After finally clearing out my esoteric sneaker collection in the last couple of months, it was time to delve into some new kicks after a couple of years of self-restraint. In my early twenties I had a great predisposition for crazy colorways. The more neon, patterned & contrasty the better. My bright orange AF1s purchased in NYC was testament to this youthful folly. Luckily (or unluckily depending on how you view it) I’ve grown up. I’m all about boring Scandinavian lumberjack neutrals, natural fibers & leathers now. Oh how disgustingly hipster of me.
But as I try and attempt more walking in my everyday life (don’t worry no fixie bike yet), I needed some low comfy sneakers to replace my ravaged daily pair of Nike Free Powerlines, and potentially in styles which will match my much more minimalist approach to sneakers.
Nike Roshe One Knit Jacquard
Really, these are minimalist you say? You’re either lying or blind. But hear me out the tiger like stripes are actually quite muted in real life. They dish a dose of cool urban camo.
Colorway – Bronze/Black/Sail
The GOOD – This is my first pair in the Roshe line, which Nike launched in 2012 as a budget runner next to the Frees, which I’m a huge fan of. Honestly I wasn’t expecting much but I was sort of blown away how comfy these are. The sole is pillowy and cloud like, softer than the Frees but not as unwieldy as I find some Lunar Airs to be. The fit is great and no abrasive bits if you decide to go sockless. Also incredibly good grip on wet ground, on par with Frees. Also I got caught in a rainstorm the first time I wore these and they dried super quick! I’m definitely a convert to the Roshe line!
The BAD – The Flynit upper is pretty thin and not as supportive as the Nike Free range. You certainly wouldn’t want to prove your agility laterally in these. Basic walking forward on pavement is what these are made for.
Nike Internationalist Fleece
I’m usually a stickler for Nike ranges I know and trust. I know how dunks, AF1s, Frees etc fit and look on me so usually I’m wary of venturing deeper into the Nike Narnia… but dude… you had me at fleece.
Colorway – TUMBLED GREY / BLACK / WHITE
The GOOD – FLEECE, grey neutral, super soft and super cool in a classic retro silhouette. Unfortunately that’s about it…
The BAD – I have so many niggling issues with this pair. They’re not comfort out of the box like the Roshe one’s up top. They have plastic bits which cut through the fleece and give you blisters if you go sockless. And if you have low socks on, the back rides up high and angles and chafs into the back of the ankle. The sole is also slippery in the wet. I have no idea why some Nike soles are like this and others are fine. Why not make them all non-slip? Anyway, I may like them better once they’re fully broken in.