lans are back and if your footwear isn’t up to scratch – we have just the ticket.
Slippers may have been your footwear of choice for the last year or so but it’s time for something with a harder sole.
Each month, we compile our favourite footwear drops to have on your radar, so mark your calendars.
From Converse x Comme des Garçons, to high fashion drops c/o Louis Vuitton and JW Anderson, we have gathered the trainers worth investing in to take your sneaker collection to new heights, including covetable collaborations you will want and need to cop ASAP.
Set to be instant sell outs – run, don’t walk.
Converse x PLAY Comme des Garçons Chuck 70
Teaming up once again, Converse and PLAY Comme des Garçons are releasing a new take on the Chuck 70. If you are already a fan of the brand’s polka dot and heart-adorned collection, you’ll be interested to know about this latest design that comes a decade from the first collaboration of the two labels. There are two new colourways; blue and grey where both are adorned with the brand’s iconic black heart and eye logo and a canvas upper. The shoes come in Hi and Ox.
Forever Free Pride Collection by PUMA in partnership with Cara Delevingne
In honour of Pride month, Cara Delevingne has teamed up with Puma for a second collaboration. “I wanted to not only celebrate Pride month but also honor the strength of the community, specifically in regard to the mental health hurdles that the LGBTQIA+ community has faced,” explains the model-actress. The unisex collection is made up of tees, hoodies, bodysuits and leggings where the footwear offering reimagines the PUMA suede with rainbow embellishments. 20 per cent of the proceeds go to the Cara Delevingne Foundation to support LGBTQIA+ charities worldwide.
Diadora 1994 Intrepid OG unisex trainers
To coincide with the launch of the Netflix documentary Il Divin Codino, Diadora has launched this shoe to celebrate the life and work of footballing legend Roberto Baggio. Reissuing the collection from the 1994 USA World Cup, the trainers have been worn by some of the best sportsmen in the game. Now very much a fashion shoe, the footwear has been revamped to maximise cushioning and support.
Casablanca x New Balance Athletics
The second drop from the killer combination of après-sport house Casablanca and New Balance comes a redesign of the 327 & 237 with the fashion label’s signature red monogram design. The hoes have a wedged heel and a play of texture combining suede, mesh and nylon.
Vans x Sandy Liang and Spongebob SquarePants
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? The star of Vans’ latest shoe. The New York design Sandy Liang has brought her love of the cartoon sponge to a line of playful, nostalgia-inducing footwear in collaboration with the footwear specialists. You’ll spot elements from the hit children’s show likes the groovy floral appliques.
First spotted during Virgil Abloh’s debut SS19 collection for the Italian fashion house, Louis Vuitton has added another string to its trainer bow with new style variations in fresh colourways. The vibrant sneakers take inspiration from old school basketball trainers with rubber soles and monogram detailing.
VEJA x Malika Favre
Fashion’s favourite shoe brand Veja has lent on French illustrator Malika Favre to bring a playful edge to its footwear collection. The Barcelona artist has adorned the traditionally minimalist trainers with her signature bold colours and graphic pop art patterns. They are available for adults and kids.
JW Anderson Sneakers
JW Anderson may have already collaborated with Converse on the original Run Star Hike but the renowned designer has only just launched his very own sneaker collection. He explains, “At JW Anderson we have always looked at this idea of deconstruction and blowing up proportions. We came up with a new shoe that’s a twist on the traditional. I like to think of it as an abstraction of a known sneaker but with disproportionate volumes.”
The shoes have exaggerated construction with XXL preparations, leather uppers and come in an array of striking colours – purple, orange, green and more neutral black, white and brown.
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Finisterre x Palladium
Two urban brands have joined forces to create these trainers made from exploration. Sustainability was placed front and centre – the shoes are made from recycled, vegan fabrics that transforms plastic waste into footwear, while remaining durable enough to withstand your adventuring this summer and beyond.
Diadora Melody Mid Replicant WN
The Melody silhouette from the 1980s is back with a contemporary take on the heritage tennis shoe. They feature a leather high top construction with black and white inserts. The aesthetic is minimal yet modern with the brand’s signature logo detail.
Adidas Zx 8000 x LEGO Shoes
Adidas has teamed up with none other than the iconic toy company LEGO to design a footwear collection that will make you nostalgic for your childhood. The range comes in the bold colours that the bricks are well known for in hues of black, green, blue, grey and red as well as this bold yellow design.
Vans with Liberty London Fabrics
The sartorial symbol of summer we didn’t know we needed, Vans has covered its classic shoes in iconic Liberty prints for a brighter and bolder look than the traditional colour blocking. The Old Skool silhouette is covered in a multi-coloured floral pattern or a patchwork floral-inspired paisley.
Lacoste AG-LT21 Ultra
A tennis shoe but make it fashion and the result is this stylish model that will take you from the court to the (socially-distant, covid-safe) club. They were debuted by Daniil Medvedev during the first round of the Miami Open and have performance elements like a lightweight construction, Pedbax mid-section for improved energy return and Goodyear soles with enhanced grips.
We asked and Puma delivered – the Mayze shoe takes a more XXL approach to its silhouette with a chunky midole and subtle pops of colour. While the shoe itself is not minimalistic, the colour palette is muted with pastel or black and white hues.
Puma Suede Mayu
Launching April 22, this summer-ready shoe has the same suede upper as the line of the same name but is given a souped up look for added intrigue.
Good News x H&M
British footwear brand Good News has launched a line with high street hero H&M. The collection is made up of retro-inspired trainers with a huge nod to sustainability. The shoes are crafted from Banantex (fibre from banana plants) and Vegea (vegan grape leather). The unisex designs have a 70s colour palette with three styles and smaller sizes for little ones.
Vans Meadow Patchwork Footwear Collection
Spring is finally here at Vans where the shoe specialists have responded to the warmer weather with a collection of mood-boosting sneakers sure to put a smile on your face. The classic styles have had a cottage-core makeover with three models featuring either a gingham, floral or check design.
Adidas Forum Low Shoes
First on the style agenda in ‘84, it is clear to see while these archival Adidas trainers are having a revival. The shoe has a retro feel, while still remaining bang on trend. There’s a cross strap and lace design with bold contrasts of blue (although they are also available in all-white).
Puma Rudolf Dassler Legacy
In honour of the brand’s founder, Puma has relaunched an array of its now cult styles from their archives dating back to 1948 in a collection dedicated to Rudolf Dassler and the huge impact that he made on the pitch, track, court and streets. The models feature the original Dassler branding and are crafted from leather.
Converse x Carhartt Wip Chuck 70 Hi ICONS
Workwear label turned street style staple, Carhartt is lending its signature aesthetic to the iconic Converse Chuck 70 silhouette. There are two colourways for the All Stars that take inspiration from the recurring motifs in the brand’s collections; camo print and brown. Both are crafted with robust, durable fabrics in line with the brand’s DNA with subtle logo detailing and a cushioned OrthoLite insole for added comfort.
Puma Cali Star and Cali Star Metallic
The latest additions to the Cali collection comes in the form of these brand spanking new white on white on shoes that you’ll want to keep clean at all costs. The sleek silhouette has crisp and elegant design details with a leather upper and perforated vamp. For the Metallics, you’ll find an mirrored accent on the heel and a removable lace piece.
Saucony Originals Jazz 81
In honour of the 40th anniversary of this silhouette, Saucony is reviving its most popular shoe of all time with a modern revamp. When the sneaker was launched in 1981, it changed the running game with technologically advanced design details that harked back to the basics of what a running shoe needed to be. For 2021, the Jazz 81 has the same look of its predecessor to give you all the retro feels. There’s a range of colourways.
Taking inspiration from the archive shoes, Hedra has been given a stylish upgrade as part of the Fashion Rebels collection. The shoes have bold design elements with pops of neon and pastel shades and a mix of materials. The soles are suitably chunky and the upper is crafted from a combination of mesh and suede.
Replay x Puma women’s high top trainers
The Italian fashion label best known for its denim creations has partnered up with Puma for a limited-edition shoe. The Ralph Sampson by Puma for Replay takes a retro approach to its design with a traditional basketball aesthetic with nods to both brands’ signatures. They are also crafted with Ecostone – a more eco-friendly process that uses less water.
Hoka The Gold Standard
Long a go-to label for athletes, Hoka is now treating its loyal fan base to iterations of its Clifton 7 (£125), Clifton Edge (£140) and Elevon 2 (£140) in a limited-edition gold hue.
Yatay x No More Plastic trainers
We are all trying to do our bit to reduce our plastic consumption and that can extend to your footwear thanks to Milanese sustainable shoe brand Yatay. The brand has teamed up with No More Plastic to redesign the label’s signature Irori style but this time, entirely free from any plastic. Using bio-based ingredients like wood, corn and rubber, they are also given a stylish twist in partnership with ambassadors Amelia Windsor, Azza Slimene, Cindy Bruna and Helena Christensen who have lent their creative eye to the playful colourways. 50 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to No More Plastic.
Allbirds Wool Piper
Sustainable footwear and accessories label Allbirds has launched a new silhouette as part of its ever-growing eco-conscious range. The Wool Piper is crafted from superfine merino wool that not only brings style points but is also breathable, temperature-regulating, moisture wicking and extremely comfortable. The wool is sourced from New Zealand which uses 60 per cent less energy than synthetic fabrications and is certified ZQ-Merino confirming the highest standard farming and animal welfare. The shoes are available for men and women and come in a range of neutral colourways; grey, black and white as well as a garden blue hue.
Superga Organic Collection
Superga has launched the brand’s first Organic Collection where it has taken the classic silhouettes and given it an eco-friendly twist. While the styles are almost identical, they are now crafted with materials as well as practises that have less impact on the environment. The shoes are crafted from 60 per cent organic cotton, 40 per cent natural hemp, 100 per cent organic thread, a natural cork insole and a 50 per cent recycled rubber sole, all sourced from local suppliers with durability and future recycling taken into consideration.
Veja The Urca
Fashion’s favourite trainer label Veja is adding a new sporty style to its range, the Urca. The shoe is a vegan version of the classic V-12 silhouette where it is crafted from a bio-sourced and biodegradable material, Corn Waste Leather. This is a waxed canvas that comes in part from corn waste produced by the food industry but has a leather feel. The shoe has a minimalistic design but will be available with six bright and neutral accent colourways.
Converse All Star Move and Run Star Hike Low
When we saw that Converse launched its Run Star Hike in a low variation, we knew we had to add it to basket as quickly as we possibly could. Featuring the heightened midsole with rubber heel, these trainers offer height for those that prefer it low. The brand released this silhouette alongside a new seasonal drop that takes the Chuck Taylor All Star to the next level – literally. The All Star Move features a modern and streamlined version of the covetable platform sneaker with improved comfort. They also have a translucent ankle patch and houndstooth detail.
Nizza Platform Mid Shoes
These retro inspired sneakers are set to be one of the most covetable – you heard it here first. They feature an oversized sole that is ideal for those of us who appreciate a little extra height and in either black or white.
New Balance 327 in new colourways
This month, New Balance launched new colourways of the 327 in July. The shoe takes its inspiration from running trainers of the 1970s in a range of bold and highly covetable colour combinations.