ARTICLE BY Minh Vuong

Mammoth Li-Ning ‘Future Vintage, Sport Formal’ Collection Features Avant-Garde Design and GORE-TEX

China’s Li-Ning are on the verge of releasing a massive slew of sneaker styles as part of their ‘Future Vintage, Sport Formal’ collection that highlights the second drop of their Autumn/Winter 2020 offering. Thirty years after Olympic gymnast Li-Ning founded his eponymous company, things have definitely taken a futuristic and tech-driven direction. This new drop features seven models, some that have been previously seen, as well as a couple of new designs.

Li-Ning Arc Ace White

Arc Ace

The Arc Ace is back in all-white, a year after SF mused it was ‘the craziest sneaker of 2019’. Speckled laces may break the monochrome, but all attention will be on that skeletal midsole.

Li-Ning Furious Ride Ace Element Black
Li-Ning Furious Ride Ace Element White

Furious Ride Ace Element

Updating the Furious Ride line, the Ace Element comes this season in two monochromatic white and black colourways, emphasising the inverted layered structure and running-inspired aesthetic.

Li-Ning Wind Ranger Black
Li-Ning Wind Ranger White

Wind Ranger

Prominently featured on the recent collaboration with Soulland, the Wind Ranger is back with its intriguing shroud design and BOOM midsole tech. Definitely a futuristic model that’s emphasised by bold colour-blocking.

Li-Ning The Reburn Hi 2.0 White

The Reburn 2.0 Hi

These sneakerboots are basically astronaut boots for civilian use. Packed full of technology like Li-Ning’s Light Foam compound and laceless nylon shroud, there are plenty of ways to style The Reburn 2.0 Hi.

Li-Ning Titan Halo Black
Li-Ning Titan Halo White

Titan Halo

Sounding and looking like it’d belong in a dystopian sci-fi video game or movie, the Titan Halo is one part retro runner with its knobbly sole, and one part low-cut hiking shoe thanks to its external hardware.

Li-Ning Titan GTX GORE-TEX Black
Li-Ning Titan GTX GORE-TEX Grey

Titan GTX

If conditions are too extreme for the Titan Halo, bring in the Titan GTX. Possibly many firsts here: a compass in the tongue, detachable carabiner closures, and reportedly the first-ever GORE-TEX colab with a Chinese company.

Li-Ning Wu Xing GTX Black
Li-Ning Wu Xing GTX Black Multi

Wu Xing GTX

Another GORE-equipped kick from Li-Ning, this trainer style, part of the brand’s BadFive subcategory, lets everyone know ‘it’s GORE-TEX’. Black is an expected option, but the other fairy floss edition is a psychedelic foot trip.

The Li-Ning ‘Future Vintage, Sport Formal’ collection will be landing in coming weeks at select global stockists:

CANADA
Browns Shoes – Montreal
NRML – Ottawa
RCHMND – Halifax, Nova Scotia

USA
Kith – SoHo NYC, Brooklyn, Miami, and Los Angeles

QATAR
Harvey Nichols – Doha

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Level Shoes – Dubai

CHINA

Galeries Lafayette – Shanghai and Beijing
Concepts – Shanghai and Shenzhen
The Balancing – Shanghai
Glossy – Shanghai

UK
Browns – London
Lab Store – London
Selfridges – London
OffSpring – Selfridges, London
18 Montrose – London
END. Clothing – London, Glasgow & Newcastle
Foot Patrol – London
Hervia – Manchester
LN-CC – London
Philip Browne – Norwich
Seven Store – Liverpool

DENMARK
Rezet Sneaker Store – Copenhagen

FRANCE
Foot Patrol – Paris

GERMANY

Overkill – Berlin

ITALY
Eraldo – Ceggia
Nugnes 1920 – Trani
Slam Jam – Milan
SOTF – Florence
Susi Store – Latina
Tredici Metri Quadri – Bellaria

THE NETHERLANDS
Shoebaloo – Amsterdam

SPAIN
Limited Editions – Barcelona

UKRAINE
Spazio – Kiev

JAPAN
Kith – Tokyo
Atmos – Tokyo

AUSTRALIA
Subtype – Melbourne

NEW ZEALAND
Subtype – Auckland

ONLINE

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