Another month, another onslaught of sweet kicks to add to your wish list and your wardrobe. This month we are really vibing Nike’s new Air Force One Shadow—it’s a design feat that’s all about doubling down on a good thing.
Elsewhere, AMBUSH returns with a spin on the iconic Converse Chuck 70 and accented laces, hiking style and one-off brand mashups take centre stage.
Feast your eyes on the freshest sneakers being released this month.
Editor’s Pick: Nike Air Force One Shadow
There’s so much to love about Nike’s new fashion-forward, female first Air Force One Shadow. For starters, the aforementioned double down design—that's a double swoosh, double height, double tongue, double back tag. Seeing double never looked this good.
Secondly, the collaged colourways. There’s an all-white combo, an off-white with mauve, butter yellow and turquoise, a pink and red combo, and (our favourite), a mishmash of dusty blue, jade green and cherry red. And finally, let’s just marvel for a quick minute at Nike’s unshakable ability to design sportswear that is also fashion (for more on that vibe: we recently spoke to Nike designer for apparel and special projects, Jarrett Reynolds about collab’ing with Virgil Abloh and wearing your Nike marathon trainers to the club).
Reebok X adidas Instapump Fury BOOST
What happens when two iconic sneaker brands mashup some of their most ground-breaking cushioning tech? Behold, the Instapump Fury Boost—a rare, never before seen meeting of the minds that pairs the vector with the three stripes, and adidas UltraBOOST technology with Reebok’s classic 1994, split-sole Instapump silhouette. Adidas is Reebok’s parent company, so it’s not a totally surprising brand collab—but here’s hoping it inspires some more far-out design crossovers.
Release date: Various colourways will drop from October 11
Where to buy? Try online at Reebok
PUMA X LES BENJAMINS Alien Cell
Hiking style continues to creep on into the streetwear world—and this collab is no exception. In this instance, Istanbul-based streetwear label LES BENJAMINS (founded by Bunyamin Aydin) has buddied up with PUMA to give us a collection of apparel and sneakers that are all about venturing into the unknown.
The PUMA x LES BENJAMINS Aliens are serious enough to take you on a trail through the mountains of Peru (to forest bathe, obviously), and styling enough for you to walk the streets of New York.
Release date: October 21
Where to buy? Head over to PUMA
Pharrell Williams And Human Made x adidas Originals Hu NMD
We have a sneaking suspicion accented and customised laces are due to make a major comeback in the sneaker world. Proving the point are the hyper bright, cherry red laces that form the third sneaker in this month's super fun Pharrell and Human Made adidas collab. The cage lace system frames the Human Made Heart logo that’s patched on to the toebox, making the sartorial power of the cherry meets bright white colour combo all the more potent.
VEJA "The Condor"
OK, so technically this one dropped in the final few days of September—but its simply too good to be skipped on a technicality. And that's largely because one thing we should all be excited about right now is brands digging deep to change the way we create, consume and think about fashion. VEJA, the heroes that gave the world actually stylish vegan sneakers, are continuing their push for a planet with fresh kicks and fresh air with the world's first petroleum running shoe.
It's the brand's first foray into the world of running, and it's a perfect balance of organic materials and running optimisation following four solid years of research and development. The design is inspired by the South American Condor bird, hence the name. She's a beauty.
AMBUSH x Converse Chuck 70
Yoon Ahn kicked off her career creating sick jewellery. These days, the AMBUSH founder is also making massive waves in streetwear—first with the Swoosh family, and now, a spin on some classic Converse kicks. Her all-white Chuck 70s are inspired by 50s era U.S Army cold-weather bunny boots, and feature extra layers of rubber and a hefty sole. Upon closer inspection, you'll also notice instructions on the outside panel: "Keep double laced to hold firmly.”
Release date: October 18
Where to buy? Hit up Subtype.
While you're here, check out Levi's new collab with Google—a denim trucker that will organise your life.
Image credit: Nike