Diadora has been absolutely killing it over the last few years, with a great blend of incredible collaborations and consistently strong seasonal output spearheading its charge to prominence in the sneaker world. The Autumn collection for 2016, now available on the website and in our stores, is more of the usual we’ve come to expect from the formstripe brand – insane quality materials, and colourways with a host of wide-ranging inspirations. The Intrepid model appears in a gorgeous new Premium colourway, having been reinvigorated with Ronnie Fieg and Packer collaborations recently, and the V7000 also returns, as part of the Samurai Pack and in a solo fuchsia pink.
The Intrepid model’s ultra premium makeup is one of the highlights of AW16 so far. Pictured on the left above, the gorgeous tan/red colourway features additional white and cream details. The main portion of the shoe has been constructed from an exceptional suede, very soft in nature whilst also providing great structure. On the tongue we see a white mesh, which when combined with the perforated toebox enhances breathability significantly. Contrasting against the white tongue are laces in cream and tan, letting you choose whichever colour you prefer, and at the top of the tongue Diadora’s signature branding comes in classic red/white/green, a nod to its Italian heritage. The other new arrival, an even brighter alternative to the aforementioned sneaker, is the V7000 Bright Rose/Sand, pictured on the right above. The runner features an incredible sandwich mesh construction which comprises the majority of the upper, including the breathable toebox. The mesh tongue matches the upper in a bright pink colour, with the laces coming in a similar shade. The formstripe on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe come in a darker pink leather, standing out nicely yet complementing the colourway perfectly, and pink/sand suede overlays provide more structure for the shoe. Diadora’s branding on the tongue comes in red, white and green to represent its Italian heritage, and V7000 text on the heel comes in sand to create a simple yet incredibly bold colourway overall. On both shoes, we see a crisp white midsole offset by grey or pink details, and a solid black outsole.
Here at Attitude, our personal favourite of the new arrivals is the Bushido Pack. Meaning the way of the life of a samurai, Bushido has served as the inspiration for two new V7000 shoes, arriving in simple yet vivid colourways. The black iteration, pictured on the left above in one of the best promo shots we’ve seen this year, features a predominantly leather upper which provides great support and comfort in the necessary areas. On the tongue and toebox we see a soft and spongy black mesh, which enhances breathability massively, and on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe we see a black mesh with red hits throughout forming an intricate pattern. Matching this pattern are red laces, red Diadora branding on the tongue, and a red logo on the heel. The brighter white iteration, pictured on the right above, also features a mainly leather composition, with off-white suede overlays creating the formstripe logo and top of the tongue. The mesh on the lateral and medial sides of the foot features a detailed black pattern, with black also appearing on the Diadora text on the tongue and on the heel logo.
Technology isn’t found wanting with any of the shoes. All four feature a full EVA cushioned midsole, which makes the shoes significantly more comfortable than most sneakers on the market. The lightweight nature of the uppers of the Bushido Pack and Bright Rose V7000s, thanks to the inclusion of a significant amount of mesh, make the shoes much more breathable and lightweight, with the perforated toebox on the Intrepid working to enhance the same. Finally, all four shoes feature very aggressive tread patterns on their outsoles, which provide incredible grip on any surface (very useful for us in the UK, as ice and snow could soon be on the way!)
Expect all four shoes to arrive very soon and in very limited quantities, so don’t expect them to hang about for long!