The freshest kicks out this week, including a blast from the past. Three, actually.
True Blue im电竞官网-was the name of a Madonna album so Eighties it charged you poll tax upon arrival. And it's also the shade of another archival classic from Diadora, with the Equipe Italia Heritage looking back to the perm-topped days of yore, for a throwback much welcomed in 2020.
Heritage Equipe, £180,
As close to vintage as you'll get without the strange musty smell of a backwater charity shop, Adidas's Hamburg nods to the label's '82 City Series, when trainers were minimal and didn't have massive soles. Like all the modern ones do.
Hamburg Core Black, £109,
Seventies trail runners were bright and lightweight. And they're back, with New Balance revisiting the trainers of yore with a very blue Comp 100 in leather and suede.
Comp 100 Sneakers, £72.19,
Though a Swiss luxury house of the highest order, Bally is no traditionalist. On the contrary, the brand has long been known for peddling classic sneakers with a contemporary twist, much like these all-black, all-great Bison leather trainers.
Bison Trainers, £315,
Bigger and chunkier and more McQueen-y than ever, the sneaker that pushed the British designer into hype brand waters was this signature sole-raiser that's now available in the most minimalist of minimal colourways.
Raised Sole Low Top Trainer, £420,
Proving that there are luxury trainers beyond the big design houses, Visvim's low-key turn goes subtle on the high-spec sneaker – and high in our estimations.
Mustard Attica Trainers, £730,
Barcelona-based brand Saye create simple sneakers with an eco-edge. Using recycled and certified materials where possible, the sapling outfit has also teamed up with traceability agency B-comme to shine a light on their impact. They're also very, very nice to look at, too.
Modello '89 White Sneakers, £120,
Once upon a time, you'd say 'platformed trail runners' out loud and spontaneously combust. Now, under the guiding hand of Hoka One One and the detail-obsessed bods over at Engineered Garments, they're cool, coveted and available in a versatile monochrome shade.
Bondi B Black Trainer, £135,
im电竞官网-We go to retailers because we like the brands. But what happens when the retailer becomes a brand in itself? It'll look a lot like End's hook-up with Adidas: a class ZX9000 that puts the British clothing site's nous to good use.
ZX9000 Kiln, £100,
im电竞官网-We want sneaks from the future and we want them now. Which is what Nike has done, recolouring the alien-like Air Max Plus in a cosmic shade of deepest, darkest black hole.
Air Max Plus, £134.95,
For all the Sperry-like revisits, and big bold designer sneaks, sometimes the quietest trainers make the most noise, like CQP's new Otium silhouette. Suede, simple, and that's all you need.
Otium Camel Trainers, £340,
im电竞官网-As another instalment in an enduring collab between Universal Works and Sebago, this printed canvas slip-on is now finally available at Mr Porter as a punch-up of the skater favourite.
Printed Canvas Sneakers, £82.69,
im电竞官网-No, you don't take the Kahru Fusion 2.0 on a marathon, even though it belongs to a collection with that very name. You use its throwback aesthetic to punctuate your jeans and T-shirt. You treat it nicely, what with those lovely suede panels. And you realise that the best archival running shoes aren't for running at all: they're too good for that business.
Karhu Fusion 2.0 Trainers, £125,
im电竞官网-The big menswear patch-up has headed south. As Converse can prove, waste cotton works well on the iconic Chuck 70 hi-top, with upcycled contrast panelling for a trainer that makes you feel as good as your conscience.
Renew Cotton Chuck 70, £80,
Get back in that velour-quilted time machine because the Seventies are back en vogue. In your tailoring, yes, but also in your sneakers as Nike's Air Tailwind 79 is a contemporary spin on a model first debuted during the Honolulu Marathon of 1978.
Navy Air Tailwind 79, £73.50,
Trail sneakers, just if you're clocking a 5k on the other side of Mars. Yes, Adidas' Feet You Wear technology (commonly abbreviated to FYW) sits on the futuristic side of practicality, and the XTA sneakers are no exception.
FYW XTA, £119,
And who said sneakers couldn't hold a flame to tailoring? Well, leave immediately – right out the door, there we go – because Italian megaweight Canali has released an impeccable pair of fine calfskin trainers handmade in Italy. You can come back inside now.
Dark Blue Sneakers, £390,
Alexander McQueen's wedged sneaker have become the go-to choice for designer minimalism. And now, they're a little bit maximalist thanks to an air bubble sole and suede heel panels.
Airsole Wedge Sneakers, £449,
25th birthdays are a landmark: you're actually much closer to becoming a real life adult. And that means the Nike Air Max 95 is set for high rents, crushing heartbreak and a big life in the big city, with the label releasing a former Korean exclusive for all the world to celebrate its quarter century. You're a man now, Air Max 95.
Air Max 95 Korea, £129.95,
Black, simple, New Balance: a fail-safe formula that works every single time. And with the M992's now available in nice soft suede, it's a simpler way to add a little texture to tried-and-tested sneakers.
M992 Suede, £200,
im电竞官网-'It's not coriander, it's cilantro!' shouts the New Yawk voice of Asics' latest instalment in a long-standing collab with London designer Kiko Kostadinov. They're trail runners, but a bit mad. They're a bit mad, but not too mad. And yes, they come in a popping colourway of white and 'cilantro'.
Gel-Kiril Trainers, £175,
Japanese outdoorwear is too lovely to take on an actual hike. And in collaboration with Reebok, native label Mountain Research is even lovelier in the form of DMX Trail Shadow.
DMX Trail Shadow, £149,
im电竞官网-For the best of both worlds, Nike's MX 720-818 combines the Air Max 720 and 98 for one clean, handsome and slightly futuristic sneaker. Left-field, but not a total curveball either.
MX 720-818, £159,
Stepney Workers Club is becoming something of an indie favourite, and with the recent Dellow silhouette in a soft shade of pink, this label's about to paddle in the mainstream.
Dellow Canvas Sneaker, £65,
Made from neoprene, look like bliss: Adidas's Ozweego 3Ds are now available in a sharp gradient format, and allow for an even more futuristic take on the marque's most forward-thinking sneak.
Ozweego 3D, £90,
The best shoes for your slow summer? A Vans tribute to Fast Times At Ridgemont High: a pair made famous by Sean Penn’s Jeff Spicoli featuring the checkerboard pattern that bewitched an entire generation (and a few more after that).
Anaheim Classic Slip-On, £59.99,
im电竞官网-Remember those Veja kicks everyone had last summer? They're evolving, with the new low rise canvas sneakers heading in a more classic direction – and right towards your rotation for another season.
Veja Nova Low Canvas Sneaker, £79,
You want shoes that sit in the sun as well as they do your living room. And Superga's clean and classic (and comfortable) signature suits both with aplomb, as the 2490 Cotu becomes the enduring summer shoe.
2490 Cotu, £60,
Quite possibly the most-hyped sneaker of the summer. And no, that's not fashion types being tireless sycophants. As a brand on the rise, Casablanca's Middle Eastern Club Med vibe has found a happy home in a sneaker heavyweight New Balance, and the crowd goes wild.
Limited Collab, £140,
Fashion's oldest house has a youthful take on luxury sneakers, as Lanvin updates a classic Seventies trail runner with a pop of emerald green and just the right amount of branding to the tongue.
Bumper Sneaker, £480,
Big and chunky designer trainers so often tread in the left-field. But ascendant brand Lavair manages to make the futuristic trend a simplistic one, as an outsized shape is dialled down by a gleaming white colourway and clean lines throughout.
Linear White, £175,
If Nike's Air Max 270 React Engs weren't quite to your taste (which is insane, given the handsomeness on display), the latest design has cut the ribbon on customisation, letting you mix it up to your heart's content.
Air Max 270 React Eng Premium By You, £144.95,
im电竞官网-If the Air Max Plus wasn't punchy enough, the latest colourway – a deep royal blue with topaz and gold accents – is punchier still, and allows for the sort of statement sneaker than can easily upgrade wardrobe basics up north.
Air Max Plus 3, £159.95,
Adidas Gazelles are universally loved. Really. And with good reason, as no matter the shade, the refit or the fabric, the brand's landmark sneaker remains at the top – especially in a brand new shade of proper legacy blue.
Gazelle Indoor, £75,
Built specifically to enhance low-impact recovery runs (very important if you want to stay fit and healthy and handsome), Hoka One One's Bondi 6 is just as effective on the off-duty too, with a bulky, swollen silhouette managing to make the early Noughties aesthetic mega once more.
Bondi 6, £129,
im电竞官网-Classic and cool and clean and simple, Common Projects rarely breaks from the mould. And nor should you, with a low-top model in the form of the Original Achilles proving to be a near-perfect minimalist sneaker.
Original Achilles Trainers, £290,
im电竞官网-Puma is at home in its archives. Finding inspiration from Eighties designs of yore, the RS-X Master is a sharp blend of Sega Megadrive villain and Seoul streetwearhead that makes living in the past seem very appealing.
RS-X Master, £90,
im电竞官网-As the trail runner becomes the new sneaker trend du jour, Reebok's classic DMX shape has undergone a makeover. It's brighter. It's cooler. It's far too handsome to take on an actual run.
DMX Trail Shadow, £149,
im电竞官网-Pharrell's inkling for the left-field is well-worn. But not here. The hip-hop artist's collab with Adidas has seen a more muted approach, with the signature Continental 80 going sandy coloured and only a tiny bit fluoro.
Continental 80, £99,
Y'know those very sensible hiking-y trainers every single TV producer seems to wear? Yes, those. Well Acne Studios has upgraded the formula, going futuristic on practicality, and luxeing it up in a fine suede finish.
Chunky Mesh Trainers, £410,
Teaming up with preppy footwear overlords Sebago, Universal Works has launched a limited edition range of colourful trainers and deck shoes. This pair, a vintage-inspired skate style, comes in a custom Ikat square print fabric, a UW signature, with vulcanised rubber outsoles.
Jack In Indigo Double Ikat Square, £90,
'These are not trainers,' you cry. 'These are boots!' Our advice? Don't be such a pedant. Grenson's new high top kicks are as much intergalactic moon sneaker as they are Edmund Hillary mountaineer, with a suede and nubuck construction above a big ugly trainer rubber sole.
Sneaker 29 Men's, £240,
im电竞官网-After the retina scorch of React ENGs past, Nike's left-field spin on the Air Max 270 has undergone a whiteout. Same alien runners from the year 3022, but just a little simpler.
Air Max 270 ENG, £139.95,
Independent brands need your support more than ever. Not that it's at all difficult to give just that to Stepney Workers Club: a London-based outfit that turns out lovely trainer after lovely trainer, much like these summery ink-striped pumps.
Dellow Sneaker Solar, £75,
As the fourth series in Tod's No_Code sneaker collection, the latest design by Young Bae Seok is another perfect amalgamation of Italian craftsmanship and contemporary trainer trends in a versatile, solid shade of the blackest black.
No_Code X, £470,