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3 NICE KNITTED TRAINERS

By Nic Hayman, 29 August 2017

Knitted trainers have become a necessity for both sneakerheads and the more casual consumer since their arrival as the latest evolution in footwear tech. Lighter, steezier and more streamlined than a traditional panelled trainer, they’re like go-faster stripes for your feet – just don’t pull any loose threads. Here are three pairs that promise to bring some featherweight, form-fitting style to your rotation.
Nike fly-knit

Nike fly-knit

Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit

Ever on the cutting edge, Nike led the way in 2012 with the Flyknit as the brightly-coloured emblem of the London Olympics. The segue from track to street was almost instant, with plenty of punters copping strictly in the name of stunting. The Mariah honours that swathe of Flyknit fanatics who want to appear ready to break into a full sprint but remain entirely unprepared to do so. As a reinterpretation of the 1988 original, this 2017 remix packages up speedy looks and serious comfort for unbeatable daily style.

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New Balance fly-knit

New Balance 247 Sport

If the numbers on New Balance trainers mean nothing to you, you’re not alone. Its latest creation simplifies the formula, though, with the 247 created for everyday wear, all week long (24/7, get it?). This colourway sees the silhouette sporting a woolly jumper aesthetic across the toebox, proving that good knitwear doesn’t have to end with a pullover.
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fly-knit

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adidas Originals NMD_CS2

Slip-ons haven’t been the same since knit technologies changed the game. With uppers becoming more adaptable and hugging your feet more snugly than ever before, there’s no longer any need for strips of elastic, let alone laces, to help keep your kicks on. The NMD_CS2 (the sequel to the original City Sock) is testament to this, with the entire upper composed only of a one-piece, wraparound Primeknit upper inspired by Japanese stitching patterns. Plus, with the addition of adidas’ all-conquering boost sole, there’s no combo of slick looks and comfort quite like it.

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