NEW YEAR, NEW SHOES
By Sam Higgins, 9 January 2017
Whether you’re a fan of slick, minimalist sneakers or bulkier, technical trainers, our New In pages are awash with fresh footwear right now. So, to kick off 2017 right, we’ve pulled together 10 of the best to help you invest stylishly.
The colder weather, along with new innovations in sneaker design, have led to an influx of fresh silhouettes recently. Take adidas for example: the brand has taken its most iconic design – the Stan Smith – and echoed fashion’s current love for textured knits by adorning it in a soft-grey knitted outer. Another classic, the Nike Cortez, has been given a more subtle update – retaining its original leather upper, but with the addition of textile detailing.
If you want to hop on board the 90s revival, pop on a pair of grey, knitted Reebok Classics and slot the dadcore favourites into a monochromatic ‘fit for a tonal touch. If you're after a more low-key throwback, Vans’ 50th anniversary sneakers boast its legendary checkerboard design – one which was made popular 35 years ago with a little help from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
The younger sibling of the adidas NMD (one of 2016’s most-hyped trainers), the X_PLR silhouette offers a more pared back, simple take on a running-shoe-inspired design. In its beige colourway, the sneaker slots seamlessly into an outfit of neutral hues. Khaki remains as popular as ever in our everyday palette, and the shade makes a fitting statement when utilised on a pair of structured Nike Air Prestos. For fans of minimalist kicks however, not many shoes can compete with a fresh white pair of Stan Smiths or grey Converse One Stars for overall versatility and effortless style.