Reebok Classic ‘Butter Soft’ Club C
Food-inspired trainers are often the result of the design team skipping lunch, and the results are rarely all that tasty.
Luckily, Reebok’s Butter Soft pack takes its name from the supple cream-coloured uppers applied to three throwback silhouettes. Alongside versions of the Classic Leather and Workout, the low-cut Club C shape features a durable rubber outsole and padded sockliner for added cushion.
Available from 12 August at Size?, priced £74.95.
Adidas Superstar Metal Toe
Falling somewhere between the brand’s iconic shell cap and heavy duty work boots, Adidas has given its Originals Superstar the metal toe treatment.
The statement sneakers feature all the usual details – white leather uppers, three stripe branding and rubber outsole – but with a textured metallic tip in contrast black for a business in the back, party in the front finish.
Available at Offspring, priced £110.
John Lobb Precious Leather Levah Sneaker
Whoever came up with the term ‘sports luxe’ clearly had John Lobb’s Levah sneaker in mind. The heritage firm, best known for its fine British dress shoes, started making casual lace-ups for the seriously well-heeled in 2015.
In its first update, Lobb makes the original look like a throwaway pair of pumps. The Levah 2.0 is made from precious leathers in a range of rich colourways, complete with contrast binding on the tongue and a hand-stitched yellow sole, all for the cost of a small car (or several months’ rent).
Available at John Lobb, 88 Jermyn Street, London, priced £3,100.
Le Coq Sportif Dynatec OG
Cooked up in 1982 by scientists in a Swiss lab who spent time studying the stride of joggers, Le Coq Sportif’s Dynatec model was once considered the most revolutionary trainer on the market.
Making a return almost 35 years on, the reissue brings back the original lacing system that stretches nearly the whole length of the shoe, as well as the dual heel and arch stabilisers. Today the model is more likely to be celebrated for its retro appeal thanks to the OG colourways.
Available at Hanon, priced £89.
NikeLab Blazer Low
Premium is not a word often associated with the Nike Blazer. The 1980s style, which has its roots in basketball before making the switch to skateboarding, has always retained a casual lean.
However, with the Nike SB x Soulland launch (also this week) holding the mantle for streetwear, the Blazer has been given a grown-up look with new luxe leather uppers in tonal black and stone on top of a contrast white sole.
Available from 12 August at Nike, priced tbc.
Menswear and the beautiful game have long been a tight-knit dream team, but with the national team’s efforts going wide of the post, its down to us to pick up the slack.
Puma, the sportswear brand that has blessed the feet of some of the world’s best players, has brought back its legendary Dallas silhouette. The update stays true to the original 1980s terrace classic with pea coat suede uppers and contrast white sole unit. They thought it was all over.
Available from August 12 at Office, priced £65.
Asics Veg-Tan Gel-Lyte III
Once the preserve of fine shoes and accessories, vegetable tanned hide has invaded sneakerland on a mass scale in recent seasons.
Paring back from last year when it created an all-over natural leather style, Asics has applied the premium material to the tiger stripes of its Gel Lyte III and Gel Respector trainers. Offset with pig suede and woven mesh in Merlot red, the result is one that is subtle, but no less stylish.
Available from 13 August at Foot Patrol, priced £110.
Tod’s Active Leather Sneakers
Even the sportiest of sneakers needn’t be scruffy, as demonstrated by Tod’s. The fabled Italian brand has translated the values of its impeccably crafted shoes into the world of off-duty lace-ups.
With all the character and charm of a vintage football, Tod’s active runner style pairs soft tan leather uppers with a contrast white sole and laces, finished with a branded tongue accent.
Available at Harrods, priced £375.
And Then There’s These
The latest Rick Owens x Adidas collaboration. We’ll just leave these here…
Available at Adidas, priced £760.