Vans’ all-weather high-tops look great in this ’90s inspired multicolor design. They feature water-resistant leather and suede uppers, along with a heat retention and moisture management layer, and a cushioned, molded sockliner. Their lug soles provide plentiful traction on slippery surfaces too.
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Inspired by an early-2000s midsole design, adidas quirky, but cool Microbounce T1 puts a spring in your step with cushioning cells that remind us of the suckers on an octopus’ tentacles. We dig the contrast of the rainbow colors with the black upper and cream patent leather mud guard.
adidas Skateboarding teamed up with pro boarder Jason Dill to create a pair of everyday sneakers that resemble Italian snakeskin leather. Despite their lazy loafer inspiration, they’re totally good for skating with their low-profile shape, molded sockliner, and rubber outsole. Drops 3/14/20.
There’s something so right about Cariuma’s limited-edition sneakers in Classic Blue, Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year. The hue is as timeless as the evolved old-school designs of the OCA Low kicks – and the high-top OCA High. Just unbox and hit the street. They’re comfortable thanks to cushioned support and top-grade canvas.
A very special gift for sneaker fanatics, Taschen’s 644-page coffee table book tells the storied history of famed footwear brand adidas through images. It features more than 350 pairs of shoes, including rare prototypes, one-of-a-kind originals, and iconic designs throughout the years.
“If they look weird, that’s because they’re made of trash.” Nike’s funky and sustainable Space Hippie line is made from 50% recycled materials by weight, including reground rubber, foam scraps, and Flyknit yarns made from recycled plastic bottles, t-shirts, and yarn scraps. We love how the design embraces the irregularities.
Finnish brand Tarvas makes these stylish go-anywhere sneakers with leather or Cordura uppers, and thick mudguards along their bottom edge. Their lug rubber outsoles offer great multi-surface traction too. They’re available from a handful of outlets around the globe, including C’H’C’M in NYC and Tanner Goods in Portland.
These stylish everyday shoes don’t look like industrial-strength work shoes, but they are. They come in a variety of designs, and each one as han anti-puncture, skid-resistant, shock-damping sole, a water-resistant body, and a reinforced steel toe. We particularly like the Ryder in green.
A bold red and black variant of Nike’s Air Max 720 Horizon, this shoe is ready for tougher weather than the typical sneaker, with a rugged tread for grip in the rain, and a GORE-TEX/synthetic upper to keep your feet dry. They pack a thick Air section below the entire footbed for maximum comfort.
For its signature OCA Low Stripe sneaker, Brazilian shoemaker Cariuma updates the classic Chuck Taylor look with premium materials like suede leather, and insole cushioning for superior comfort. The brand goes to extremes to ethically tap rubber, operate a Gold Rated tannery, use solar energy panels, and pay fair wages.
Celebrate your love for Star Wars and show your support for the Rebellion with adidas‘ X-Wing-inspired Ultraboost running shoes. They feature a flexible Stretchweb outsole, high traction Continental rubber treads, and are decked out in a Sesame, Active Orange, and Carbon color scheme.
Nike gives its ’90s inspired walking shoe a rich and rugged colorway that looks great for outdoor living. Its earthy olive drab main body is accented by a woven canvas inlay with shiny red accents, all riding atop a cushioned air pocket sole. Expect the design to hit stores and Nike.com before the end of 2019.
Featuring a vibrant design inspired by Kobe’s bestselling children’s novel, these low-tops have colorful print straight from the book’s cover. Black accents on the tongue, laces, rear midsole, and swoosh graphic offer added contrast, while neon green, blue, and red splash their way across the sole. Drops 12/1/19 from Nike.
You’ve spent thousands on your sneaker collection only to toss them in a closet or on a bookshelf. RCKZ are slick, stackable sneaker boxes which give them an appropriate home. Each box features triangular surfaces which break up and reflect light, while diamond-shaped cutouts ensure stable stacking.
We’re digging the futuristic open-weave sole and layered body structure of Chinese outfit Li-Ning’s shoes, which make the sneakers look like they’ve been abducted and augmented by aliens. They feature a transluscent mesh inner trim, and cleverly incorporate leather into their uppers.
Designed for conquering varied terrain, the Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 running shoe has a lightweight Flymesh body, a cushy Nike React foam midsole, a grippy outsole, and a ventilated upper to keep your feet dry. It looks especially awesome in its Geode Teal/Black/Bright Crimson/Aurora colorway shown here.
To celebrate the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, adidas is releasing a series of UltraBoost 4.0 shoes, inspired by the Houses Targaryen, Stark, and Lannister, the White Walkers, the Night’s Watch, and the Mother of Dragons. Expect them to drop in spring 2019.
These Air Max 97s (Style 921826-201) feature an Ale Brown, Elemental Gold, and black color scheme inspired by the shipping boxes that show up at our homes all the time. To complete the effect, each one has a barcode built into its sole. Coming to the Nike Store any day now.
From their curvy, wavy details, to their form-fitting looks, to their flight jacket inspired olive and orange color scheme, and reflective 3M detailing, we love everything about these AirMax cushioned sneakers coming soon from Nike. Keep an eye out for style code 918356-801.
Sonic the Hedgehog fans will love these textured blue suede shoes featuring colors and pixel patterns from the SEGA Genesis game. The translucent red rubber outsole features the SONIC logo, and the laces have gold rings. Feeling villainous? There’s an Eggman edition.
Can’t bear to give up your high tops when there’s snow and ice on the ground? This urbane suede offering from Forsake offers a lightweight, athletic fit with seam sealed waterproof construction, so you don’t have to wear your heavy, stanky boots. You’re welcome.
A hot new colorway of Puma’s laceless Disc Blaze sneaker, created in collaboration with Japanese retailer Atmos. We love the combination of forest green camouflage suede and electric green details, which will ensure these shoes will definitely be seen.
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