The intersection between fashion and function in sneaker designs has never been stronger, with technically-accomplished footwear at the top of the agenda right now. Numbered are the days of the Balenciaga Triple S head turning reign, with eyes increasingly drawn towards the sportier silhouettes of brands like Salomon and Hoka One One.
Whether your sneaker rotation is for display purposes only or you like to put your latest cops to the test in your sport of choice, below we’ve rounded up the footwear that performs in more ways than one. From the under the radar brands being adopted by the fashion elite, to the adidas runners and court-ready Nikes that have been on sporting radars since day one, our selection covers all bases.
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Regardless of whether you’re running up cliffs, aesthetically speaking, off-road shoes are front of mind for sneakerheads right now. Brands such as Salomon have been killing it recently, and its recent collaboration with French brand Satisfy Running is one of the nicest trail-ready shoes we’ve seen in a long time. Coming in clean black and white colorways, the sneaker is a minimalist approach to Salomon’s usual designs, while also breaking into the deconstructed trend with Satisfy’s trademark exposed label on the tongue.
For those of you who need to flash their brand allegiances off-road, however, adidas’ Terrex line brings the goods with its GTX Skychaser, offering a rugged traction sole, added stability, and weatherproof materials. Nike’s ACG line (which stands for All Conditions Gear), on the other hand, has been on point with its latest trail-ready Ruckle Ridge sneaker in a fall-friendly green colorway.