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Designer sneakers are suffering a bit of an identity crisis as expanding collaborative programs at Nike and Adidas have given designers more creative freedoms with their one-offs than they have ever had before. Prada channels their minimalistic heritage and combines it with 3D elements that give the silhouette a unique futuristic look. The sneaker has a few standout features that give the Collision its unique look, they include the three dimension rubber elements on the upper and the tubular cotton laces. The sole also looks like a futuristic cleaned up version of an Air Max. All in all, the sneaker is just fresh enough without screaming for attention. It’s available at Prada and Farfetch.

 

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Nike hasn’t shown the Air max 97 a lot of love in 2020 but this subtle variation on the model is on the way later this year.  The “light bone” colorway takes away some of the flashiness we tend to associate with the Air Max 97 with a muted pale upper that contrasts with an all black sole and midsole. The simple two tone style just works and will be releasing later this year at select Nike stockists.

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Solomon continues to expand their collaborative offerings , this time in the form of a X$-4 sneakers. Initial shown in his FW20 lookbook, these sneakers channel both Solomon’s technical expertise as well as Ganryu’s appreciation of subtlety.  The XT-4 has been around since 2012 and has since become gained a cult following among Solomon fans. This new offering presents a black upper and a white sole unit, with tactile rope laces sitting on top and Salomon’s proprietary contragrip outsole. The black colorway of the shoe has a carbon fiber effect through the bonded trim, while the black and yellow version adds a mustard trim of color.

Both pairs are available at SSENSE.

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The Soloist is bringing out an all white version of the Converse ERX 260. Reminiscent of the collaboration thatSoloist Designer Takahiro Miyashita did with Converse in the past when he created under the Number (N)ine label. A mix of  full-grain leather with a thick rubber midsole and a puffy thick branded tongue. A zipper goes down the entire front of the show.

Available at SSENSE.

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New Balance brings out an ideal color combination for fall weather with this new New Balance 911 colorway. This Made in the UK model stays true to the brand’s heritage with a combination of grey mesh and mustard yellow suede. Hints of blue on the logo and tongue round up a solid color trio. It’s nice to see New Balance place more emphasis on the 911 which is definitely a sleeper hit in their lineup.

Available through New Balance.

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Affix applies their brand of modernized workwear to another pair of Asics with this Novablast collaboration. The sneaker has been The sneaker has been reworked into two colorways, that should fit right in with any of the apparel from Affix. The first colorway features “Strobe Blue,” while the second comes in “Mineral Brown.” both colorways sit atop a full-length FlyteFoam cream midsoles.

The sneakers will be available directly through the AFFIX webstore on July 10 before releasing at select retailers like END on July 17.

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Zoom Air has become Nike’s premier cushioning system in their cutting edge running program and they’ve taken that technology to present an eye catching design in the form of the Nike Zoom Double Stacked. In particular this ‘barely volt’ color way of the shoe hides some of the swoosh branding and juxtaposes it against the striking wedge-like double sole. There’s Zoom cushioning in the sole and the breathable mesh makes this a comfortable summer choice.  Look for these to drop on July 2 through select Nike outlets.

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WTAPS has been noted for their memorable footwear collaborations over the years and now they’re set to release an excellent New Balance 998 iteration. If you’ve been looking for something new to step out in when your local quarantine is over then check this recolor of a classic New Balance model. Featuring an army inspired sage green and hits of cream, grey and a bright safety orange, these really bridge the gap between the look and feel of the two labels. Some subtle touches are the WTAPS embroidered logo on the heel as well as logo hits on the tongue and insole.

The collaborative 992WT from WTAPS and New Balance drops at select retailers including END on May 1.

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While 2019 was a flurry of collaborations and high profile releases, it seems that Jordan brand is going back to their archives with some of the releases this year. With the classic Jordan 1 becoming one of the most sought after retros in recent years, it’s nice to see that Jordan Brand is paying homage to the original with this release. The shape of this model is the closest to date we’ve gotten to the original ’85 classic. This flipped variation plays off the classic ‘Black/Red’ colorway seen on the banned Jordan 1s. The sneaker has gone to great lengths to preserve the feeling of the original, even re-creating the hang tags that was featured on the sneakers upon their original release. Jordan brand had to go back to their archives to find the original photo of MJ in order to recreate the look of that paper tag. These are sure to be high sought after and even more so considering their release is limited to a mere 23,000 pairs. Look for more release details to leak prior to their release in February.

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Li-Ning is an athletic wear brand that does not get much attention outside in North America. Despite several high profile athlete endorsements in the NBA, Li-Ning still lives in the shadow of the big three sneaker companies. That’s starting to change however if sneakers like the Furious Rider Ace are any indication.

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