Welcome to Sneaker News #67. This week, adidas is continuing to power forward with its controversial adiFOM Q which is drawing similarities to the YEEZY FOAM RUNNER. Nike has a handful of Dunk releases this week, going into the vault and also looking towards the future. Elsewhere, there’s a collaboration between Dr Martens and Aape and a tribute to footwear visionary Wilson Smith III by Nike.
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adidas adiFOM Q – ‘Core Black Carbon’
The adiFOM Q has been nabbing attention for adidas thanks to its similarities to the YEEZY FOAM RUNNER. It seems, however, that the inspiration runs deeper with adidas looking back to the silhouette of its 2001 shoe the adidas Quake to create this. It also has more of a shoe structure than the FOAM RUNNER, giving real shoe laces and a tongue – the sort of stuff you’d expect to find on a shoe. The shoes are currently sold out everywhere so you’ll have to find a reseller if you’re keen on one of the year’s most headline-grabbing shoes.
Nike Dunk High 1985 ‘Barley Rose’
The Dunk once again is going back to its roots by tapping in 1985. It’s a distinctly nostalgic release that looks like it could’ve been around since the ’80s thanks to the well-worn look and feel. The sun-washed denim with contrast stitching on the upper and the aged midsole gives the shoes the aged look. The shoes won’t feel like they’ve been around since the ’80s though thanks to the cushioned high-top comfort. These are due to drop 27th September.
Nike ACG Lowcate ‘Wolf Grey and Navy’
The ACG Lowcate is made for the streets and rugged terrain. Slick enough to look good as lifestyle shoes and sturdy enough to survive in the great outdoors, these are versatile shoes. The rubber outsole and heavy-duty, tuned lug pattern on the sole provide expert grip while the Tailframe underfoot provides extra support for when you’re carrying extra weight. The Wolf Grey and Navi colourway also makes it an easy shoe to take anywhere. Nab a pair from Nike right now.
adidas Tyshawn x Spitfire
Iconic skateboarder Tyshawn Jones has teamed up with one of his sponsors San Francisco-based Spitfire Wheels for an all-black adidas shoe. Metallic branding and textured 3-Stripes details break up the triple-black while bringing together the blacktop streets of NYC and the psychedelic branding of Spitfire. Unsurprisingly made for skateboarding, premium materials and a high-grade EVA midsole are a massive drawcard. Adidas members can cop from the adidas site right now.
Nike Dunk Low Retro QS ‘Argon’
It’s time for some more Dunk love this week, turning attention to the Dunk Low Retro QS. The Argon was a Japanese exclusive but its popularity has seen it become a worldwide priority and you can see why. The colourway brings together tonal blues on the sleek leather. It’s all elevated by a crisp white Swoosh that sits atop a sea of blue. Head over to Highs and Lows to enter the raffle.
Dr Martens x Aape 1461 Smooth
Dr Martens has teamed up once again with BAPE’s Aape for a smooth collaboration. Using the classic 3 eye 1461, Aape keeps things relatively low-key using utilitarian olive on the upper. It’s the embossing on the toe that brings the shoes to life with the Aape moonface logo and “SOMEWHERE IN THE AAPE UNIVERSE” appearing in a subtle shade. Head over to Dr Martens to cop the last remaining pairs now.
Nike Air More Uptempo ’96 ‘Thank You Wilson’
Nike is celebrating the first black designer in the footwear industry Wilson Smith III with its latest Air More Uptempo ’96 release. It’s Smith’s love of space-age TV that is used as an influence here, particularly in the gradient upper which recalls the sunset of a futuristic city. The reflective design accents spotted across the shoe also feel particularly space-ready as does the metallic silver tongue. Head over to Nike now to cop a pair.