WORDS BY RICHARD MEADOW
Trainers are a status quo, no doubts about that. During the last 10 years Nike, Adidas, New Balance and many more became iconic even though they were designed as simple running shoes. From Adidas’ Ultra Boosts to many Designers’ collabs, these are the top 5 trainers that will make you look fighting fit (and comfy too). Get your pocket money ready because we are going on a journey in the fast lane!
The UB’s Effect
Ultra Boosts are everywhere, no doubts. When Adidas released their “greatest running shoe ever”, they did not take the whole Hypebeast’s world into consideration. Ultra Boosts are absolutely stylish and the quality of the materials definitely makes them one of the best running shoes on the market. The Boost cushioning is already iconic, and Adidas’ competitors are on the hunt. That’s why they are in our top 5, get a pair of those asap!
The Good Old Days
Back in the early eighties when a mens gymwear was even more flashy than today, Nike’s “Span II” were a must. Today, 30 years later, they decided to re-release them with their original colour palette. This is a must-have for collectors and sneakers enthusiasts alike, as they will be limited edition as far as we know. Vintage is still a fashion trend, apparently!
Adidas x Kolor, flash to impress.
What happens when you combine Adidas’ experience with the Japanese designer Kolor? Absolute Hypebeast material. Apparently inspired by cycling culture, the adiZero Prime and the Alphabounce Sneakers are flashy and techy (they both include all the latest Adidas tech, including PrimeKnit mesh and their famous Boost). If you are into flashy shoes and you wanna stay comfy, these are a must-have.
Reebok x Hanon
Yet again, another designers collaboration, this time is Reebok’s turn. These shoes are clearly a reference to RB’s “Belly’s gonna get you” from the early 2000’s. This time, they teamed up with the streetwear shop Hanon, to create these “Workout Plus” special edition pair. With a mix of fleshy tones, the “Belly Shoe” is constructed in a unique application and depicts a questionable diet of lager and bar snacks. Beer belly to the front and relaxed indigo to the back. The upper features a butter soft suede and a little cellulite by way of pebbled leather overlays. Premium denim is applied to hold it all together and finally for luxurious comfort, a special bar towel lining and insock are there to take the weight off your feet. You gotta love the belly!
New Balance x J. Crew
New Balance is a big name when it comes to trainers, no doubts. These ones, in particular, are a fantastic choice, for the style-hungry ones. Inspired by Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, these 998 New Balance are a J.Crew exclusive and they are made out of premium American suede. The soothing blue colour, also, is something that makes this pair of shoes an absolute must cop. They are exclusively available at J.Crew, so keep that in mind.
The trainers here work perfectly with fitness clothing, which has a natural active appeal to them. The trainers are designed with both style and running in mind but it’s all about whether you’re willing to spend that kind of money on running shoes!