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. Nike Shox Gravity
Rumours have been swirling amongst the sneaker community about the eminent return of the much beloved Nike Shox model. It has now been confirmed that the illusive silhouette will be revived early next year with the brand revealing the all new Nike Shox Gravity. The designers over at Nike elaborated on how they wanted to place greater importance on the feel of the shoe in comparison with previous models from the line, aiming to ultimately focus equally on aesthetic as well as performance. Designer Greg Thompson stated, “It definitely provides a more well rounded experience than any of the previous models.” The sneaker also stands as the “fastest design from athlete insight to athlete feet that Nike has ever done from a blank piece of paper,” a feat that Aaron Cooper another member of the three man design team understandably holds in the highest regard. The Nike Shox Gravity will be available at the beginning of 2018 with additional colours set to follow shortly after.
02. adidas x Undefeated Prophere
adidas have announced the release of their latest unique silhouette “Prophere” for December 15. Featuring hallmarks of the chunky sneaker craze which continues to run riot amongst the streetwear community, the Prophere has already been gifted a limited Undefeated collaborative colourway. The knit upper of the sneaker will be plastered with the signature UNDFTD camo print as well as a sculpted black midsole with an olive and black outsole. In keeping with tradition it should come as no surprise that heavy branding from the two streetwear powerhouses will no doubt be seen to emblazon the shoe. Expect the UNDFTD Prophere to follow the release of the original silhouette release from Undefeated stores on the December 16 and limited adidas Consortium retailers from December 23.
03. Patta x Fila Disruptor Low
Cult Amsterdam streetwear brand and retailer Patta are set to team up with iconic sports label Fila. The two brands look to take on the underdog for greatest chunky sneaker available in the Fila Disruptor Low. Able to hold its own against the high fashion silhouettes of the same vein the at times under-appreciated disruptor low is receiving the attention it deserves. The model will come in an “Antique White” colourway constructed from premium leather, with an embroidered Patta script logo on the heel. The model will also feature an embroidered Fila logo on the tongue and side as well as 3M highlights on the lace holes. The release date for the collaboration has been set for Saturday December 9 instore at Patta locations and Patta online from Monday December 11 onwards.
04. Converse x CLOT Fastbreak
The latest partnership from Converse and Hong Kong label CLOT reimagines the retro classic Fastbreak sneaker. The design theme behind the model is “80’ North” referencing the crossing of cultures across the arctic; connecting people, places, and ideas. CLOT’s latest take on the 1983 Fastbreak boldly applies colour in a nod to the sneaker’s origin. Employing the use of blocking the sneaker also aims to create a fusion of street styles from the east and west. Featuring a water repellent leather and heavy duty textile upper the shoe is set to release in two unconventional colourways: gravel/halogen blue or royal blue/Catawba grape. Retailing at $160AUD the new Converse x CLOT collection will be available exclusively via Supply Store as of December 8.
05. Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam”
Nike are looking to rejuvenate another familiar face from its classic lineage by giving the Air Max 98 a rebirth in the early months of 2018. While at times the forgotten sibling of a star studded family tree, the AM98 is mostly recently remembered for a much hyped Supreme collaboration back in 2016. This latest iteration however, looks to venture down a retro path than its previous makeover releasing in the OG red, white, and blue “Gundam” colourway. After the mammoth year the AM97 just had the writing is already on the wall for the 98 to follow suit. Considering the 20th anniversary of the silhouette will fall in 2018 it’s safe to assume this will be the first of many unique colourways for the model if past Nike habits continue to die hard. Stay tuned for specific release dates and pricing as news develops.