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.
A fresh drop of this week's best announcements, releases, collabs, and more
01. Nike launches Air House
This week we were lucky enough to catch a preview session of Nike’s Air House installation at Curtin House in Melbourne. The brand is celebrating the Nike Air line with a a six-floor Air Max inspired art collaboration by Ta-ku and visual artist Sam Price. “We’re doing a staircase where you’ll walk through an audiovisual journey of Nike Air. We’re taking the design language of the different sneaker silhouettes and repurposing them in an interesting way that talks about its evolution and mutation. We’ve taken all the textures and different design elements and warped them in to these other organisms,” Ta-ku explained. If you’re in Melbourne during March you can check out the exhibition yourself:
March 10th, 17th, 24th
enter via Stevenson Lane, which is off Tattersalls Lane (between Lonsdale and Little Bourke Streets)
02. Balenciaga debuts new shoe
After the huge year Balenciaga had with the success of its Triple S silhouette all eyes were on their Paris FW18 presentation last week. The mysterious new Balanciaga sneaker appeared online in January and now seems to have made its official debut on the runway. The shoe taps into the trail-runner trend with some early 2000s skate influence thrown in for good measure. Like the Triple S they’ve got a lot going on over the upper and the midsole is, unsurprisingly, chunky. The new silhouette boasts attention-grabbing colourways in neon orange and royal blue, fluorescent yellow and slate grey, and a more understated white and orange. This tech sneaker will predictably be a must have by the time its release rolls around.
03. New Balance 574 ‘Grey Day’
In 1982, New Balance went against the colour-saturated movement of the running industry and released the first-ever $100 running shoe in clean grey suede. On March 15, New Balance will celebrate the colour that’s since become synonymous with the brand by releasing a 574 in its original grey colurway. NB’s “Grey Day” will launch in 20 cities globally with cultural events that commemorate the iconic 574, the transcendent nature of grey and the enduring legacy of New Balance classic running heritage.
NB’s 574 made a comeback this year with a new-and-improved silhouette whilst maintaining its classic look. The Classic 574 includes an improved heel shape and reduced toe height for a sleek silhouette. You can grab a piece of history in these iconic 574’s in both Men’s and Women’s styles at New Balance online and all NB lighthouse stores around Australia.
04. Nike House of Go Launch
Last week Nike celebrated the launch of one of its most notable releases in recent history, the Nike Epic React, by opening House of Go. The installation was a collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Reko Rennie who took over the Collingwood Arts Precinct with a multi-room obstacle course. Each space in the House of Go represented a feature of the new shoe, like the foam room, the illuminated room, and more. Guests were able to try on a pair of the Reacts while they tackled the course and were rewarded with an Aqua S ice-cream when finishing.
05. UNDERCOVER x Nike React Element 87
Jun Takahashi from Japanese label UNDERCOVER took to the runway in Paris giving us the first look at the brands version of the Nike React Element 87. The shoe offers it’s own spin on the chunky sneaker trend while injecting neon colour that suggests it’s from an earlier era. The sneaker comes in three colourways: a fluorescent yellow with key red details, a blue grey with neon yellow accents, and slightly more neutral olive green with burnt orange laces and a white outsole. The shoes are built atop Nike’s new spongy React sole, which is the brand’s latest cushioning technology. Watch this space for a release date.