Right now, footwear is understandably very low on most people’s totem pole of priorities — especially considering the restrictions in place on leaving the house. Regardless, simple distractions like a really great looking pair of box-fresh sneakers function as a welcome boost for morale, and can propel you forward in these uncertain times.
Whether you’re looking for a new sneaker to wear whilst running errands, or a blue chip pair of shoes to unveil once this whole thing blows over, we’ve curated a special assortment of new sneakers this April which reflects the world’s current general state of disarray.
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 in Metallic Silver
If this retro-future design looks familiar, then you have no doubt seen the recent release of the special collaborative model between Nike and streetwear originators Stussy. Whilst getting your hands on a pair of the aforementioned sneaker was a tricky affair to say the least, those who missed out can still secure a win by copping a pair of these general releases without the undesirable ‘hypebeast’ connotation. The technical aspects of the shoe are impressive, having been inspired by the Porsche 935 endurance car (which went onto win the ‘79 edition of Le Mans). These sneakers would make an interesting addition to the summer shoe rotation, given that the majority of the upper is composed of breathable mesh with a metallic silver overlay — woven through each panel to add structural integrity. Personally, we think the ‘Metallic Silver’ colourway is the clear winner.
Levi’s x New Balance 1300
Blue jeans and sneakers have always been a timeless, foolproof combination. Here the pairing has been taken to the next level of literality, resulting in footwear which incorporates Levi’s special White Oak XX52 denim as a major component of the uppers’ design. The classic ‘1300’ model has been chosen by the Massachusetts-based brand, New Balance, as the canvas for this collaboration: fitting, given that the brand is celebrating this silhouette’s 35th anniversary. In addition to the inky denim material that covers the toe and ankle, the remainder of the shoe is decked out in a buttery tan suede with hints of bright orange leather used for the iconic ‘N’ logo. To accompany this release, the two historic American brands have really hit a home run with their ‘Levi’s for feet’ campaign.
Approx. HK$1,550, releasing on 24 April 2020, 12pm from Levi’s
Simple Union Custom Nike Air Force 1
What better way to get a truly one-of-a-kind pair of new kicks this month than to commission a fresh customised pair? And we’re not talking just Nike ID — during these extremely challenging times for small business and independent enterprises, it’s more imperative than ever to find ways to support your local craftsmen. Hong Kong-based Simple Union have been crafting Japanese-inspired accessories for years, using characteristic motifs like boro (textiles which have been mended and patched together) and sashiko (decorative stitching) prominently throughout their designs, which range from watch straps to AirPod cases. You can of course request a fully custom-designed pair of sneakers, yet the brand’s small scale also offers subtler ways to adorn and personalise your kicks. These come in the form of patterned lace covers which will fit any standard pair of Nike Air Force 1’s (both female and male sizes). Each pair of covers is handmade with vintage fabric, meaning no two will ever be wholly identical.
Available now from Simple Union
CQP White Racquet Leather Sneakers
Everybody needs a pair of sleek white sneakers. Whether you’re a stark minimalist or prefer slightly more outlandish garb, a well-made pair of white sneakers will almost always help to anchor any outfit. That’s why the right pair is crucial. Though the market is flooded with options both original and derivative, Swedish brand CQP have carved out a nice little niche for themselves. Whilst their Scandinavian brethren Common Projects are no doubt the most infamous maker of refined white trainers, CQP offers an alternative for those who favour an ‘Ivy Style’ aesthetic. Their ‘Racquet’ is built with a slightly shorter toe box and soft unlined construction, whilst retaining a pleasingly long and narrow shape that allows you to pair with dressier items.
Approx. HK$2,712, available now from The Armoury and CQP
Ben & Jerry’s x Nike SB Dunk Low
Do you like ice cream? Assuming you do, this shoe will really test your dedication to said dairy delight. Although the release of the actual ‘Ben & Jerry’s’ Dunk Low is shrouded in speculation, the sneaker community can’t help but be giddy over the leaked photos currently doing the rounds on the internet. In recent months, the Swoosh’s skateboarding division has been churning out wildly successful iterations of the ‘Dunk’ model, which has seen its popularity grow exponentially thanks to some well-placed celebrity co-signs. The unexpected sneaker collaboration with Ben & Jerry’s sees the upper being covered in a smorgasbord of materials representing the brand’s signature cheerful colours, including bovine print pony hair, sky blue and grassy green leather representing the rolling hills as depicted in their logo, and a gooey drippy yellow swoosh. To top it off, the lining of the shoe features rainbow colours and a whimsical “Chunky Dunky” signature on the tongue. Tasty.
More details to be announced.
JJJound x New Balance 992
Secretive design collective JJJound has been churning out low-key collaborative hits for years, so when a new release is being teased we take notice. Coming off of a recent collection with French casualwear label A.P.C., JJJound has consistently stayed true to its design ethos — namely, taking a considered approach to material selection, muted colour palettes and wearability. Although we’ve only been given a glimpse of what the future New Balance sneaker will look like, the cream coloured laces and moss green shades of suede are an indication of a surefire hit. JJJound founder Justin R. Saunders definitely has an eye for thoughtful design, which may be why their quiet releases have always fetched a healthy price on the secondary market. The takeaway? Buy JJJound whenever you can.
More details to be announced.