SoCal clothier Publish Brand’s streetwear cred was established by their hugely popular line of jogger pants and other complementary pieces that made it easy for those with an affinity for kicks to bring attention to their finest sneakers. They’ve gone onto bigger and brighter things, including a follow-up to last year’s unexpected collaboration with outdoor gear giant, The North Face. The partnership resulted in “Midnight in Antarctica,” a moody trio of deep navy hued footwear styles applied onto classic North Face silhouettes. This year’s collaborative footwear collection “Earth’s Core” is fire to last year’s ice.
Both the North Face’s Litewave Ampere II HC and the ThermoBall Traction Mule II models distinguish themselves with a vibrant treatment of bright orange across their soles, embellishing the lightweight materials of each shoe engineered for trekking activities where every ounce counts.
The larger silhouette of the Litewave Ampere II HC features a sock-like stretch neoprene mesh construction to keep trail debris out and ankles snuggly in place, with heel and toe cap protective no-sew TPU overlays, OrthoLite footbed, and UltrATAC rubber outsole biting the trail with a toothy pattern, giving these hi-tops their outdoor bona fides.
The ThermoBall Traction Mule II – literally the loftier of the two – is outfitted to keep feet within the slip-on warm thanks to its PrimaLoft insulation filling. A graphical grippy rubber sole pattern constructed of 40% recycled materials is matched with compressible lightweight ThermoBall insulation and 100% recycled/water-resistant PET ripstop uppers, imagined as comfy kicks for cold mornings in base camp.
The Litewave Ampere II HC is available for $140 and the ThermoBall Traction Mule II for $70, both currently available online at Publish Brand’s website.