Scuffing anxiety, spillage fear and general footstep trepidation are the sweaty-palmed frailties that come with any box fresh pair of trainers. While most bright whites arguably have a huge amount of character to gain from six months of reckless wear and tear, the tipping point from blindingly clean creps to the “IDGAF, bro. McDonalds’ barbecue sauce improves my AF1’s, if anything” attitude should be kept at arms (legs?) length for as long as your Muhammad Ali quick-footed reflexes can hold.
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Now that you’re shielded against both the elements and the cruel fate of a smashed pint glass, you can bolster your collection with a few more triple whites. Here’s my run down of this season yayo-heavy joints. I got it for the low, low.
ASICS Gel Kayano
The most future aesthetic on an otherwise traditional running silhouette. This one will appease both the purists and fans of the more out-there models on the market (Reebok Pump Fury, Nike Air Huarache, Puma Disc Blaze, and anything by Yohji). While the Kayano’s alternative colourways will likely sit on shelves, the triple white/black iterations have already shown they can sell-out.
Adidas Originals Superstar
You already know the Shelltoes are coming back strong. Whether they’ll eclipse the Stan Smith’ – whose victory lap is still well in effect – remains to be seen. Those supercolors were hot though, right? I’ll admit I thought they were going to get slept on. But the ladies have cleared out every vendor in the country for Pharrell’s pastels, which is kind of unprecedented when you think about it? It clearly doesn’t need the contrasting stripes to remain an icon, then.
Nike Air Max 95
The cult of the 110 is a very 2015 trend. I respect anyone that can pull this one off since this is, let’s face it, the Fiat Multipla of shoes. Usually it’s roadman types in blacked-out (or white, in Skepta’s case) tracksuits that actually do the AM95 justice. ’95 – ’05 was basically wall-to-wall bagginess, so Joey Essex types pairing theirs with spray-on skinnies looks justifiably silly. Otherwise for most people they’re generally much more palatable with shorts.
Nike Air Force 1 Lo
Seriously, throw a gum sole on a pair of Skechers and I’m going to at least consider copping. A sure-fire way of elevating an all white upper, the gum sole is right at home on the AF1 Lo. The textured leather might be a little much so these come in a Lunar version that’s a little more streamlined, but get these for your girl if you’re not feeling them. Look, somebody buy these! Are you kidding me?
Nike Cortez OG QS
What was likely a reaction to Adidas’ re-release of the Superstar, Nike dropped the OG Cortez knowing it would fly off shelves. They were right, of course. After a swift re-stock, there are still plenty of sizes left of the white/black, with the unofficial Forrest Gump colourway long gone. The best retro release given the vintage treatment since the Blazer, these weren’t available in the UK for the longest time. Get yours even if it’s for that authentic L.A. Cholo Halloween costume.