If you’re in the market for a pair of fresh new kicks, here are 7 current favorites that our Tech Editor Gregory and I rounded up to help with your window shopping.
<a href="https://design-milk.com/7-minimalist-sneakers-maximize-wardrobe/2018-minimalist-sneakers/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/2018-minimalist-sneakers-810x478.jpg" alt="7 Minimalist Sneakers to Maximize Your Wardrobe" /></a> I love fancy footworks as much as the next person and believe that a great outfit can be ruined (or at the very least, go undocumented) with a bad choice in shoes (nothing a little photo-cropping can’t fix to salvage that photo though). However, when it comes to sneakers, I hail from the “less is more” camp, even while ‘Dad shoes’ and retro ‘sneaks are making a comeback. Simple, minimalist sneakers just have a soft spot in my heart, especially when they’re well-made and classically designed with modern elements. I’m also more inclined to hand over $200 when I think about how many outfits can go with a minimalist sneaker over a maximalist one.
Though OKC would indeed blowout the Lakers, the game did deliver on the new sneaker front, with Russell Westbrook playing three quarters donning his new Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 Mirror Image. Named in reflection and comparison between Michael Jordan’s (in)famous resolute intensity of yesteryear alongside the dogged breakneck effort of Westbrook’s play today, the top expanse of the Mirror Image is embellished – from its heel counter to vamp to toe tip – in service of its namesake with a collage of cutout imagery of both players executed in nostalgic Mars
<a href="https://design-milk.com/jordan-why-not-zer0-1-mirror-image/jordan-brand_2_way_2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/Jordan-Brand_2_way_2-810x523.jpg" alt="The Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 Mirror Image" /></a> Noting the gap in talent, the outcome of Wednesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder seemed like a foregone conclusion. But amongst sneakerheads there was another reason to tune into the game: whether reigning NBA league MVP Russell Westbrook would be playing in his newly designed signature shoes for the <a href="https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/jordan" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nike Jordan Brand</a>.
This lightweight, waterproof titanium ring keeps tabs on the wearer’s daily activity, heart rate, and quality of sleep for up to 5 days per charge.
In 2017, Design Milk covered everything when it came to Style + Fashion – including wearable devices, architectural jewelry, geometric games, and eyeglasses made from sheet metal. Want to see which post from this category got the most love this year? Read on to find out… <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-style-fashion-posts-of-2017/ces2017_motiv-ring-011111/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/CES2017_motiv-ring-011111-810x556.jpg" alt="Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017" /></a> 10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/ces-2017-motiv-activity-tracker-ring/" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">CES 2017: The Titanium-Encased Motiv Activity Tracker Ring</a><br />
- Contemporary Jewelry Designed by an Architect
Architect Ayça Ozbank merged her love of urban cities and jewelry to create Mara Paris, sculptural jewelry that’s wearable.
- The Essential Travel Shoe: Allbirds Wool Loungers
The cozy Wool Lounger from Allbirds combines the comfort and softness of a slipper with the style of a trendy, slip-on shoe.
The adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith sneakers will be available in Navy, Pink, and Core Black starting July 6th, 2017.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-x-kvadrat-stan-smith-special-editions/adidas-original-stan-smith-kvadrat-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/adidas-Original-Stan-Smith-Kvadrat-1-810x540.jpg" alt="adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith Special Editions" /></a> <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/originals" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">adidas Originals</a> is giving the <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/originals-stan_smith-shoes" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Stan Smith</a> a new spin with the help of Danish textile company <a href="http://kvadrat.dk/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kvadrat</a>. The collaboration looks to Copenhagen for inspiration by decking these special editions with <a href="http://kvadrat.dk/collection/detail/uid/5297-0742/all-colours/show" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kvadrat’s Squares</a> fabric by Danish designer Vibeke Rohland. The textured fabric features a geometric pattern of dots in various colors atop a complementary background. Instead of the usual 3-stripe perforations on the sides, the adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith kicks are finished with embroidered lines, along with a contrasting fabric on the heel patch and classic white cupsoles.
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Sharing elements with the adjustable strap NikeLab Air Sock Racer Ultra Flyknit and fold-over design of the NikeLab Free RN Motion Flyknit, the latest NikeLab creation is a collaborative effort between Nike and the technically-driven fashion brand ACRONYM, with founder Errolson Hugh putting some signature details that make these ACG models a notable standout.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/nikelab-acg-07-kmt/nikeacg-shoes3_5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/NIKEACG-SHOES3_5-810x603.jpg" alt="A Brown Paper Bag Inspired the Design of the NIKELAB ACG 07 KMTR" /></a> Sneaker designers have oft been quoted finding inspiration in form and function from the realms of the architectural, automotive, fashion, and nature itself. Yet it is the humble brown paper bag that helped shape the functional fit and transformation of the upcoming <a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/nikelab" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">NIKELAB ACG 07 KMTR</a>, an “All Conditions Gear” urban commuter sneaker that opens and closes with just a pull of an integrated draw cord.
However, that does mean one thing—I can no longer bring excess clothing or multiple pairs of shoes for those “just in case” situations. You know—one ‘stylish’ pair, one everyday pair, one pair for in case my everyday pair starts to hurt my feet, and one more just for fun. Like furniture, I need shoes that combine form and function—all day comfort, and can be worn from daytime sightseeing to nighttime bar hopping. I have multiple
<em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="https://goo.gl/iBwLNC" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Allbirds</a>. Our partners are hand picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em> <a href="http://design-milk.com/the-essential-travel-shoe-allbirds-wool-loungers/allbirds-designmilk-nanettewong-24/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Allbirds-DesignMilk-NanetteWong-24-810x540.jpg" alt="The Essential Travel Shoe: Allbirds Wool Loungers" /></a> As I travel more and more, traveling light and efficiently have become my main priority. Gone are those days of lugging giant suitcases filled to the brim with clothes that are never worn. Instead, I’ll now go to Europe on a ten-day excursion with just a carry-on and my backpack.
Adidas worked with Silicon Valley contiguous 3D printing technology specialists, Carbon, to utilize a manufacturing that forgoes traditional prototyping and moulding for a 3D printing process using digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid polymer resin to generate high performance, durable polymeric products quickly – ideal for midsole manufacturing on a scale previously unrealizable. The manufacturing process is quite mesmerizing. The resulting latticed structure midsole structure is even more pliable and flexible than previous Futurecraft models, designed to accommodate the needs of athletic
<a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-futurecraft-4d/futurecraft4d_product_hero_black/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/FUTURECRAFT4D_PRODUCT_HERO_BLACK-810x523.jpg" alt="Adidas Futurecraft 4D is the 3D Printed Sneaker Revolution Realized" /></a> Adidas has made their intentions evident <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=adidas+3D" data-wpel-link="internal">for some time</a>, previewing evolutionary iterations of 3D printed midsoles as the foundation of next generation athletic footwear. But until now their plans have been hampered by the foe of any innovation: scale. Thanks to a technical and manufacturing process called Digital Light Synthesis, the <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/futurecraft" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">adidas Futurecraft 4D</a> is to become the harbinger of 3D printed midsole sneakers for the masses.
The ArchiTech Futurist is the evolutionary progeny of Under Armour’s UA Architech, a shoe concept that won the Advanced Concepts Technical Competition at last year’s AMUG Conference. Sporting a similar interlocking lattice structure as its predecessor, the ArchiTech Futurist TPU midsoles are also made possible using selective laser sintering (SLS), resulting in the characteristic lattice work. The 3D printed heel section is purported to return energy with every press toward the heel, catering to weight lifting exercises of Crossfitters.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/ua-architech-futurist-3d-printed/5-underarmour-futurist-3d/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/03/5-underarmour-futurist-3D-810x539.jpg" alt="The UA ArchiTech Futurist Floats Atop 3D Printed Midsoles" /></a> Get used to seeing “3D printed midsoles” as an increasingly advertised feature accompanying the announcement of new sneakers. Joining the likes of <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-3d-running-shoes/" data-wpel-link="internal">adidas</a> and <a href="http://design-milk.com/new-balance-x-nervous-systems-adaptive-3d-printed-midsole-running-shoes/" data-wpel-link="internal">New Balance</a>, both who’ve ventured into developing proprietary adaptive 3D printed midsoles, Under Armor recently unveiled the <a href="https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/3d-architech?avad=55097_ae2225bd&cid=AF%7Cskimlinks.com%7CAvantLink%7CUS" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">UA ArchiTech Futurist</a> – a limited edition 3D printed sneaker designed for the Crossfit demographic.
One look at David Olivares’ concept Y-A FUYU HIGH sneaker design and it’s impossible not to imagine the Hoth base cold assault stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back, giant mechanized robots from anime, the profile of the adidas Kobe Bryant shoes circa 2000, and hardware usually found securing skiers onto their skis. Whether any of these references played a part in shaping this multi-layered futuristic boot-sneaker is unknown, but we like the exploratory results.
Olivares conceived his weatherproof mechanized sneaker design as a knowing nod to the urban high fashion aesthetics of Yohji Yamamoto’s adidas Y-3 label and Germany’s techwear imprint, ACRONYM. The multi-layered sneaker is accessorized with functional straps, zippers, and locking closures, in sum creating a futuristic profile communicating fashion accompanied with technical functionality.
The adidas Originals NMD City Sock is a pared down and fashionable homage to three of the brands most iconic 1980’s running shoe silhouettes.
In 2016, we brought you a mix of <a href="http://design-milk.com/category/style-fashion/" data-wpel-link="internal">Style + Fashion</a> posts, covering everything from really cool sneakers to LEGO bags to building your own Fender guitar. From the rankings of the most popular posts in this category, it seems you all liked the variety as well. See which posts were the most popular this year. <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-nmd-city-sock-looks-comfy/adidas-originals-nmd-city-sock/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/03/adidas-originals-NMD-City-Sock-600x335.jpg" alt="Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2016" /></a> 10. <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-nmd-city-sock-looks-comfy/" data-wpel-link="internal">adidas Originals NMD City Sock Looks Comfy</a><br />
- Gold-Plated LEGO Bags and Jewelry
Agabag expanded their line of LEGO handbags by creating bags with gold-plated details and a new line of gold-plated LEGO jewelry.
- Sculpted, Mixed Material Bags Inspired By Dreams
A collection of casual, yet elevated, mixed material bags inspired by dreams that complement your casual wardrobe staples.
1. adidas Futurecraft Biofabric
<a href="http://design-milk.com/8-sneakers-that-feel-as-good-as-they-look/dec2016-sneakers-roundup/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/11/Dec2016-sneakers-roundup-810x576.jpg" alt="8 Sneakers That Feel as Good as They Look" /></a> It’s definitely getting chillier with every passing day, which means we’re wearing bulkier and weather-proof footwear when required. But that doesn’t mean we’re sleeping on more comfortable kicks – our daily wear – like these 8 current favorites, each picked for their stylish profiles and comfortable fit.
Adidas continues to push the bounds of innovation with their latest Futurecraft concept, this time using biopolymers mimicking the tensile strength and woven softness of silk to sheath the uppers of these lightweight sneakers. And lightweight they are – 15% lighter compared to other models made with conventional synthetic fibers. Adidas has also made these sneakers completely biodegradable, hopefully a feature we across their range of footwear in the near future.
- Puma Blaze of Glory Sock
Designed as an homage to the cozy traditional cable knit sweaters of the Aran Islands, these sneakers look like the perfect autumn/winter sneakers for cold
The handsome and understated style should dress especially well with dark denim, constructed with full grain leather and a supple calf leather lining, all made in Portugal. They’re only making 100 of these kicks in this sand colorway (grey has already sold out), with only sizes 10 and 12 currently still in stock, so we’d advise being decisive.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/100-pairs-hard-graft-s1-midtops-sneakers/hardgraft-sneakersandinscene-06/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/09/hardgraft-sneakersandinscene-06-600x334.jpg" alt="There Are Only 100 Pairs of These Hard Graft S1 Midtops Sneakers" /></a> If you’re all about exclusivity and are partial to midtop sneakers, you’ll want to redirect your to the Hard Graft website and cop a pair of these extremely limited run <a href="https://hardgraft.us/products/sneaker-sand#" >Hard Graft S1 Midtops Sneakers</a>.
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