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A fresh drop of this week's best announcements, releases, collabs, and more
01. Converse x Sneakersnstuff
Stockholm street-style powerhouse Sneakersnstuff join forces with converse to take on the evergreen One Star silhouette. This latest incarnation of the classic design introduces a bold new military print developed by a US Army Engineer Research and Development Laboratory dating back to the ’60s. Boasting a unique patchwork of suede and leather, the sneaker focuses on the old school “canteen” palette for a fresh take on a staple aesthetic. The sneaker’s foxing tape features a military laundry tag and the heel stay displays a debossed SNS logo. Additional features include goat leather lining, vintage cotton laces, co-branded sock liners, and the silhouette’s iconic star in Nappa leather. The Converse x Sneakersnstuff One Star is currently available exclusively to www.converse.com.au, Highs and Lows, Supply Store, and Up There for RRP $160.
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02. Atmos x Asics Gel-Inst.360
Japan-based sneaker and streetwear retailer Atmos have teamed up with Asics for a fresh take on the ultra-comfy Gel-Inst.360. Following the release of the ivory colourway, this latest edition opts for a stealthy triple black palette. The sneaker looks to bridge the gap between performance and contemporary streetwear elements by marrying the 360 Gel Quantum outsole with a suede upper. The monochrome aesthetic is accented by perforations making up the Asics logo on the lateral and medial sides with additional co-branding lining the insoles. The Asics GEL-Inst.360 released yesterday on April 12 and is available via selected retailers such as solebox and END.
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03. Nike M2K Tekno
Nike’s latest addition to the now expansive Dad shoe wave champions the chunky ill-fitting aesthetic the sneaker world has come to know and love. The Nike M2K, first seen in John Elliot’s F/W 2018 show during New York Fashion week borrows heavily from Nike’s highest selling shoe of all time: the air Monarch. Taking design cues from the Dad shoe to end all Dad shoe’s, the M2K Tekno stands as a modern take on the classic silhouette. Featuring what looks to be a hybrid version of the Monarch’s midsole and upper the M2K has opted for an identical outsole with the addition of overlaid leather panels and swooshes on the upper. The “Phantom” edition boasts a clean bone white colourway accentuated by bright orange plastic detailing on the heel, and orange swooshes adorning the insoles. The M2K will be releasing in several colourways later in the year with this latest version set for a May 19 release via Nike.com in women’s sizing.
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04. Vans Old Skool Patchwork 'Factory Floor'
UK sneaker retailer Size? look to follow up the release of their Adidas “Hawaiian Thunderstorm” I-5923 collaboration with a second unique offering. This time round size? have focused their design efforts on the Vans Old Skool, reimagining the classic silhouette using off-cuts from other models. The aptly named ‘Factory Floor’ features 15 different patterned and textured materials including; snakeskin, camo, tartan, suede, polka dots and plaid to name a few. The left and right shoes also boast varying materials resulting in a truly individual look. Unsurprisingly, a mere 600 pairs will be up for grabs via the size webstore and physical locations on April 13.
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05. Adidas F/22 Primeknit
With dad shoes looking like their here to stay, Adidas try to carve out another niche in the market this time aiming at trail shoes. After last month’s announcement of an upcoming Kith x Adidas Terrex collaboration, the brand recently revealed their latest offering of a similar kind: the Adidas F/22 Primeknit. The all new silhouette champions a one-piece white/black Primeknit upper with white plastic arch support and an orange heel tab. The somewhat minimal design by todays sneaker standards is juxtaposed by a contrasting heavy-set continental rubber outsole designed for all terrain conditions. Whilst there’s no official release date yet the Adidas F/22 Primeknit can be expected to arrive at Adidas.com sometime this may.
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