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PAUSE Picks: Top Sneaker Releases of the Week

New Balance 990v4 Made In USA

Something simple, something clean… sometimes that’s all we need. Coming through without the frills are New Balance, who have served up a ready-to-roll pair that are perfect for the wetter months ahead, utilising a black suede across the upper as well as various doses of modern silver. A reliable pair for the everyday.

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Nike Zoom Vomero 5

TikTok’s favourite Nike silhouette returns in a more than solid ‘Neutral Olive’ colourway, with this apt spring-ready sneaker utilising earth tones in the most modern way possible. The low-riding silhouette keeps its mesh composition on the striking caged upper alongside a faded black Nike Swoosh, whilst an off-white midsole unit makes this running sneaker perfect for the everyday commute.

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adidas Samba OG

Adidas’ simple yet effective approach to the Samba silhouette proved to be a hit in 2023, and it seems as though this trend is only set to continue. Coming through with a JJJJound level of simplicity, this all-white pair puts your money to good use as this adaptable ‘White/Grey’ colourway opts for a hardy leather upper and a textured dose of suede on the toe box, whilst a darkened gum midsole guards from general wear and tear.

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ASICS GT-2160

Get ready for the influx of ‘runner’ sneakers that are primed to flood the market in the coming months, with ASICS set to be firmly at the forefront. This ‘White/Black’ GT-2160 ticks all the right boxes and comes in a full size run here, with this affordable everyday pair providing a more cost-effective take on the recent JJJJound collaboration whilst staying true to the design features that have made the silhouette so popular, such as the breathable mesh upper, tonal cream midsoles, as well as the streamlined shape.

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Yeezy Pods

Last but certainly not least, Ye’s Yeezy have quite literally stepped forward into the future as they almost remove the idea of footwear altogether, debuting their Pod shoe. The sock-come-shoe looks set to ride the upcoming wave of ‘faux footwear’ as this blacked-out take on a humble sock sits loud and proud in the industry spotlight. Ye strikes again.

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