We’re back once again (not for the renegade master) for the September edition of SneakerFeature. With fuckbois all over the world still frothin’ over Yeezy’s, it is refreshing to review some sneakers that aren’t hyped roshes. With a lot of us about to face university exams, what better way to admit inevitable defeat than buying new release sneakers? To ensure you stay ahead of the game, read this article to see what to cop this fine sunny September.
1. Nike Air Presto “Island Blue”
Price: $167 AUD
Purchase from: Nike, Nike Sportswear, Good as Gold,
With another OG colour way about to drop, presto fans could not be happier. Nike has once again dug through their archives to resurrect and pay homage to these monumental colour ways. As the likes of “Brutal Honey”, “Lightning” and “Unholy Cumulus” make their way back into sneaker scene throughout 2015, Nike continue to recreate these legendary sneakers. It is no surprise that Nike have thrown back to 2000 to rerelease “Island Blue”. Some say that this colour way was inspired by the crystal clear blue waters of the Bahamas, others would say I simply just made that up. Regardless these sneakers are a must cop for any presto connoisseur.
The Nike Air Presto “Island Blue” features a powerful blue upper with accents of white seen throughout Nikes trademark tick located on the toe box. The sneakers trademark TPU cage had had a cloudy white treatment applied giving it a somewhat translucent and murky look. The blue upper sits atop a crisp signature white and blue sole unit. These kicks are finished off with clean white laces, matching that of the tick.
Although I’m not huge on this colour way, I respect its status amongst the presto community. If you dig this colour way and are looking for some new kicks to rock this spring, these are definitely worth copping!
2. Nike Air Presto “Tech Fleece” (Black/Black/Anthracite and Tumbled Grey/Anthracite/White/Black)
Price: $167 AUD
Purchase from: Sneakersnstuff, select Nike retailers, eBay.
Another Nike Air Presto review? How original. You might be asking yourself how much do Nike pay me to promote their Presto’s. The answer is absolutely nothing. To be frank I don’t even have a job and still live at home. Shout out to mum for still doing my washing. Although Presto’s have featured heavily throughout SneakerFeature, it was hard for me to go past these without giving them a quick rundown.
Just to clarify this is a rerelease. The “Tech Fleece” pack originally dropped a couple of weeks ago and was limited to the US. Unsurprisingly due to their high demand sold out worldwide almost instantly. The pack includes Nike Air Huarache, Nike Roshe Run, Nike Cortez and several other silhouettes. Unfortunately due to supply and demand the resell value on these kicks skyrocketed making only the true sneaker heads prepared to pay top dollar to rock these on their feet.
As sneaker fans all around the world continue to show love to the Nike Air Presto’s, Nike has taken this opportunity to revolutionise these game changing sneakers. Although the shape and structure of the shoe will remain the same, Nike has looked towards incorporating new materials not commonly seen throughout the presto line.
This shoe features a grey tech fleece upper while dark grey and black accents are found throughout. For me the reason why Presto’s are such great summer shoes is their ability to breathe. There is nothing worse walking around summer wearing a pair of sneakers that takes your 15 minutes to take off because your feet are so sweaty. Presto’s breathability also reduces the likelihood of them losing that delicious new shoe smell. The grey midfoot overlay combines the laces for an insulated feel offering excellent support. The heel features superb cushioning, and multidirectional flex grooves lend a smooth ride. This sneaker also features contrasting white air-cushioned midsole with strong black hits to the rubber outsole, lining and TPU cage.
For us in Australia heading towards warmer weather the incorporation of tech fleece isn’t ideal. Yet for those moving towards winter these shoes means you can you rock Presto’s despite the cold conditions. For those wanting to cop these don’t be surprised if they sell out at the same speed as they did for the initial drop. These Presto’s are straight fire and there are many eager presto fans around the world willing to go to long lengths to cop these.
3. Nike Air Max Plus Tuned 1 “Kombat”
Price: $240 AUD
Purchase from: Exclusive to Footlocker Australia
With the lethal combination of white upon white with a metallic tick, the Nike Air Max Plus Tuned 1 “Taipan” gained a lot of attention when they dropped in late August. As a result Nike have decided to continue pumping out new colour ways for these fierce sneakers. This Nike Air Max Pus has also been dubbed as the “Tuned 1” as it is the first sneaker to feature Nikes Tuned Air System, making it every adlays dream.
It doesn’t matter whether you have to leg it out of the yard mid panel because some met dog is chasing you or if you are trying to staunch a 12 year old kid for $4.50, the Tuned Air System provides pods of air tuned to different areas of the foot allowing you to perform at nothing short of your best.
Aside from the advanced Tuned Air System, the shoe is crafted from a durable mesh upper that has been caged by plastic and leather. It features a clean white base upper with both black and red accents throughout. The shoe is completed with a full black rubber outsole and traditional Air Max unit sole.
If you are a rich private school kid and are insecure about where you are in your life these kicks will solve all life’s problems. Alternatively, if you are fan of the Nike Air Max Tuned 1’s and missed out on the “Taipan’s” these are for you!
4. Sneakersnstuff x adidas Tubular “Starry”
Price: $151 AUD
Purchase from: Exclusive to Sneakersnstuff.
Channelling intergalactic inspiration, Sneakersnstuff have team up with their good friends Adidas to produce the “Swedish Satellite Pack”. This pack includes three silhouettes starting with the adidas Originals Stan Smith ”Spacesuit” as the first drop, followed by adidas Originals Tubular Runner ”Starry” and rounded up with the adidas Originals Superstar ”Camera”.
Sneakersnstuff say, “This three sneaker collaboration is inspired by NASA’s use of the famous Hasselblad camera which was manufactured in Sweden. More specifically, it plays upon the story of the 1966 Gemini X space program which saw a Hasselblad get lost in space and earn the title of the first Swedish satellite”.
It is no surprise that the adidas Originals Tubular Runner ”Starry” is based upon the stars of our solar system. This sneaker features an all black Tubular, a black-based open mesh and suede upper with hidden reflective stars. This hidden feature will only be noticeable in darker conditions or when exposed to high levels of light. These kicks are finished off with a silver lining to tie in to the rest of the pack.
As huge space fan these shoes are unreal. Not only do their sleek clean look give them appeal but also the significance of the story behind them that earned them their name. As a whole I think the Tubular’s don’t get the amount of attention they deserve simply due to their shape. Hopefully with these dropping we will see more people rocking them around Melbourne!
Check out the short film Sneakersnstuff put together to celebrate this release: