10 Cool Sneakers You Should Be Checking Out Now
Here's the deal: March 26 was Nike's famed Air Max Day, an annual celebration of the line of products that changed running sneakers forever and created generations of running shoe fanatics. There are more than a couple sneakers from Nike that hit stores to celebrate that holiday—but there are plenty of other options on the shelves.
Adidas brings the EQT Support 93/17 back for a second shot, making for a brighter offer on a very wearable silhouette. Some special collaborations land this week as Greats offers a sneaker created with a podcast, and Vans turns to a Swiss textile giant for some waterproof skate sneakers. Plus Jordan Brand offers some pairs that will expand your collection in unique ways. This is an atypical week, and it's worth checking out all the options.
NIKE AIR FOOTSCAPE WOVEN CHUKKA "BONE & NATURAL"
Perhaps one of Nike's least-understood sneakers, the Air Footscape is a favorite of longtime collectors and fans of the more avant-garde. The woven editions offer more texture and interest from toe to heel, and this week's Footscapes will make fans giddy. Two release early on in Bone and Natural, juxtaposing hairy suedes with smoother suede and woven ribbon over the mudguard. Watch out for a black colorway a few days later.
GREATS X THE FIGHTER AND THE KID ROYALE
This week in surprising sartorial news: Greats Brand has teamed up with a podcast for a collaboration. Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen use their show "The Fighter and The Kid" to talk about MMA, and any other topics that spring to mind, making it the perfect crucible for creating something new to lace up. Greats' Royale is done up entirely in olive nubuck with tonal laces, and a white Margom sole.
ADIDAS EQT SUPPORT 93/17 "WHITE/TURBO RED"
Adidas' EQT 93/17 is our favorite new silhouette from Adidas in a long time. The sneaker expertly blends retro inspiration with modern technology into a single sneaker that looks as good as it wears. The first colorway, teased at Art Basel and then released shortly afterwards, was sporty and fashion-forward in black, white, and a bright "Turbo Red." This week, the followup hits the market. A mostly white upper gets balance from hits of black on the medial sides with pops of color towards the heel.
NIKE AIR MAX 1 "MASTER"
We already told you everything you could ever hope to know about the shoe, but now's your chance to get it. The "Master" Air Max 1, with practically a dozen influences, finally hits the market, but you're going to have to be quick. It's true that Nike designed these with only the truly passionate sneaker collector in mind, but that doesn't mean folks won't be lining up to get them. Godspeed on this, probably the most sought-after release of the weekend.
AIR JORDAN IV "MOTORSPORTS"
For the 11 years that the Jordan Motorsports team was racing, Jordan Brand often made sneakers for the crew and riders so they could have something special just for them. One of the most infamous pairs was a white, black, and royal blue pair of Jordan IVs that will finally be made available to the public this week. They won't be as limited as the pairs they're inspired by, but they represent a unique chapter of Jordan Brand history and the impact of the best athlete of all time.
AIR JORDAN VI GG "PANTONE"
We know we're going to lose a couple of you on these because they're not made for adults. They're not even made for boys! But these bright baby blue Jordan VIs are a special color that is almost never seen in footwear. If you can get over the (unfounded) embarrassment of buying shoes designed for girls, it will pay off. You'll be the only one rocking them in a crowded space of sneakerheads (who are all starting to look the same).
VANS X SCHOELLER MID SKOOL & AUTHENTIC
Vans teamed up with Swiss textiles giant Schoeller on a series of seven different sneakers that play off Schoeller's technologies and blend in Vans' forward-thinking design. Two silhouettes, the Mid School and Authentic, are retooled for comfort and lightness, while the Schoeller materials in blue, green, pink, and off-white are all waterproof. Think of these as your go-to sneakers for riding your board—or, you know, walking around—in unpredictable weather.
NIKE AIR MAX LD-ZERO
The Air Max LD-Zero was originally conceived by Hiroshi Fujiwara, one third of Nike's HTM design collective, and released last year. With Air Max Day on March 26, it's the perfect time to bring it back. The shoe combines a handful of influences from the original Air Tailwind to the classic Cortez, while mixing in newer technologies like a full foot Air bag. This Pure Platinum colorway lets the design of the shoe take center stage on the anniversary of its predecessor's launch.
NIKE AIR VAPORMAX
One of the most highly anticipated silhouettes of the seasons hits this Air Max Day in two colorways. One is dubbed the "OG," a callback to the original "Sport Red" Air Max 1 that launched the Air Max line, with a mostly white and grey upper featuring hits of that classic red. The Platinum colorway is covered from heel to toe with a very cool, very light grey. Both renditions feature a fully transparent sole unit that is entirely Air.
NIKE AIR FOOTSCAPE WOVEN CHUKKA "BLACK"
The trio of Air Footscape Wovens from Nike this week completes days after the Natural and Bone pairs hit the market. The black pair features the same combination of materials, but this time the upper is completely blacked out, while sitting on a crisp white sole. This is the perfect version of the Footscape for anyone interested in the shoe but not ready to make the commitment to one of the bolder iterations.
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