Asics GT Cool Xpress ‘Block Pack’
Never a brand to rest on its laurels, Asics is set to release the GT Cool Express ‘Block Pack’ this month. Recent collaborations with Ronnie Fieg have seen demand for the GT Cool Xpress skyrocket; this take boasts a similar tongue construction to the iconic Gel Lyte V, as well as gel windows on the heel, to tick all the trademark Asics boxes.
The theme of blocking relates to both colour blocking as well as fabric blocking, so you’ve got a choice between deep burgundy and cool grey, or tonal black with green accents. Whichever you pick, you get punched nubuck, shiny perforated leather and rich suede uppers.
Available at Drome from March 1, priced £115.
Axel Arigato Clean 90 Laceless
Axel Arigato has been gaining traction for a few seasons, but for SS16 the label finally has enough new silhouettes to truly rival other minimal sneaker brands.
Top of the crop is a luxury plimsoll called the Clean 90 Laceless, elevating the humble gym shoe to lofty new heights. With a rubber cup sole from Margom in Italy, the trainer is made with premium Italian leathers and handcrafted in Portugal.
All-white kicks are always versatile and a slip-on pair is ideal for everything from dress-down Friday to summer holidays.
Available at Axel Arigato, priced £150.
Common Projects Suede Hi-Top Baseball Sneakers
Ultra-minimal styles will always be Common Project’s bread and butter, but recent drops from the brand have hinted at a more luxurious take on its classic silhouettes.
A tonal leather tongue, nude leather inners, a gum sole and the tell-tale gold stamp are unmistakably CP, but there’s an upmarket twist. This Hi-Top Baseball Sneaker comes in sumptuous burgundy suede and is as close to opulence as Common Projects has ever come.
Available at oki-ni, priced £370.
Converse 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star Hi – Natural
Nike’s takeover of Converse has reignited the world’s obsession with this most versatile of shoes. Recreating the glory days of Converse’s history, the 1970s Chuck features slimmer laces, a vintage bumper and an infinitely comfier sole, courtesy of the new brand upstairs.
With a number of colourways and fabrics on offer, the choices are varied, even if the style remains the same. But for the ultimate in pared-back chic, a single colour Converse, unadorned with regular branding, is hard to beat.
The ‘natural’ colourway is as versatile and understated as a sneaker can get and they’ll work with everything from a suit to your battered old jeans.
Available at LN-CC, priced £70.
Filling Pieces Low Top Degradé
Part of cult Amsterdam trainer brand Filling Pieces’ SS16 collection, these classic low-tops feature a unique ombré finish on the toe cap.
The hand-painted gradient effect calls to mind graffiti art and simultaneously references recent trends for dip-dyed fabrics. The body is made of premium white tanned full grain leather, coming complete with a full leather lining and set atop a brand new custom designed white vulcanised Filling Pieces ‘Space’ sole.
A perfect update to your classic all-white kicks.
Available at Filling Pieces, priced £165.