They might resemble running shoes from the side, but make no mistake — these Nike Kobe 8 System Basketball Shoes ($TBA) were meant to be worn on the court. Developed in collaboration with Bryant, they feature a graphic snakeskin print on the upper inspired by Kobe's Black Mamba nickname. Speaking of that upper, it's made from Nike Engineered Mesh — the first time it's been used in a basketball shoe — to offer maximum breathability and flexibility with minimal weight. Other features include a low cut, a full-length Lunarlon midsole, a 1mm web rubber outsole, and a 3D anatomical heel counter for a locked down fit. Available later this month.
We're not going to tell you that you'll be able to recognize it as the iconic sneaker right away, but this Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Made in Maine Boot ($350) is awfully cool nonetheless. Built entirely in the USA through a partnership with the Highland Shoe Company, the boot features oiled Chamois Horween leather, a rugged Vibram Jumbo Rippe outsole, leather board construction to allow for re-soling in the future, and white contrast stitching. Available tomorrow exclusively at select Converse and First String retailers, it's limited to just 80 pairs — so you'd best go line up now.
Anyone who's spent long hours out in the cold can tell you that while your hands, face, arms, and legs can get cold, nothing will send you reeling for the warmth of an indoor shelter faster than cold feet. ThermaCell Heated Insoles ($120-$200) are designed to prevent this by heating your boots/shoes from the inside out. Powered by rechargeable lithium polymer batteries embedded in the insoles, they're controlled via a remote that offers off, medium (100º), and high (110º) settings.
They're definitely not the best looking shoes around, but if your goal is to get as close as possible to a barefoot running experience, the Zemgear 360 Ninja Split-Toe Running Shoes ($50-$60) are a step in the right direction. Features include a split-toe design, phylon outsole, tech bands in the upper for greater stability, a round-toe pattern for increased flex, and Gecko-Grip rubber pods for traction. Overall, they weigh just 2.5 ounces, or just slightly more than some socks.
Well, you can't call them boring. Developed in close collaboration with snowboarder Danny Kass, the Nike Zoom DK QS Double Tongue Snowboarding Boot ($350) isn't just a rebrand of the Zoom Force 1 — it features a unique double tongue system to help it stand out — in more ways than one — as well as artwork inspired by classic American military aviation. Perfect for riding, no matter what the season.
Add an unexpected splash of color to your casual wear with the Sperry Neon Top-Sider ($100). Available in four colorways, these authentic original 2-eyed boat shoes feature either a leather or suede upper paired with a bright neon sole to give a pop of color to the otherwise staid proceedings. Coming exclusively to Barney's locations November 19.
We've seen some high tops in our day, but this is ridiculous. Under Armour Charge Basketball Shoes ($130) feature a two piece upper that's designed to articulate around your ankle, locking down the fit — it essentially acts as an ankle brace — while enabling greater flexibility. Other features include breathable HeatGear materials that wick away sweat, Micro G cushioning for comfort, and an integrated sockliner. Available in blue/silver, black/blue, grey/yellow, and red.
Walking in the city can be rough — so outfit yourself properly with these Cole Haan Waterproof & Reflective Wingtips ($280-$330). Available in Cooper Square and LunarGrand styles, the waterproof versions are seam sealed to keep water out, while the reflective versions feature panels of light-refracting material in between smooth leather. No matter which you choose, you can count on a subtle grey colorway accented with striking splashes of pink.
This year saw LeBron win his first NBA championship, so it only makes sense that his followup sneaker boasts a number of firsts as well. The Nike Lebron X ($270) is the company's first signature shoe to offer Nike+ Basketball support, which lets you track in-game activity via your iPhone, and is the first Nike shoe ever with a full-length visible Nike Zoom unit. Modeled after a diamond, the shoe also offers Hyperfuse construction for a one-piece upper, Flywire technology for a secure fit, and a lightweight feel. Available in three colorways.
Like it or not, winter is coming, and in many places that means cold days, bad weather, and heavy coats. It also means it's time to don some appropriate footwear, like The North Face Back-To-Berkeley Boot ($100-$110). A mix of classic styling and new-age materials, the Back-To-Berkeley features a ballistic mesh upper, a waterproof suede mudguard PrimaLoft Eco insulation, HydroSeal waterproofing, and a TNF Winter Grip outsole for excellent traction no matter what's covering the ground.
We're not sure you'd actually want to go hunting in them — boots seem somehow more appropriate — but should you want to, these New Balance x Ball and Buck 574 Sneakers ($150) have you covered. The result of a collaboration between the two pro-USA companies, the sneakers feature New Balance's typical grey upper accented with Ball and Buck's signature camo in 10oz duck cloth, and finished off with blaze orange on the heel tab and footbed. An extra bonus for early adopters: the first 176 pairs will come in a vintage 50 caliber ammo can with a hand-stamped numbered brass plate. [Scouted by Rob]
Nike's taking it's Free philosophy to the next level with the Nike Free Inneva Woven ($TBA). This unique, limited-quantity kick features an intricate, 360º hand-woven system that interconnects laces with nylon webbing to wrap precisely around your foot. Other features include a dynamic lacing system, a paint splatter-style pattern on the midsole and outsole, and, of course, all the legendary comfort of a normal Nike Free.