Keeping an eye on the coolest shoe releases is just a part of the gig when you work at Boss Hunting. From the cleanest kicks on the block to the fastest runners on the start line and everything in between – we’ve got you covered. So if you want to stay across the best of what’s out there, here are the BH team’s favourite shoe releases from the month.
Copson x Salomon Ultra Raid
In the squeaky clean linkup we never knew we needed, Salomon has partnered with the Calabria-based label Copson for a take on the Ultra Raid. As a widely known and loved technical trail shoe, the Ultra Raid features a responsive energy foam insert as well as a proven ultra trail-running midsole, all executed in white, vanilla ice and racing red. The collab is clean enough to turn heads on the street, without sacrificing any of that mountain goat speed Salomon promises.
Teddy Santis’ New Balance MADE in USA 990v3
Less than a year after it was first announced that Teddy Santis, the founder of Aimé Leon Dore, was to be the creative director of New Balance MADE in USA, his first collection has been released featuring this pair of 990v3’s. Composed of fluffy suede overlays, premium pigskin suede and mesh uppers, much of the Santis’ first shoe is in the brand’s signature grey tones. It’s under the radar, just the way we like it.
George Cleverley ‘Jack’
It’s traditionalists who are most resistant to the changing tides, but even the team at George Cleverley agree that the classic white sneaker should be embraced with open arms. The old school bespoke shoe workshop announced its Jack trainer recently, as a hand-made take on the casual white leather sneaker. As you’d expect from the George Cleverley team, its quality and finish are second to none, as well as being competitively priced against the likes of Common Projects. If you’re looking to step it up, look no further.
sacai x Nike Cortez
The folks at sacai and Nike are no strangers to collaboration, working on numerous silhouettes and colourways over the last year, however, the sacai x Nike Cortez might be one of the best yet. To celebrate the 50th birthday of the Cortez this year, Nike reached out to sacai designer Chitose Abe to add her fingerprints to the anniversary, which sees her signature stacked logos and sole units as a motif in the new design. Boasting the same blocked colours that date back to 1972, we can’t wait for these to hit shelves later this year.
HOKA Tecton X
If you’ve got a need for speed when it comes to running, the boffins at HOKA have cooked up something just for you in the Tecton X. Boasting the first-ever carbon fibre plated trail shoe from the brand, it also features a dual-intensity cushioned midsole that doesn’t sacrifice comfort with pace. The ultra-grippy outsole is the Vibram Megagrip, making sure traction won’t be an issue as you float over the trail.
New Balance Dover Street Market 991
Off the back of linkups with Aimé Leon Dore and COMME des GARÇONS HOMME, New Balance has announced another collaboration with the folks at Dover Street Market. The multi-brand retailer stocks everyone from Balenciaga and Vetements to Gucci and LOEWE, and have worked with New Balance on the 991 style silhouette to create an attractive grey-on-cream colourway. It’s premium, detail-rich and very hard not to love.
RIMOWA x Adidas NMD S1
Following on from its lockable champagne case and collaboration with automaker Porsche, RIMOWA is back at it with Adidas to offer a neutral take on the futuristic NMD S1. With a comfortable PrimeKnit upper construction and oversized semi-translucent mid and outsole unit, it can’t help but remind me of a desert painted FV432 armoured personnel carrier. While the colourway is overwhelmingly tan and grey, the bright orange laces offer a pop of contrast that grabs the eye.
A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Aeon Active CX
In a collaboration between Converse and Samuel Ross’ label A-COLD-WALL*, this distinctly futuristic silhouette isn’t something you see every day. While it was created in two different colourways, the black stands out as being slightly more wearable on the day-to-day. Featuring concrete-like thick Crater foam midsoles, stretch mesh uppers and a heel that you can’t miss, it’s an interesting release from Converse.
The Museum of Authentics – eBay
The final thing we’re highlighting on this month’s sneaker wrap isn’t actually a shoe – it’s a sneaker exhibition that happened in Melbourne over the weekend. Hosted by ebay, The Museum of Authentics showcased dozes of the rarest sneakers in the world, with much of the collection loaned by the sneaker super-collector Michael Fan. Including a pair of game-worn 1985 Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” shoes worth close to $1 million, it was an impressive collection that nicely showcased the level of enthusiasm for sneaker culture that exists in Melbourne.