First released in 2015, the Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Pirate Black’ comes in a patterned Pirate Black/Dark Gray Primeknit upper. These easy to slip on sneakers come with branded suede patches on the medial sides and textured dark grey rope laces. It features its iconic Boost outsole in black, and red accented heel tabs for a pop of colour.
The Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Pirate Black’ 2016 dropped the next year which is identical to its predecessor except for its upgraded padding on the inside of the heel for extra comfort. It also uses a softer suede on its medial patches. Its subtle and dark colourway along with its comfortable materials makes it a good match for techwear enthusiasts.
The ACRONYM x Nike Air Presto are the holy grail for many techwear lovers in this innovative reimagination of the Air Presto silhouette. The German design agency brings together style and technology in the unorthodox construction of this collaborative sneaker from its silhouette to its details in its design.
The ACRONYM x Nike Air Presto is optimized for mobility and weather protection, delivered complete with stylish bootie-style inner sleeves, side-wall zippers, and patterned lace closure. The detailing on the leather paneling on the heel, pull-tab, and looped lace elements gives it a futuristic flair that appeals to fashion connoisseurs and athletes alike. Our top pick in terms of colourways would be the Acronym x Air Presto Mid 'Cool Grey' as it goes with any outfit, or the bright colored Acronym x Air Presto Mid 'Dynamic Yellow' for the adventurous.
The Sacai x LDWaffle 'Black Nylon' with its monochromatic colourway in all-black nylon uppers and white soles makes it the perfect fit for any techwear outfit. It combines elements of the Nike LDV and Waffle Racer into a sleek silhouette save for sacai’s iconic elongated stacked midsole look. The white on its soles gives the shoes a bit of contrast that is sure to make it stand out in any outfit.
The sneakers come featuring the signature double Swooshes, tongues, and laces to create sacai’s cut-and-paste design aesthetics. This well-loved collaboration between Chitose Abe’s Japanese streetwear brand and Nike is one that remains popular since it dropped during the Spring/Summer 2020 runway during Paris Fashion Week in March 2020 with a retail price of USD$160.
For those who still love their classic Air Jordan 1s but want to join the techwear hype, the Air Jordan 1 High Element Gore-Tex might be the one for you. The sneakers come in two colorways, the ‘Black Particle Grey’ which blends shades of black and grey, and the ‘Light Bone’ for those who prefer a more nude tone shade.
The Air Jordan 1 High Element Gore-Tex is built to withstand the elements, with a waterproof membrane lining the upper, which is a blend of textile and nubuck overlays. The 3M Swooshes are reflective to enhance visibility in low-light conditions. A Nike Air logo can be found on the tongue tag and a Gore-Tex wordmark is stamped on the lateral heel. The shoes sit on top of a white rubber midsole with a contrasting darker color outsole.
Ok hear me out, the Billie Eilish x Wmns Air Jordan 15 Retro makes a great fit for the techwear aesthetics and functions besides its big celebrity name. It comes with a dynamic inner bootie and Zoom Air technology that creates a good fit, comfort, protection, and style. Its moccasin-like design makes it easy to slip on, an important feature Eilish thought about when she felt the need for more stable footwear after spraining her ankle.
The muted, nude color uses the tan shade to bring out the AJ15’s unique construction. The rubber design on the heel contrasts well against the leather construction, and cut out on the rubber are the numbers “23 – 6 – 15”, a nod to Michael Jordan‘s jersey number, NBA championships and 15th model. The tongue also sports Eilish’s Bloshsh logo, and her full name is printed on the insoles. Plus points for having a more sustainable design with at least 20% recycled content used in the shoe’s construction.
As we start to embrace more comfort fashion due to the pandemic, techwear with its comfortable and functional offerings is a good choice of style. Its futuristic aesthetics also makes it appealing to urban fashion lovers, and what better way to complete the look that a nice pair of kicks?