Asics Japanese Textile Pack
As any menswear nerd will tell you, Japan makes the fabrics you want to wear the most. Especially denim. Hence Asics paying homage to its Japanese heritage with this pack that stars premium Okayama denim, dyed in a dark indigo wash with a straight edge weave. Just like your favourite jeans.
Taking its acclaimed GEL Lyte III silhouette, the brand has dolled it up in the denim styles of the 1940s and 1950s. The quarter panels, heel and collar lining all reference classic workwear, while the tan nubuck overlay and leather tiger stripes cement the concept of craftsmanship that’s synonymous with Japanese design.
Available at Footpatrol, priced £115.
Axel Arigato – Platform Brown
Axel Arigato’s latest drop tackles the tricky issue of smart trainers. Crafted from luxurious brown suede, the Platform Brown is set to become your new go-to partner for casual summer tailoring.
Arigato’s signature minimalist design is executed here with premium Italian suede and calf leather. The shoe is kept modern with a slight platform sole manufactured by Margom, which helps separate these kicks from the overcrowded, minimalist sneaker pack.
As always, the side of the shoe features Arigato’s branding in gold. Wear with everything in your wardrobe, all summer long.
Available at Axel Arigato, priced £135.
Filling Pieces Low Top Transformed Huar Veg Tan
Guillaume Philibert’s Filling Pieces continues to riff on its own designs, with an ever-changing array of kicks that sell out quicker than you can say “sneakerhead”.
This pair of low-tops are crafted from vegetable tanned leather and detailed with laser cut strips of leather, a nod to artisan shoemaking techniques. Rose gold eyelets and a brand new sole called the Top Strip finish off the look.
Team with indigo selvedge jeans and a crisp white tee for spring’s easiest off-duty look.
Available at Filling Pieces, priced £230.
Reebok Insta Pump Fury – Offspring 20th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate 20 years serving London’s most ferocious trainer collectors, Offspring has embarked on a series of collaborations with some of the industry’s most revered brands, reworking iconic models from the past two decades.
And the team-up we’re most excited about is with Reebok on the Insta Pump Fury, which debuted in 1994 and somehow still look futuristic. Coming in two monochrome colourways, these extremely limited kicks won’t be around for long. Don’t sleep.
Available from 22 April at Offspring, priced £135.
Nike Air Huarache Ultra Breathe
The Huarache is an example of a shoe that’s suffered from its own success. It has become ubiquitous over the past few years, but on the plus side, its overwhelming popularity means that Nike has dropped a bewildering array of colours, fabric treatments and limited editions.
The latest gives the shoe a military spin, a classic source of menswear style inspiration. The camo green colourway features an ultra-modern mesh and neoprene upper, a new sock like fit, and tonal laces. So you can wear the shoe everyone’s got, and still stand out.
Available at Nike, priced £110.
Puma is set to release the ‘Wear With Pride Pack’, a retro addition to its SS16 collection. A sneaker brand digging through its archive is hardly headline-making, but the long-awaited return of the Puma Dallas definitely is.
It’s a silhouette that dates back to the 1980s, when it was one of the most sought-after styles for football casuals. The shoe is being released in the original pea coat suede, complete with light blue foam strip, D-ring lace fixtures and the trademark Puma Dallas sole unit.
Available at Offspring, priced £65.