The Tech Era – 5 Techwear Sneakers You Need to Know
In 2015 Nike collaborated with Errolson Hugh and his technical lovechild ACRONYM for the very first time. The outcome was a state of the art sneaker – the Nike Lunar Force 1. Apart from a core of techwear- dedicated fans, a lot of people didn’t understand that Nike and Errolson were changing the future of footwear.
Fast-forward to today and it’s almost impossible to get your hands on one of his Nike collaborations. What’s more, a lot of other brands have been following the new tech trend and have released their own functional styles, often constructed with ultralight fabrics, waterproof tapes and smart lacing systems. In order to highlight some of today’s most sought-after techwear sneakers, we teamed up with one of the techwear scene’s very own, the Neo-Tokyo illustrator and Berlin mastermind Johnny Terror.
Johnny, who already worked together with Nike ACG and even designed a flyer for Errolson himself, presents five techwear sneakers fused into his very own futuristic world and characters. The Tech Era just started and these are this generation’s leaders.
Curated by Adrian Bianco
Illustrated by Johnny Terror
Nike x ACRONYM Lunar Force 1
There would not be any sneaker tech wear hype without this shoe and these two brands collaborating. Originally released in 2015, Nike and ACRONYM did it again and released a whiteon- white version of this deconstructed hyped zipper madness. The king is back.
NikeLab ACG 07 KMTR
Innovation never stops, and with the NikeLab ACG 07 KMTR, innovation accelerated to new heights. A light and water resistant upper, a magnet strap that makes you want to continuously open and close the shoe, and maximum comfort with almost zero weight – the perfect set up for an urban ninja.
PUMA TSUGI Shinsei
Futuristic design paired with an affordable price. The PUMA TSUGI Shinsei shows that a tech sneaker does not have to cost you major money. Perfect fitting through an innovative lacing system, super soft evoKNIT that turns the shoe into a tech sock and a lightweight design that stays low-key in the most cool way possible make this shoe a smart and special alternative.
ASICS Quantum 360 Knit
Don’t sleep on the ASICS Quantum 360 Knit. The one-of-a-kind sleek design, a 360 degrees GEL® technology cushioning and an overall seamless construction have turned this shoe into an insider tip. Totally hype free; totally full of functionality, design and tech.
adidas AF/1.4 PK
The last few years have showed that adidas does not sleep at all. They rather stay awake and create the next hype people will line up for. With the AF/1.4 PK they also showed their ability to create tech on top. Waterproof membrane, Primeknit upper and the best grip you can get – with the AF/1.4 PK, adidas has turned a winter boot into a featherlight companion for your future adventures.
This story about techwear sneakers first appeared in SNEAKERS MAG #37 – Released in Janury 2018