Compass ’09 Recap: Fashion-Forward Kicks

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Of course, we at Nice Kicks love the retros and limited edition sneaks, but it’s always a breath of fresh air to see something new and different.

Last week, Nice Kicks went out to Las Vegas for the 2nd annual Compass trade show to check out the latest offerings from next generation brands like PRO-Keds, 100 Styles and Running, Vael Project, and The People’s Shoe.?? Taking inspirations from athletic performance to high luxury, there were a lot of progressive and modern styles for any sneaker fan – It was a great to see the future of footwear bubbling under one roof.

Again, many thanks to BPMW and all the brands that showed us love – check out the kicks after the jump. Of course, this won’t be for everyone so let the hating begin.

ABINGTON

Even though it was originally popular with Jersey frat boys, Timberland will always be a staple in the streets – especially in the north where boots are a must.?? Abington was the original product line of Timberland, but has been revamped to introduce the vintage boot on top of a technical Vibram outsole.?? Only available at select spots, their newest styles show the quality of materials and construction.

Abington

Abington

SKIVE

Skive is a new brand out of the UK focused on athletic performance and lifestyle.?? Duo-Vent, their patent-pending technology incorporates an air hole system similar to Nike’s Tuned Air but allowing air to flow through the sole.

Skive

Skive

PRO-Keds

PRO-Keds has made a good look for the 09 by going back to their old-school roots and revisiting classic styles.?? The quality of materials and design is a significant improvement from their previously confused styles.?? Also, there is a greater expansion of colorways to really make the simplicity of their kicks pop.

PRO-Keds

PRO-Keds

PRO-Keds

PRO-Keds

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