New Balance x Mita 247 Tokyo Rat
You smell a rat, we smell a winner. New Balance’s latest collaboration with Japanese sneaker store Mita, the 247 Tokyo Rat, turns street vermin into streetwear. Combining a surprisingly wearable rodent grey colourway, bright orange ‘rat eye’ accents and mottled hair patches, this is filthy stuff.
Available from 11 February at Hanon, priced £105.
Puma Disc Blaze Desert Dusk
Ever wondered what Bear Grylls’ dream trainers would look like? Well, ponder no more. Puma’s Disc Blaze Desert Dusk features a signature camouflage print pigskin toecap (presumably to guard from all those rattlesnakes) alongside a sunset-inspired red nylon upper. Perfect if you fancy a change from all that ugly performance gear.
Available at Hanon, priced £109.
Adidas Consortium Superstar Boost
One of the first instalments of Adidas’ 2017 Sneaker Exchange programme, which sees international retailers team up with one another, has just dropped. The triple threat between the sports brand, Sweden’s Sneakersnstuff and US-based Social Status takes multiple Adidas hallmarks – Primeknit upper, basketball silhouette, Ultraboost sole – and mixes them into one Goliath of a shoe.
Available at Sneakersnstuff, priced £135.
Le Coq Sportif Arthur Ashe ‘Retro Affiches’
‘Retro affiches’ roughly translates to ‘old posters’, so you can guess where Le Coq Sportif got inspiration from for its latest drop. Based on signage of the 1970s and 1980s, the Arthur Ashe model has gained dusty blue premium nubuck uppers and a contrast pastel sole.
Available at Hanon, priced £95.
NikeLab x Riccardo Tisci Dunk Lux Chukka
Tisci may be out at Givenchy, but his foot is still firmly in the door at Nike. The long-time collaborators have updated the Dunk mid-top once again, this time paying homage to 1980s basketball styles with a lager-than-average Swoosh in pebble grain leather.
Available from 23 February at Nike, price TBC.
Asics Gel ‘Veg Tan’ Pack
‘Gel’ and ‘veg’ are two words that should never be in the same sentence unless Heston Blumenthal’s cooking. Yet Asics latest drop is more gourmet than a recipe for disaster. The neutral kicks feature a vegetable tan leather upper with the Japanese brand’s iconic crosshatch detailing and contrast sole units. Tasty.
Available from 10 February at End, price TBC.
Adidas Originals Superstar Boost
Finally, it’s the sneaker you’ve been waiting for. Kind of. While everyone was waiting for a boost version of the Stan Smith (don’t worry, it’s still coming), Adidas threw a curveball and tinkered away on a Superstar version first. With that black-and-white colourway and gold accents, we can’t complain mind.
Available at End, priced £95.
Nike Decades Of Basketball Back Studio Low
It seems the current slam-dunk flex is catching. Nike’s Decades of Basketball Pack Studio Low nods to its hoops heritage with a blend of on-court function and streetwear design, all neatly tied together by a neutral colour palette.
Available soon at Offspring, price TBC.