TOWER Family: This week’s family favourites – Vol. 4

TOWER Family: This week’s family favourites – Vol. 4
Every week, the team at TOWER HQ takes a moment to chop-up everything that has appeared on our shelves over the past seven days. What's the catch? If it dropped and flew, it's already too late! Everything you'll find here is ready to be bagged, stacked and laced-up at a time that suits you. So, in no particular order, here is this week's TOWER family favourites; let's get 'em going!

5. New Balance 550 'Castlerock'

A modernised classic, the New Balance 550 was originally designed by a certain Steven Smith to conquer basketball courts state-side. When they hit shopfloors for the first time, they didn’t look so different to how we see them today; each pair was clad in smooth leather, perforated panelling and mesh components complimentary of plumped-up profile branding.

In comparison to technology found within competing performance-wear, NB kept it simple, spotlighting their knack for timeless designs.

4. Dr. Martens Carlson EH Suede and Faux Fur slip-on 'Brown'

Adding a little more heat to the premium lining on every pair, the backless Carlson is Dr. Martens answer for those who enjoy the breezier side of life whilst wearing in a flat Vibe sole.

From heel to toe, you'll find panels of E.H. suede across the upper, faux sherpa fleece throughout the inside and a full adjustable, removable strap at the rear.

3. Birkenstock Arizona Chunky Suede, Papillo sole

Sporting a deep tread for the big-steppers, Birkenstock added a flexi-groove sole to the underbelly of their iconic dual-strap upper, injecting even more comfort into the anatomically sculpted cork insole.

Who said new wasn't a necessity?

2. VEJA V10 Nautico Perkin

As the saying goes, you can never have too much of a good thing - especially when lacing up VEJA’s sustainably stylish V-10, a pair launched in celebration of the brand’s 10th anniversary.

Typically, the V-10 is lined with an organic cotton and recycled plastic compound to promote breathability, whilst Amazonian rubber, rice waste and even more recycled rubber shapes the wide-set outsole.

1. New Balance 327

Having joined New Balance as an intern in 2014, Charlotte Lee was based in Manchester throughout the 327’s design process where her market changing came to life with help from senior New Balance designer and archival specialist, Samuel Pearce.

Diving heel from tongue, you’re able to find elements of four archival silhouettes throughout the 327 at differing points of the design process - layering previously seen panel templates over one another to give an impression of recognisable newness.