Catch up with all of this week's high-heat sneaker drops.
END. X STEPNEY WORKERS CLUB "PREDATOR & PREY"
Following on from their “Zebra” collection in 2020, END. and Stepney Workers Club reunited with “Predator & Prey”: a three-piece collection inspired by the animal kingdom. The collection includes the Dellow, Lister and S-Strike silhouettes, with their uppers cut from pony hair and detailed with markings that mimic the patterns found on leopards, giraffes and deer.
Air Jordan continues to delve deep into the archives with the latest AJ7, heading back to 2006 to revive the “Citrus” colourway that debuted that year. The sneaker features black nubuck across its uppers, with red and yellow accents used throughout for vibrant contrast.
With his third instalment as Creative Director of New Balance’s Made in USA line, Teddy Santis continues to further elevate already-premium sneakers. It’s a rework of the coveted 990 V3, with a subtle, white and grey colourway that nods to Santis’, and New Balance’s, understated aesthetic. The materials are given a switch up, too, with the sneaker’s usual suede switched out for smooth leather.
Nike and Jacquemus partner for the first time to rework an ACG icon — as well as Simon Porte Jacquemus’ favourite Swoosh silhouette — the Air Humara. The two releases represent a deviation from the usual bold colours of the iconic line, with one coloured in an earthy brown hue, the other a subtle shade of beige. The refinement continues elsewhere, too, with a mixture of leather and suede across their uppers and intricately-detailed midsoles.
At the core of Stone Island is a relentless pursuit of the cutting-edge, with innovation and experimentation underpinning everything. The same can be said for New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio, with their partnerships used as a celebration of those shared interests. The two once again look to the RC Elite with their latest link up, reworking the sneaker in a duo of bold colourways: burgundy and green and red and grey. The sneaker is just as hyper-experimental as last time, with cut-out-effect uppers, inlaid compass branding and a chunky, tech-filled sole unit.
Salehe Bembury and New Balance’s partnerships are driven by a focus on shifting boundaries, resulting in sneakers that resemble nothing like those that came before them. Their white and pink 574 Yurt, which is receiving a re-release, is no exception to that. The uppers are cut from mesh and suede and slightly modified from the original 574, though it’s the sole and heel where things get out-there — the former is oversized and experimental, while the latter is detailed with a detachable, fully-functioning whistle.
Subtle hues and Nike’s Air Force 1 go together hand in hand. They have done since the sneaker debuted in 1982. The latest iteration of the iconic sneaker, dubbed “Certified Fresh”, showcases why, with shades of grey and white covering its textile and suede uppers.
Certainly a style for the Air Max 95 heads, the “Black & Dark Beetroot” rendition of the Nike classic lands this month, brimming with the sneaker’s OG charm and a touch of subtle colour. Predominantly made up in shades of grey, the model’s eyestays and Mini Swoosh branding are cast in a beetroot hue, perfectly reflecting on the 95’s past iconic colourways and adding to the silhouette’s already strong roster.
Tapping Nina Chanel Abney, an artist hailing from Midwest state Illinois, Air Jordan deliver a revitalised classic, brimming with an understated charm and premium make-up. Housed within a bespoke shoebox designed by the artist and detailed with a flourish of red to the heel, this version of the AJ2 sneaker channels Abney’s distinctive painting style through subtle colourblocking.
NIKE AIR MORE UPTEMPO '96
A firm favourite of the Chicago Bull’s Scottie Pippen, the Nike Air More Uptempo returns in all of its maximalist glory in a militaristic Cargo Khaki & Black colourway. Complete with pops of safety orange, the sneaker’s gargantuan typography wraps proudly around its side wall, emboldening the high-top silhouette with its own unique charm and classic ‘90s sense of style.