12.05.2018

Giving Grey Areas a Platform

This week’s sneakers feature neutral tones and taller-than-your-average soles

sneakers of the week

Most people like to stick to what they know and love when it comes to kicks, while others are happy to veer off and experiment with all sorts of silhouettes, brands and colour ways. Grey-coloured sneakers, as versatile and timeless, are surprisingly rare on the streets and staying true to the 90s revival happening in all areas of fashion, platform soles are hotter than ever although they carry a lot of love-them-or-hate-them weight. This week, we’ve decided to give these styles some shine — scroll down and make your pick.

adidas Originals New York — Crystal White / Off-White / Grey Two

adidas Originals New York — Crystal White / Off-White / Grey Two

Inspired by the hustle and rush of the Big Apple, these retro sneakers are back in a new two-tone colourway that features white overlays and mesh underlays. They’re finished off with a gum sole and D-ring eyelets for the laces. While not a complete dad shoe, they’ve got the vibe — complete the look with pin rolled jeans and a colourblock windbreaker for an ensemble straight outta the 90s.

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ‘17 — Wolf Grey / Metallic Silver

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra ‘17 — Wolf Grey / Metallic Silver

20 years after its initial release, the Air Max 97 has evolved into a sleeker, lighter and more premium silhouette. Featuring an easy-to-clean synthetic upper and durable rubber sole, the same wavy design we all know and love and full Air Max unit, it’s the ideal style for the person on-the-go. Wear with your favourite cropped chinos and complete the look with standout outerwear, or kick back in a matching tracksuit.

Vans x Lazy Oaf — Style 29

Vans x Lazy Oaf — Style 29

Vans’ new collaboration with London-based fashion line Lazy Oaf has produced a collection of clothes and shoes that combine the two brands’ aesthetics: quirky, tongue-in-cheek and timeless functionality and style. The Old Skool gets a pastel pink makeover and hard-wearing rubber sole and customised laces. The inner lining features the classic Vans checkerboard pattern and cushioned collar.

Vans x Lazy Oaf — Old Skool Platform

Vans x Lazy Oaf — Old Skool Platform

Channel your inner Baby Spice with this pair of black and pink Old Skools. Featuring hearts on the platform sole, checkerboard laces and pastel pink detailing, padded collar and suede upper, it’s an ideal addition to your weekend rotation. Team with skinny jeans and an oversized hoodie for an easy-going casual look.

adidas Originals Everyn W — Wonder Pink / Core Black

adidas Originals Everyn W — Wonder Pink / Core Black

If court shoes are part of your aesthetic, these pink wonders were made for you. Complete with an all-leather upper (with three perforated stripes on each side), vulcanised platform sole and nubuck heel patch, they’ll go as well with your power suits as they do with your favourite jeans-and-sweater combo.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Ripple — Black / Natural

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Ripple — Black / Natural

Converse Chucks are no doubt among the most versatile shoes on earth, but this new silhouette is something else. Made with a minimalistic canvas upper, matching laces, platform sole and jagged, rippled edge they’re perfect for making a statement, even if you want something that doesn’t scream too loudly.

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