It’s still only December and here in our part of the UK we’re only starting to bear the brunt of the winter, with things likely to get worse before they improve unfortunately! But thankfully, Nike SB have helped take our minds off of the recent bad weather with the first new arrivals from its Spring 2017 collection, which is shaping up to be one of its best in recent memory. A host of our favourite models have returned, rejuvenated with fresh adaptations and colourways, the latter having a real lively feel to them. Check out some of the highlights below!
First up we have the Trainerendor Premium and Koston Hypervulc, both of which arrive in only one colourway this season – but that’s more than enough judging by how good they are. The Trainerendor has been given the Flax treatment that has been incredibly well received on other Nike Sportswear models (the Air Force 1 in particular), and it looks even better on what is one of the most famed Nike winter shoes ever (having previously been part of the ACG range). A full soft suede upper comes in a gorgeous wheat colour with a real Timberland feel to it, and what could be more winter-ready than that? The upper being a bright colour, though, makes it more than suitable for the spring and summer, too, so you’re getting a real all-year-round shoe with this one. Nike has removed the one-piece-inner-sock design and brought back the tongue, a very welcome change, but classic features like the strap and thin laces remain. The only hits of another colour come via the crisp white midsole and white Nike SB text on the tongue, creating a simple but very stylish colourway overall.
The Koston Hypervulc comes in the other colour that has more of an autumnal feel than just about any other colour there is – Legion Green. The olive green-coloured upper comes in a sturdy suede, very durable which is of course necessary for skating. Nike’s Swoosh contrasts strongly against the upper in a crisp white leather, matching the midsole and outsole very nicely. The only other hits of colour on the shoe are the small orange heel counter and orange Eric Koston branding on the tongue, which despite their size do make the shoe much more aesthetically pleasing. It’s nice to have a model so similar to the Koston 1 back, isn’t it!
Two solid grey shoes have arrived as part of the new collection. Grey is normally an easy enough colour to get right with shoes – one shade of grey on the whole upper and a white midsole, right? Well thankfully, Nike has mixed things up a bit and produced two of the best grey shoes you’ll see this season. On the left above we have the Janoski Max in Matte Silver/Pure Platinum, a colourway that has really breathed new life into the Nike SB staple. The whole upper comes in a solid grey suede, one that has a very premium feel to it, and the sockliner/tongue comes in the same grey colour but in neoprene. The Swooshes on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe still stand out well, coming in a lighter silver with a shimmering look to it, and the midsole also comes in solid grey. Overall, a very cohesive colourway that gives the shoe an almost formal look (in spite of the Max Air heel unit!)
On the right above we have the Bruin Hyperfeel, one of Nike SB’s most successful hybrid models, given a gorgeous Cool Grey/Black/White colour up. The short-haired and very durable suede upper comes in a standard grey colour, but subtle touches of dark grey have been added via the heel, eyelets, laces, tongue and the thin Hyperscreen layer that wraps around the shoe just above the midsole. They ease the transition into the black Swooshes on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe and the black Nike text on the heel, and make the solid white midsole and outsole even crisper. Pure clean goodness.
The first iteration of the Check Solarsoft to arrive this season is the Black/Anthracite/Gum version on the left above. One of the most affordable shoes in the Nike SB range, it has already proven incredibly popular despite only being released five days ago (it sold out in our Ipswich store in only two days!), which is hardly surprising – there’s nothing not to love about it. A full black suede upper is offset with dark grey Swooshes on both sides of the shoe, as well as dark grey Nike SB text on the tongue. The aforementioned sits atop a rich gum midsole and outsole, which gives the shoe a very winter-ready feel and isn’t as simple as a triple black colourway. It’s one of those shoes that you simply cannot go wrong with.
The shoe on the right above is the famed Janoski, which arrives in a fresh Legion Green/Black/White colourway similar to that of the Koston Hypervulc before it. As is normally the case with the Janoski, the whole upper has been made using a short-haired and very durable suede. The laces and piping have been kept tonal with the upper, as has the lining, to put all the focus on the white embroidered Swooshes on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe. The customary black stripe wraps around the top of the midsole, which comes in white to complement the Swooshes nicely. A very subtle and clean colourway that maximises the low-profile style that has brought the Janoski so much success.
Finally, we have two new Blazers this season, the Blazer Low in Black/White/Gum on the left above, and the Blazer Low XT in Summit White/Black/Gum on the right above. The former is another stripped-back shoe from Nike, and a welcome one at that. The whole upper comes in a black suede, the ideal durable material for a skate shoe, and sitting atop that are white leather Nike Swooshes on both sides of the shoe. The synthetic tongue comes in black which provides a nice backdrop for the white laces to stand out against, and the midsole comes in white to round off a very cohesive colourway overall. A subtle touch of class is the gum outsole, something that always complements a black and white colourway to perfection.
The Blazer Low XT is essentially the standard blazer but with extra reinforcement (for a more technical breakdown, view an in-depth description of the shoe here). The upper has been made using an off-white suede, a gorgeous and subtle colour that provides the perfect backdrop for the black Swooshes on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe. Also featuring in black is Nike text on the heel and a Nike SB woven label on the tongue, creating a consistent style, and around the toebox we see an enhanced rubber toecap in white which nicely matches the textured white midsole. The outsole comes in gum, a perfect colour for rounding off one of the cleanest colourways and shoe overall that we’ve seen in the Nike SB Spring ’17 collection.
Everything pictured is available online here at Attitude Inc. right now, and you can find them by clicking on their images above. There is even more to the new collection too, this is only a mere snippet! You can view it in all its glory here, you’ll be hard pressed to pick one favourite from the lot!