Keep it low-key and monochrome with the latest batch of must-own sneakers
Some people like their sneakers chunky and ugly, others like them as bright as a traffic cone. Then there are the folks who appear to be level-headed who like their kicks monochrome — black, white or a combination of the two — to match the rest of their daily ensembles or to balance our their OTT maximalist style. This week’s batch of classics and hyped-up pairs is to appease the latter crowd, or anyone else thinking of toning it down.
Nike Air Huarache Drift
If you absolutely refuse to let go of the ugly sneaker aesthetic, try a classic like the Air Huarache Drift. Designed by Tinker Hatfield (the man behind the Air Max 1, MAG and most of the Jordan lineup) and first released in 1991, the shoe’s unique structure was as eye-catching and mind-boggling then as it is today. With a rubber midfoot cage and soft mesh upper, the sneakers were created to not only mould to your feet but to be laced your way thanks to the customisable lacing system
Vans Slip-On Platform
The ladies haven’t been left out of our big Vans restock either — the checkered Slip-On is getting a high-fashion remix, now with a platform sole. Whether you need the extra height or not, the pattern packs even more of an eye-catching punch, plus you get the comfort and reassurance that your pair is going to stick around as long as your other Vans thanks to the durable canvas upper and stretchy elastic accents.
Featuring the groundbreaking BOOST technology that helped adidas’ sales skyrocket, the new I-5923 combines futuristic aesthetics with a 70s-inspired running shoe silhouette. And the result is this dream pair for any white sneaker-fiend who loves walking the city streets. They’ve got a mesh and suede upper and sock-like structure that makes them easy to slip into, and comfortable AF too.
Puma x Shantelle Martin Clyde
Part minimalist dream, part pop-art statement piece, the Puma range of sneakers customised by British visual artist Shantell Martin. The Clyde silhouette, in particular, gets an honourable shout out this week thanks to the sleek, pared back aesthetic not being overpowered by Martin’s quirky drawings and writing. Besides, who wouldn’t want black and white heel tabs with side-eyes that can double as the perfect #mood Instagram post?
Vans Sk8-Hi Mix Checkered
Every skater’s go-to high-top is back, with an added bit of luxe to make it sweeter. The classic canvas upper sports two different checkered patterns — one big and one small — and suede overlays along the heel and reinforced toe cap. The usual features like padded collars and sturdy waffle outsoles are still present, so you can dress them up or do your next kickflip with comfort and ease.