While it’s still a couple more weeks until the official end of summer, we all know that “summer” comes to an end after Labour Day with the return to school. That weekend is the psychological endpoint of summer, and that Tuesday is the beginning of the new year (whether you are still in school or not). Therefore with the new year coming up quickly, we put together another great list of kicks that you will have you looking fresh af. We’ve included several price points as well as ease of accessibility in obtaining them. Sometimes you just don’t want to be hunting, you just want it. Happy shopping!
New Balance 1906R “Metallic Silver”
First off, we are going to go bold and statement-y with the New Balance 1906R. The 1906R sneakers give designer sneaker vibes while coming in at a super reasonable price. It’s a throwback vibe reaching to the 2000s that everyone is mimicking right now. Aside from the aesthetic, the shoe also features the ABZORB midsole and Stability Web technology for arch support, so you’ll be comfortable and look fly. Also, you can score these from New Balance direct for retail.
If you like this vibe and want to spend a little more, then check out the thisisneverthat x New Balance 1906R, a collab with a Korean imprint of the same name.
Swedish sneaker and streetwear powerhouse Axel Arigato is making some serious waves in the luxury fashion market these days. Haven’t heard of it? Well, trust us, you will soon enough. This is your opportunity to get a jump on the general public and get to know everyone’s favourite designers two years in advance.
The Dice Lo Sneaker is vintage-inspired and made with the most premium of materials. The upper combines nubuck and Italian leather on a textured branded rubber sole, made using partly recycled rubber. The lining is responsibly produced using recycled PET bottles and recycled plastic. While we stand by the statement that any of the four colourways for this shoe will work and look great, the particular standout for us was the White Air Blue.
Everyone loves vintage. It’s a vibe; it’s an aesthetic, it’s a way of life, and these Nike Dunk Low “Vast Grey” are where it’s at. While Dunks have become the common everyday coveted shoe for sneaker enthusiasts, the Dunks are still a really good silhouette. Plus, all the good colourways are currently to be found in the Dunk line. The “Vast Grey” wraps the shoe in a lovely-looking suede, that gives it a cozy look and feel. Despite the name, the shoe is more than grey; it has a yellowish “Sail” colour and a white midsole. Very cool, very retro. Sadly like all Dunks, it sold out instantly, but the resale is within the realm of reason.
Price: $120 USD / $145 CAD
Release Date: Out Now
These are super fresh! Shout out to Reebok for releasing new silhouettes. While it might not always work, brands that innovate and make new sneakers always get my respect. Thankfully for Reebok, this worked. Fitting in nicely between Yeezy 700 v2 dad shoe and Nike Monarch Janitor shoe, the Kinetica 2.5 give futuristic cyber-ninja. A look that’s always a hit amongst the ACG/Arc’Teryx technical-wear people. The low-top sneaker is made with panelled mesh and faux leather, with the Floatride Fuel cushioning and Zig Energy Shell foam midsole. So they are going to be mega comfy. The all-black colourway is also crazy nice.
These are timeless classic low profile sneakers. The Air Max are notoriously comfortable with their padded tongue and collar, Air Sole technology and foam rubber midsole. What makes these so perfect are the black on black paneled mesh and grained faux-leather, and just the slight pop of colour with the red swoosh. Classic badman hotsteppers.
These are when you want to flex hard. The adidas and Gucci GG monogram Gazelle’s are hard af. They are a solid throwback to the ‘80s and ‘90s with the Gucci Trefoil print boldly displayed all over the shoe. The Beige and brown Original GG canvas with details in Demetra are crafted from animal-free raw materials primarily from sustainable, renewable, and bio-based sources