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J.W Anderson and Converse are collabing, Adidas have revamped a classic silhouette, and Air Max 98 rumours

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The last week has brought with it some pretty exciting sneaker developments. First up, influential designer J.W Anderson has collaborated with Converse on an exclusive range of styles that are so good they’re almost guaranteed to sell out. While not strictly a sneaker, the low cut Dr. Marten has achieved the same cultural significance that only certain sneakers achieve, so their collaboration with the much loved Staple Design is sure to cause a big splash. New colour ways and revamped styles are a plenty this week and on top of it all there’s speculation that Nike may be reissuing the somewhat divisive Air Max 98.

01. Dr Martens x Staple

Dr Martens and Staple Design have teamed up to reinvent their classic 1461 model, utilising the pigeon motif that was first made famous during the 2005 “Pigeon” Nike Dunk SB release. The grey/pink colour way has been made in celebration of Jeff Staple and his team’s 20 years of creating innovative designs. The grey suede camouflage print combined with pink eyelets makes for a pared back yet eye-catching piece of footwear. If you’re looking for a pair in Australia Contra Store have got you covered.

02. Converse x J.W. Anderson

Converse has a long tradition of producing extremely covetable collaborations—the intensely popular Comme des Garcon collab immediately comes to mind—and their latest with designer J.W Anderson is no exception. Anderson has worn Converse for years and has described the brand as representing, “a radical movement in style and culture.”

Unveiled during his SS18 show at Pitti Uomo, Anderson has revamped the classic All Star in a glittery green/blue/black colourway, several all beige styles, and a style that’s sure to sell in droves: a black and white design with J.W Anderson printed all over. The other style Anderson lent his Midas touch to is the Thunderbolt Ultra, available in a beige and a two-toned navy style. While there’s not yet any details about when these styles will be released, be sure to keep your eyes peeled as this collab is sure to be in demand.

03. adidas Originals Campus

After finding huge success re-focusing attention on the Stan Smith and Gazelle adidas Originals have resurrected another classic silhouette from their design vaults: the versatile ’80s-style Campus. Released globally yesterday, the Campus has been made over in a range of colours—think laid back neutrals and bright aquas—and its minimalist, functional aesthetic is sure to find a home in a variety of people’s wardrobes. To cop a pair head to the Adidas website or your local adidas Originals stockist.

04. Nike SB Dunk High Pro x Momofuku

Nike SB’s new collaboration with David Chang, award-winning chef and founder of culinary brand Momofuku, proves that fine dining and skateboarding can go hand in hand. Chang, a long time Nike lover, was brought on board to reinvent the classic Dunk High Pro and was inspired by the cultural intersection of sneakers, skateboarding, and food.

The denim clad sneaker has been modelled after the aprons worn by staff in Chang’s restaurants and features a handful of embroidered numbers (the street numbers of the first NYC restaurants Chang opened) and the Momofuku logo. This style will be released in extremely limited quantities at select Nike retailers from June 23 and on Nike.com.

05. Nike might be reissuing the Air Max 98

Nike is known for re-releasing their vintage styles to much hype and adoration; think of the success of the Air Max 97 that was reissued last year. Now, due to the Nike Air Max 98 recently appearing online in a variety of colour ways, including the much hyped Varsity Royal/Comet Red-Obsidian, there’s been speculation that the brand will be reissuing the style to mark their 20th anniversary. Besides a collaboration with Supreme last year, Nike has largely disregarded the Air Max 98, and some find the chunky style to be a downgrade from the streamlined look of the Air Max 97 so only time will tell whether this style will prove to be as popular as Nikes other re-releases.

06. Air Jordan 2 Decon returning in 3 tonal colour ways

Nike’s Air Jordan 2 was originally created to be a sneaker that was both performance focused and off-the-court ready. However, over recent years more focus has been on the luxury/lifestyle side of the sneaker.

The very slick Air Jordan 2 Decon Fall 2017 Collection is undoubtedly made for the street rather than the court and features suede styles in off-white, tan, and midnight navy, and an all-black colourway is set to be released later in the year. While there is not yet set release dates for the Air Jordan 2 Decon trio, they are expected to be available at retailers sometime this Fall 2017 season.

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