There are two brand new night markets in town. We went to see how they compare with Bangkok’s old favorites. Photos by Nemintorn Ketkeaw.
Saucony Grid SD
You know you’re getting old when a 1991 design is now considered retro. This Back to the Future-style sneaker has been updated with premium materials and new color combinations. Saucony may not be the most well-known brand here, but the American-born running-focused brand has a loyal following nonetheless—well-earned since they’ve been making shoes since 1898. $89, available from Apr at Royal Sporting House, #03-06 Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Rd., 6734-7419.
Brooks PureFlow 3
This long-standing American sportswear brand is high on style. Aimed at a higher standard of physical performance, the blue-splashed PureFlow 3 offers flexibility and redesigned running technology, like the trademark Toe Flex that they claim helps align your stride in a heavier run. Design-wise, we love the curvy, slightly gaudy, snakelike lines, which are sure to catch the attention of your fellow gym rats. $179 at Key Power Sports, #02-48 Velocity@Novena Square, 238 Thomson Rd., 6250-6282.
Nike Air Max 2015
Nike’s dominance of the running market shows no respite. The brand new Nike Air Max 2015 is causing a huge buzz among both fitness fanatics and fashionistas. These striking sneakers, with their gradient neon-like colors, can also be dressed up for extra-curricular events like, well, partying. Did we mention the Nike swoosh glows in the dark? $299 at IRUN, #01-04 Queensway Shopping Centre 1 Queensway, 6479-0408.
Nike Air Zoom Elite 7
The lightweight and breathable upper of the new Nike Air Zoom Elite 7 makes it a runners’ favorite. With just an 8mm offset, you feel closer to the ground for a more natural and efficient stride. The blue-lagoon-hued body splashed with a neon-lit orange Swoosh also makes a great impression when worn with monochrome pants. $199 at Nike, #01-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 6238-7660.
New Balance U410
Simplicity and functionality. That pretty well sums up the New Balance philosophy. Coming in ‘70s-inspired colors like navy, rust and gold, the New Balance U410 is a versatile retro sneaker that pairs well with both your daily life and workout sessions. Combing a greenish mesh upper with a neatly-sewed, pitch-black letter N, these are worth your bucks. $89 at New Balance, #02-15 *Scape, 2 Orchard Link, 6634-9738.
Saucony Jazz Original
One of Saucony’s classic designs, this Originals model comes in a couple of cool colorways, including the charcoal and orange combination seen here. These shoes come with a padded tongue, collar and foot bed for shock absorption and comfort, and a second pair of laces so you can switch things a up. Best of all, they’re affordable enough to get multiple pairs of. May we suggest the gray and dark blue pair as well? $189, available from Apr at Robinsons The Heeren, 260 Orchard Rd., 6735-8838.