With summer just round the corner and a whole host of fresh crepes on display I thought it would be rude not to compile a list of my favourite pick ups, past and present. My advice would be to hide your bank card and suspend your eBay account for the next few hours as this is set to be an eye watering run down.
– 10. Adidas ZX Flux Milan Camo –
First up we have one of the most recent models from the Adidas team. The shoe boasts a camouflage pattern throughout (it’s rumoured that Adidas named this model the “Milan” as the camouflage is reminiscent of that worn by the Italian army, but i’m still yet to confirm), a white midsole and hints of black in the laces, stripes and heel cage. Find exclusively at Footlocker EU.
9. Adidas Originals EQT Support 92 “Modern City” Pack
Fresh out of the packet, this new line of Adidas sneakers hit the shops at the beginning of April and have already caused quite a stir. Originally released in the 1990’s, the EQT support’s have seen a lot of action over the years with the most recent design said to be based on some of the most inspiring cities across the globe. To tie in with the imminent World Cup the yellow colour way is said to represent Rio de Janeiro, the red to represent Copenhagen and black to represent New York, i’ve heard there are more colour ways to come so keep your eyes peeled for the British version!
8. Puma Trinomic XT1
Originally released in 1990, the team at Puma have recently regrouped to bring us a redesign of the classic Trinomic. Although made famous by the honey combed shaped cushioning system, the Trinomic was never afraid to show off it’s visual aesthetics making it a popular choice for both fashionistas and sportsmen alike. The Puma design team have stuck to their guns, producing a fresh and up to date silhouette available in the original colour way, a real triumph!
7. New Balance 1500 BRT
It is a little known (and pointless) fact that New Balance trainers originally started in Boston, Massachusetts and the name ‘New Balance’ came from designer William Riley’s study of chicken’s feet on his farm in 1906. Since then, the sneaker kings have set up a rather infamous trainer factory in Flimby, Cumbria and have began producing a line of “Made in Britain” kicks such as the 1500 BRT. If you’re wondering, the BRT actually stands for Burgundy, Red and Teal (not Britain, as I first thought . . . ) to represent the selection of stunning colour ways available. The shoe boasts a mesh and suede upper with white midsole and black outsole but, as much as it pains me to say this (as far as i’m aware) they haven’t yet been released in small sizes, so sorry ladies, looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for these!
6. Nike Air Max 1 x Patta Anniversary Pack
In order to celebrate their fifth anniversary, Dutch street wear giants Patta teamed up with Nike to bring us a pack of five stunning pairs of Premium Air Max 1’s. Originally released in 2009 the Patta AM1’s paid homage to Air Max designer Tinker Hatfield’s original design using classic colour blocking and durable, street friendly materials. This collaboration has been one of Nike’s most successful and have been dubbed some of the most sought after and expensive kicks to date.
5. Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte V “Volcano”
Yet another cracking collaboration between Asics and New York sneaker designer Ronnie Fieg. The redesign of the classics 90’s running shoe was released in the UK in November of last year and perfectly displays Fieg’s flare for unusual colour ways and use of high quality materials. With a burgundy and red nubuck upper, mesh toe box, off-white midsole and a burgundy and navy blue outsole the Volcanos come complete with high quality rope style laces. The “Volcano” were part of a very limited run and (much to my dismay) have long since sold out so big ups to anyone that managed to cop a pair!
4. Palace x Reebok Classics
Towards the end of last year skate giants Palace teamed up with Reebok to bring you a two part collaboration series consisting of Reebok workouts in a selection of three colours and my personal favourite, the Reebok Classics. Sporting the Palace logo embroidered into the tongue, the classics stay true to style and boast a red, white and blue colour way with customised Palace laces. The Palace x Reebok Classics were part of an extremely limited run so, again, props to any of you lucky motherf*****s that managed to cop a pair!
3. Nike Air Huarache
In third place we have the unpronounceable Nike Air Huarache. Named after the ancient Mexican running shoe the Huarache was originally released in 1991 as a basketball shoe. Now, there is method to the madness, the unusual look of the sock supported by ankle strap has been designed to prevent irritation to the achilles tendon making them a must have for sportsmen and women the world over. The only downside to the design means (in my experience) the sizes come up a little small so if you’re considering a pair of the Huaraches i’d recommend trying them in a .5 size bigger.
2. Asics x Baitme Gel Lyte III “Vanquish”
For those that aren’t familiar, the Vanquish model was the first in a three part collaboration series between Asics and US based street wear designers Baitme. Released in the UK in January of this year the Vanquish boast a custom Baitme camo with black nailhead suede, subtle mesh on the heel box and gold speckling on the midsole. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever struggled to land a pick up as much as I did with the Vanquish! Due to the very limited numbers the team at Baitme were extremely clever with their marketing strategy, in order to be in with a chance you need to register with Baitme, this then automatically enters you into a raffle and only if you’re successful will you be in with a chance of copping a pair. So for any of you with your eye on the up and coming Asics x Baitme Get Lyte III “Nippon Blues” you’ll have to get yourself over to the Baitme website to register.
1. Nike Air Max 90 Infrared Hyperfuse
Now, I know what you’re thinking, how can such a standard pick up reach the number one spot, well let me explain, it’s all about nostalgia. I first fell in love with these kicks when I was about 16 or 17 and knocking about in the London hardcore punk scene. The Infrareds were still extremely prevalent (as they are today) due to their fresh and exciting colour way, but unfortunately due to having a size 4.5 foot, at that time I couldn’t find any in my size for love nor money. 10 years on and I finally own my first pair, not only that, a pair made with Nike’s infamous hyperfuse technology, giving them a lighter feel and a more sleek silhouette. Long live the Infrareds!