From rein­vented clas­sics to the fresh­est train­ers on the block

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Old-skool and high-tech train­ers

1/ Clae Cham­bers This Cal­i­for­nian sneaker brand’s hi-tops may not be fit for the gym, but their strictly un-branded, tum­bled leather look and suede ac­cents make them a firm hip­ster favourite. $190, surf­stitch.com 2/ Feiyue Lo II Pro­nounced “fay-youway”, these can­vas train­ers were orig­i­nally made for mar­tial-arts prac­ti­tion­ers in China back in the 1920s. Now you’ll find them on the feet of most free-run­ners and traceurs, thanks to their su­per-light, flex­i­ble up­pers and sticky, grip­giv­ing vul­can­ised soles. $40, thecan­ny­man.com.au 3/ Ree­bok GL 6000 This clas­sic de­sign has lay dor­mant in the ar­chives since 1985, but thanks to a resur­gence in 80s chic, it’s been re­claimed and re-is­sued in new colours, with added mesh and ny­lon to keep feet cool. $120, cul­turek­ings.com.au 4/ Su­perga Su­perlight The star of the show here is the new Phy­lon sole. First, it’s in­jected with com­pressed air, then ex­panded with heat, then rapidly cooled again. The re­sult? A sin­gle-piece mid­sole and tread that’s in­cred­i­bly hard-wear­ing while weigh­ing less than 80g. $89, su­perga.com 5/ Onit­suka Tiger Haran­dia This new de­sign from the Ja­panese sneaker king takes in­spi­ra­tion from sis­ter brand Asics, with a sportier pro­file. Go­ing one step fur­ther than in­spi­ra­tion, it’s the first Onit­suka trainer to out­right pil­fer Asics’ gel cush­ion­ing, mar­ry­ing style and prac­ti­cal­ity with care­ful ease. $130, onit­sukatiger.com 6/ Supra Magazine This US firm has gained a rep for pro­duct­ing in­no­va­tive kicks since its in­cep­tion in 2006, spon­sor­ing prom­i­nent DJs, ur­ban artists and skate­board­ers. The look may be di­rec­tional, all neon and snake­skin, but the shock-ab­sorbent Suprafoam soles are all about com­fort, y’all. $220, suprafootwear.com

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