The Revellers Top FIve Sneakers for the Summer
As summer gets closer and closer, we have compiled a series of shoes that are in our opinion, summer classics. Starting with PUMA: The PUMA’s Cream collection represents the top tier of the brand’s offerings and this Tropicalia take on the XT2 gives this shoe some tropical flair on the lining and premium materials on the upper. The PUMA Trinomic XT2 Plus is a resurrection of a tech runner from the 1991 era of innovation and this shoe is a 1:1 remake of this archive design down to the translucent panels and rubberised branding. Next comes the crowdpleaser in ASICS archive line, the GT II is some breakthrough Gel business, and a clean running silhouette that’s pretty damned palatable. Like Nike’s fine Windrunner, there’s a timeless look to the shoe that keeps it relevant, plus the ability to take to any number of makeups. Shouts to Long Beach’s Proper for a low-key collaboration a few years years ago that quietly opened the floodgates, because this is an incredibly comfortable style that doesn’t play out at all and this Christmas Holiday 2013 edition is based on Santa’s helpers with an Elf themed colourway. Now comes New Balance: the insane $140+ cost of the New Balance 1300 a couple of years later is pretty well documented, but the New Balance M990′s debut in 1982 was a pivotal moment in running shoe RRPs that operated as the starting pistol for some escalating shoe prices. We think it’s an equally beautiful piece of shoe design too, from a time when state-of-the-art motion control models could have an ageless simplicity to them. These versions bring back the shoe in its original US-made form, using the original materials down to the Vibram sole. As always, the price reflects the quality. Also, the New Balance 996 was introduced in 1988 and helped define the NB running line around that time with a clean mix of classic looks and technical details. C-Cap, the Scotchlite trim that became a norm and ENCAP all made this an important moment in shoe history. Now it’s back and while it isn’t cheap, this US-made 996RRG version is impeccable in its quality and a comfortable wear with longevity. These fit true to size and supplies are limited. To finish, Nike: More than a stopgap, 1989’s Nike Air Max Light (aka the Air Max II) was an expansion of Air Max design language that maintained the pace the original started. The ridged underlay and dual density midsole evolved the initial design without altering the formula too much, hinting at the next installment. The Nike Air Max Light Essential uses colours and materials effectively to bring out the best in this cult favourite.
New Balance M990BLK Made in the USA
New Balance M996RRG Made in the USA