Best new trainer releases in May: the latest sneaker drops, from Nike to Adidas

Ellie Davis
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Plans 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 Nike x Comme des Garçons, to Maison Margiela and Reebok , 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.

Maison Margiela x Reebok Tabi Instapump Fury Oxford

The next stage of the collaboration between the French Couture House and the sportswear giant is here with the second evolution of Tabi Instapump Fury. The low-top sneaker has a chunky sole and a glazed calf leather construction. It takes elements from the heritage Reebok sneaker from 1994 and Maison Margiela’s split-toe Tabi shoe that debuted in 1988. The outer and midsole is made from rubber and expansive foam for flexibility and stability. It’s available in black, white and yellow.

Reebok
Reebok

£805 | Reebok

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.

Palladium
Palladium

£125 | Palladium

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.

DIADORA
DIADORA

£90 | Diadora

Nike x Comme des Garçons Air Carnivore

First debuted in Tokyo during the brand’s SS21 show, the Nike x Comme des Garçons Air Carnivore takes inspiration from the ‘Metal Outlaw’ aesthetic that set the tone for the runway collection. These shoes are designed to transplant the strength of metal into footwear with a technical construction that is supportive yet gladiatorial in styling. The shoe was first released in 1993 but is giving a new look in monochrome white and black with the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus logo.

Nike
Nike

£406 | StockX

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.

Adidas
Adidas

£110 | Adidas

The recent drops to have on your radar…

Maison Margiela x Reebok Classic Leather Tabi Bianchetto

Reebok’s cult shoe has been given high fashion makeup as part of the brand’s on-going collaboration with Maison Margiela. Where fashion meets function, it blends the codes of the two labels with a contemporary look that harks back to both heritages. The shoe that dates back to 1983 now features a Tabi split-toe. It has a nappa leather upper and EVA sole. There’s a hand-brushed white coating set on the black leather base that only gets better with age - designed to purposely chip.

Maison Margiela x Reebok
Maison Margiela x Reebok

£250 | Reebok

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.

Vans
Vans

£75 | Vans

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.

Lacoste
Lacoste

£140 | Lacoste

Puma Mayze

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
Puma

£80 | Puma

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.

Puma
Puma

£90 | Puma

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.

Good News x H&M
Good News x H&M

£79.99 | H&M

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.

Vans
Vans

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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).

Adidas
Adidas

£80 | Adidas

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
Puma

£70 | Puma

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.

Carhartt WIP
Carhartt WIP

£100 for camo | End Clothing

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.

PUMA
PUMA

£70 | Puma

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.

Saucony
Saucony

£80 | Saucony

Puma Hedra

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.

PUMA
PUMA

£90 | Size?

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.

Replay
Replay

£250 | Replay

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.

Hoka
Hoka

From £125 | Hoka

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.

Yatay
Yatay

£260 | Yatay

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.

£95 | Allbirds

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.

From £75 | Superga

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.

£120 | Veja

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.

£85 for Run Star Hike Low | Converse

£70 for All Star Move | Converse

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.

£60 | Adidas

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.

£80 | New Balance

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