It gets really tiring to look at sneakers everyday on the Internet. Everything tends to look the same after awhile and very few shoes catch your eye or stand out. Dozens of new shoes are previewed by brands, retailers, celebrities, and leakers on a daily basis, and there's more product on the market than anyone could ever consume. But every so often, there are a couple shoes that stick out in the best way possible; leather, suede, and rubber gems amongst a pile of indistinguishable footwear. This week, there were three sneakers (or collections) that treaded above the rest.
Nike Flyknit Racer "Pure Platinum" (pictures above)
The Nike Flyknit Racer has been dethroned by the Adidas NMD, but it's still a good shoe and there's another version of it that's catching everyone's attention. Every sneaker looks better in all-grey, and the Racer is no exception. It's shocking that Nike has never made this shoe, but, hey, it's happening and everyone should be thankful. Maybe this will be the shoe that helps push Nike back into the conversation with lightweight shoes. The brand, surely, could use it.
Adidas 350 Suede (Size? exclusive)
There's a 350 that Adidas makes that MAY be better than the Yeezy Boost (to me at least). First re-released with the Spezial line, the 350 is a shoe that was made for the heat in the Asian market, as it has more ventilation holes and is more breathable. The UK's Size? is bringing the shoe back (again) in two exclusive pairs. They've got suede uppers and gum soles, which is always a winning combination. Wear them to a football match or with a suit, it doesn't matter. They released today, so go and get a pair.
Nike Zoom LeBron III
Will Nike retro LeBron James's sneaker line? Probably. It's already happened, well, sort of, as the brand has created one-of-one remakes for the King himself. Just this week James debuted an all-navy pair of the Zoom LeBron III. This might be a sign that Nike's ready to bring back his archives, but LeBron told us today that we're not ready. We'll see about that.
Hanon x Diadora V.7000 "Tuscan Racer"
Diadora makes really, really good sneakers in Italy and the majority of them have been collaborations with European sneaker boutiques, including Scotland's Hanon. The latest shoe from the shop and the sneaker brand is a pair of V.7000s called the "Tuscan Racer." They have a white-and-green upper and a gum sole. Not much more needs to be said. But if you want to know more, they're inspired by Italian bike frames. Get them on October 8.
Adidas EQT Running Guidance '93 (Berlin)
The Adidas EQT series has a deep resonance in Germany due to the spread of communism and people in the east of the country not being able to get the shoes until the Berlin Wall fell. Those days have come and gone, and the shoe is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Adidas Originals store in Berlin. Only 200 pairs were made and they have the Berlin bear on the heel. Trying to get a pair will be extremely tough.