BEST INNOVATION OF THE YEAR:
Thermoformed StartX rubber by Vibram.
To disrupt the injection mold market and open up a new way of footwear creation Vibram and Slam Jam used StratX compound and thermoformed it over a 3D printed last. The resulting product is a hybrid shoe made in just 5 steps. A simple and elegant way of bringing the industry forward into the "post-sneaker" era.
BEST PRESENTATION OF THE YEAR:
LTEKS Edition 04 campaign by Serin Auh.
In their fourth edition, LTEKS showcased an absolute mastery of combining nature and technology, bringing together the otherworldly scenery of Iceland and their outstanding clothing in this editorial, which found its way into a print zine alongside each purchase. We have been following the development of LTEKS for years and it is truly a force to be reckoned with, in both its form and function.
BEST FOOTWEAR RELEASE OF THE YEAR:
Moncler Trailgrip GTX.
This august Moncler came out guns blazing with their new line of mountain-ready footwear, the main caliber being Nathan Van Hook, who applied his expertise and background at Nike ACG to create one of the most appealing and functional silhouettes we had our hands on. This sneaker, and the whole FW22 footwear collection, represents a new era for Moncler. When skyscrapers are mountains to climb, subway steps are steep paths to run on, and sidewalks are trails full of obstacles, we can use the same shoe to get out of the office and rediscover the beauty of nature in the wild.
BEST APPAREL RELEASE OF THE YEAR:
Descente Allterrain x côte&ciel capsule.
A collaboration we have been waiting for a very long time! French artisan of functional bags and accessories côte&ciel has teamed up with the Japanese functional apparel brand Descente and its urban sub-brand Allterrain. Both masters of their craft have demonstrated the highest level of their abilities with a combination of key parameters: modern design, innovative approach to fabrics and materials selection, exquisite construction, and a strong visual presentation. For their joint limited edition capsule, which will delight all fans of all functional clothing, an entire system was created, consisting of the Sormonne Métamorphe / The Shapeshifter bag and the Mizusawa Down Jacket, that work adaptively with each other through special design elements, having a myriad of options for a wearer to choose and combine. A true highlight of functional clothing history for decades to come.