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.
All of this week's best announcements, releases, collabs, and more
01. Louis Vuitton SS18 sneaker
Taking somewhat of a departure from the current influx of chunky sneakers headlining most fashion houses. The latest offering from Louis Vuitton, whilst still oversized, incorporates a more fluid and streamlined look as opposed to the now unapologetically popular Dad aesthetic. Featuring a mix of technical fabrics, a prominent tongue and a giant sole, the shoe proved to stand as a polarising figure in their latest SS18 runway show. A representative of Louis Vuitton added that designer Nicholas Ghesquiere was “inspired both by the vintage ‘90s basketball look and futuristic trends”. It was noted that the ultimate goal of the silhouette was to convey a timeless narrative: a shoe from the past, in the future.
02. Converse launches 2017 One Star range
There’s no doubt that Converse have made the One Star one of the hottest sneakers of the year by renewing focus on the classic silhouette. That momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon especially with the launch of their new 2017 One Star range. Cons have celebrated the One Star by enlisting photographer Ben Clement and artist Dina Broadhurst to collab on a series of mixed-media portraits. Instead of the campaign featuring models you’ll instead find a crop of young Australian talent like Big Words, Shayne Tino, and Alex Drewniak.
03. Nike Vapormax Lace-less
The much adored CDG x Nike Vapormax collaboration is now available for those without copious amounts of disposable income. The latest iteration of the beloved Vapormax is stripped bare with the laces removed. It’s basically a carbon copy of the previous CDG collaborative version, minus the label’s branding. The Nike Vapormax Lace-less will come in the crowd-favourite colourways Triple Black and Pure Platinum. The fully flyknit upper now in addition of the easy-to-wear slip on feature could position this as a Summer must for sneakerheads the world over. Stay tuned for stockists and other info prior to the release on the 1st of December.
04. Asics x Patta
The evergreen partnership between UK streetwear pioneer Patta and Asics continues to impress with their latest take on the ‘90s nostalgia inducing Gel Mai. The unique asymmetrical lace design system has now been coupled with a modified knit upper for the first time. The sneaker also comes through with a rose pink hue colourway with Patta logos seamlessly stitched in, and premium nubuck leather inlays alongside reflective details. Keeping with tradition of Patta’s roots the sneaker will release in the London and Amsterdam stores exclusively on October 14, and on Patta’s online store October 16. The rest of the world will have to wait patiently for the global release at select Asics Tiger retailers on November 4.
05. Social Status hurricane relief Adidas NMD and Yeezy raffle
In the wake of the devastating hurricanes which ravaged the US and Puerto Rico, Social Status have continued their #SocialWork. The fashion brand has partnered up with Adidas to aid in the rebuild efforts of both Houston and Puerto Rico. Aiming to amass an impressive $100,000 in donations, the Adidas Pharrell Human Race NMD and the Yeezy 350 Oxford tan will be included in the online raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will be provided to service projects and charities in areas impacted by the hurricane season. Each raffle entry is only USD $10 and multiple entries are being accepted via socialstatuspgh.com until October 17.