Process X takes us inside a Japanese factory that’s been making rubber boots for almost 90 years. They start with lumpy, raw rubber, then roll, stamp, form, and assemble pieces to create the body and soles. Then vulcanization applies heat and pressure to make the boots flexible and durable before finishing.
Hi-Tec kicked off the lightweight hiking boot trend with the flexible Sierra Sneaker. The updated Ravus offers waterproof traction and all-day comfort on and off the trail. For extreme weather, the Altitude keeps feet cozy with waterproof leather uppers, micro-fleece moisture-wicking lining, and Michelin rubber outsoles.
Basketball shoes are meant for playing basketball. But Marko took the concept literally and crafted custom sneakers out of a Wilson basketball. The leather and rubber from the ball look like they were difficult to work with, but the finished shoes look like they were worth the effort. That flame paint job is sweet!
adidas is readying playful sneakers inspired by Marge and Homer Simpson. Marge’s blue adidas Superstars turn her iconic beehive hairdo into the backdrop for the entire sneaker, while Homer’s green Stan Smiths feature the “sneaking back into the bushes” meme on their backs. Expect them to drop by the end of the year.
There are many faster ways to get around than walking, but Shift Robotics wants to improve that too. Their Moonwalkers shoes let you walk naturally while increasing your speed up to 250%. They’re far beyond ordinary roller skates, with the smarts to move with your gait and to stop naturally. You can even climb stairs in them.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Crocs are hot again, at least in the limited-edition game. Their latest drop is an over-the-top collection by LA-based artist Steve Harrington. Colorful and cartoony, each clog and slide in the collection includes Jibbitz charms of Harrington’s whimsical psych-pop characters. A Footlocker exclusive.
Teva’s comfy yet capable shoes go from lounging to trekking thanks to their cozy quilted uppers and grippy rubber outsoles. They’re lined with 50% recycled polyester with a thick dual-layer foam footbed. They come in six outdoorsy colors in all-gender sizes and have a built-in loop for hanging from your backpack.
These Nike sneakers are covered with a topographical print that conjures images of standing upon a mountaintop among the clouds. A webbed support system and air cushioning provide stability and comfort for performance sports and everyday activities. They drop 9.20.22.
LG is known for its TVs and appliances. Now, they’re getting into the storage game – with a modern spin. Its modular Styler ShoeCase displays protect sneakers from humidity and UV wear, and have a turntable to show off your kicks. The matching ShoeCare system uses steam to refresh shoes, and filters to remove odors.
Happiness is a warm puppy… with a surfboard ready to shred waves. Eco-friendly Brazilian shoemaker Cariuma salutes everyone’s favorite beagle on their cotton canvas OCA low-top sneakers with a cork insert and slip-resistant rubber. Charles M. Schulz would be stoked that two trees are planted for every pair sold.
A fresh take on the Nike Air Max 97 celebrating 25 years of the bullet train-inspired shoe. The sneaker is at its best in this new colorway. The mudguard is done up in shiny metallic silver, while the upper is encircled in rings of dark blue, complemented by a watery Chlorine Blue air cushion and matching swooshes.
Shed water and shred trail with Deckers X Lab’s X-Scape 100F sneaker sandal. Made for mountain adventures, class 10 rapids, and running errands, this performance hybrid has your summer sorted. The Nubuck leather upper is lined with mesh and foam for comfort. Top laces and an adjustable heel strap finesse the fit.
Nike’s innovative sneakers are designed to be taken apart. Their interlocking, modular design means their materials can be easily separated for recycling when they reach the end of their useful life. The ISPA Link features earthy tones and bumpy sole pads, while the ISPA Link Axis is bold and colorful with a translucent white outsole.
If you’ve spent any time in Chicago, you might be familiar with the sculptures at the Merchandise Mart known as the PEZ Heads. Paul Jackman built a similarly gargantuan PEZ dispenser, but this one actually works. Though it spits out shoeboxes and has a giant boot on top instead of a character head.
Camper’s latest Runner sneakers have a retro look that remind us of Sonic the Hedgehog’s shoes. Only these ones come in blue, orange, brown, or black instead of red. They’re made from recycled polyester and leather and have lightweight outsoles made from 30% sugarcane. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.
Thes Air Jordan 7s look like something Marty McFly might wear in the future. They feature a classic high-top silhouette with jewel-tone colors layered beneath semi-transparent panels. A neutral leather upper provides contrast for the colors, and the sole is embellished with splashes of blue and pink. They drop 4.16.2022.
Flower power is at the soul of Cole Haan’s first sustainable shoes. Generation ZERØGRAND II with FlowerFoam features outsoles made with natural dandelion rubber. Yes, dandelions. The upper includes vegan microfiber suede made with 21% recycled content, reconstituted felt made with 85% recycled plastic bottles, and laces made with 100% rPET.
adidas’ series of South Park-inspired sneakers includes bold shoes done up in cartoon colors, including Cartman’s Forum Low ’80s B-ball, a Professor Chaos NMD R1 V2, Kyle’s Superstar, a Stan Marsh/Stan Smith mashup, Kenny’s NMD_R1, and an A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000 Forum Low trainer. Available online and in Foot Locker stores.
With the exception of flip-flops, most shoes require that you pull on their heel collar to slip your foot inside. Kizik’s shoes have a unique spring-back heel that lets you put them on hands-free. They’re available in a variety of casual, athletic, and more dressy styles for both men and women.
Nike goes back to the 1990s with these funky cushioned sneakers based on the Air More Uptempo ’96. Graffiti-inspired bubble graphics splash the word “AIR” wrapped along their sides while the Swoosh moves to the toebox of these high-contrast black and white shoes. Drops 3.16.2022.
Cycling apparel company Endura jumps into the footwear game with mountain biking shoes for flat pedals and clipless systems, and the Humvee flat pedal option for urban action. Combining traction with durability, they’re packed with tech like StickyFOOT rubber outsoles that conform to pedal pins and lock the foot in place.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could walk on water? With a lot of trial and error, JLaservideo designed and fabricated a special pair of shoes that let him stroll above the surface. They use powerful electric motors and propellers to push the wearer up out of the water. Maintaining balance is clearly the trickiest part.
Pop Chart’s 24″ x 36″ art print features tiny, but detailed illustrations of 150 iconic sneaker designs, all in chronological order. Find your favorite designs from Nike, Adidas, Converse, New Balance, and more. For even more shoes, check out their 32″ x 48″ A Century of Sneakers print, showcasing 264 classic shoes.