Clarks has long celebrated its British heritage, and the brand’s latest collaboration sees it heading up north with Geordie retailer End for a new take on a classic. The Trigenic Flex Maple – a contemporary update of the moccasin – boasts a hand-stitched suede design and a grain leather upper locally sourced by Clarks in Leeds. Rule Britannia.
Available from 31 March at End Clothing, priced £109.
From basketball to skating to the latest trend on the colour wheel, Nike’s SB Bruin Premium has seen more makeovers than David Beckham – so luckily it’s just as handsome. The new pink limited edition delivers sticky rubber soles for extra grip, alongside a classic suede upper with stitched detailing throughout. Not just a pretty face.
Available at Nike, priced £60.
Far from just a current trend, Adidas was the first to create an athleisure collection back in the 1970s. Almost half a century later, the brand is celebrating the original Originals with these retro suede and leather kicks from the archive. Resurrecting the made-for-leisure Jogger, Adidas has souped the model up with a cored-out midsole to keep the shoe lightweight and introduced a padded leather lining for comfort.
Available at Adidas, priced £79.95.
Karhu translates to ‘bear’ in Finnish, so the 100-year-old footwear brand is well placed to create a speaker that pays respect to the great outdoors. Bringing a whole new meaning to walking ‘bearfoot’, the latest edition of the storied Synchron Classic features marzipan-coloured pigskin suede uppers and black nylon mesh panels that draw inspiration from the Nordic country’s birch tree forests.
Available from 31 March at Hanon, priced £99.
Nike and Adidas dominate trainer town, but there are plenty of other brands worth giving a go. Amsterdam-based footwear label ETQ offers minimalist sneakers with maximalist attention to detail. For SS17, the Low Top 2 Rugged packs in luxurious leather uppers, a cushioned leather lining and tonal rubber cup sole in a range of colours including the shade of the year.
Available at End, priced £205.
Continuing their joint domination of the high-fashion-sportswear scene, Adidas Originals and Alexander Wang are back at it with the AW BBall sneaker. Fully-loaded with a Boost sole, fleece detailing, elastic collar, and unique traction pattern, the chunky basketball sneaker is yet another slam dunk.
Available at Alexander Wang, priced £225.
Swap Made In Italy for Made Of Italy with the latest collabration from LA footwear retailer Bait and Diadora. Inspired by the sandy beaches of Regione Siciliana, the classic runner brings together subtle pink nubuck, grey suede and a clear, sand-flecked sole to resemble a Spiaggian sunset. Bellissimo.
Available at Caliroots, priced £182.
Why go for 50 shades when two lots of grey looks this good? The new H302 trainers from Italian brand Hogan are a straightforward mix of dual-tone suede uppers, exposed stitching and a perforated monogram on the side. The only thing that needs to get tied up are those laces.
Available at Hogan, priced £246.