The older heads amongst us come with a preinstalled frown when it comes to remixing classic models. We’ll accept new colourways of old favourites, but there’s a swift recoil action if anyone mentions retooling. Looking at some past experiments-gone-wrong, this screwfacing often feels justified. But when something like the NIKE SNEAKERBOOT Collection crops up in our sights, it’s time to recalibrate.
We’ve seen Winterized versions of various shoes show up on the shelves during the colder months, but these are a little more advanced and should cater for most tastes. Our clear favourite here is the NIKE AIR MAX 90 SNEAKERBOOT which manages to take the best elements of a winter shoe but maintain a sleek shape that is more running shoe than hiking boot. The colourways we’ve spotted so far are among the best we’ve seen on any winter shoe since the impossible-to-find Air Takao series back in 2011.
With the 90s in the bag already, it’s time to explore the other models in the range. The NIKE AIR FORCE 1 DUCKBOOT will be a popular choice, taking the famous Air Force 1 shape and outsole and revamping the uppers and insides for damp and cold conditions. With reinforced construction throughout, this one should see you through to spring, no problem. The NIKE FREE RUN 2 SNEAKERBOOT and NIKE LUNAR LDV SNEAKERBOOT are firmly locked into running shoe foundations, but cut at a mid-height to emphasize their enhancements. With Nike Free 5.0 and Lunarlon sole units respectively, these are undoubtedly lighter than they look.
The NIKE ROSHE RUN SNEAKERBOOT takes one of the brand’s most-loved recent shoes and makes it relevant for poor conditions without losing any of its tidy aesthetics. The last two models – the NIKE ROSHE RUN HI SNEAKERBOOT and the NIKE DUNK SKY HI SNEAKERBOOT – bring things firmly to the female market, proving that women’s winter shoes don’t need to look like Ugg boots. These are clearly for the ladies, but are no token gesture: the lateral straps on the Roshe Run Hi are reminiscent of rugged snowboard footwear, but with a better shape and the quilted top section on the Dunk Sky Hi is a sensible and good-looking addition to any winter shoe.
A clever and well-realised concept, we really like the project and look forward to seeing them in the flesh shortly. The NIKE SNEAKERBOOT Collection is scheduled to drop on THURSDAY 31.10.13 at 14:00hrs GMT and as always, we’ve got you the link-through below.