Let’s not dwell on what the behemoth sneaker brands are trying to force down our throats as ‘on trend’ - yes Adidas we are looking at your lame Samba drive - instead let's get real with six of the most core, never let you down, always on point silhouettes out there. You can’t go wrong with these badboys. All you need to do is make sure you choose the most legit colourway and treatment for your outfit, whilst of course co-ord'ing with the latest KING drops obviously.

AIR MAX 1

What can be said about the AM1 that hasn’t already been done. It’s the classic, iconic, epitome of everything that is good about Nike. Hands down THE GREATEST shoe they have ever designed. 

We realise there are A LOT of AM1 out there. So it’s important that you identify that colourway that will work for you this summer. Our choice right now - the coveted ‘Winter to Spring’ PRM model with its optional pom pom lace guards, suede upper and leather panels. Already at Grail status you can just about still find them at StockX.

The Don of sneakers. No Cap

Vans SK8 Hi

Go anywhere, do anything, elevate any dressed-down outfit. In the all-black colour up the VANS sk8-hi does everything a time-honoured sneaker should do. It keeps it clean, it makes any trouser or shorts drop work, it gets those tre-flips sticking to the grip. What more do you want in a shoe? Stick to the core colours and this is a must-have in your roster for 2024.

A must have for any sneaker rotation

Osiris D3 OG and 2001

A marmite shoe for many but it is undeniable that Osiris have the biggest selling, most recognisable and right now - most popular skateboard shoe in the world. With the alt-scene re-surging, the need for a shoe that will work with baggier and looser fit bottoms and jorts is a must. In the coveted black to the floor and black gum and with two models to choose from in the OG and 2001 silhouettes, it really is time to dust down that Linkin Park album and make room for a pair of D3’s in your sneaker line up.

Worn these more than any other shoe in '24

Adidas Superstar Shell Toe

It’s a classic amongst many classics that Adidas can be proud of. A stalwart in the early Hip-Hop scene, one of the only shoes to have an entire hip-hop song dedicated to it and right now, not rinsed out like most retro Adidas, that it would be better to walk around bare-foot than have the three stripes around your toes. So, get involved now and be the first out the traps with the Superstar. It will be a big look for the next six months!

A classic, and in this colour its stone cold!

Asics Gel-Lyte 3

An understated retro runner that all true sneaker heads recognise in that classic category and one that will get you the knowing nods when making your way through the stalls at the next crepe city. Japanese front runners Asics have dropped some serious colabs on this model and the variation in colourways seems endless. Regardless of your dress sense, the Gel-Lyte really can work on any drop with the advantage that it still remains an outlier amongst the masses and that can only be a good thing!

Properly underrated. Asics killed this silhouette

New Balance 574

Out of all the brands to take full advantage of Nike’s complete fuck up with wholesale retail availability, online bots, re-seller leeches and the god-awful SNKR app raffles, New Balance made serious hay whilst the sun shone. With pretty much everyone through with the above, New Balance just started shotting on their retro runners, dad-shoe re-releases and betting the mortgage on the 327. I mean the 327 is every housewives favourite ever shoe! Here at KING towers, we’re more about the 574 and like the Gel Lyte 3 it’s an understated number that the masses haven’t got their grubby hands on. Myriad colourways, so many variations – it’s a straight cop.

Clean up any outfit in these

No sneaker guide would be complete without the obligatory brand plug, and this is our website so, yeah we're allowed to! All of the above will work with a whole host of the garms we have in our collections. So follow this link and get building that outfit >>> KING DROPS