Adidas Originals x Spezial New York Spzl ‘Carlos’
The previous Spezial hook-up from adidas and designer Gary Aspden earned itself the title of most aesthetically pleasing in our 2015 trainer awards. Its follow-up is just as much of a looker.
The ‘Carlos’ is named for the owner of a Buenos Aires store rammed with deadstock three-stripes, which adidas discovered on an Argentinian jaunt. The hoard included this 1980s silhouette, which Aspden has now given a lick of baby blue paint. If you don’t cop the kicks – and expect them to disappear quick – the release includes a pair of graphic tees that offer another chance to give Carlos your props.
Available at END Clothing from December 3.
Saint Alfred x Asics Gel Lyte V
Asics’ iconic Gel Lyte silhouette has been reimagined in many forms this year (including the ignominy of a red roses edition for Valentine’s Day). But it seems the well’s not quite run dry.
Inspired by Chicago’s architecture, this version by the city’s Saint Alfred boutique uses mixed materials and contrasting shades in a nod to the building’s varying finishes. The chunky sole, waterproof upper and padding are sure to keep you warm, even in the windiest city.
Available at END Clothing from December 5.
Saucony Shadow 6000 Irish Coffee Pack
One for those who like their sneakers smart and simple. Paying homage to the warming winter beverage with a kick, the Irish Coffee pack by US label Saucony offers up a trio of pared-back designs in rich and light tones, to match its ingredients.
Crafted from soft suede and finished with a gum outsole, these trainers look just as tasty as the beverage itself. Make ours a double.
Available at Saucony from December 1.
Très Bien x Common Projects Achilles Canvas
Chunky and bold not your style? Then we’re sure you’ll feel much more comfortable sliding into this sleek, minimalist pair by Swedish retailer Très Bien and the kings of stripped-back sneakers, Common Projects.
Predictably free from frills, the design comes with flat laces, tonal stitching and a gum outsole, with only a gold stamp logo on the heel to tell people what you’re wearing. Best figure out an equally subtle way to steer their eyes downward.
Available now at Très Bien, priced £220.
Wood Wood x Reebok Ventilator Supreme
British youth subculture is the inspiration behind the latest sneaker collab from Denmark’s Wood Wood and Reebok, in winter-appropriate grey. Part of a wider capsule collection from the two, the bulky Ventilator Supreme has a distinct 1990s feel, with a pumped-up sole, graphic panelling and classic branding.
Bold styling aside, the subdued shades are sure to match with anything in your December casualwear wardrobe.
Available now at Hanon, priced £115.
Nike x Undercover Court Force
The Court Force doesn’t tend to boss the headlines like Nike’s other 1980s basketball shoes. So it’s perhaps fitting that it’s been reworked here by Jun Takahashi, founder of the equally limelight-shy Japanese label Undercover, to mark his 25th year putting out sumptuous streetwear.
The makeover is on-message; a lick of bamboo colouring to the upper and collar, plus co-branding on the insoles. It’s a hi-top that keeps it on the down-low.
Available now at END Clothing, priced £125.