Recently we dropped by Vancouver’s top shelf sneaker boutique, Livestock – partly because we figured you had been yearning for a new pair of sneaks, partly because it is difficult not to inexplicably gravitate there whenever in Gastown – to put together this summer’s list of five sneakers that are guaranteed to hurt kids feelings at the beach, cheers-ing on the patio or wherever you may be. We could have filled this list with Nikes alone, as there seems to be a surplus of dope styles from the Oregon-based sneaker titan, but mixing up the selection was more fun so check out the list starting at No. 1.
1. Nike Flyknit 1+ ($185)
Had to be the first pick – lightweight knit upper and the tech Lunarlon sole combine to make this the definitive summer sneaker. The construction renders this shoe breathable and flexible, and quite simply a pleasure to wear. Livestock has several colourways in stock currently, with the Wolf Grey edition pictured above.
2. Vans Vault OG Style 36 LX ($85)
As far as summer-suited kicks, we can see these Vans being pretty versatile – this drop features a catchy Blue/Dandelion colourway. The Vans Vault releases are never to be overlooked, with this silhouette being pulled from 1978 while being fairly reminiscent of Vans’ Old Skool low-top. Don’t worry about thrashing this pair either, as they shouldn’t hurt your pockets too much. In fact, I might recommend a nice dirt patina.
3. HUF Sutter ($70)
Half to appease the skaters, and half for the dope print, this pair from HUF has tons of summer appeal. Sticking with a two-tone makeup, the shoe utilizes a busy pattern without coming across as too crazy. Constructed from a lightweight canvas, these are easily rock-able and totally affordable from one of the last relevant skate labels in this writer’s opinion.
4. New Balance ML999 ($150)
One of the better city shoes out there, the 999 does not skimp on support or cushioning, as with most models from New Balance. Maintain the athletic look without looking like you’re coming straight from the gym, while the grey colourway remains easy to match with. If you haven’t owned a pair of Ballys before, this shoe is a good place to start.
5. Nike Free Run Trainer 5.0 ($125)
To end the list – Chinese finger trap steeze. The Free Run has experienced a ton of popularity over the last year, and Nike has clearly taken note with their incorporation of the Free sole into many of their well-received releases. This edition offers a gradient mesh upper for supreme flexibility in combination with hints of the Volt colourway that has also been killing it for Nike as of late.
Pricing and availability courtesy of Livestock.
Photography: Matthew Chen