OFF-WHITE – Blue Collar
Virgil Abloh’s uber-trendy OFF-WHITE label still carries plenty of cache, even despite a Justin Bieber co-sign. It’s a brand not known for its trainers, but as part of the ‘Blue Collar’ collection, the label has two new sneaker styles launching this month.
The shoe is a fairly common low-top silhouette that sits atop a chunky midsole and textured outsole. One comes in a black marble effect while the other is white with perforated stripe detailing on the side. Most importantly, both have the tell-tale OFF-WHITE stripe branding to the heel.
Available at Farfetch, priced £273.
Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit
Originally released in 2000, the Nike Air Presto became famous for its sock-like construction, a design feature which has become ubiquitous in the past few years.
Fast forward to today and Nike has updated the iconic Presto with new materials and tech to ensure it still offers the same cutting edge performance and style as it did 16 years ago.
The main difference on first view is the mid-cut collar, which keeps attention on the sock. On closer inspection the upper also utilises Nike’s Flyknit technology, offering ventilation alongside support for the heel and toecap.
Other improvements include rubber details on high-contact wear areas, for increased durability. In our minds, it’s the best version of the Presto yet.
Available at nike.com, priced £125.
adidas Originals Climacool 1 Bluebird
Pulling an under-appreciated style from its archives, adidas is re-releasing the Originals Climacool 1. First seen in 2000, the Climacool is all about ventilation. There are five colourways: red, all-black, black with a white sole, red, and blue – the latter, called ‘Bluebird’, exclusive to JD Sports.
The uppers feature a combination of textile and synthetic materials to keep the foot fresh, but even the midsole allows air to flow in and out. With a moulded midsole for enhanced cushioning, adiprene+ in the forefoot absorbs shock and returns it as propulsive energy for a swift, responsive step.
Available at JD Sports, priced £95.
Reebok Classics Ventilator Supreme Pack
Diving into the archives, Reebok has brought back the Ventilator Supreme. It might sound like heavy duty medical equipment, but in its 1990s hey-day the Ventilator was a cutting edge trainer that showcased some influential and innovative design features.
This modern drop comes in three colourways: black and neon yellow; white and purple; and pink and grey. The upper is crafted from premium leather with mesh inlays, the sole is Hexalite, and an IMEVA midsole ensures serious comfort and shock-absorption.
Available at Reebok, priced £85.
Converse 70’s x Missoni
Missoni has been collaborating with Converse for some time now but this particular iteration uses Converse 70’s silhouette, a recent revival of a more authentic Chuck Taylor. The uppers mimic Missoni’s iconic knitwear technique, which for this pack also covers the toecap.
Tonal laces and a contrasting heel strip set these Converse apart from other styles. They might cost a lot more than your average Chucks but if you’re a Missoni fan, then it’s money well spent.
Suddenly the world’s most ubiquitous trainer takes a step in a more stand-out direction.
Available at Converse, priced £140.