The weekend is almost here and that means a new handle of sneaker drops is upon us. This week, two couples stand out from the rest. Unsurprisingly, both are collaborations. Something more surprising? Both come to us from the City of Light. (This is Paris, all of you.) The first comes through French label Casablanca and New Balance, while the second comes thanks to the ongoing partnership between Ronnie Fiegs Kith and Nike.
Casablanca’s New Balance 327.
This is also not the first time that one of these squads has been drilled. Last year, Casablanca and New Balance released a duo of sneakers too much fanfare – two take the new old 327 from New Balance, to be precise. The runner is only a year old, but it looks like something from the 1970s. We mean that in the best possible way: it has a retro silhouette with a nubby rubber sole and a chunky heel topped off with an oversized logo on the upper.
And the 237.
This time around, Casablanca designer Charaf Tajer has similarly remixed the same silhouette (alongside a newer style, the 237). Both sneakers bear the jacquard monogram of the French label. A perforated upper material and subtle details in delicate chewing gum pink and light Kelly Green complete the design. The Duo of Kicks will be released on the Casablanca website on February 27th.
Kith’s new Air Force 1.
The Paris-inspired collaboration between Kith and Nike isn’t quite as colorful, but about as desirable. This sneaker celebrates the opening of the newest branch of Fieg’s ever-growing streetwear empire in – you guessed it – Paris. Accordingly, the beloved (and typically New York) Air Force 1 borrows the colors of the French flag. A tiny Nike Swoosh is embroidered on the upper in blue and red, and the French colors fill in other parts of the mostly white silhouette. There is also a “Kith Air” monogram that sits on the back heel. The only way to get hold of this is to visit the new shop directly. However, it is safe to say that these – and both of Casablanca’s kicks – will appear in the aftermarket at exorbitant prices in the coming weeks. Good luck!