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Nike Air Royal Mid QS

Nike Air Royal Mid QS

The Quickstrike release of the Air Royal, the workman’s boot-inspired Air Royal Mid QS has a premium leather upper, contrast stitching, perforated Swoosh, and nut eyelets.

Deluxe x Vans Zapato Del Barco

Deluxe x Vans Zapato Del Barco

Japanese fashion outfit Deluxe collaborated with Vans to update the latter’s Zapato Del Barco. The suede upper has been traded for leather, while the orange insole matches the leather laces.

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How to Tie Your Shoes

How to Tie Your Shoes

We bet you thought you knew how to tie your shoelaces since you were a kid. But back in 2005, Terry Moore gave this great 3-minute TED talk on a better way to do something we all take for granted.

Raf Simons Strapped Hi-Tops

Raf Simons Strapped Hi-Tops

Raf Simon’s two current obsessions – zips and straps – come together in this white hi-top. It has a zipped heel and elastic grey strap that circles the ankle. The upper is made of faux snakeskin.

Nike Air Vengeance

Nike Air Vengeance

First released in 1985 and one of the V-series sneakers – the other two being the Air Vortex and Air Venture – the Nike Air Vengeance running shoe has been re-released with fresh colorways.

Reebok RealFlex Running Shoes

Reebok RealFlex Running Shoes

Lightweight running shoes designed to give a natural feel, but with cushioning to ensure that you don’t feel every bump and edge on the ground like you would if you were actually barefoot.

Benny Brush

Benny Brush

Keep your footwear shiny with this clever shoe polisher built into the belly of Benny the dog – designed by Stefano Giovannoni. Runs on 230VAC, so you’ll need an adapter outside of Europe.

Super Mario Converse All Star

Super Mario Converse All Star

Nintendo teamed up with Converse to make these sweet Super Mario Chuck Taylor sneakers to celebrate the game’s 25th anniversary. Seems like they’ll be exclusive to Japan though.

Mizuno Wave Prophecy

Mizuno Wave Prophecy

Mizuno’s high-tech running shoe is designed to offer stability and cushioning with a pair of stacked “wave plates.” Its mesh skin flexes with your foot for optimal comfort. Plus, it just looks damned cool.

PUMA Faas 300

PUMA Faas 300

These stylish running shoes have mesh and perforated uppers, an outsole that offer forefoot cushioning and increased durability in high-wear areas, and sockliner that molds to your foot.

Converse Sea Star S II Ox

Converse Sea Star S II Ox

An update to Converse’ Sea Star boat shoes, the Sea Star Skate II Oxford forgoes the canvas on the original for perforated black leather. The nautical directions on the sole are a neat touch.

Pro-Keds Royal Plus Sneakers

Pro-Keds Royal Plus Sneakers

Originally produced in the 1970’s, Pro-Keds Royal Plus Sneakers are back to funk up your high-top collection; available with monochromatic canvas, twill, or leather uppers for a modern dash of cool.

Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light

Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light

Weighing a mere 9.8oz, the Crazy Light is the lightest basketball shoe ever made, but that’s just one of its features. It’s also highly flexible, comfortable and durable. Drops this June for $130.

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Vans Leather Era Wingtip

Vans Leather Era Wingtip

Vans updates the classic lace-up skate shoe with a leather upper and wingtip detailing. Also has waxed and corded laces, and the comfortable foot bed and waffle sole that the Era is known for.

New Balance US574 Custom

New Balance US574 Custom

New Balance now offers customization options for the 574. Choose the color of various parts including the sole, tongue, and even the laces. Characters can also be embroidered on the heel tab.

Obey x Generic Surplus Shoes

Obey x Generic Surplus Shoes

Available only this season, these comfy plimsolls were made by Generic Surplus for Obey. They have a breathable mesh cotton upper and rubber cup sole. The perfect kicks for spring and summer.

Nike5 Gato Street Shoe

Nike5 Gato Street Shoe

The Nike5 Gato Street Shoe has been engineered for pick-up and smaller soccer games with extra traction, an improved surface area for greater control and a reworked outsole to maximize speed.

Supra Cuban

Supra Cuban

This pair of low-top, hip slip-ons has thick memory insoles, so they should be perfect for everday chillin’. The upper comes in a variety of materials, but we like the simplicity of the black perf best.

Adidas x Star Wars Emperor

Adidas x Star Wars Emperor

The next release of the Adidas x Star Wars Collection is a ZX 8000 runner/Emperor Palpatine combo. The suede and mesh shoe features a Force lightning graphic and a glow in the dark outsole.

Adidas SLVR S-M-L Concept

Adidas SLVR S-M-L Concept

Targeted towards frequent fliers, the SLVR S-M-L Concept has a 4-way stretch mesh, making it not only comfortable but easy to put on and remove as well. Also available in neon green/white.

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Parkour Shoes

Parkour Shoes

These vegan Terra Plana VIVOBAREFOOT running shoes are useful for another activity – they’re light and flexible which helps with the balance and finesse moves needed for parkour. (Thanks Mark!)

Barker Black Spring Collection

Barker Black Spring Collection

Barker Black’s distinctive 2011 Spring and Summer footwear collection consists of high-top sneakers, embroidered slippers and moccasins in luxurious fabrics and vivid colors. Available in March.

Strasse Urban Cycling Shoe

Strasse Urban Cycling Shoe

With a mix of leather and herringbone fabric, the SPD-compatible Strasse shoe harkens to an early time of pocket watches and Fedoras; the midtop profile offers added ankle support and protection.

Nike Lunar Orbit+

Nike Lunar Orbit+

Taking cues from Nike Tech Pack jackets, the Lunar Orbit+ has a 3-layer mesh upper – a liner, EVA foam and a top-layer mesh. It also has an asymmetrical zip and raised geometric upper.

Nike Air Max 1 ACG

Nike Air Max 1 ACG

Nike’s still digging up and reviving its classic shoe designs, and we say keep ’em coming. The Air Max 1 ACG has mesh and suede uppers in simple blue and white. Also available in pink and purple.

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