This Month’s Best New Trainer Releases: Part 1
YMC x Novesta
We can count our favourite Slovakian sneaker brands on the fingers of Sir Ranulph Fiennes frostbite-ravaged hand. But the undisputed champ is Novesta, which has handmade its canvas lace-ups in the same factory since 1939.
Its hallmark is the press-and-seal sole, where sustainable rubber is moulded to the upper to leave a unique tyre tread pattern. Were as taken with them as YMC, the pair teaming up for a collection that marries Novestas craftsmanship to the brands favourite SS16 fabrics, from woven indigo to Hawaiian patterns.
Thats your summer footwear problems sorted.
Available at YMC, priced from £60.
Nike Air Presto All White
The Air Presto seems more popular today than it did even during its original release, way back in 2000. Nike pre-empted the current trend for sock-like uppers and the Presto is probably the best version of this foot-swaddling style.
The recent all-black colourway flew off the shelves, so expect the all-white version to do the same. This iteration has dispensed with the classic neoprene upper and replaced it with an aptly futuristic mesh fabric. Touches of 3M on the heel pull add to the sleek design, with the only non-white feature a practical black heel insert.
Good luck keeping them clean.
Available from 8 April at Nike, priced £89.99.
adidas Originals NMD R1
The NMD is one of adidas most grail drops, and since it debuted in 2015 the shoe has enjoyed a steady flow of new fabrics and colours. Recent Primeknit and mesh versions proved just as popular as the OG, proving that this shoe is still worth dropping some cash on.
The latest take features four new, camouflage primeknit styles: grey, coral, green and blue. The sole, lifted from the Ultra Boost offers a fresh white pop against the gloomier uppers.
Available from 9 April at adidas, priced £130.
Nike Free Mercurial Superfly
When Nike launched its calf-climbing Mercurial football boot, on Cristiano Ronaldos feet, we prayed for a day when the silhouette would appear on a shoe without studs. Well, thanks be to Mark Parker for the Nike Free Mercurial Superfly.
If you use it as intended, then the Free sole and knit upper will provide all barefoot runnings benefits, without a foot full of gravel. But with that monochrome colourway and space-age shape, wed be more partial to slipping them on beneath a cuffed jogger and longline tee. Stunting still counts as exercise.
Available at Nike, priced £165.
Y-3 Pure Boost
Yohi Yamamotos atypical take on trainers mixes the best features from adidas shoes with the most cutting edge elements from his own eponymous label.
In the Y-3 Pure Boost, that means ultra-light knitted uppers, set atop the adidas Boost midsole. The monochrome colourway makes this one of the most versatile and wearable Y-3s to date.
Available at Y-3, priced £230.
Nike SB Dunk Premium Waffle
Proving that, these days, skate is more an aesthetic than an actual activity, Nikes introduced a sweet tooth-satiating colourway to its SB Dunk.
The Premium Waffle boasts an upper patterned like its namesake dessert, with the Swoosh doused in a liberal serving of syrup. Theres also a lightweight, cushioned midsole, which would technically give you more control of the board under your feet. But we all know youre not going to scratch these up in the park.
Available at Nike, priced £70.