For a few years, technical outdoor gear has smashed its head first with high fashion. Solomon is now name-controlled in the same sentence as Comme des Garçons; Jil Sander and Arc’teryx has collaborated. In short: Dressing up as if you are ready to tackle a track has never looked so good. If you’ve been looking to freshen up your summer kicks with some gorpcore flare, then the latest drop from Nike’s hiking-inspired sub-brand All Conditions Gear (ACG) has got you covered.
Nike ACG started in the late 1980s and made crisp equipment for big hikers, outdoor thrill seekers and the like. In the mid-2010s, it got a delicious makeover thanks to designer Errolson Hugh and was soon embraced by major fashion cities across the globe. But Hugh and the Swoosh parted ways in 2018, and ACG began to lean back on its legacy as a vintage-inspired hiking brand. (Luckily, the brand has stuck to some high-tech details that Hugh was famous for.) This weekend, some really excellent sneakers, ranging from a casual slip-on moc to a 1990s hiking classic.
There’s the ACG Moc 3.5, a slip-on sneaker made from a lightweight material with a sturdy, gripping sole. Nike’s ACG Air Mada, originally designed in 1994, gets inherited colors and the same original color block. If you’re looking for something a little more versatile, ACG Lowcate is sure to do the trick. And for the actual trail warriors, there is the ACG Mountain Fly Low, explicitly designed for tough terrain with a React midsole that delivers sumptuous comfort all day long.
These sneakers are performance-oriented, yes, but can still slip right in with the rest of your wardrobe, as any sneaker does. Put them together floating linen pantsor lean into the outdoor look with hiking-inspired shorts-It’s your choice. Just know that a Nike ACG sneaker means top performance and high quality style in one sleek package.