On Your Feet: Hip kicks from Nike and Poler
On Your Feet is all about that new shoe feeling- from the first time you open the box until they’re worn into the ground. Sometimes we’ll sift through the constant Air Jordan releases to bring you the gems other people will leave on the shelves, and sometimes we’ll slide on reclaimed leather loafers from Prague, but we’ll always focus on comfortable shoes with appealing and creative aesthetic. So lace up your new kicks and stand on the precipice of adventure, where will we go together?
The Nike Skateboarding brand is known for crazy collaborations, working with everyone from rap icons De La Soul and MF Doom, to clothing brands Diamond Supply Co. and Supreme, and even Pee Wee Herman, which almost makes the collection they put together with Poler look tame by comparison. Both companies brought a lot of inspiration from their home state of Oregon, with gear that’s as ready for a day out skating as it is on a cold beach or a rainy hike.
For the shoes, Poler took their unique brand of outdoor style to four of the most popular Nike SB silhouettes, including the classic Dunk high-top. This rendition of the Dunk High takes the well-known upper and adds weather resistant materials and outlast temperature regulating insulation for utilitarian improvements that don’t affect the style. The standard Dunk High rubber outsole has been replaced with the same outsole found on the Nike Special Field Boot, one of only a few consumer shoes that meets military standards for combat boots. The outsole is lightweight and flexible, while still providing plenty of traction and protection from the elements.
The Nike SB Trainerendor is already a versatile, comfortable shoe, but Poler didn’t let that stop them from improving the design with weather-resistant materials and extra details. You wouldn’t be well-advised to get on a board with these on your feet, but they should fare you well from the city to the park and everywhere in between. The dual-layer construction features mesh engineered to be lightweight and flexible, with suede and leather layers for protection, and because they look great with the color palette of the shoe.
Poler’s signature orange and brown hues find their way into the unapologetically hip gear of the collection, with a symbolic emblem signifying the collaboration between the two Oregon brands playing a major role in the design. From the pom beanies to the pocket T and bomber jacket, you’ll stay warm and dry whether you’re hiking or skating.
You can pick up the pieces of the Nike SB x Poler collection for 2014 on the Poler website before they run out.