For October, there’s collaboration and sneaker anniversaries aplenty with the limited-edition shoes to go alongside them.
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 to Nike, 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 and Feng Chen Wang Chuck 70
Feng Chen Wang is back, taking the reins once again at Converse for a capsule collection. Two years ago, the Chinese-born, London-based designer sent a deconstructed iteration of the brand’s classic Chuck 70 silhouette down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week and this season, the shoe features the same layering but with a 2-in-1 approach. There’s a canvas overlay, doubled layered foxing tap and a modified outsole with four quadrants. The material has a textured look to mimic the appearance of shattered concrete rubble and there’s two colourways available.
Air Jordan WMNS x Billie Eilish 1 Retro AJKO Ghost Green
Billie Eilish’s first collaboration with Nike was unsurprisingly a very speedy sell-out but you can still get your hands on the shoe at Klekt. The classic Air Jordan silhouette has a neon Lime Green colourway that is bright and bold as well as her logo on the tongue. They have also been crafted with sustainable materials using 20 per cent recycled fabrics.
Saucony Originals Marshmallow Shadow 6000
Last month, we detailed Saucony’s revival of the Pearl shoe as part of the brand’s celebrations of the Shadow silhouette running 30 – and this is the next limited-edition design. The candy stripe pattern is set on an oversized shoe that combines a mix of textures; soft nubuck, suede and microfibre panels. There’s also a super soft shearling lining for the utmost comfort this winter.
Stone Island x New Balance RC ELITE
The first of what is set to be a long and fruitful partnership, luxury Italian fashion brand Stone Island has teamed up with New Balance to redesign the RC Elite. The training and racing shoe has a breathable upper with 3D versions of both brands’ logos. Function at its heart, the shoes include the updated hyper-light FuelCell technology and the carbon fiber plate for better energy return and propulsion so you can run faster.
K-Swiss CannonCourt sneaker
Heritage American tennis brand K-Swiss is celebrating 55 years since its inception with a campaign entitled ‘How We Move’ highlighting movement and individuality that has always been in its DNA. Far more than just a tennis shoe, the CannonCourt has cross function appeal from the court to the streets with its vibrant colourway in shades of yellow, green and white with a traditionally tennis silhouette.
Adidas x Pixar’s ‘Monsters, Inc.’
It’s been 20 years since Monsters, Inc. made a splash on the big screen and to celebrate, Pixar has teamed up with Adidas for a collaborative collection sure to put a smile on your face. The four styles call on the signature look of the four main characters; Mike Wazowski (fluorescent green and anything but subtle), Sulley (purple and blue fur), George Sanderson (orange and yellow fur) and Boo (purple with embroidered flowers). There are also football boots dropping very soon.
The recent drops to have on your radar…
Veja V-15 High-top
Veja’s latest launch takes inspiration from vintage basketball trainers with its hi-top silhouette. The sneakers come in three different materials - corn waste leather, leather and nubuck. Corn waste leather is made entirely from cotton canvas and is bio-based. The shoes come in all-black, white and cobalt and white and red. The leather is tanned in Brazil with the utmost attention paid to the process to ensure it is as sustainable as possible with very little water. Nubuck has a water-repellent construction and the shoe is available in camel and white.
Saucony Originals Pearl Shadow 6000
This new launch from Saucony goes back to the brand’s archives with one of its most iconic designs. The Shadow 6000 is turning 30 and the limited-edition Pearl shoe is a treat for its loyal fans with a white leather structure, mother of pearl insets and mesh detailing.
Converse x Paria
Converse has teamed up with Paria Farzaneh for a disruptive shoe that combines modernity with her Iranian heritage. The Pro Leather X2 is not your run-of-the-mill basketball shoe - it has had a major style upgrade with an exaggerated outsole, technical detailing and a mixture of sport and utility embellishments.
Malone Souliers Sneakers
Known for its handcrafted pumps, contrasting strap detail and the utmost attention to details, Malone Souliers has added to its extensive footwear offering with trainers. The range has begun with two silhouettes both of which are unisex and take inspiration from the 60s and 70s. The Deon and Musa are clean, simple styles with geometric embellishments.
Women’s Air Max Furyosa Night Green
XXL your footwear collection with these souped up sneakers from Nike. They combine the cult 90s Air Max aesthetic with a futuristic look. Supreme comfort comes from the stacked Air, plush collar and the super padded tongue. There’s also a dual lace system.
Kickers x Hattie Stewart
While not officially trainers, we couldn’t resist but include this collaboration between nostalgic 90s label Kickers and British illustrator Hattie Stewart. The result is three of the footwear brand’s core silhouettes that have been given a playful touch with brightly coloured motifs.
Vans x Palace
Two powerhouses in the world of skateboarding have come together for their first ever collaboration. Vans’ Skate Authentic silhouette has been redesigned with a playful repeat pattern of Palace’s newest “employee” - Jeremy the Duck - in three colourways of salmon, black and white.
Blazer Low ‘77 Vintage BeTrue
Pride month may be officially over but Nike is showing that you can still spread the rainbow love with these Blazer Low with pastel pops of pink and a multi-coloured embroidered Swoosh. There’s a play on texture with the leather, suede and rubber sole.
Anine Bing Dina trainers
Beloved for its fashion-forward collections that hit staple dressing on its head, Anine Bing has ventured into the realms of trainers for the first time with the Dina sneakers. They are crafted entirely from leather and mesh in neutral tones of grey, white and beige. The sole gives a height boost with a thick sole and the design has a retro 90s nod with an athletic logo detail.
Lego x Adidas Originals Superstar Shoe
Sneaker collectors are in for a real treat with this collaboration between LEGO and Adidas where you will be able to recreate the iconic Originals Superstar using the legendary bricks. They come complete with laces and shoe box for a realistic look as well as 17 additional pieces so you can customise the construction to your preference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.