October 2013 Sneaker Update

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October is a month of our favourite scents: pumpkin spice everything, falling leaves and, of course, whiffs of that new sneaker smell only a factory-fresh pair can provide. October was a great month for sneakerheads, especially with the release of a handful of new Nike LeBron 11s. However, for this sneaker update, we go beyond the ordinary for some really killer shoes. Get your hands on them while you can.

The Best
 
 

Nike Hyperdunk 2013 Mercury Grey/Metallic Silver

When this beautiful new colour arrived on the scene (green glow was released earlier in October), we knew we’d want them, and want them bad. The Hyperdunk already boasts incredible industrial design meets basketball aesthetics, featuring wraparound shoe laces and well-placed mesh panels, but the colour is just sleek and subtle enough to command a much closer look. Great ankle support and dotted laces are just icing on the cake.
 
 

Adidas Originals GLC Black Gold

Although jewel tones and vibrant neons have been heading up the recent shoe releases, there has been a more recent return to metallics, which are hard to pull off without looking cheap. Enter the new GLC Black Golds, setting a rich royal purple against gold for a dynamic contrast pairing. The hardware across the tongue is actual metal, giving the already-luxe leather upper another punch of baller charm. Perfect for the stylish king of the courts.
 
 

Reebok Pumpspective Omni Black/Blue/White

There’s nothing like a throwback to brighten up your mood, especially if it’s a special Halloween colourway. This is a Pump Omni costumed for a night out in the 80s, and we say that’s a good thing. A contrasting pink line swoops between a mixed sole and a classic eyelet wing, and a tongue pump keeps it true to its roots.
 
 

Air Jordan XX8 SE Bel-Air
We did what we could to keep this list from being dominated by all the new camouflage-print releases, but this one from Nike was too good not to mention. The Bel-Air’s multi-hued camo was released Oct. 5, sporting splotches of court purple, white, flash lime and gamma blue for a truly head-turning sneaker (the print even extends onto the bottom of the soles). Simple details like the heel tab, hidden eyelets and mesh panels make it a pair that doesn’t depend on a gimmick to sell.

The Worst
 
 

Nike Air Flightposite Exposed
Oct. 26 saw the debut of the Flightposite Exposed, bringing back laces over the zipper closure other versions of the Flightposite have sported. However “classic” the colourway is, that zebra print is bugging us, and a transparent university red panel over it isn’t doing enough to hide it from our eyes, unfortunately. Some shoes seem to get textured prints right; others, such as this one, clearly don’t, ending up looking a lot more like a ski shoe than something meant to be worn on-court.

 
 

Nike Zoom Soldier 7 Laser Orange/Black/Court Purple/Gamma Blue

Of all this year’s releases of the Zoom Soldier 7 series, it looks like we’ve finally scraped bottom. Although we can appreciate a stealth-bomber design and some loud colours, the laser orange version unsuccessfully fuses pop art prints and spoiled mustard, although we’re sure that’s not going to stop fans of King James from wanting to snag a pair.
 
 

Reebok Shaqnosis GS Silver/Pink Snake

Shaq, we love you buddy, but the Shaqnosis has got to stop, or at least start coming in colours that won’t make us want to throw up (that spiral design ain’t helping). Yes, we know this is Shaqnosis’ first release for women, not guys, but don’t assume that throwing a pink reptile skin design onto an already iffy shoe makes it cool to market it to our girlfriends. We’re just giving you the heads up before Ellen takes you down
 
 

Honourable Mentions
Peanut butter and jelly seems to be becoming a bit of an NBA favourite, so much so that Russell Westbrook recently was tweeted as having said that it’s what he misses most about playing basketball. Thus, we really wanted to shout out Nike’s KD 6 Peanut Butter and Jelly, which has its origins in one of Kevin Durant’s favourite kindergarten snacks. In a bit of sneaker news, we thought we’d also add that Grant Hill’s Olympic sneakers from the 1996 games have been recently inducted into Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, where they will be preserved from now until the end of time.

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