Proper Picks: Gear of the Week 22nd-29th April

Imagine being a fully grown adult and not liking trainers more than your own kids. Imagine not having to hide your weekly footwear buys from your other half, or not having to disguise the payments as something they find important. Imagine that.

Now remember that none of that matters and what does matter is that it’ll soon be sunny again and you’re going to need some shoes that’ll look mint with shorts and a t-shirt. Luckily, we’re on hand to help you spend your money wisely and not end up looking like a lost dad who got dragged backwards through TK Maxx. Anyway, here’s some decent gear from the last week or so…

Novesta MARATHON All Pink
€119.00, Novesta

Spring has finally sprung, as has the need to invest in some new lovely footwear that’s suits the new season. Luckily everyone’s favourite Slovakian shoe makers, Novesta, are on hand with their latest addition to the MARATHON family – this time in a dusty pink colourway. Delicious!
The Sebago x Oi Polloi Portland
£130.00, Oi Polloi

Think of good clothes and you think of Oi Polloi, think of mint boating footwear and you think of Sebago, so it’s only natural the two got together to make mega, super deck-shoes. We wrote about them here.
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%

With it being the London Marathon this weekend, we thought it only right we include some of the latest runners from Nike, the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%. A lairy-looking shoe, with a whole range of benefits for runners, like the Vaporweave making it lightweight, breathable and — critically — they absorb far less water from sweat or rain, so it stays airy and dry over the course of a marathon, or your walk to the pub.
Air Max 97 ‘Shanghai Kaleidoscope’
£500.00+, Presented By

A homage to home designed by Cash Ru, the ‘Shanghai Kaleidoscope’ features white sole units to symbol the clouds that float by in the city, while the uppers represent the city’s light blue sky. Hard to get hold of these, so they won’t hang about for long.
Wild Bunch Wally Vibram
£175.00, The Hip Store

Wild Bunch have been around for a few years now turning-out some of the finest premium footwear in the whole wide world. If you’re a regular follower of Proper then you’ll know that they produce exactly the kind of shoes you’re looking for and they’re getting stronger with every collection. We wrote about them here.
Barena Venezia x La Sportiva
£174.00, Farfetch

Multicolour L.A. Sportiva from Barena featuring a round toe, a flat rubber sole, a slip-on style and a lace-through design. Made for climbing, whether that be a rock face or scaling your garden fence at 2am because you’ve forgotten your keys.
New Balance Made in UK 1500 LDN edition
£150.00, New Balance

Inspired by the spirit of the London Marathon and celebrating the cultural diversity of the capital, this limited edition classic has a unique print on the mid-sole. Featuring the words ‘RUN’ and ‘GIVE’ in a number of different languages, the print pays homage to the charitable nature of the marathon and the huge celebration of running that hits the streets of London on race day.
Nike React Element 87 Light Bone

Designed for casual wear, the React Element 87 ‘Light Bone’ is defined by both the super-soft React midsole optimized for lightweight cushioning. A low-slung swoosh in tan and red accents round out this hybrid sneaker’s sporty look.
New Balance 991 – Made in England
£170.00, size?

There’s not much more we can say about New Balance that hasn’t already been said, especially as we wrote about these earlier in the week. Sensational though, aren’t they?
Universal Works x Novesta Star Master
£69.00, END. Clothing

Having manufactured their natural rubber soles and cotton canvas shoes in the same factory in Partizánske, Slovakia since 1939, Novesta team up for a seventh season with British label Universal Works. Made without the use of chemicals or glue, this two-tone pair of Star Master’s are friendly to your feet and the planet.

Absolutely well into house plants.

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