(SPOT.ph) The early to mid-1900s are often referred to as the "Golden Age of Hollywood" while the mid-1980s to mid-1990s are thought of as the "Golden Age of Hip-Hop." We like to think of the late 2010s, and now the early 2020s, as the golden age of sneakers. Hear us out: with brand-new sneaker styles dropping left and right, there’s always a fresh pair to look forward to these days. Sometimes it’s hard even for diehard footwear enthusiasts to keep up. With that in mind, we round up some recently released, wishlist-worthy kicks below, so you can plan your next purchase. From local brands entering into the sneaker game to sportswear giants revamping their classic pairs, you can’t deny that now is a good time to be a sneakerhead.
These 10 recent sneaker drops deserve a spot in your collection:
Knit Sneakers (P1,490) from Uniqlo
Yup, you can now shop sneakers at Uniqlo! Their knit sneaker features a sleek, lace-up design with soft insoles and a lightweight knitted upper that promises comfort and breathability. The rubber sole also gives the pair lots of grip and support, so you'll have no problem spending a busy day in these kicks. They're available in all-white and all-black designs, so you can cop whichever one would best suit your style best or even get both—they're only P1,490 a pair.
See a list of Uniqlo branches.
Broma Shoes (P3,000) from Adidas
This new sneaker from Adidas features a classic skater-style silhouette with a simple canvas upper and a thick rubber sole. It comes in three colorways: an all-white pair with subtle mint green accents, a soft coral shoe with muted yellow details, and a black iteration with white stripes lining the tongue and heel. Each pair is finished off with the Adidas logo subtly printed on the outer side of the shoe.
See a list of Adidas branches.
GrandPrø Rally Sneakers (P8,995) from Cole Haan
These predominantly white pairs from Cole Haan come in two color variants: take your pick between soft peach or baby blue accents on the heels and upper laces against a sleek, stark white construction. Sneaker enthusiasts would appreciate the sturdy leather exterior and pristine stitching on these gorgeous kicks. Plus, they'd also make great couple sneakers you can share with your BF—or if you're single, just grab both for yourself and practice self-love! Wink, wink.
See a list of Cole Haan branches.
Nylite Rainbow Sneakers (P3,990) from Tretorn
Tretorn's Nylite sneaker was first released in the '60s and became particularly popular in the '80s and '90s. The classic pair comes in several cute colors, but the newest iteration has got to be one of the prettiest so far: The Nylite Rainbow features the same slim shape, canvas upper, lace-up construction, and rubber sole as the OG sneaker. Tretorn's signature wing-shaped logo can be seen on both sides of the shoe decked out in a striped rainbow pattern. The same bright spectrum of colors on the tongue of the shoe makes this pair stand out, but don't worry—thanks to the predominantly white exterior, it would still match all your outfits.
373 Sneakers in Smoked Salt with Copper (P3,295) from New Balance
New Balance just revamped their classic 373 sneakers with this new pair of #aesthetic kicks that feature a dusty-rose tone in a stylish suede finish with metallic gold details on the heel and tongue, as well as on the outline of the “N” logo on the outer side of each shoe. The style takes inspiration from vintage running shoes—perfect if you want to achieve that old-school sportswear vibe. Pair with retro-inspired pieces like oversized windbreakers or slouchy jeans to complete the look.
Available at Capital branches in Festival Mall, Glorietta 4, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, SM Aura Premier, UP Town Center, and Uptown Mall.
The Low Top (P6,850) from AVG Supply
A new local brand just splashed into the sneaker game: AVG Supply. Their line of casual leather shoes includes lace-ups and slip-ons in neutral tones like black, white, gray, and dusty pink that you can wear with pretty much any of your looks. The fuss-free styles feature wearable silhouettes with no ornamental designs, extra stitching, perforations, or padding—just clean, simple, and great for everyday use. We’re currently eyeing the sleek Low Cut sneaker, a potential mainstay in your regular sneaker rotation.
Mexico 66 Ecobember Sneakers (P5,990) from Onitsuka Tiger
Onitsuka Tiger’s Ecobember Collection includes three of the Japanese brand's classic silhouettes, the Tiger Corsair, the GSM, and the Mexico 66. Each one is decked out in a stark white shade all over (including the brand's signature striped logo across the outer side) with subtle off-white accents on the soles and heels, giving each pair more dimension and highlighting each of their unique silhouettes.
See a list of Onitsuka Tiger branches.
Smiley x Beam Sneaker (P1,899) from World Balance
These quirky kicks from World Balance feature a cute yellow smiley face against the black canvas material on the heel. Whether you’re from the era of AOL e-mails, Yahoo! Messenger, or Instagram DMs, the colon-and-closed-parenthesis combo is timeless in the world of instant messaging. As the pair ages, it’ll look more and more like a cool piece of pop-culture memorabilia.
See a list of World Balance branches.
Old Skool Sneakers Milk Tea Collection (NT $2,380; U.S. $78; roughly P3,985) from Vans
These new iterations of Vans’ classic skater shoe, the Old Skool, take the retro style and give it an elegant twist with a suede finish instead of the usual canvas. The kicks feature the same look and silhouette as the OG, but with colorways inspired by milk tea! The wearable shades make these perfect to add to your go-to sneaker lineup.
Air Force 1 Shadow SE in Spruce Aura (P6,295) from Nike
Love rocking nude tones in your OOTDs? You’ll swoon over the colorway on this AF1 Shadow from Nike. The bulky kicks get a soft, ethereal touch thanks to a stark white sole and off-white upper decked out in outer paneling in varying shades of beige. If you love rocking minimalist pieces, nude-toned clothing, or anything linen, this pair would be perfect for you.
See a list of Nike branches.
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