5 Sneakers You’ve Been Sleeping On

These days, each and every weekend seems to bring a smattering of brand new, heavily hyped releases. As a result, there are countless kicks flying under the radar, just begging to be copped.

With that in mind, every now and then we like to highlight some kicks that aren’t quite getting the love they deserve.

This particular installment highlights some OGs, a reworked classic, and a silhouette that we believe should go down as an all-timer.

New Balance 997S

Yes, New Balance have dropped some hyped releases this year. The Toronto Raptors New Balance 997 sold out within minutes, while there’s still plenty of us looking to get our hands on the Slam Jam and Stray Rats versions of the NB 990v3. But it’s the New Balance 997S that slid under the radar this year, the retooled Steven Smith classic featuring enlarged panels, bootie fit, and a clean ENCAP Reveal midsole. The sporty silhouette was given some extra gas via two colabs from Boston boutique Bodega, and has since kept its momentum with a slew of clean GR releases.

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Vivienne Westwood ASICS GEL–DS OG Trainer 

The lynchpin of punk rock fashion, Vivienne Westwood continues to inspire sartorial attitude across the globe. Linking up with ASICS for three masterpieces inspired by 18th century French artist Francois Boucher, Westwood first referenced the classical style in her now–iconic 1990 AW collection, ‘Portrait’. Westwood’s visual style has not lost any potency during her reign in the fashion world, the GEL–DS OG Trainer our personal favourite of the collection, rendering her signature multi–coloured orb logo across the black synthetic and mesh panels.

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Reebok Instapump Fury BOOST ‘Prototype’

Known as the Instapump Fury BOOST for obvious reasons, this historic hybrid swaps Reebok’s Hexalite cushioning for adidas BOOST, opening a wild new chapter in the history of Steven Smith’s futuristic design.

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The GOLF le FLEUR* Converse Gianno Ox

Adventurous types can go full bore with the wild-sounding colourway of ‘Bright Concord’ and ‘Meerkat’, while the safer option of tonal ‘Biscotti’ is for reserved tastes.

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Nike Air Ghost Racer

Only the most stubborn sneaker enthusiast will find something to dislike about the new version. In our opinion, Nike have done a great job in recreating this sneaker, and all of the differences observed don’t take away anything from the execution. Now it’s time to enjoy one of the Swoosh’s best reissues in a long time… on your feet. Pretty, pretty comfortable.

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