Does anyone need more sneakers? A few pairs is probably enough, yet we still. Want. More. Luckily, regardless of what you’re looking for, our weekly round-up of the hottest drops this week covers all bases.
Adidas LG SPZL
Liam Gallagher has long had a connection with Adidas. Back in his Oasis days, he and his brother Noel spearheaded the revival of terrace fashion, when half of Britain wore popped collar polo shirts, panelled pullovers, stone-washed jeans and some form of Adidas on their feet.
It’s not surprising, then, that this collaboration works. It helps of course that the trainers themselves are minimal in design and will work with just about whatever you pair them with. Unfortunately, they sold out faster than an Oasis reuinion gig, but for the seriously shoe-thirsty they can be picked up over on StockX for just over double what they retailed at.
Rarity Rating: 10/10
Design History: Inspired by Adidas archive styles and leisurewear
Best For: Liam Gallagher/Terrace fashion fans
The Best Of The Rest
Adidas Stan Smith ‘Art’
If the idea of paying over the odds for a new release puts you off, here’s an alternative that gives you (almost) the same look as the LG SPZLs for significantly less. Stan Smiths may be some of the most widely worn trainers on the planet, but these are slightly different.
Instead of a perfectly placed all-green heel panel, this pair gets a block of colour, said to be inspired by geometry and modern art. It’s an unusual addition but one that works and does enough to differentiate them from the rest.
Rarity Rating: 6/10
Design History: Based on the Stan Smiths (Robert Haillets) of 1965
Best For: Those after Stan Smiths with a difference
Mr P Larry
The in-house label from menswear etailer Mr Porter is full of wearable wardrobe heroes, and these Larry sneakers are no different. Made from black pebble-grain leather and with a just-chunky-enough white rubber sole, they’ll form the foundation of just about any off-duty outfit.
There are numerous minimal trainers out there, but what separates these is the panelling. Subtle but well-executed, the panels – one on the side, one at the heel – have been expertly constructed with hidden stitching, which helps to further their pared-back appeal.
Rarity Rating: 5/10
Design History: New design
Best For: Those with an eye for detail
Nike Air Jordan III ‘Tinker’
The Air Jordan III is one of the most iconic trainer designs of all time. No question. But the final shoe wasn’t the original design. At the last minute before production began, designer Tinker Hatfield controversially removed the prominent Nike ’Swoosh’, giving the shoe a cleaner finish.
For this re-edition, the brand went back to the early sketches and brought back the Swoosh, for a trainer that takes on an entirely different look than the one His Airness wore on court. Other classic details return too, including the visible Air unit in the sole, ‘elephant’ print leather and the plastic Nike Air heel tab. Get these while you can.
Rarity Rating: 7.5/10
Design History: Based on Tinker Hatfield’s original sketches of the Jordan III in 1985
Best For: Nostalgic basketball nerds
Paris-based label A.P.C. is well-known for its use of minimal design, so it’s only right the brand would go with what it knows for this take on a hiking-style trainer. With simple lines, a chunky sole and large reflective panel across the middle, these will make quite a statement when photographed with a flash.
With their laid-back tonal grey upper, you can treat them as you would plain white sneakers. Slip them under selvedge denim and you can’t go too far wrong.
Rarity Rating: 6/10
Design History: New design inspired by hiking styles
Best For: Minimalists looking to mix things up