The Sneaker Drop: April’s Must-Have Reissues From Nike, Adidas And New Balance

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The Sneaker Drop: April’s Must-Have Reissues From Nike, Adidas And New Balance

Words by Mr Jim Merrett

1 April 2024

Nike Sky Force Highs with actual springs in their step. Reeboks built to kick Xenomorph butt. Ruby slippers that really will whisk you home at the click of the heels. These are just some of the outlandish – and entirely fictional – shoes that other, lesser, new sneaker roundups will try to palm off on you today. The jokers. Only, look at the calendar: it’s 1 April, April Fools’ Day, meaning you should take everything you read this morning with a pinch of salt (that includes those gold-leaf Salt Bae collabs for your plates of meat). But you’re better than that, and so are we. Which is why all the sneakers featured below are genuine models that really will be available at MR PORTER this month. Including – wait – self-lacing high-tops with rechargeable light-up soles? That can’t be right.

1906R “Metallic Blue” by New Balance

The 1906 is named for the year that New Balance came into being. Quite what the founder, English immigrant Mr William J Riley, would’ve made of this striking reissue of the shoe, confusingly first released in 2009, is a good thought experiment. Perhaps as good as Riley’s original observations of chickens’ feet, which genuinely inspired his first shoe. He’d no doubt be struck by the bold, shiny colourway, but he should take a moment to absorb the ABZORB, ACTEVA LITE and N-ergy cushioning, not to mention Stability Web arch support on the outsole. Which, as hardware goes, is far from poultry. Er, paltry.

Dunk Low “Burnt Sunrise” by Nike

From Guangzhou street food to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to Mr LeBron James’ favourite breakfast cereal, there’s a surprising number of Dunk collabs that draw from food. Which is odd when you wear them on your feet. But we have a theory, if you are willing to indulge us further: the best Dunk colourways would also be excellent names for cocktails. Burnt Sunrise, for example. Sure, the peachy pastel tones make good use of that signature upper, rendered in shaggy suede. But would you turn one down if offered one at a beachside bar over the evening’s golden hour? Now drink that in.

Samba OG Made in Italy by adidas Originals

Somehow, a sneaker first released 75 years ago is the footwear of the moment. We say somehow, but there’s no secret to the Samba’s success – it’s comfy, elegantly simple and you can wear it with anything. But in a sea of three-striped shoes, how can you make yours stand out? Well, you don’t have to break with the rhythm. The companion piece to the recent stealth black edition, this reissue from adidas Originals was made in Italy from premium calf leather, with a contrast suede T-bar across the toe. Fancy footwork, indeed.

P-6000 “Light Bone White Metallic” by Nike

The P-6000 isn’t the Y2K runner it appears to be. Rather, it’s the convergence of several Pegasus models from across timelines, brought together and launched in 2019. As such, it fits seamlessly into Nike’s current roster of leisure shoes plucked from its 2000s running range (see the Zoom Vomero 5, below). What this new iteration brings is a classic colour combination of sporting heritage, with the crisp white of the upper broken up with lush green and space-age silver details.

Zoom Vomero 5 “Thunder Blue” by Nike

The Vomero 5 – literally the fifth generation of Nike’s utilitarian Vomero running line – has built on its 2011 origins to become something of an It-shoe for the early 2020s. Its intricate mesh upper was designed with function in mind, but perhaps the reason for its success today is that, in its more pared-back guises, it can be worn with most outfits. And despite the bombastic appellation, this grey-ish Thunder Blue colourway offers a solid foundation for almost anything.

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