Put yourself in these shoes.
Nowadays, sneakers have evolved from everyday footwear and gym essential to runway must-haves, at the intersection of design and art, and collectibles. The past couple of years has shown us that sneaker culture has permeated the region, and surpassed trend status. From the skaters to the socialites, boys, girls, 90s kids, and gen Zs— the right kicks, at the right drop unites them all. Prepare to be indoctrinated to the locker, here are the pairs to know.
FROM ZERO TO ECO-HERO
Vans has collaborated with pro-skater Lizzie Armanto. This is the first signature model designed by a woman in the Vans family in 20 years. The boots have sustainable “Marshmallow” uppers, printed interiors, and one-pieced foxing. Vans’ VR3 products use at least 30% renewable, regenerative, or recycled materials aiming to adapt us all to a new future.
Nike Air Max
Nike is a global leader in sneakers and has a responsibility to highlight the footwear industry’s ecological impact. Nike launched its Move to the Zero effort in 2020, with the goal of being a zero-carbon, zero-waste corporation, and it is now following through with its ‘Air Sprung’ line. The AM95 released in various colors is made entirely of recycable materials.
Arwa Al Banawi’s Adidas Forum 84 Low
Arwa, the sartorial genius behind the Forum 84 Low shoes, is known for designing women’s outfits that combine traditional tailoring and a Middle Eastern sensibility with contemporary streetwear aesthetics to display the rich nature of Saudi customs. It’s a shoe that draws on Saudi Arabia’s artisanal and agricultural traditions to create a powerful homage to its vibrant history.
The Nike Air Foamposite One x COMME des GARCONS
The Air Foamposite Ones are recognized for their trademark ribbed foundation layers, but the Japanese label decided to go on a different path by mimicking a neatly structured zen garden on the sidewalls and lower heels. Each pair is arranged in a monochrome black or white scheme.
Adidas YEEZY KNIT RNNR
Since its introduction in September 2021, the sock-like model hasn’t seen much action, but now it’ll expand its lineup with a brand new “Stone Carbon” colorway. Ye and his Three Stripes crew
go for a two-toned, earthy look for this next makeover.
The Kavin Garnett’s Nike Flightposite 2 boasts a durable Foamposite outer shell fastened by a zipper-equipped shroud and is a prime representation of the Swoosh Brand’s forward-thinking design attitude in the late ’90s and early ’00s. This hides the shoe’s inner workings, giving it a mechanical, xlook. Flightposite 2 has similar tech specs to the original Flightposit with a PU insole heel and precipice of Zoom Air units.
Kevin Garnett was the OG NBA star who wore the Flightposite 2 on the court. It’s since become a significant part of Nike Basketball’s history, and it’s still visually arresting nearly two decades later.
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