If some industries have found themselves floundering amidst the global pandemic, the same can’t be said for designers in the sneaker world. Though the pandemic has no doubt been unkind to the fashion world, sneaker drops continue to come thick and fast. While it’s certainly good news for sneaker fiends around the world, simply keeping up with the latest drops can be a source of great anxiety and when you couple it with the fact most tend to sell out quicker than a TikTok dance trend goes viral, it sees you held captive to the whim of sneaker brands as you hover over the “refresh” button of the browser, awaiting that next update.
Thankfully, we’re here to help you out. In this week’s round-up of the best new sneakers launching in the coming weeks, there’s sure to be a sneaker to please everyone. From those looking to impress on the putting green, to those simply wanting to get outdoors and brave the elements that the colder months serve up, these sneakers prove style and function aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, in 2021 you can have both. For the Men’s Health pick of the sneaker crop, read on for the best new sneakers launching in the coming weeks.
Aime Leon Dore x New Balance 550, approx. $244
This collaboration is one sneaker fiends around the world have been clambering for. Aime Leon Done can do no wrong in our eyes, and never has that been more apparent than with this reissued pair of 550s. The colour way is a fresh take on a classic and while there are hits of nostalgia, it’s also incredibly current.
Nike Air Max 90 Golf NRG, approx. $193
It used to be the case that as far as golf attire was concerned, you’d be trading style for functionality. But in recent years, as the popularity of the sport has increased significantly, we’re seeing sneaker brands take a fresh, contemporary approach to golfing attire. Case in point: the Nike Air Max 90 Golf NRG sneakers. With an island influences thanks to its all-over palmetto tree graphic, we’re loving this take on a favourite silhouette.
Karhu, Fusion 2.0, $186
Findland’s flagship sneaker manufacturer continues to produce the goods. Given that to run in Finland’s outdoors requires shoes that suit the elements, you’re guarantee sneakers that can take on nature’s elements with this brand. This sneaker draws inspiration from the Karhu Olympic decathlon installation from 1939, with a streamlined silhouette completed with support and cushioning technology.
And Wander x Salomon Crosshike, $396
If you needed any further proof that Salomon is the brand to watch as far as sneaker trends are concerned, here it is. The And Wander x Salomon collaboration is a significant one and while it might see you reaching deep into your pockets, know that you’re getting style and function in the one sneaker.
New Balance, 57/40, $217
In celebration of the brand’s annual Grey Day, New Balance have introduced the M5740TA. With a grey leather and suede upper, the streamlined sneaker features soft ENCAP cushioning complete with a chunky midsole. If you thought there was such a thing as too many New Balance sneakers in your wardrobe, think again.
Cole Haan GrandPro AM Golf Sneaker, $320
With traction underfoot and stability provided through a multi-directional bevelled rubber lug design, this sneaker will have your turning heads on the green. Featuring an engineered GRANDFOAM midsole and removable sockliner for responsive cushioning and multi-layered comfort, Cole Hahn once again proves to be the destination for golfing sneakers that are stylish as they are supportive and functional.
Puma, RS Dreamer Basketball Shoes, $180
With its technical precision and support, this iconic running silhouette from Puma has been adapted for the basketball court. Featuring contrasting colour stitching, chunky lines and a sporty silhouette, this is the sneaker that will have you nailing that sartorial style that the effortless sports icons seem to do so well. Comfortable has never looked so stylish.