Commemorating 35 years of old-skool sneaks, these one-of-4,000 Adidas Superstar Adicolors ($150, Goodfoot , 431 Richmond West, 416-34-0734, www.getonthegoodfoot.ca) are a trip down memory lane, back to the days when you tagged (and/or doodled on) all your possessions. Comes complete with special permanent markers and an assortment of coloured laces.
Fuck fashion and the sweatshops that support it. Strut guilt-free in these Blackspot runners ($80, Left Feet , 88 Nassau, 416-360-5338, www.leftfeet.ca, www.adbusters.org) - a fine anti-brand produced by Adbusters. Designed by John Fluevog, made from organic hemp with a hand-drawn anti-logo at a unionized factory in Portugal, these puppies are the right step in ethical footwear.
Working the jazzy sport mesh and no-laces aesthetic, these Mostros by Puma ($109, Get Out Side , 437 Queen West, 416-593-5598) feature tentacle-like treads for slip-free movement (best used on a sweaty dance floor or for running around the pool.)Like the ferociously trendy style of moccasins but not so much the slippery flat soles?
This style in FBT-ELK by Visvim ($350, Nomad , 431 Richmond West, 416-682-1107, www.nomadshop.net) gives you the look you crave but with a sturdy sole and removable mock moccasin flap for an easy camo job once the trend bites it.
Featuring the classic lines of a running shoe, these women's Alias trainers by DC ($125, Let It Ride , 2229 Queen East, 416-693-9472) in navy and blinding magenta are a switch from the brand's traditional skate shoe format but still have the extra padding and stability that go with half-pipe territory.