About as high as mid-tops can legally get before entering the next weight division, the Nike ACG Air Alder Mid comes here in a obsidian/light bone/new slate offering. That shin creeping ankle collar keeps the winter nasty business off your socks, as does the water resistant upper, which looks bright and tight with hot pops of yellow on the midfoot panelling, toebox and midsole, with added orange zest on the laces and heel tab. We scored these as samples to shoot for Sneaker Freaker issue 29, so we haven’t heard word on release info yet, but stay tuned.