The countdown to Christmas is on - and if you’re feeling generous, a new pair of kicks will never go amiss.
Each month, we compile our favourite footwear drops to have on your radar, so mark your calendars. There’s collaboration and sneaker anniversaries aplenty with the limited-edition shoes to go alongside them.
From Converse to Nike, we have gathered the trainers worth investing in to take your sneaker collection to new heights, including covetable collaborations you will want and need to cop ASAP.
Set to be instant sell outs – run, don’t walk.
Adidas Originals and Craig Green CG Scuba Stan
The German sportswear behemoth has called on British fashion designer Craig Green to put his own twist on the Stan Smith silhouette. Drawing on Adidas’ archives and with a nod to the ubiquitous utilitarian trend, it has a Scuba outsole that is juxtaposed with the clean lines of the iconic Stan Smith upper. They come in beige, black and white and green, of course.
Lacoste Footwear Active 4851
Named after the coordinates of the first ever Lacoste factory, the French footwear brand takes a futuristic approach to the Active 4851 that allows them to toe the line between a fashion and function shoe. They are made up of a dual mesh upper that has been designed to move alongside you, while the tongue is doubled layered for comfort. The colourways are bright and bold with pruple and orange leading the pack but there’s white and black iterations too.
Vans Sk8-Hi Cordura Fabric
Keep your feet cosy and warm this winter with the iconic Vans Sk8-Hi silhouette that has been given a temperature-raising twist in check with the colder season. They are lined with high-pile sherpa that is super soft on the skin. The exterior is also revamped with a hard-wearing premium Cordura material.
PUMA x Skepta RS-X
The Puma RS (running system) franchise dates back to 1984 where the label created the world’s first smart shoe. It has gone on to become a legacy line but is taking on a whole new form with rapper Skepta as the designer, constultant and ambassador. The line is categorised by vibrant colourways, modern design detailing and futuristic elements.
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Lacoste Re-Comfort Sneaker
With this new launch, Lacoste takes its classic 80s tennis shoe and gives it a sustainable twist. The heel cup is made from a recycled TUP fabric, while the same is true for the ortholite insock. The label’s crocodile logo on the heel is in a bright yellow hue to represent the shade associated with global sustainability.
Converse Run Star Legacy
This new silhouette from Converse builds on the label’s Run Star series - the souped up versions of the iconic Chuck hi-top. In three seasonally apt autumunal colourways of black, white and orange, the trainers are fitted with an exaggerated rubber sole, distorted pinstripe and a heel bumper - the latter of which makes it easier to take on and off. Comfort is maintained through the CX foam midsole and liner.
END. x adidas Superturf Adventure “Ibex”
The next in clothing retailer END and sportswear giant Adidas’ collaboration collection has resulted in the Superturf Adventure sneaker being revamped to create the Ibex. If you’re not well-versed in your wild goat breeds, you may not be aware that this is a species that is renowned for its ability to grip on in extreme terrain and almost defy gravity in the process.
Thus, you can rightfully expect that these trainers are kitted out with an outsole to provide smooth adventuring on uneven ground. The two labels have also channeled the mountainous habitats for the colour palette - a combination of dusty olive, pastel parchment and autumn leaf as well as with the use of hairy suede for its hide. The upper has durability and is water repellent and there’s reflective detailing and hiking laces too.
Vault by Vans and Palm Angels
This is the first ever footwear collaboration between legendary labels Vans and Palm Angels that was created in homage to skate culture. A predominant reference for both labels, it seems only natural for the teaming up of these two skate labels: “The idea of Palm Angels collaborating with Vans has always been in my mind. It’s now finally reality”, explains Francesco Ragazzi, founder and Creative Director of Palm Angels. The trainer is a mismatch of materials from the Sk8-Hi VLT LX, Sk8-Mid VLT LX, and the Old Skool LX silhouettes and comes in the Palm Angels signature colours - red, grey, white and black. You will also notice the latter’s logo printed across the shoe.
Air Jordan 2 x J Balvin
If you can get your hands on this collaboration between Jordans and J Balvin, you will be treated to a mood-boosting shoe compared to a breath of fresh air. The Air Jordan 2 was first released back in 1986 but this latest revamp brings it into 2022 with the Prince of Reggaeton. The shoes have a pastel blue colourway with cloud graphics – a motif found on the upper, collar, around the heel and inside. There’s also rainbow stitching and the Colombian singer’s signature smiley face detailing.
Allbirds Plant Pacer
Sustainable label Allbirds has reimagined the court trainer to create a footwear essential made entirely of natural materials. While it gives the look and feel of leather, the shoe is entirely free from plastic and is all vegan. Instead, the brand opts for rubber, plant oils and agricultural by-products like rice hulls and citrus peels in the construction process. The curved design takes inspiration from the natural world for a stylish take on an eco-trainer.
BERLUTI Playoff Sneaker
While Berluti may be best known for its impeccable formal-ready leather goods, its latest footwear release leans towards the casual end of the spectrum, taking inspiration from high top basketball trainers worn in the 80s and 90s. In homage to this era, the Playoff has sporty elements like the pop of colour at the laces and leather insert on the heel. You will still see signatures of the label in the shoe, namely the Venezia leather construction.
Axel ArigatoPyro Runner
Futuristic footwear is everywhere in the fashion sphere right now but Axel Arigato has taken it to the next level with this new release. The Pyro Runner is a forward-thinking silhouette that has been moulded from bio-based EVA – an alternative to rubber. This lightweight shoe is the definition of fluid footwear with an organic shape. They are available in three colours; green, beige and black.
Converse x PLAY Comme des Garçons One Star
The ever-growing demand for the Converse x Comme des Garçons has led to new iterations from the classic Chuck Taylor - the latest of which is the One Star. This is the first time that this silhouette has been painted with the playful CDG touch. It’s a classic style that was originally a basketball shoe when it was first introduced back in 1974 and has been worn by the likes of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and skate legend Guy Mariano. This new iteration comes in black and white canvas and is minimal bar the contrast pinstripes, heel stays and of course, the logo heart detailling.
Saucony Originals - Jazz Court Satin
Saucony’s Jazz Court shoe has pizzazz with a smooth leather upper, a slight sheen and chic new colourways. In low or high top, the silhouette is sleek and oozing with 70s appeal. There’s a suede overlay in a high-quality fabric for an added level of sophistication.
lululemon made a splash on the footwear scene with the launch of the running Blissfeel shoe that was built first and foremost for the female foot - rather than as an afterthought as is the case with other brands. Next up in the brand’s growing shoe offering is the Chargefeel, a workout shoe born to adapt to all types of gym-related exploits. It has bounce, the ability to go from side to side and a good layering of foam to remain springy yet responsive. It comes in high or low top and in 14 colourways.
Gola x Cath Kidston
With Cath Kidston’s signature playful prints, Gola’s iconic Tennis Mark Cox trainer has had a fun redesign. The silhouette was first launched in 1975 and with that in mind, the prints have a retro, nostalgic feel that is still timeless and ideal for the summer season. They come for adults and kids and in Kingdom Ditsy, Strawberry Garden, Blue Marble Hearts and Red Spot.
Converse Chuck 70 AT-CX
For this stacked silhouette, Converse has gone back to the archives taking inspiration from a 1950s wading boot. This has led to a diamond outstole with souped up levels of traction and trail elements that provide elevatated comfort.
Converse and ACW* - Sponge Crater
Converse has weighed into parent company Nike’s ‘Space Hippie’ creations with an innovative shoe all its own. The brand has called on British designer and founder of A-COLD-WALL to create this silhouette composed of Crater foam. The minimalistic but unmissable creation has only a few components; namely the CX foam, knit upper, spandex collar and pull tabs. The knit and cut-out design ensures breathability, while the oversized heel kick doubles down on the comfort of the foam.
Lacoste Aceshot Sneaker
Direct from Lacoste’s performance testing labs comes this new addition to the range that combines fashion and sport elements with new technologies. The colourful lifestyle trainer takes inspiration from previous performance favourites, from the V-Ultra to the MC tennis Pro, with an interesting component at the midsole. The latter may be familiar with fans of Daniil Medvedev as it was lifted from the AG-L21 Ultra - the shoe of choice for the Russian tennis star.
Saucony Shadow 6000 Saucony Creek
This shoe takes inspiration from nature and the local landscape in which the brand was founded, from the name - inspired by the waters in Pennsylvania, to the pastel hued white and green colourway. The trainer combines a clash of textures including the soft suede, nuback and mesh.
Reformation Harlow Sneakers
Cult LA label Reformation has entered the world of trainers with their leather Harlow and cotton canvas Hazel silhouettes. The brand’s first foray into their own sneakers follows in the rest of the collection’s footsteps with an eye on sustainability. The footwear is recyclable and made from bio-based or recycled materials. Available in white with interesting details inspired by the Ref designs (including newsprint, doodle and floral), the shoes also boast contrast detailing and a padded tongue for comfort.
Palladium Palla Louvel
Palladium is celebrating its 75th birthday by releasing the Palla Louvel, a twist on the brand’s heritage 1950s sportswear line. The shoes have a retro feel and come in six colours. There is the signature logo detailing and contrast lacing on the white silhouette.
VEJA The Impala
You can count on Veja to produce a fitness trainer that will look as stylish on the city streets as it would in the gym. The Impala is the brand’s first indoor training shoe and retains the signatures of the label – namely the V embroidery at the side and the sustainability credentials that the brand is known and loved for (the shoes are crafted using recycled polyester and bio-based materials). They are ultra-lightweight, weighing in at 245g, and so will work best for gym classes, from boxing to crossfit.
Saucony Jazz Court Premium
You are no doubt familiar with Saucony’s classic tennis shoe silhouette but just in time for summer, it has been given a luxury makeover in full-grain white leather with suede overlays and contrasting pops of red or yellow hues at the heels tab.
Vans Gingham Block Collection
Synonymous with the warmer weather, gingham has a way of making us feel all summery and the classic picnic print is set on the Vans Authentic, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On shoes. There’s a mismatch of colourful gingham juxtaposed alongside each other references the label’s iconic checkered designs but in playful pastel hues.
Converse x PLAY Comme des Garçons Chuck 70 with Red Midsole
Everyone’s favourite Converse collaboration sees a new twist. As part of the ever-growing and ever-popular collaboration with Comme des Garçons, the Chuck 70 has been treated to a red midsole and foxing. For added intrigue, there’s also a contrast pinstripe to match the canvas colourways i.e. black on the black, white on the white. The shoe is available at both hi and lo.
END. x Diadora V7000 “Limoncello” & “Grappa”
If you’re not jetting off to the Amalfi Coast, this footwear collaboration between End Clothing and Diadora may be the next best thing. The two-piece collection consists of shoes inspired by two Italian liquors; Limoncello and Grappa. Set on the V7000 silhouette - a running shoe first launched in 1990 - Grappa has a light green hue, while Limoncello is a striking yellow. The shoes are crafted in smooth leather and velvety suede.
Maison Margiela x Reebok Memory Of Club C + Classic Leather
The next release in Reebok and Maison Margiela’s evolving collaboration is a more pared back design. In tonal black or tonal white, creative director John Galliano has given his signature twist to a classic shoe from the American sportswear brand. The detailing is subtle but tackles the idea of visual perception with a cross-check design that has been peeled off to leave just the punch-hole marks. The heel piece has also been stripped off to show the structure below as is a common motif with the Parisian fashion house.
Timberland x Bee Line Solar Ridge Low Hiker Gore-Tex
Set to take your hiking gear to new heights, Bee Line and Timberland have joined forces for the second time for a collection of apparel and footwear in a bid to create more responsibly made products. The Solar Ridge Hikers have specialised cushioned soles that are crafted from 75 per cent renewable materials like sugar cane and responsible rubber, while the footbed is 70 per cent made from a bio-based material.
Veja x Marni
Collaborations are nothing new in the sneaker space but that doesn’t stop us from admiring when two legendary labels come together and create something playful, fun and most of all, covetable as is the case with Veja x Marni. The Milan luxury fashion house has brought their signature creative flair to the V-10 and high-top V-15 silhouettes with a colourful scribbled design on the upper. The laces are made entirely from recycled polyester and the leather comes from Uruguayan farms and tanned in Brazil at a gold certified tannery, reducing water waste. The soles are also composed partly with recycled rubber.
Saucony Peregrine 12
There’s a new version of the Peregrine in town. The shoe named after the fastest bird on earth has been updated to be more lightweight (30g less) and speedier than ever. The sole is kitted out with a trademarked PWRTRAC rubber that encourages more traction and grip as well as an improve rock plate to wick away the moisture and allow for better flexibility. No matter the track conditions - be it rain or shine - this shoe has got you covered.
Toms The Fenix
Toms may be best known for its espadrilles but the brand’s sneakers should not be sniffed at. The newly launched Fenix can be slipped on/off or there’s a lace-up variation - both of which feature a vulcanised sole and a cushioned insole and padded collar for comfort. They are of course kitted out with all the Toms signatures including the canvas upper.
FILA x LN-CC x Flock Together
This charity collaboration pairs Fila, the retailer LN-CC and Flock Together (a exploration collective for people of colour) for a bold, bright and statement shoe where 15 per cent of all sales will help fund the education of young people about nature and the environment. The unisex collab is made up of cosy fleeces as well as the Trailblazer hiking shoe – given an exotic colour twist inspired by the Kingfisher bird. It has pops of blue, green and orange as well as technical features like the treaded rubber sole.
New Balance XC-72
This latest shoe from New Balance comes as part of the Shifted collection that includes the hugely popular 327 and 237 models. The XC-72 also has retro 1970s feels with a futuristic twist. While it does take inspiration from the archive, it is packed with contemporary, sustainable elements that include chrome-free leather and crinkle nylon uppers.
Air Jordan WMNS x Billie Eilish 1 Retro AJKO Ghost Green
Billie Eilish’s first collaboration with Nike was unsurprisingly a very speedy sell-out but you can still get your hands on the shoe at Klekt. The classic Air Jordan silhouette has a neon Lime Green colourway that is bright and bold as well as her logo on the tongue. They have also been crafted with sustainable materials using 20 per cent recycled fabrics.
Malone Souliers Sneakers
Known for its handcrafted pumps, contrasting strap detail and the utmost attention to details, Malone Souliers has added to its extensive footwear offering with trainers. The range has begun with two silhouettes both of which are unisex and take inspiration from the 60s and 70s. The Deon and Musa are clean, simple styles with geometric embellishments.