Over the last three or four years, fashion and streetwear enthusiasts have grown to admire the bold aesthetic associated with the forward-focused functional garments of techwear. Labels like ACRONYM, Guerrilla Group, and Stone Island have helped flesh out the genre, however, the futuristic flair of these brands can be intimidating to those looking to buy into the expensive subculture, with sky high retail prices and resale soaring through the roof. Fear not though, as we at The Sole Supplier are here to let you know the top ten techwear inspired sneakers that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
It doesn’t get more sleek than the Nike Sock Dart Triple Black. This monochromatic masterpiece enjoyed major success this year with many of the releases selling out, and there’s no wonder, as where else do you get this kind of style with such a low price tag? Featuring a soft knitted upper that gives a second-skin type feeling thats more similar to a sock than a trainer, these definitely deserve a place in your techwear wardrobe.
The adidas Tubular Doom PK Triple Black stays true to the ever popular construct with an eye-catching design that blends contemporary with ultra comfortable style, but with an all black ensemble that is sure to turn heads. Featuring a soft and flexible Primeknit upper and an elasticated midfoot strap that is stamped with a tonal zig-zag pattern, you’re definitely getting way more than you paid for with these kicks.
Undoubtedly a little bit pricier than the previous two pairs, it’s worth mentioning that the NikeLAB ACG 07 KMTR Black still won’t burn a hole in your pocket. A durable and highly technical trainer with a contemporary inspired aesthetic, the KMTR is just the sort of cutting edge design you’d expect from NikeLAB’s ACG Collection. Delivering the best in premium performance sportswear, this ongoing line never fails to impress.
Although this sneaker is currently sold out, you can still cop the Haven x adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged Triple Black on resale without having to sell a kidney. Although the original construct of the Ultra Boost silhouette is maintained, the Haven adopts a sock like aesthetic similar to that of the aforementioned Nike Sock Dart. The soft and lightweight Primeknit gets some much needed reinforcement in the form of enforced eyestays, which are perfect to protect your techwear investment.
Taking style cues from that ACRONYM collaboration that launched in 2016, the Nike Air Presto Mid Utility Black is an all new transformation for the colder months ahead, sporting a zip construct to the ankle and adopting a lightweight Flyknit upper which extends slightly above the ankle. The Presto Mid is still on shelves pretty much everywhere, making it an effortless cop for all techwear enthusiasts out there.
Thankfully, the design of this sneaker isn’t as complicated as its convoluted name. Heavily inspired by aspects of both football and lifestyle, the adidas Nemeziz Tango 17+ Ultra Boost Black features a foot-hugging textile upper that wraps around the foot, delivering that secure and lock down fit. It’s also crafted in different sections, allowing it to remain durable and lightweight. One huge feature worth mentioning is that blacked out Boost on the sole which is in itself a rare sight.
Consider this your second chance to cop the Nike Air Vapormax Triple Black. If you took a devastating L last time around, you weren’t on your own. That hugely hyped NikeLAB release – which made its debut in March – sold out within seconds and still remains a sought after resell silhouette. Sitting on a smokey black Vapormax unit which adds even more monochrome appeal to this design, the tonal Flyknit upper of this shoe is both striking and unique, and surprisingly it’s still sitting on shelves as you’re reading this.
Pretty much the Godfather of techwear, you can’t have a list about techwear sneakers without including Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 Qasa High Black. Sporting futuristic urban ninja vibes, this pair features a good fitting sock-like upper with neoprene straps that wrap around the foot. Still available to buy in retail in a few stores, be sure to snap one up quickly if you want a pair of Qasas in your sneaker collection.
A classic silhouette that goes back more than two decades, the Nike Air Huarache Black has received a supreme amount of hype over the past few years. For those that don’t know, the Huarache is an ultra comfortable and lightweight sneaker that features a neoprene sock inner that stretches to your foot and laces that help secure your foot in place. This classic pair of creps will be in peoples wardrobes for years to come and are a staple piece of any urban techwear outfit.
And last but not least, the only pair in this list that has yet to be released. The adidas NMD R1 Primeknit Japan Triple Black is dubbed as one of the most sought-after NMDs of the year, so it won’t be an easy cop. This style is a homage to earlier NMD releases, a far cry from the more recent NMD R2 renditions. With a blacked out Boost unit and Primeknit crafted upper, this Nomad is an absolute favourite in the techwear world.
What do you think of our list of the top ten techwear inspired sneakers that won’t break the bank? Do you agree with it or do you think there should be a few more worthy mentions? Let us know in the comments below, and as always, keep it locked here at The Sole Supplier for the latest and greatest in sneakers!