Having taken a brief moment of respite from the forefront of Y3’s diverse arsenal of fashion meets sports sneakers, The Y3 Boxing and Y3 Sprint make a more than welcome return to the limelight after several seasons spent MIA. Taking influence from traditional sports footwear this re-release of the fan favourite silhouettes sees the signature characteristics of the originals remain unchanged whilst injecting a slue of subtle modern iterations for a fresh and respectful update.
Using their sleek shape and unassuming proportions, the Y3 Boxing, as the name suggests, references conventional low-top boxing boots used by fighters inside the ring. Released in two subtle colour ways of a contrasting white / black and low key black / orange, the pair utilise a multi-material application to their uppers, employing both premium leather panelling alongside a airy mesh base. Further enhancing the opulent feel the sneakers employ embossed logo branding to the heel and tongue, with tonal three striped accents found to both the medial and lateral sides.
Next on the agenda, the Y3 Sprint finds its history more aligned with the worlds of running and athleticism. Inspired by shoes which were typically seen in track and field events, the sneakers, much like the Boxing, retain a slender outline equipping an angular rubber outsole for added traction when worn. Utilising a range of materials and construction techniques to add texture, stability and visual depth, the trainers aim to fill the void that sits between high end luxury and functional practicality, deploying a cushioned sole and unsurprisingly subdued colour palette of whites, blacks and blues. Finished with an unconventional take on the iconic three stripe marking, the Sprint showcases the collaborative brands craft when it comes to moulding themes, ideas and craft into something that feels wholly unique.