The ‘casual’ kicks that push the boundaries of style, fashion and functionality…
Y-3 Bball Cage
The boundary-pushing collab between Adidas and Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto has produced these jet black futuristic sneakers, featuring a laceless upper, a rubber cage midsole, and the three stripes’ signature boost material on the sole. Sock-fit sneakers (http://www.mensstyle.com.au/fashion/latest-sneaker-trend-grab-a-pair-of-sock-fit-sneakers/) are a hot footwear trend but not many pairs feature half a wetsuit stretching right up to the knees.
Gucci leather platform sneakers
Vertically challenged blokes, your prayers have been answered: introducing a pair of kicks boasting Gucci’s signature Italian craftsmanship as well as a solid four inches of platform sole. There’s nothing unusual about these classic white leather lace-ups featuring the label’s distinctive red-and-green web-trim . . . besides the loftiest platforms we’ve seen since disco died 30-plus years ago.
Nike HyperAdapt 1.0
Well, we can believe these sneakers exist, because Marty McFly and Doc Brown promised them to us way back in 1989. But self-lacing sneakers have finally materialised outside of the big screen with Nike’s Back to the Future style kicks that dropped in the States last month. The HyperAdapts don’t look quite as spacey as Marty’s high-top Air MAGs but the fully automated ‘power laces’ are just as impressive, with a US$720 price tag to match.
They look like something your old man would pair with boot-cut jeans and a moth-eaten polo shirt from the late ‘90s but these chunky trainers are the height of fashion, according to the luxury French label. The pre-distressed sneakers come in black, brown, and gaudy fluorescent-green colourways and feature a bizarre triple-stacked sole that captures sneakerheads’ newfound obsession with ugly-chic trainers.
COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Air Force 1
The French-sounding Japanese label has remixed plenty of Nike classics but unveiled what’s probably their zaniest re-interpretation yet this July, dropping Air Force 1s customised with moulded rubber dinosaurs on each toe in all-black, white-and-yellow, and white-and-blue colourways. Why dinosaurs? Who knows. Looks cool, though.