Three Sneakers To Pick Up This Month

New month, new look: This June we have three fresh kicks from collaborations between prominent figures and well-known brands.

The time will come when we can all once again roam the streets and shopping malls to our heart’s content. So, while we wait for that long-awaited return to normalcy, let’s take a look at some awesome sneakers you’ll definitely want in your wardrobe when it’s time again to head out. And here’s the twist: each pair is the result of high-profile collaborations.

Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails”

At first glance, the Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails” design allows for imaginative time travel. For one, a ’90s attitude come through in the trail tans and ACG color pops, and gives the shoe a vintage appeal, while the well-worn look conveys a back-from-the-future sensibility.

Moreover, the color schemes also connect to Scott’s own affinity for vintage apparel. Material selection—including a polar fleece collar—further relays an outdoor connection, while oxidation of the upper, midsole and Air unitn—achieved through a tint Sulphur dyen—helps celebrate the beauty of a well-loved object’s patina.

Dior CD1 Sneaker

Kim Jones collaborated with American artist Daniel Arsham for the latest Dior CD1 sneakers as a tribute to Christian Dior’s first vocation as a gallery owner and passionate art collector. Sporting the embossed soles inspired by Arsham’s work, the sneaker is crafted in calfskin and technical mesh, and embellished with transparent details, aligning with the quartz crystals that illuminate the casts of the artist’s “Future Relics” series.

Besides a contrasting “DIOR” signature, the sneaker also sports a tie-dye motif as a true reflection of the house’s innovative savoir-faire.

Converse x Carhartt WIP Renew Chuck 70

One thing that makes this collaboration special is that The Converse x Carhartt WIP Renew Chuck 70 uses single-source upcycled textiles from the famed work garment brand. Expanding the Converse Renew program, one thousand pre-owned canvas Carhartt work jackets, trousers and overalls—sourced from U.K.-based fashion and vintage retailer Beyond Retro—were sorted into three color ranges and then cut to create individual Chuck 70 shoe panels.

In addition, the tri-panel execution on each pair highlights stitching details characteristic of the Carhartt WIP brand.