Vans Old Skool 36 Holiday Collection
The holiday season isn’t just a blessed excuse to eat your own bodyweight in food, it’s also a chance to add a pair of Christmas kicks to your rotation. Reissuing its skull and bones print, Vans has added a slightly more festive twist to the canvas and suede body with candy cane and Santa hat motifs. Available at Vans, priced £57.
End x Filling Pieces Heat Map
The mercury might keep plummeting but things are heating up over at End. The retailer has been getting steamy with Dutch sneaker brand Filling Pieces, reworking the label’s classic low top to feature a multi-coloured design inspired by high-tech heat maps. Available from 3 December at End, priced £199.
Adidas NMD XR1 Camo
There’s been no shortage of camo kicks to see sneakerheads through hunting season. Slipping in a final pair before the year is out, Adidas has finally extended the NMD Duck Camo pack to include green. Along with the lightweight mesh upper and molded lace cage, the model is finished with a contrast orange heel pull. Available from 2 December at End, priced £119.
Asics Tiger x Mita Squirrel
When it comes to sneakers that deliver on style and comfort, you know that Asics is a safe pair of hands…err, feet? Celebrating 30 years of the Gel Lyte II, the brand has joined forces with Tokyo’s famed Mita sneaker store on a squirrel-inspired rendition. Do we know why? No. Do we want them? Yes. Available 3 December at Foot Patrol, priced £120.
Lacoste L!ve x Bait
Lacoste continues to up its footwear game, this time through a partnership with Legendary US footwear retailer Bait. The mid-tops are a riot of heavily oiled leather inspired by the skin of its famous crocodile logo, buttersoft nubuck and neoprene. Speaking of riots, did we mention there are only 500 pairs available worldwide? Sharpen those elbows. Available at Lacoste, priced £169.
Fred Perry Umpire
Fred Perry’s classic Umpire tennis shoe style started on the courts before finding its way into the terraces and is now making a move to the streets. The latest Size? exclusive swaps out the British brand’s usual leather upper for minimalist hairy suede, accented with premium leather hits on the heel tab and tongue. Available from December 1 at Size?, price tbc.
ETQ for Oki-Ni Polarity Pack
If the minimalist sneaker trend is starting to feel a bit samey samey but you’re not ready to go full Rick Owens just yet, this kick could hit the sweet spot. A collaboration between premium Dutch footwear brand ETQ and Oki-Ni, the sleek rubberised leather uppers come packing reflective 3M piping. Available 2 December at Oki-Ni, priced £215.
Converse X Stussy One Star ’74
When Converse gets together with US streetwear brand Stussy, the result is always a guaranteed winner. The relationship that kick started in 2013 has been renewed with three new joint versions of the One Star ’74. The early skateboarding classic has gained tonal brushed suede uppers and graphic details unique to each colourway on the tongue. Available from December 2 at Converse, price tbc.