Footwear options for school students sure have evolved over time, and while colour choices may still be limited, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little self-expression. Uniform policies aside, the ‘Triple Black’ colourway has long been a coveted release for sneakerheads of all ages. Ultimately, it allows the wearer to deliver that subtle flex, showcasing their personal taste without needing wild colour combinations to shout it from the rooftops.

To help you prepare for the new academic year, we’ve taken a closer look at five of the best back to school sneaker options for 2021. These aren’t your boring old school shoes!

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90 enjoyed a strong 2020, highlighted by 30th birthday celebrations that included the re-emergence of a slew of OG colourways to keep old sneakerheads happy. Dressed in the inimitable ‘Triple Black’ colour combo, the AM90 loses none of its lustre. In fact, like many of the great black-on-black releases, this version of the Air Max 90 allows you to sit back and enjoy the design for what it is: a genuine stud in the Air Max stable. The upper adopts the ever-reliable combo of mesh and synthetic leather to deliver comfort and durability, while Nike’s omnipresent Air technology provides all-day cushioning for whatever schoolyard hijinks you get up to when you head back to school.

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90 enjoyed a strong 2020, highlighted by 30th birthday celebrations that included the re-emergence of a slew of OG colourways to keep old sneakerheads happy. Dressed in the inimitable ‘Triple Black’ colour combo, the AM90 loses none of its lustre. In fact, like many of the great black-on-black releases, this version of the Air Max 90 allows you to sit back and enjoy the design for what it is: a genuine stud in the Air Max stable. The upper adopts the ever-reliable combo of mesh and synthetic leather to deliver comfort and durability, while Nike’s omnipresent Air technology provides all-day cushioning for whatever schoolyard hijinks you get up to when you head back to school.

adidas Swift Run X

You can slip right into the adidas Swift Run X, whose sock-fit mesh upper offers an easy on-off, as well as breathable, lightweight comfort for your feet. The sleek silhouette looks right at home in the all-black sneaker scheme, and makes the transition from classroom to sports field seamless. Down below, the moulded EVA midsole atop a rubber outsole provides the essential combination of cushioning and traction. A genuine all-rounder, the Swift Run X boasts all the legendary hallmarks of adidas design, nailed down with the signature Three Stripes on both the medial and lateral sides, plus the Trefoil logo on the tongue. There’s no compromise on style or performance with this bona fide staple that’s made for everyday wear.

adidas Swift Run X

You can slip right into the adidas Swift Run X, whose sock-fit mesh upper offers an easy on-off, as well as breathable, lightweight comfort for your feet. The sleek silhouette looks right at home in the all-black sneaker scheme, and makes the transition from classroom to sports field seamless. Down below, the moulded EVA midsole atop a rubber outsole provides the essential combination of cushioning and traction. A genuine all-rounder, the Swift Run X boasts all the legendary hallmarks of adidas design, nailed down with the signature Three Stripes on both the medial and lateral sides, plus the Trefoil logo on the tongue. There’s no compromise on style or performance with this bona fide staple that’s made for everyday wear.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

As close to timeless as a sneaker design can get, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star has been a popular choice for generations of students. Now over 100 years old, the Chuck Taylor transcended its basketball roots long ago, making the transition to the street in the decades that followed. This school-ready rendition of the classic baller switches the usual canvas upper for leather to bolster the construction – and squeeze into more formal uniform codes. The signature eyelets on the medial side enhance airflow during long days on campus, while the vulcanised rubber outsole offers enviable hardiness.

Dr. Martens 1461

A much more traditional option, the Dr. Martens 1461 has been a schoolyard staple for decades. Originally released in 1961, the iconic three-eyelet design was just the second Dr. Martens design to hit production. All these years later, the 1461 features a dress code–beating smooth leather upper and the game-changing Dr. Martens air-cushioned sole unit, while that signature yellow stitching offers that if-you-know-you-know schoolyard flex. But above all, the 1461’s durability will see you through more than a few school years (and likely beyond!).

Dr. Martens 1461

A much more traditional option, the Dr. Martens 1461 has been a schoolyard staple for decades. Originally released in 1961, the iconic three-eyelet design was just the second Dr. Martens design to hit production. All these years later, the 1461 features a dress code–beating smooth leather upper and the game-changing Dr. Martens air-cushioned sole unit, while that signature yellow stitching offers that if-you-know-you-know schoolyard flex. But above all, the 1461’s durability will see you through more than a few school years (and likely beyond!).

Vans Old Skool Leather

A leather update of the canvas classic, this version of the Vans Old Skool ticks plenty of boxes for the new school year. An on-trend aesthetic combined with durable materials promises to put smiles on the faces of both parents and students. The famous Jazz Stripe–bearing model sports re-enforced toecaps to protect against day-to-day wear, while the padded collars offer additional support. Down below, enjoy the signature Vans rubber waffle outsole for added traction and subtle style flex.

Get prepared to head back to school with Hype DC’s range of Triple Black sneakers now.

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