This week's featured outfit: technical athleisure and the Nike x ACRONYM Air Presto. I pared down the rest of the look to draw attention to the shoes, but made sure to choose pieces with tech detailing (minimal branding, matte neutrals, synthetic fabrics) to play up the context created by the ultra-functional Prestos. The result is somewhere between Arc'teryx and Nike Pro Combat: functional credo, fashion execution, and overall one of my favorite new looks. 

Photo credit: Kristen Eisenhauer

Photo credit: Kristen Eisenhauer

The techwear nerd in me wants to use these DYNE Tech Chinos as a foundation to go full GORE-TEX ninja, but every ounce of that Deus Ex internal monologue ends the moment I look down.

I'll put it bluntly: for ninja shoes, the ACRONYM Presto is awful at not being seen. 

Photo credit: Kristen Eisenhauer

Photo credit: Kristen Eisenhauer

That's not a bad thing - I actually think the "Neon" colorway rocks. Of this season's three Nike x ACRONYM colorways, this one is undoubtedly the icon. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's objectively one of the strongest Presto colorways ever dropped. Ever since Common Projects started the #whitesneakertrend close to a decade ago, there's been a disturbing lack of risktaking in footwear. Most major collabs are now popular silhouettes decked out in Switzerland-level neutrals, then labeled as valuable due to a "limited release" rather than deriving value from their design merits alone.

Egregious examples include the Livestock Samba, which is - wait for it - a black adidas Samba.

In this context, the Nike x ACRONYM Presto is a breath of fresh air: bold, daring, and still supremely wearable. Paired with these DYNE Linus Sweats, it's a tech-inspired casual shoe rather than a Blade Runner prop. That being said, the shoe sings against all black: the iridescent contrast colors shine like a solar flare against skin-covering neutral pieces, and with a plethora of white/black details to break up the lava lamp toebox, look like deliberate complements rather than a gasoline spill. In short: they look sweet. 

Photo credit: Kristen Eisenhauer

Photo credit: Kristen Eisenhauer

Which is good. Since you'll be seeing them a lot. 

Seriously. Dressing in all black then strapping into biomorphic mid-tops does feel unquestionably cool, but every now and again, you catch a flash of pink/yellow as you reach down to check your texts. In these brief moments, you grapple regret: the realization sinks in that the limited release you proxy shipped from Germany is a triathlete nun away from Nike's UNLIMITED colorway, and suddenly, you're just a nerdy dude who bought zip-up ninja shoes.

Limited edition zip-up shoes. 

That are visible at night.

You're just a nerdy dude who bought useless ninja shoes.

Photo credit: Kristen Eisenhauer

Photo credit: Kristen Eisenhauer

But hey, once the self-loathing subsides, you've got a Nike x ACRONYM Air Presto! And that's not nothing. In fact, in a year saturated by Yeezy drops and yet another "luxury" Air Max, it's one of the best sneaker releases of 2016. Stay tuned for a full review coming soon. But until then, thanks for reading.

 

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