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PAUSE Picks: Top Sneaker Releases of the Week

New Balance 580 'Grey Day'

Despite a high-profile Palace collaboration, New Balance’s 580 silhouette has yet to truly take off. However, things may have changed as NB’s iconic ‘Grey Day’ rolls in for another year and has several silhouettes receive neutral makeovers, including the divisive 580 sneaker. Arguably being the best colourway of the bunch, this neutral pair features a ‘Raincloud/NB Navy/Silver Metallic’ colourway that encapsulates the idea of NB’s ‘Grey Day’, with a rich set of nubuck leather overlays working seamlessly with a sporty mesh material. Additional customary features include an ABZORB midsole that absorbs impact through a combination of cushioning and compression resistance, C-CAP midsole cushioning, as well as a standard ROLLBAR stability post system. Technical talk aside, this is a must cop.

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Diemme Roccia Basso

Granted, it’s not a sneaker… but a boot counts, no? Adding a robust touch to this week’s range are hiking giants Diemme, who have recently become a hit amongst some of music’s best dressed, being spotted on the likes of Drake and Frank Ocean. This low-riding silhouette features a ‘Crackled White’ colourway across the rich material upper – which utilises suede leather and sleek rubber for its composition – whilst additionally boasting a sturdy sole in order to navigate each and every spring and summer environment. Lastly, metallic hardware, rope style lacing, and a rear heel pull tab add to the seemingly infinite comfort-centric features that this Diemme silhouette provides. Stand out from the crowd with this luxe entry.

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Nike Air Jordan 4 "Thunder"

A black Air Jordan 4 can simply never be ignored, with this latest iteration making sure to stand out from its contemporaries as lightning strikes once again for Nike. Following on from the previous “Red Thunder” success, the Air Jordan 4 receives yet another long-awaited update as a striking shade of yellow adorns the heel, midsole, and midfoot caging, sticking out from the stark black suede that dominates the sneaker. When does an Air Jordan 4 ever go wrong?

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Palace x New Balance Made in UK 991

New Balance go two for two with this week’s releases as they reunite with UK-based streetwear icons Palace for a colourfully reimagined take on the Made in UK 991 silhouette. The chunky pair arrive in two colourways, with the best of the two seeing a ‘Tan’ version take the spotlight and rock a mixed upper consisting of ripstop, suede, and leather materials, whilst hits of purple New Balance x Palace branding take their proud place on the midfoot and tongue areas. A pair made in the UK, for the UK.

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Nike Air Max Pulse

Rounding out this week’s list are Nike once again, with this new modern silhouette bound to be a hit for those summer runs into the city. Pulling inspiration from London’s irreplaceable music scene, the new Air Max Pulse silhouettes debuts in three different colours, with this ‘Black/Pure Platinum’ iteration utilising a textile-wrapped midsole and vacuum-sealed accents in order to keep the pair in a solid condition, with colours inspired by the London music scene giving this pair a neutral edge. Lastly, point-loaded Air cushioning is new and improved and adds an extra bounce to your step, keeping Nike’s typically comfortable sneaker technology at the top of the agenda.

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