Vans return with a whole new fabric selection for the Spring season, utilising the trademark vulcanised sole and heel tab, and offer three new canvas silhouettes that take it back to the old days with the use of wild fabrics and bold colourways. The Ferris remains the most minimalistic with a palm tree inspired canvas upper, while the Kresskeeps the same low-top shape but offers a padded cuff for added support, arriving in a black paint-speckled canvas and an alternative camouflage China Blue.
£65 – £75
The Nike SB Zoom Janoski has played a big part in bridging the gap between trainer fans and the wider skateboard community, blending its minimal aesthetic with a durable construction, and super impact protection that made it perfect both on and off the board. The Stefan Janoski signature style might be designed for streamlined support and performance on a skateboard, but the distinctive boat-shoe make-up have transformed the shoe into an everyday style. The beauty of the Nike SB Zoom Janoski lies in its simplicity, but these two Mid Top variations introduce an interesting design element to these otherwise subdued colourways
The name of Nike's Roshe Run might lead you to believe that it's a purist running trainer, but in actual fact, this simplistic creation is another great example of Nike's ability to transfer their game changing approach to performance technology and build it into a zen-like lifestyle silhouette. The Roshe Run calls upon the sock-fit approach of some of its 1980's predecessors, removing all the heavy layering on the upper that we are familiar with, reducing it to a combination of versatile lightweight mesh and a clean white outsole featuring Nike's natural motion waffle pattern.
£40 – £75
A mainstay from the adidas running catalogue, the adidas Originals ZX750 takes a vintage approach to the late 80s runner with the application of yellowing to the traditionally white midsole, and the use of rich suede on the upper with tiny details of 3M throughout. We're not unfamiliar to loud ZX releases from the adi camp, but these no-nonsense classics are a great subtle addition to the adidas collection.
£65 – £75
It's difficult not to get excited about the extensive adidas Originals' ZX family, and the ZX700 is amongst the collections most powerful players. Built for long distance running, with an incredibly lightweight yet durable outsole, and a shape that considered the tiniest details of biomechanics, the ZX700 has been putting in the miles for three decades, and is still going strong. These three new arrivals grace our shelves in time for the New Year, offering a combination of mesh and buttery soft suede, and soft flashes of colour that complement the simplistic two-tone uppers.
The Nike Air Max 95 remains a favourite of ours at JD HQ, but we're particularly enjoying this ‘Brave Blue’ rendition as a slight break from the classic AM95 make-ups. The distinctive upper features a tonal Brave Blue nubuck and mesh overlay, but the clever placement of snow white accents couldn't be more appropriate for the winter season. The bold blocking on the tongue and the visible air unit in particular make this colourway a gem in any serious Air Max collection, and a definite favourite of ours from this year.
£35 – £120
A new addition to adidas Originals basketball range, the mid-cut MC-X1 is a pure basketball inspired style with clean lines and a sturdy court-meets-street fusion of attitude and aesthetic. The upper is made up of synthetic nubuck, flashing semi-shiny leather details, a tonal coloured outsole and TPU moulded 3-Stripes. If you like to make a statement with your footwear, then these are a must-have addition for the new year.
Originally named the Air Max II, released as the sequel to the now infamous Air Max 1 release in 1986, The Nike Air Max Light graced the shelves in 1989 offering some subtle design changes to the originator and the same Nike Air flavour - The same thermoplastic straps, the same breathable mesh and suede combo, and the same visible Air-Sole unit.
The adidas Originals ZX8000 was a big mover in the late 80's - It offered the same trademark styling that ZX fanatics were familiar with, but continued to push the boundaries of the progressive running series. Enhanced heel support, a removable Torsion inlay sole and top-level lightweight cushioning meant that the futuristic aesthetic of the adi runner was up to scratch with it's technical offering.
Originally designed with football in mind, the adidas Originals Bamba has had a tough time striking out as a lifestyle silhouette due to the overwhelming popularity of the Samba. The original featured a glossy leather upper that was treated to repel water for use on wet pitches, but while this practical application might be a thing of the past, the Bamba features the same fluid shape and premium design.
The Puma Suede remains true to its roots as the footwear choice of eccentrics and progressive thinkers with these two new women's pastel-inspired arrivals. Both colourful renditions feature clean suede uppers with a contrasting white formstripe and gold embossed details.
£28 – £55
Another demonstration of footwear designer Tinker Hatfield's mastery, the Nike Air Max 180 introduced a further revolutionary feature to the visible air series in 1992 with a 180 degree Nike Air unit. The shoe was designed with simplicity in mind so that the Air-Sole remained the key characteristic, and this 'Oreo' dubbed rendition keeps it classic with a straight up black and white colourway.
Supposedly inspired by the weather hardy great-outdoors accessory, the canteen, New Balance's 'Canteen Pack' tells a nice tonal story with brown and gum details reminiscent of trademark hiking gear. Each of the three New Balance 574's features a contrast lining and tongue detail, available in grey, burgundy, and brown suede in stores and online here now.
adidas Originals have been working hard to re-establish the ZX running series alongside the markets current leaders, and with consistent tasteful ZX500 releases throughout 2013, it seems like a great time to shift our focus to the 80's retro - the ZX750. We're confident that it won't take much for these tonal winter revisions to gain a bit of momentum. All three of these suede and mesh make-ups is available now both in-stores and online now Only at JD.
£65 - £67
The adidas Originals LA Trainer first appeared trackside at the 1984 Olympics Games in Los Angeles, the same year that adidas moved its production from Germany to France, and has since remained a mainstay in the adidas catalogue as a result of its undeniable popularity. Aside from the trainer's obvious aesthetic appeal, one of the styles most notable features is the one-of-a-kind Vario Shock Absorption System - three pegs located in the heel of the midsole that allowed the user to adjust the shoe's cushioning. Pretty innovative, right..?
£30 - £65
We're especially fond of the Air Max 95 - The sloping shape, the detailed layering of fabrics on the upper and the additional flashes of air in the forefoot make for some incredibly exciting colour combinations. With that in mind, though, sometimes it's the subtle additions that make the shoe. The flashes of blue against the black, and the unmistakable premium patent panelling remind us of treacherous black ice, so this striking colourway couldn't have come at a more appropriate time as we approach Christmas.
£35 - £120
The New Balance 574 Sonic Weld was created as an environmentally friendly solution to the waste produced during the production process, but the melting technique that was used to seal the separate panels together created simplicity and fluidity that the 574 hadn't previously offered. The 574 Sonic Weld returns with the same flawless aesthetic as the shoes first release, with three incredible colourways that demonstrate exceptional colour blocking and minimal use of detailing.
Over the last six decades, Asics have delivered a considerable amount of game changing footwear innovations, but none with quite as much longevity as the Gel cushioning system. Their success lies as much with innovation as it does with flawless footwear design, though, with truly timeless silhouettes like the Gel Lyte III (with its immediately distinctive split tongue feature) and the GT II evolving into iconic lifestyle creations.
£75 - £85
The Nike Air Max 90 is the don of the vis air family - Although not the first, it remains one of the most popular of the series due to its sloping shape and the plethora of colourway options that its layered upper allow. These three new arrivals stay in line with the seasonal colour pops that we've seen on some of the Air Max 90's vis air siblings, and make clever use of the same suede and ripstop fabrics that we've seen on the 'Split Pack' and 'Ripstop Pack' too.
£35 - £115
The first half of a two part colour story, we're always pretty excited about the Air Windrunner - Nothing looks better together than navy and grey, and applying this combination to one of our favourite retro Nike Air silhouettes is a no brainer. The Air Windrunner carries the colour blocking effortlessly for those of you who like your footwear clear and simple.
£40 - £62
The second wave of this navy and grey colour combination finds its way to the Air Pegasus 89, another archive runner that sits shoulder to shoulder with some of our most popular lifestyle offerings. The Air Pegasus 89 makes use of those additional details on the heel for that added technical feel, and those additional colour pops are nice finishing touches.
£67 - £70
The famous Pegasus profile gets revamped with springy Lunarlon cushioning to create this Nike Lunar Pegasus 89 hybrid. With elements of trail footwear thrown in the mix, and a subtle nod towards the ACG colourways of years past, the Lunar Pegasus is a perfect solution to those inevitable winter footwear selection dilemas.
£60 - £80
There's no doubt that the PUMA Suede is not only one of the brands most iconic silhouettes, but also one of the biggest historical influencers in the footwear realm. True to form, this latest women's arrival is a tribute to the shoes fluid design, with bold colour blocking and metallic accents in a typically statement making fashion.
£28 - £55
Now celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Classic Leather, Reebok have applied the same premium approach to some of their most popular silhouettes, including the Workout+ and the Ex-O-Fit - two footwear powerhouses in their own right - both featuring colour blocked uppers and off-white midsoles.
£47 - £55
On March 16th, 1966, at street 704E Broadway, in Anaheim, California, Paul Van Doren and three partners opened up their first ever store and the Vans dream was born. The brand's incredible legacy has allowed them to stay ahead of the curve without abandoning their authenticity, with their trademark waffle sole and simplistic canvas uppers finding their way into their Autumn/Winter selection, including a brand new and exclusive silhouette - The Winston - available Only at JD.
£26 - £55
An update on the original aesthetic of the adidas Originals Oregon, the Oregon Ultra Tech X has brought the classic 80s runner into a new decade without losing the shoes early appeal - The Dellinger Webbing on the midsole is still an incredible detail.
The Air Max 95 took visible air to a whole new level upon its inception in 1995, and despite the colourway potential offered up by those textured panels on the upper; sometimes it's the cleanest colourways that look the strongest. This colour blocked number is a mean winter release, and the reflective 3M and Team Red details are the icing on the cake.
£35 - £120
A court classic and an urban wardrobe staple, Nike's Air Force 1 continues as one of their biggest selling shoes of all time, and with colourways like this on offer it's easy to see why. That Blue upper looks great with the metallic wash, and the Orange pops are great point of difference for the darker days.
£25 - £75
Boston's New Balance started their footwear journey in 1906 by producing arch supports and soon became one of the last centuries truest ambassadors for both running and lifestyle after a seemingly endless stream timeless releases. The 373 remains a favourite of ours, so we gave it a tonal makeover for the Autumn/Winter season.
You would've thought that this far into the 25th anniversary year of the Air Max 1, they might have run out of things to do and say about this 1980's game changer - Instead, Nike release some of their strongest colourways of the year so far with wool details, soft mesh uppers, perforated midsoles and metallic suede's.
£95 - £105
The Nike Roshe Run SneakerBoot turns the instantly iconic Roshe simplicity into a fall-winter standard. The Nike Roshe Run's zen-like ease of wear translates to a mid-cut, with a quilted nylon textile at the tongue and forefoot, and ripstop ankle collar for resilience, warmth and support. The unique heel tape detailing and premium boot-inspired eyelets work perfectly alongside the injected unit sole's incredibly lightweight feel and natural motion patterning for the ultimate performance-informed every day wear.
This year's top contender introduces some refreshing new fabrics as the shoes twenty-fifth anniversary comes to a close. Nylon mesh and rubberised canvas provide the foundations for the neon colour pops and reflective details that make these Air Max 1 strong winter shoes.
£55 - £105
An icon in many circles, the PUMA Suede evolved from a basketball sneaker to a B-Boy necessity as the breakers of the 80's reinvented this simplistic low profile gem into a personal statement. The popping colours of this pack are a nod to the vibrant era that gave it legendary status.
£28 - £55
Leather court classics like the Air Force 1 are infamously difficult to preserve, but the introduction of Tech Tuff this season gives the legendary trainer a new lease of life without compromising the silhouettes trademark style. Classic colourways revamped with ultra-durable tech tuff materials - A no brainer.
£25 - £75
The Nike Air Force 1 was a courtside innovator in the 1980's, and despite featuring some of the most unique colourways in the history of footwear during its thirty-year life span, the cleanest have been some of the strongest. These two land just in time for the seasonal change out, featuring nubuck uppers and tonal colours for autumn.
£25 - £75
Nike Air Max has always been about visibility - Introducing bold colours to running footwear in the late 80's and making the unseen, seen with the debut of visible air in 1987. Twenty-six years later the desire to be seen has amplified and has inspired a new Air Max Glow In The Dark Collection.
£105 - £120
Drawing insights from runners logging miles in the dark winter months, Nike designers returned to applying three layered water repellent mesh to classic Nike runners and introduced a unique reflective print that hides subtly during the day but comes alive under night-time lights to help runners stay visible.
£90 - £105
adidas Originals' ZX series was once the pinnacle of performance innovation, but now they stand as examples of design prowess. The ZX500 was designed for high mileage, but it's stylish profile allowed it to carry suede and mesh make ups like no other.
£28 - £60
This 30th anniversary edition combines everything we love about the Pegasus '83 with everything we have grown to love about the Pegasus +30 and modern running shoes alike - A classic runner with contemporary flavour.
When it comes to low profile classics, the PUMA Suede has remained at the top for the last few decades. With its simplistic design and the use of minimal detailing, colour blocking like this was meant to be. Whether you play it safe with the Triple Black or venture for the other two wilder variations, this is a statement shoe as its best.
£28 - £55