It’s no secret that ASICS’ Gel Lyte sneakers have made a huge comeback, thanks to their series of smash hit collaborations and the involvement of a certain Mr. Fieg. Saying that, it’s great to see the Gel Lyte V recreated in its beautifully throwback OG form – shown above is the Pink/Teal colorway, but the Sky Blue version is just as much of a banger.
In the WDN highlights for a second week running, thanks to last week’s outrageous orange “100mm” sneakers, nouveau-luxe label Buscemi present their new luxurious pebbled leather cap. Borrowing an iconic bracelet’s screw-fastening mechanism, the made in Italy cap continues the brand’s unique take on luxury fashion thanks to its eye-watering price and premium fabrication.
In a nod to Supreme’s legendary leopard camo M-51 from Spring/Summer 2010, Concepts’ take on the Chuck Taylor Hi is given new life thanks to its hard-as-nails patterned upper and accompanying vintage style pin badges.
Belgian iconoclast Raf Simons continues his ongoing collaboration with legendary British sportswear brand Fred Perry. The combination of the UK label’s timeless, preppy apparel and Raf’s taste for geometric stand-oput graphics has once again proved to be a hit, with this quilted bomber being one of the collection’s highlights.
It wouldn’t be a What Drops Now round-up without some ridiculous fashion sneakers, and this week luxury Milanese house Valentino have emblazoned an all white sneaker with horizontal black stripes. A comparatively subdued move from the brand known to adorn their footwear in everything from metal studs to leopard patterned ponyhair, it’s still pretty far out compared to the rest of the week’s sneakers.
Uniqlo’s SPRZ NY pop-culture inspired line of graphic tees turns its lens to the esoteric work of dearly departed street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Super affordable, decent quality tees have been adorned with the late, great artist’s primitive hand drawn scrawlings – so you can get a slice of Basquiat action without dropping millions like Jay-Z or scouring eBay for someone selling the Supreme collection.
Throwing all sense of trends, color matching along with caution to the wind, Bodega presented a deranged mashup of patterns and colors for their latest collaboration with Saucony. The Green one was also a big win.
There must be something in the California water, as west coast skate label HUF have followed Buscemi’s luxe leather snapback with something just as outrageous. Having previously made the WDN highlights thanks to their expletive-ridden alarm clocks and marijuana-emblazoned sleeping bags, the brand return with this premium leather snapback, given a tongue in cheek twist thanks to the “Fuck It” print upon the crown. An appropriate motto to live by if ever there was one.
adidas’s legendary Micropacer sneaker gets an OG reissue. For those who don’t know, the sci-fi inspired sneaker boasts a pedometer, calorie counter and stopwatch inside the enlarged tongue. If that wasn’t mad enough for you, the upper is made from silver-toned Kangaroo leather.
Nike brought out the big guns this week and gave the Air Max 1 a new razor sharp white and navy colorway. It might not be extortionately priced, hyper-limited or have a computer inside it like the other sneakers mentioned, but one of the all time greatest sneaker silhouettes executed in an immaculately clean colorway is an instant win.