September 2013 Sneaker Update

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Although October commands the list of fall’s most anticipated styles, we still had a few hits and misses come our way in September, proving that there’s never a month off for sneakerheads. Striking the right transitional colours as summer makes way to fall is key this time of year, so be sure to grab some of these before they go the way of warm weather.

The Best

 
 

A$AP Rocky x adidas Originals x Jeremy Scott JS Wings “Black Flag”
At once minimal and completely out there, these long-awaited head turners from rapper A$AP Rocky are a new addition to our must-cop list, despite only being dropped a few days ago. Tone-on-tone black makes these all about the classic wing silhouette, although the real excitement is when you notice the (really, really) detailed embroidered stars and stripes.

 
 

Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2013 Green Glow/Game Royal
The Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2013’s new colour—green glow and game royal—has some shockingly cool details. The unique heel tab, judicious use of graphic prints and fantastic colour combination makes it an automatic pick up. This shoe’s curves are also all about life’s simple gameday pleasures, offering a great range of movement and all the ventilation you need.

 
 

BAIT x ASICS Gel Saga “Phantom Lagoons”
More moody colours are on the way for this fall and, in the case of ASIC’s Phantom Lagoons, can become the key selling point. These are a massive departure from BAIT’s previous collab with ASICS, the brightly coloured Rings Pack. There’s some great contrast between its nighttime blues, purples and teals, as well as between the suede, nubuck and perforated panels.

The Worst

 
 

Air Jordan V “3LAB5”
Two words are enough: Elephant. Skin. Bringing back the awful texture that ruined many an otherwise stellar pair of Jordan 3s, the Jordan 3LAB5 puts the pachyderm-inspired print onto the frame of the Jordan V as part of its Elements collection. It only goes to show, proof positive, that there aren’t many good ideas left to go around these days.

 
 

Nike Air Max 90 Duck Hunter Camo
We love being brought back to our childhood as much as the next guy, but some retro crossovers should be left collecting dust. Nike’s Air Max have been produced in a camouflage homage to Duck Hunter, the nefarious light gun shooter for the Super Nintendo, and are a sad attempt at capturing this fall’s runway trends. It fails on so many levels: the camo print is boring, the textures are flat, the colours try to be plastic (literally). Strap a used gaming system to your feet—it’s cheaper.

 
 

Honourable Mentions
At first, we didn’t know whether or not we liked the Nike Air Max 90 Sneakerboot. Then they released it in a fall-appropriate legion green, sporting a hint of wildness at the cuff. Nice. Likewise, at first we thought Adidas’ Springblade kicks were a new way to open a beer: however, they’ve grown on us. The metallic silver colourway gets a shout out.

With September behind us, we’re really looking forward to October. Lots of orange coming your way, because, well, ‘tis the season.

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