This Week’s Best Sneakers Combine Athletic Style With Casual Flair
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 up 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 roundup, with Under Armour presenting one of their most advanced cushioning systems yet with the UA HOVR Apex Training shoe, giving wearers a zero gravity feel. Meanwhile, Nike teams up with Los Angeles-based designer John Elliott and LeBron James to release an iconic basketball sneaker and adidas gets into the spirit of Oktoberfest with their latest silhouette.
See these designs and more in the round-up of GQ-approved sneakers we have our eyes on this week.
Under Armour, UA HOVR Apex Training Shoes, $190
With the new UA HOVR from Under Armour, the sportswear company presents their most advanced cushioning system yet. The sneaker features a durable layering system of support to help stabilise every step forward, backward, and side-to-side. The result? A ‘zero gravity feel’ that brings explosive power to your workouts and helps you hit your fitness goals.
adidas Originals, München MIG, $289
adidas are continuing their tradition with Oktoberfest, dropping two footwear silhouettes inspired by the world’s most famous funfair. The sportswear giant show the quality of their design process on the München MIG, with the Oktoberfest low top featuring a brown leather upper and refined details, including embroideries on the heel cap.
Nike, John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon “Sail”, $362
On this classic edition of a basketball sneaker, the creative capacities of Los Angeles-based designer John Elliott and LeBron James are realised, proving that when these two collaborate the results are always highly covetable. The lifestyle-driven silhouette is the perfect marriage of the two parties and brings together the sleek and minimal design Elliott is known for, and the basketball attitude and aesthetic LeBron has made fashionable.
Nike Air Max Tailwind IV “20th Anniversary”, $231
An exclusive collaboration between Sneakersnstuff and Nike have given birth to the Air Max Tailwind IV “20th Anniversary”, taking inspiration from an unreleased prototype colourway of the ’70 introduced Nike Air Tailwind. The sneaker features a melange of mesh, nubuck, and suede, sturdy textile, leather and protruded foam. Shiny yellow highlights boasting distinctive lettering, captivating gold lining and a black midsole with the visible Air bubble are also featured.
Pharrell Williams x adidas Crazy BYW High, $320
Combining basketball style with casual flair, the Crazy BYW High runs the gamut of the colour wheel, with silhouettes ranging in colour from vibrant to subtle. The punchy orange makes for a great summer sneaker, with each pair presenting a tonal upper constructed of different meshes and synthetics, with a white “Gratitude” hit running down the throat tab in bold block letters. Each pair also features a thick chunk of visible white Boost cushioning in the heel.
Nike, Air Jordan XXXIV, N/A
Already, the Air Jordan XXXIV is being touted as the best basketball shoe for the game’s future stars, including prodigy Zion Williamson who made headlines by signing with the Nike side-brand a couple of months back. The shoe is one of the lightest basketball sneakers ever created and features the number 23 in Morse code on the vamp of the shoe. Each colourway has unique and discoverable marks and the outsole has “J4-34, 2.89-2019” featured in recognition of the 30th anniversary from the Air Jordan IV to the Air Jordan XXXIV.
Nike x Skepta SK SHOX, $291
Considered one of the most influential artists in the UK, Skepta has made a name for himself as one of the most stylish rappers in the game, having even been bestowed a Nigerian chieftainship in recognition of his positive contribution to the community wellbeing. In his collaboration with Nike, the SK SHOX is a sneaker that features an all-black upper with shock-absorber midsole in red.