
Nike x Gyakusou, Zoom Pegasus 36, $230
In collaboration with UNDERCOVER’s Jun Takahashi, GIRA has re-imagined the Air Zoom Pegasus 36 runner, replacing traditional laces with a trail-inspired toggle lacing system, allowing for easy access and lockdown with a simple pull. Evoking Takahashi’s ethos of chaos and balance, an elegant rose accompanies the Swoosh and the sneaker features a breathable mesh upper that is layered with a white toe cap featuring a simple but foretelling mission statement for urban-to-outdoor adventurers.
Converse, Pro Leather Mid x Ibn Jasper, $161
In an effort to reinvigorate the classic Pro Leather sneaker, Converse enlisted the help of Chicago native, barber and creative force Ibn Jasper. Designed with a full leather upper, the high-top sneaker features a zip opening, gold metallic accents and “1976” branded lace dubrae.
PUMA x Helly Hansen, Nitefox, $259
Puma have teamed up with Helly Hansen to give fans a unique sneaker that makes a bold statement. With its vibrant 2000-inspired feel, this sneaker features a techy mesh upper with suede overlays and Puma formstrips at lateral sides. It’s the perfect everyday sneaker for athleisure enthusiasts.
adidas Consortium, Nite Jogger x WM, $235
Teaming up with Japanese brand White Mountaineering, adidas have created an outdoor-focused sneaker that still packs a style punch. Built with a layered upper constructed from mesh, nubuck and reflective detailing, the adidas Nite Jogger x White Mountaineering combines the ‘80s feel of the original design, but with contemporary aspects.
New Balance x Bodega, 997S “No Bad Days”, TBC
The No Bad Days 997S is intended for daily use, so the sneaker features a basic structure of shoe, mesh uppers, leather and suede overlays, neoprene bootie, dual ABZORB and ENCAP cushioning and laminate heel counter. As Bodega suggests though, this sneaker is the next step of no days off. “If No Days Off was about pushing through the natural impulses to stand still in favour of making every day a productive one, No Bad Days is about pushing through the natural impulse to allow instinctual, physical reactions to dictate your state of being, and ending every day with a positive mindset.”