It’s that marmite time of year when the days get shorter and colder, and we look to our autumn sneakers to get us through. As we enter September, ensure you’re ahead of the game with an ice cold rotation prepped for AW23/24.
If there’s anything that an autumnal sneaker should be – then it’s durable and sleek. British weather is unpredictable at the best of times, and you don’t need a big puddle to spoil your kick game. Flaunting a polished leather base, these Nike Air Force 1 Luxe are ideal for combatting rain and mud. Subtle stitch detailing keeps the shoe refreshingly contemporary, adding to the less-is-more aura of the model. A rugged gum tread is both aesthetically pleasing as it is practical, great for autumnal terrains.
Keeping things apt for the season, these olive green New Balance 610v1 make a great addition to any AW footwear roster. Taking visual cues from trail silhouettes of the 2000s, this 610v1 feels authentically rough-and-ready to accompany your lifestyle. A creamy honeycomb mesh creates a textural base, whilst green suede overlays dance around the upper. The underfoot highlights an earthy multi-hued midsole, making it clear that this grounded iteration is a must-have for autumn.
Regardless of how active you plan on being this autumn, it’s never a bad idea to keep a pair of sneakers solely for outdoors ventures. You wouldn’t go hiking in a pair of adidas Yeezy 350 V2, but you can in the adidas Terrex AX4 Hiking Shoes. Crafted with tricky terrains in mind, these shoes won’t let you down when things get tough – specially equipped with Continental Rubber technology for reliable grip. ‘Rocky scree, wet logs, dusty trails’ – you name it. The Terrex AX4 has your back – or your feet – should we say.
If the classic Timberland boot and Nike Air Force 1 had a love child, it would probably look something like this iteration. This rustic Nike Air Force 1 Mid ‘07 is the epitome of autumnal style. What’s not to love about a monochrome crisp nubuck upper and trail style laces? These kicks couldn’t possibly be more AW coded if they tried, making them an ideal choice when curating your rotation of autumn sneakers.
Joining our list from a slightly more icy angle, the asics GEL-NYC offer a metallic 2000s steeze that’s undeniably cool. Boasting an upper flooded with silver, white and cream, these sneakers are guaranteed to keep your ‘fit ultra clean all autumn. Style with a fresh white hoodie and cargos for a relaxed look that does a lot with minimum effort.
If we’re prioritising design technology that’s specific to difficult weather conditions, it’s got to be the Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX. Your feet will be thanking you for freeing them from the shackles of soggy socks, ensured with a waterproof GORE-TEX layer. Reduced rubber textile within construction means you can seamlessly shift from road to trail without a fuss, whilst keeping the full-length React midsole intact. And if that wasn’t enough, then the Nike React tech will keep things smooth sailing with its lightweight foam. It’s a no brainer.
When it comes to running silhouettes, New Balance knows its stuff. And this NB 860V2 is no exception, combining modern style with a durable makeup that will last throughout colder months. Presenting a predominantly beige exterior hosted by various mesh textiles, this 860V2 is cool, calm and collected. Hits of tainted yellow adorn the mid-foot and rear outsole, perfectly complimenting the mixture of light and deep hues. If you’re after a modest shoe that will be the cherry on top to a neutral fit, this might just be the one for you.
The Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot is essentially tailored for the sole purpose practicality and autumnal style. I mean, when a sneaker comes equipped with water-repellent leather and metal lace hardwire – how can it not be? Displaying a robust black exterior atop a rugged beige midsole, these are not the shoes for messing around. It goes without saying that the star studded toe box steals the limelight, giving the sneaker a unique edge for styling ease.
Wrapping up this round-up where we started (sort of), the Nike Air Force 1 High Utility 2.0 draws visual similarities to the aforementioned AF1 Luxe. Unlike the Luxe, this iteration takes a bulky high-top construction, intended to keep you dry in wet weather. Expressing a persona that reflects a utilitarian aesthetic, these kicks are likely to get you through this autumn, next autumn, and the autumn after that.
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