Tom Sachs x Nike General Purpose Shoe Yellow Review, Release Date

Tom Sachs, Nike and sold out sneakers. Name a more iconic trio. Although Sachs’ collaborative general-purpose shoe was instantly gone when it released in June 2022, it’s back and better than ever in September, launching in the yellow “Archive” colorway as part of an expanded drop program. .

Everyone knows that Tom Sachs’ original Mars Yards sneakers remain one of the most difficult Nike collaborations to acquire, even after several subsequent drops (although they were hardly less popular). The general purpose shoe (GPS) is about to be the exact opposite.

Sachs has a vision of a sneaker accessible to everyone, the kind of shoe that can be bought by anyone at any time and worn for years. Right now, GPS is incredibly hard to come by, but that won’t be the case later on, says Sachs.

“To some, the Nike General Purpose Shoe still represents an elite shoe that will be unobtainable, but we want our community to know GPS is here to stay,” Sachs told Highsnobiety in early August.

“It was designed for a wider audience, for the seasons to come. This is not a men’s shoe or a woman’s shoe; it’s a universal shoe.”

The “Archive” general-purpose shoe drops to $110 on September 1 via Tom Sachs’ Nikecraft website and Nike’s SNKRS app September 2 (Europe, Asia, Latin America) and September 29 (US and China), with top-level Nike retailers also selling the shoes from September 2

But, amidst the chaos that is Drop Day, we’ve chosen to push ahead with the sneaker, stepping closer to one of the most sought-after shoe releases of the year.

Seriously, this thing is incredibly in demand: according to StockXOver 300 pairs of “Archive” general purpose shoes have sold in the last three days alone – and the shoe isn’t even officially released yet!

There have been knockoffs, dupes and leaked images, but nothing could have prepared us for the immense hype that has made Sachs’ GPS sneakers perhaps the most coveted Nike kicks since. , I don’t know, the Sacai Nike collaboration?

Similar to these shoes, the general purpose shoe is surprisingly sturdy when you pick it up. This might be all the featherweight runners we’ve ridden in the last two years, but we weren’t expecting this level of weight.

Not that GPS is really “heavy” by any means, though. There’s a little extra beef from that meaty cut sole and lug bottom, but, really, I’d just describe the weight as “satisfactory.”

Sachs’ new shoes are also pretty understated IRL. Again, no big surprises there – remember these were gleefully marketed as ‘boring’ – but the tonal yellow panels really blend in person, interrupted only by the red pull tabs and Swoosh contrasting white.

Likewise, rubberized reinforcement panels that surround the toe box, knitted water-resistant upper, vertical seams, and even the glossy printed Swoosh itself give the lo-fi general-purpose shoe an oddly technical feel. satisfactory.

They’re not a new ACRONYM collab, obviously, but they’re not as low-key as an ACRONYM.

Inside, there’s plush suede that’s surprisingly thin, emphasizing a pillow-like heel cushion that just might be the sneaker industry’s solution to blisters (besides chunky socks , sure).

Are general purpose shoes comfortable? Yeah, not bad. There’s a bit of quirkiness with the internal padding that might prove irritating to anyone with wide feet, but otherwise the sole’s foam core is well padded.

Stylized Tom Sachs text is GPS’s only true graphic flourish, with his script appearing behind the tongue label, embossed on the heel, and even rendered on the black waffle sole.

So here is. The perfect shoe for every day.

Having studied the GPS sneakers inside and out intimately over the past couple of days, I have to say I’m both disappointed and impressed. I can’t get rid of a faceless feeling, that these objectively attractive sneakers are inherently too tame to be really excited about, for example.

But, on the other hand, that’s really not a complaint, especially for those looking for the ultimate all-around, do-it-all sneaker.

The aforementioned sacai Nike sneakers are a good comparison. Like Tom Sachs’ GPS, they were selling out at breakneck speed.

However, Nike and sacai eventually reached mass saturation by simply dropping more shoes. The second-hand market crashed, people who wanted the shoes got them, and the hype died down. It was a pleasantly egalitarian liberation strategy.

I could see Nike exploring a similar strategy with General Purpose Shoe, eventually releasing enough colorways and variations that they became accessible to everyone, as Sachs apparently envisions.

If so, that would be the best-case scenario for these utilitarian shoes, offsetting their prosaic appearance with admirable accessibility.

Darryl A. Chapin