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Footnotes: A fresh drop of sneaker news

Featuring $900 Reeboks by Vetements, ice cream embossed kicks by Gucci Mane, and a rare sample sale

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Weekly updates

Footnotes is a weekly wrap-up of everything that’s happening in the world of sneakers. It’s your cheat sheet to the latest news like new drops, collabs, sales, store openings, and anything else related to what you put on your feet.

  • Words: Maki Morita

01. Launch of Converse x CLOT One Star

Yin and Yang, East meets West, Tai Chi meets skate… these are the opposing factors combined in Converse and CLOT’s special release One Star sneaker. CLOT founders Edison Chen and Kevin Poon founded their streetwear brand in 2003 with the mission of harmonising cultures to create truly global, modern designs. This is reflected in their latest shoe in collaboration with Converse, which features a quote of Confucian wisdom printed in Mandarin and English on both sides of the inner foxing, as well as Zen Chinese symbols of serenity printed on its insole and outer sole. The notion of Yin and Yang is reflected by the shoe’s black upper and white outer collar, as well as its inclusion of a contrasting pair of cotton laces in Vanilla and Black.

The Converse x CLOT One Star launches at www.converse.com.au, Highs and Lows, Supply Store, and Up There Store for $160 on Friday September 15.

02. Gucci Mane collaborates with Reebok

It’s official: Gucci Mane and Reebok have collaborated. White and silver with an old school feel, Gucci’s kicks send out a sort of fun, retro nostalgia. However, the signature ice cream cone emblem that flanks the side ensures that wearers will stand out from the crowd. Fans have been disappointed to hear that the release date of Gucci’s upcoming album Mr. Davis will be pushed back for several weeks. But at least these Reebok ‘Guwops’, as the rapper refers to them, provides some consolation for fans in the meantime. The collab is set for release on the 17th of October.

03. Cottweiler x Reebok Trail Collection

Speaking of Reebok collabs, menswear designer Cottweiler have recently teamed up with the brand as well—although you won’t be seeing any icecream cones here. Smooth, minimalist, and futuristic Cottweiler have stamped their distinctive aesthetic onto classic Reebok silhouettes. Punters can choose between high-cut and low-cut versions, as well as the Trail and Trail Boot. The shoes come in two colourways: white and bright orange, and navy blue and light blue. Cottweiler’s stripped back, contemporary design shines through, giving these Reebok sneakers a sleek new makeover. The Cottweiler x Reebok Trail collection will be available from September 20 at select stockists.

04. Gosha Rubchinsky x Adidas Copa Trainer

King of high-end streetwear Gosha Rubchinsky is keeping up his sporty aesthetic in a recent collaboration with Adidas. The Russian designer brings his Eastern Bloc brutalism to the Adidas Copa Trainer—a humble indoor soccer shoe. The all-black, minimalist shoe comes in a premium leather build with embossed stripes and a gum rubber outsole. Rubchinsky’s touch is noted through the designer’s name spelled out in Cyrillic characters on each medial side. The Gosha Rubchinskiy x adidas Copa Trainer is available now from select stockists, including Dover Street Market.

05. Vetements x Reebok Genetically Modified Pump

If you’ve got $900 to spare, which of course you do, you can spend it on the latest pump released by Reebok x Vetements. The Genetically Modified Pump is made out of aged and distressed textiles and leather, which are woven together to form an eclectic, reconstructed shoe. Black and white iterations are on offer, although the white version really emphasises that the shoe has seen better days. With the ‘dirty shoe’ look hot in fashion right now, it’s apparently the norm to pay $900 for a pair that Vetements have pre-dirtied for you. These pricey pumps have already sold out, however  Dover Street Market is the best place to check in case there’s a restock.

06. Jerry Lorenzo sells rare Fear Of God X Vans samples to the public

The Fear of God and Vans collab sneakers aren’t easy to come by, with only three pairs of each design said to be in existence. However, Fear of God founder Jerry Lorenzo recently surprised fans by offering up four rare samples for sale—namely the Era with corduroy paneling, two early versions of the Sk8-Hi, and the upcoming Style #147 in a red and white colourway. These highly coveted sneakers were instantly grabbed by some lucky buyers on the reseller site Grailed, but lets hope it’s a sign that more will be released soon.