These styles are an absolute shoe-in…

Whether you’re a part of the ‘movement’ or not, sneaker culture is in. Sneakers have almost always been an obvious hit with fans of sport, street fashion, pop culture, cinema, music videos, you name it. Here’s our pick of trending classics (oxymoron intended) in Abu Dhabi right now.

Under Armour Forge 1996

To some, these might be the typical dad shoe, to others, it’s a throwback to 90s trends and way to keep things simple. An ode to the year Under Armour was established, the Forge 1996 focuses on breathability and stability with a thick, sturdy outsole.


Puma Palermo


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The leaping cat makes a tremendous return with Italia-inspired classic, the Palermo. Named after the Sicilian city, this release from Puma’s archives with its gum sole and suede finish is cooler than ice, and available in white, black, blue, green and more. City midfielder Jack Grealish rocked a pair in Puma’s recent Forever campaign, and if you’ve seen it, you’re even more likely to cop a pair.


Nike Air Force 1

Say hello to the quintessential white sneaker, which made plain white kicks cool long before the present-day trend returned. To be fair, these never really went away, and why would they? Dress them up, dress them down, you’ll get the nod from sneakerheads wherever you go – whether that is the mall, at the checkout aisle, or on an evening out.


Adidas Samba


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I was once stopped on the street by someone who admired my very beaten up pair of old Sambas, and went as far as to call them the “Air Jordans of Europe”. They’ve also established a reputation with football lovers in South America, and with good reason. Around since 1949, the Sambas have been sold over 35 million times, and in addition to the iconic black and white variants, newer colourways such as the collegiate green and royal blue will keep you looking fresh and stylish. Skater? Street footballer? Hopping on a train? No problem, you’re covered.


At BRED 2024…

This past week, Abu Dhabi also hosted BRED 2024. In addition to being a celebration of neo-culture, lifestyle, art and music, the five-day fest also welcomed some seriously cool sneakers. Which ones caught your eye?


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