Locally designed and produced menswear label wings+horns is known for its modern minimalist lines with innovative fabrics and classic tailoring. Teaming up with established American sportswear brand adidas Originals to offer a classic sportswear collection for Spring 2017 was a natural fit. The athleisure garments and footwear perfectly meld wings+horns’ classic tailoring with adidas’ modern technology, resulting in a lightweight, weather-ready look.
As an alternative to the usual jeans and t-shirt combo, I’m a big fan of athleisure. I’m not talking about the ubiquitous leggings and tank top look, but rather casual wear with a sportive spin. wings+horns and adidas’ take on it looked like great transitional foundation pieces, perfect for most of the year in the mild Raincouver climate.
I’m also a big sneakerhead – I’ve made this pretty clear in previous posts. So when checking out the collection launch, I bee-lined straight to the footwear. My heart kinda sank. The sneakers looked bulky with unnecessary block-y detailing; they reminded me of Reeboks from the 80’s when sneakers were only worn to play sports.
Not the intended target demographic for the sneakers, I wondered if perhaps I was missing the point of their appeal. I turned to the guys next to me to get their take on the styles. Words like “fresh”, “cool”, “comfortable”, and “cushiony” were effusively offered. They loved the thick foamy sole and the stitching details indicative of wings+horns. They opined that these sneakers would be perfect for both all-day hanging out, as well as with a tailored suit. They informed me that the bulkiness is on-trend.
There you go. Thumbs up from the boys on the shoes and collection in general, which is what counts. The collaborative collection is now available at the wings+horns retail showroom, Nordstrom, as well as online.
All look photos from wings+horns website