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PAUSE Picks: Top 5 Sneaker Releases of the Week

adidas Samba OG

Being a shoe that needs no introduction, the adidas Samba OG makes yet another statement this SS23′ season as an all-new ‘White/Blue/Gum’ iteration steals the spotlight once again. The toned-down low-top sneaker features a darkened gum sole for added longevity as well as a white leather upper, with hits of light blue arriving on the heel and iconic midfoot Three Stripes. A typical dose of light grey suede keeps its place on the toe, rounding out a certifiably solid Samba.

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A-COLD-WALL* Chuck 70 Ox

Whilst a navy shoe might not be everybody’s cup of tea, if it is, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. Combining retro styling with the modernism that A-COLD-WALL* always brings, this Chuck 70 Ox debuts in a low shape and focuses itself on the utilitarian design ethos of ACW, with a darkened navy midsole blending seamlessly into the navy canvas upper. Additional features include metallic eyelets and subtle branding on the rear heel, tongue, and toe box, whilst a striking white outsole adds a nice touch of contrast to the pair.

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Nike Air Adjust Force

The re-release of the Air Adjust Force is well and truly underway as AMBUSH’s recent takes on the pair have been tastefully added to, with Nike stepping forward on their own this time. The neutrally shaded iteration of the 90s classic feature a predominantly bone grey upper with dashes of beige making their way onto several bits of Nike branding as well as a range of stitched accents. The pair’s signature velcro strap-on overlay keeps its place, with a riveted white midsole and a textured beige outsole completing the chunky Nike classic.

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adidas x Humanrace Samba

The Samba continues to reign supreme this week as the high-flying low-top sneaker cements itself as the shoe of the year, this time with the one and only Pharrell Williams. Coming through with his sub-label Humanrace, Pharrell’s solid block colours come shining through here as an all-black iteration of adidas’ golden child puts itself on the table, with an elongated tongue, a rich leather composition, as well as tonal “HUMANRACE” lettering being the standout design components.

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YEEZY Knit Runner

Concluding this week’s round-up are YEEZY, who look to round out their adidas love-affair with a wholly futuristic release, debuting a ‘Fade Onyx’ colourway of the divisive Knit Runner silhouette. The laceless sneaker highlights Ye’s affection for comfort as the slip-on shoe boasts a softened Primeknit base, with stark black accents and brand labels taking to the collar of the pair. A perfect pair for any tracksuit-lead ensemble.

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