Nike is famous for its shoes. But with so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know what’s worth your money. Here are our suggestions.
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When it comes to a wardrobe staple, the sneaker really stands out. There’s no other item that can take you from brunch to the gym, but with endless options, it begs the question: where to start?
Known for having their range, Nike are above the rest when it comes to making sure there’s something for everyone – I mean there’s a reason they’re the leaders in the sneaker industry.
If you were sitting on the idea of a new sneaker purchase, let that be your go-ahead.
THE BEST SNEAKERS
Air Force 1 ’07, Nike AU, $180
These boys need no introduction. Nike’s most trusted and sought-after sneaker, it’s widely known to live a thousand lives. While the all-white version is the most iconic, adding a splash of color isn’t just going to elevate your appearance (and yes, I mean plural), but is a careful progression from safety at all. White. Truly the sneaker for every season.
Mid-1977 blazer, JD Sports, $140
Favored by basketball legends past and present, the Nike Blazer is one of, if not THE oldest, Nike style still in heavy rotation. Its popularity really speaks for itself: the mid-rise waistband provides the stability you need, complemented of course by the tread of the rubber sole, while the muted tones of the white colourway give the front of the powerful black swoosh scene.
SB Zoom Blazer Low, Nike AU, $120
A quiet achiever, the Nike SB Zoom Blazer Low Pro GT is the type of sneaker that catapulted Nike to global dominance. The black and white colourway not only ensures you get the wear you desire from a pair of trainers, but the updated styling means you’ll be one of the first on the streets in this new range. Plus, there’s just something about suede that lasts: no scuffs here.
Air Zoom Pegasus 38, the iconic, $180
Now let’s talk about mesh uppers. Indispensable for longer runs, the Air Zoom Pegasus not only ensures your feet can breathe, but they have the movement to finish with relative ease. Coupled with the foam sole, you’ll have a hard time remembering that you don’t really have clouds on your feet.
Metcon 7 training shoes, Rebel Sport, $190
The gold standard in training shoes, the Metcon 7 are revered by weightlifters and cross-fitters. Created with a responsive foam sole, the shoe is literally designed to absorb the shock of a higher intensity workout. But, the star of the show here is the tab that locks down your laces, ensuring there really is no excuse to smash your next PB.
ZoomX SuperRep Surge, Nike, $147
It’s not easy to create a training shoe designed for equal parts running, weights and HITT, but Nike has achieved this daunting task with its ZoomX line. I mean, even if intense training isn’t your thing, this shoe has one main function: to protect your lower half.
Court Vision, the iconic, $100
If you’re looking for a statement in leather, look no further than the Court Visions. The contrasting colorways let the trainers do the talking, while being incredibly easy to pair with jeans or shorts. Remember: less is more when it comes to this shoe, making it the perfect partner in crime for your wardrobe basics.
Court Vintage Premium, Nike, $110
Everyone loves a throwback, and Nike is no different. Honoring their heritage styles, the Court Vintage is a modern nod to the ’80s tennis scene. Now don’t let that put you off, the shoe is practically made for any wardrobe rotation.
Victori One, the iconic, $40
If we’re going to talk about slides, we simply can’t do it without mentioning the Victori Ones. With 11 phenomenal colours, there’s something for everyone. For starters, the all-black colorway will truly be your best friend.
But, with or without socks?
Dare we say, with. But, when choosing which sock to pair with your slide, we suggest sticking to colors that are close to each other on the color wheel. It’s infallible like that.
Kurt Hughes is a Sydney-based journalist who has his finger on the trigger when it comes to trends and styles. He has worked for brands such as We Are Kindred, General Pants and Ksubi, as well as articles for Fashion Journal, GQ and iD, and is deeply committed to the brands that shape our culture.You can follow him on Instagram at @kurthughes.