Salomon is on a roll. Its already-great shoes are
Sometimes it takes
Here’s where BEAUTY & YOUTH, the obviously youth-oriented sub-label of Japanese retailer UNITED ARROWS, stepped in to upgrade Salomon’s classic XT-Rush 2 GORE-TEX sneaker, utilizing a delicate hand to reshape a throwback into a new-school winner.
Designed for winter, Salomon’s XT-Rush 2 sneaker is made to insulate and protect. It’s a city shoe with trail ethos, sitting atop a grippy outsole and often lined with GORE-TEX to protect the wearer’s tootsies.
The original iteration comes in a couple quintessentially Salomon colorways, including a nearly all-black design and an earth-toned makeup that’s indicative of Salomon’s
This is not a bad look for the XT-Rush 2, to be clear, and it’s not unreasonable to consider dropping $190 right now to step into ’em, fresh off
But BEAUTY & YOUTH, ahem, beautified the Salomon shoe even further, undermining the XT-Rush 2’s retro chunk with an elegant cream upper, accented by a stroke of green below.
It’s a gentle palette, one that nicely contrasts against the shoe’s otherwise utilitarian design.
To be clear, though this is not a BEAUTY & YOUTH Salomon collaboration but a special colorway that BEAUTY & YOUTH is
For those unaware, manufacturers sometimes allow buyers to choose from a vast assortment of sneaker colorways that may or may not hit wider production. So, really, all B&Y did was find a nice hue and own it but, hey, credit where it’s due. Good taste.
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