What's with all the impending big shoes?
Not nearly as banging as the Nike Sportswear Meriwether (which is the kind of shoe that's deeply underrated before it's even released), but still proof of an ACG renaissance, the Air Max Conquer ACG is a bruiser of a boot. Once again, we appreciate that this one isn't to all tastes, but we've long been fans of the Nike ACG Goadome, a shoe created for an urban consumer to get some of that Timbo money rather than to take up mountains, dropping in the early '00s as the platform-height, city-living sibling of the Nike Lavadome. That's an ugly shoe, but Washington DC and Baltimore turned it into a phenomenon.
The Air Max Conquer isn't going to penetrate that market on that scale, but with Watershield, it isn't going to let H20 penetrate that upper and ruin your day next time the clouds unleash. There's a hefty application of Max Air which is thankfully devoid of the nasty AIR MAX lettering of late and the rubberised level and leather, with the contrast colours even spilling onto the eyelet details makes them a mix of iconic All Conditions output and a swagged-out Wellington boot. Reassuringly chunky in width, if you're living in a country where wintertime tends to arrive in a spectacular cold rain and sleet-flinging style, these could become a close acquaintance over the coming months. Many will deem the Conquer an ugly shoe, but contemporary ACG releases aren't in the business of begging friends - if you know you know. The Air Max Conquer ACG is set to drop in the Crooked Tongues store