The sneaker release calendar is hilariously overwrought. With all the new colorways, slight redesigns, mini-collabs and hyper-limited releases, it’s become virtually impossible to keep up. Here are the best new sneakers you can actually buy.
Converse Chuck 70 Suede
Exactly what it sounds like — the very familiar Chuck 70s, cut from suede. Converse also threw in some mountain-inspired details, like cord laces, a canvas tongue and a mountaineering-looking patch in place of the traditional star stamp. Consider swapping the cord laces for some Taslan laces, which are more durable and offer a bit more in the way of texture and color contrast.
Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit
The Zoom Fly Flyknit is a confusingly named but pretty impactful release (it also made our list of the best running sneakers released this month). The entry-level version of Nike’s world-beating Vaporfly 4% running shoe, the Zoom Fly Flyknit uses React foam, the much talked about carbonfiber plate and, as you probably guessed, a flyknit upper. It’s a lighter, more breathable Zoom Fly that looks really, really good.
Adidas Yung-1 Triple Black
This may be the most muted chunky sneaker you will find. The Yung-1 is one of a list of Adidas sneakers born from a reimagining of its ’90s hits. It’s a murdered-out blend of nubuck, mesh and foam that people with bad eyes might even mistake for Yeezy 500s.
Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Triple White
Not a new shoe, but a shoe that’s newly (and widely) available. Announced on Twitter, because of course, Kanye West declared his shoes should be more than just collector’s items. On September 21, loads and loads of 350 V2 Triple Whites were made available, and there’s still a full size run up for grabs.
Vans SK8-HI MTE
Vans’ all-weather MTE collection is not new, but the brand added a wealth of rugged versions of its iconic SK8-HI sneakers that are perfect for cooler weather. Water-resistant leather uppers, vulcanized lug outsoles, warm linings and a host of new colorways wrap up a very good winter sneaker.