Even looking at them now they still look ahead of the times, but they were first released in 2001, (I know, imagine how futuristic they looked back then!), now looking ahead of the time is not a bad thing, not by a long shot. All great things are revolutionary at some point. In this case, the Chalapuka's revolutionary trait is the exemplary leather cage construction that offers runners impeccable breathability thanks to the ventilation and for you style icons out there, a way to stand out, especially during the warmer summer times. They take elements from the Chapuka with its rib-like caging and mixes it with another Nike icon, the Talaria as it uses the same comfortable and sleek midsole.
They have recently been cooked up in the NikeLab and were unveiled during New York Fashion Week at Rochambeau's SS17 collection. Released in four stand out colourways featuring Vachetta Tan leather accents, and additional construction from suede, leather and mesh.
We have received in three clean colourways for you to rock (Black/White), (Barely Green/Armory Navy) and (Armory Navy / Light Armory Blue / Sail). If you are hesitant about wearing them because you don't know how they look on the foot or confused on how to style them with, then never fear my fellow sneaker freak, we will take you on a tour of how to boost your street cred and get you some bonus style points. Are you ready?? Then let's begin.
We will start off running as we believe strongly in delivering top quality content all the time to give you the best news and tips possible. The first outfit shows how to style the Black rendition. As they are such a versatile colourway we have chosen to create two outfits, both are minimal and have a mature sneakerhead aesthetic to them. The Selvedge denim matches with the Chalapuka to show revered knowledge to all the other people in the know, as they will check your creps matched the Selvedge and they'll instantly appreciate your style. The tote bag has been used to add a splash of colour to the monochrome outfits.
If you don't like Selvedge denim, then you should try out cropped chinos as they have just as much impact as they can be loose rolled, pin-rolled or even cropped at a tailors which reel in some great style points. But if they don't take your fancy, due to them being a wearable colourway you can try an array of styles that you feel comfortable in.
Navy is renowned for menswear, featuring in high-end collections from Gucci and Neil Barrett to Norse Projects and Nigel Cabourn and essentially most smart wear collections. We chose to follow this ideology and create an outfit that blends smart casual together by using signifiers that the colour Navy provides and merging them with the Chalapuka and a shirt, combined with rolled up chinos for a more casual fit especially when finished off with a cap. It shows a tasteful approach that can be worn essentially anywhere, from restaurants, cinemas to the streets, maybe not weddings this time (but it's very close, kind of, I mean you could try it..But don't mention us).
Last but not least we have the (Barely Green/Armory Navy), this colourway is easily my favourite, it is the perfect summer colourway, with an energetic burst of colour is instantly added to your outfit, they go great with the cosy look. Joggers, shorts, or hoodies, I don't know why they work so well they just do, it could be that they style well with Grey. Cal has chosen to follow this premise with a grey pullover, and socks which stand out on the exposed flanks creating the ultimate comfortable look that still retains a street style that will get the nod of approval.
I sincerely hope that we have helped calm your nerves on how to style some new sneakers, the next part is all down to you, we can only show you the way. So get out there, try something new and exciting and you'll see why its good to venture into the unknown. Safe travels!