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The Iconic Moment That Made the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” Unforgettable

Flat on his back with a basketball pressed tightly against his shut eyelids, tears streaming down his cheeks and eye-catching red and black sneakers on his feet, Michael Jordan laid motionless on the floor in the Chicago Bulls’ locker room. His teammates, in contrast, excitedly canvassed Chicago’s United Center, celebrating their fourth championship at the hands of the formidable Seattle SuperSonics during the 1995-1996 NBA season. 

Jordan’s absence from the celebration was noticed. He’d ducked off after grabbing the game ball from teammate Toni Kukoc and made his way through the players’ tunnel to the locker room. There, he collapsed onto the carpeted floor—not from pain, but the weight of his emotional anguish. 

Three years earlier, Jordan lost his father, James Jordan Sr., to a senseless act of violence. The Bulls’ ‘96 Finals victory was the first he had to celebrate without his father by his side. The harsh reality of that moment overcame his 6-foot-6 frame, stripping his strength and forcing him to the floor. A lone photographer, Barry Gossage, somehow found his way into the locker room before any other members of the press had arrived. He snapped a handful of frames of Jordan before his counterparts came. One would echo through time like few MJ photos before it.

The harsh reality of that moment overcame his 6-foot-6 frame, stripping his strength and forcing him to the floor.

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The Air Jordan 11 “Bred” appear on Jordan’s feet in the famed image, above. Arguably the most popular sneaker of all time, and on a silhouette primarily credited for the globalization of sneaker culture, the Air Jordan 11 began its unparalleled ascension earlier that year. Jordan Brand marketed the OG “Concord” colorway as a premium sneaker that fans could wear with a suit. The legendary Space Jam edition debuted with Jordan’s record-breaking feature film debut. The “Bred,” though, was rich in hoops heritage, making its mark on Jordan’s professional sanctuary—the hardwood. 

Jordan continued to wear the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” exclusively throughout the 1996 NBA playoffs. That year, the Bulls’ postseason was an extension of their historic 72-10 (72 wins and ten losses) season. That success was the perfect complement to the commercial triumphs of the Air Jordan 11. Both broke new ground, signaling what we now reference as the best in basketball and sneaker culture—a marriage that still runs parallel today.

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Now, 23 years later—mirroring Jordan’s jersey number—the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” is set to retro this month. Constructed in premium patent leather and lush Cordura nylon, the shoe looks and feels better than ever. Jordan Brand has made it a practice to re-release this shoe, allowing a new generation of sneaker aficionados to own the cultural relic.

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With previous retro releases in 2001, 2008 and 2012, the 2019 edition marks the first drop in the era of Nike’s Retro Remastered Program—an initiative that ensures that retro Air Jordan’s are of the utmost quality and as close to the original pair as possible. This year’s “Bred” 11 comes in the original box from ‘96. It’s those seemingly small details that speak to sneaker collectors in their dialect.

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The mystique of the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” still draws from the Chicago Bulls-focused black and red sneaker. There’s a magic that words can’t do justice, a feeling that you just have to feel to understand. When that black patent leather sparkles and that red outsole bounces off the pavement, well, it’s just different.  

As expected, the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” won’t be an easy purchase when it releases on Dec. 14 for $220. Cop your pair with ease and convenience now on StockX.

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This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

The holidays are right around the corner, and there’s nothing like a fresh pair of shoes to help you embrace the festivities. 

Whether you’re in search of that perfectly chic and modern boot or some OFF-WHITE drip to expand your footwear collection, we have you covered with the hottest releases of the upcoming week. From a classic Air Jordan 11 colorway to a vintage Huarache with innovative self-lacing tech, this week’s line up is a blast from the past and a solid step into the future of sneakers.

Take a look at this week’s upcoming drops, and tune in next week for more sneaker news.

1. Opening Ceremony x HOKA Tor Ultra Hi Boot
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Date: December

Price: $260

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Whether out on the town or admiring nature, this boot is engineered for all occasions. The Opening Ceremony x HOKA Tor Ultra High Boot is made with full-grain leather and a textile upper. The durable boot features a triple-density midsole and a Vibram Megagrip outsole for maximum traction. 

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Opening Ceremony
2. OFF-WHITE x Nike Waffle Racer
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Date: Dec. 12

Price: $150

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

Virgil Abloh and Nike are coming together again with this exclamation mark for the end of the decade. The second to last OFF-WHITE x Nike drop of the year features a classic silhouette with Virgil’s renowned Midas touch. Bill Bowerman’s original design gets a splash of color and is deconstructed a la OFF-WHITE.

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3. Nike Adapt Huarache
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Date: Dec. 12

Price: $350

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In 1991, the Nike Huarache line was born, thanks to Tinker Hatfield and his innovations that broke the mold for running shoes. Nearly three decades since its release, Nike’s newest technology clashes with the classic. The self-lacing Adapt technology makes its way onto a second colorway of the Huarache, as Nike expands its futuristic technology.

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4. Air Jordan 11 “Playoffs”
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Date: Dec. 14

Price: $220

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

The Air Jordan 11 is renowned for bringing elegance to the hardwood, and in an unprecedented fashion. Fit for a king, or in this case his Airness, the Air Jordan 11 captured the hearts of sneakerheads and basketball historians, as the silhouette would reignite Micahel Jordan’s legacy at the start of his second, three-peat championship run. For the fourth time in its history, the AJ 11 in black and red will release with its original high patent leather cut, 23 engraved in the back and its vintage Nike box from the late ’90s. 

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5. Adidas Yeezy 500 High “Slate”
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Date: Dec. 16

Price: $220

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The Adidas Yeezy 500 adds a few inches to its regular, low-top construction. Dipped in neutral tones and a white midsole and outsole combination, the boot-like Yeezy is perfect for the winter as Kanye and Adidas continue their “Yeezys for all” pledge. As busy as Kanye and The Three stripes have been in 2019, the Adidas Yeezy 500 High is the perfect momentum booster that the brand needs for 2020.

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This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

The end of the year and the pressure of that last-minute gift shopping is at an all-time high. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or you’re eyeing a special gift, there’s nothing better than a fresh pair of kicks under the Christmas tree. 

We got you covered with the best sneakers that you need to keep an eye on this week. Take a look.

1. Nike LeBron17 “Win/Win”
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Date: Dec. 6 

Price: $225

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LeBron James’s newest colorway—and his 17th silhouette—is inspired by the women from institutions he has supported through the years. The “Win/Win” colorway is a nod to the women’s basketball teams of Christ the King High School, Fairfax High School and his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School. 

The sneaker is inspired by the next generation of female hoopers and is available in men’s sizes 3.5 through 18. The rose gold details make it as elegant as it is inspiring.

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2. Reebok Forever Floatride GROW
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Date: Fall 2020

Price: TBD

Learn more about the release here.

Reebok is on a mission to make the world a better place with its sustainable shoes that are entirely plant-based. The first-ever plant-based performance running shoe reduces the use of petroleum-based plastics. From its sleek design to its eco-friendly ethos, this running shoe and technology are definitely worth getting your hands on.

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3. Pyer Moss x Reebok Experiment 4 “Glory”
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Date: Dec. 7

Price: $250

Reebok.com and select retailers

Pyer Moss continues to reinvent the Reebok line with an edgy and refreshing take. In the newest chapter of the collaborative partnership, the Reebok Experiment 4 channels comfort and style that stands out from the oversaturated “dad-shoe” crowd. The range of hues, from red and sky blue to the use of black and sail, create a mesmerizing contrast.

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4. Edison Chen x Air Jordan 1 Mid SE “Fearless”
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Date: Dec. 7

Price: $130

SNKRS and select retailers

CLOT’s Edison Chen reimagines the Air Jordan 1 Mid the only way he knows how—with quality that is second to none and phenomenal storytelling. The design is inspired by Chen’s roots brought from the East into Western culture. The nylon upper peels away with wear, and the upper reveals secret details.

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5. A Ma Maniére x Nike Air Force 1 Low “Hand Wash Cold”
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Date: Dec. 7

Price: $170

SNKRS and select retailers

The Parisian-inspired brand continues to make waves within elevated fashion and streetwear as the line between the sectors is blurred. The A Ma Maniére x Nike Air Force 1 Low features a suede-covered midsole with premium details across the iconic silhouette, such as reflective detailing, suede, tumbled leather and more.

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7 New Balance Collabs We Love

Since its inception in 2014, Aimé Leon Dore has become a beacon of simplicity and quality. Based in Queens, New York, ALD (as the brand is often abbreviated) has crept into the streetwear world due, in part, to their commitment to minimalism, undeniable quality and partnership efforts. ALD’s recent collaborations with New Balance have allowed the retailer to spread its name into the sneaker world like wildfire.

Recently, ALD teased its upcoming collaborative New Balance 990v2. As a release date looms, the hype for the latest Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance sneaker is astronomical—and for a good reason. The color blocking of the silhouette is perfect for ALD to strut their quality and range of colors.

Inspired by the upcoming ALD x New Balance 990v2, we’re taking a look at the seven best New Balance sneaker collabs. Take a look.

1. Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 997 “Yellow Tongue”
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Again, New Balance showcases why its 997 is the perfect model for collaborations. The silhouette is classic as it resonates with the on-going “dad shoe” trend, thanks to its enlarged midsole. Unlike most chunky shoes in the market, the New Balance 997 is extremely light and a cool beater shoe. 

ALD provides a Midas touch by staying true to its simple yet effective touch-ups. The use of light, pastel colors contrasts with the dark and dull grays. The yellow tongue is the perfect pop of color to keep you fresh while staying comfortable.

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2. Bodega x New Balance 997 Sport “No Bad Days”
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New Balance linked up with another retailer from Tile Town for this 997 Sport. The Bodega x New Balance 997S brings a lot of personalities. The array of hues alone makes this shoe stand out more than any other New Balance collaboration. The 997 Sport features an extended and stacked ENCAP midsole for the perfect amount of comfort. The silhouette includes suede, mesh and rubber for a culmination of quality that is second to none.

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3. Kith x New Balance 997 “United Arrows and Sons”
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New York-based retailer Kith is at the epicenter of collaborations. Whether it be apparel or sneakers, a Kith collab is always in the spotlight. The New Balance 997 is a lightweight sneaker that is great for everyday wear with a breathable mesh upper. The combination of gray, purple, pink and cream come together perfectly as it toes the line between subtlety and vibrancy.

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4. Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 530 “Central Park”
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Whether it’s a Ronnie Fieg or a Kith collaboration, you can always rely on a New York story from Queens’ very own. The colorway is inspired by Central Park in the fall, as the 530 silhouette uses hints of yellow, gold, red and burgundy that perfectly sum up the season. 

The 530 silhouette features a quilted upper paired with a quilted inner tongue that differentiates itself from other New Balance models while focusing on luxury and comfort the NB way.

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5. Concepts x New Balance 997 Sport “ERSUC”
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Concepts dives deep into Boston’s history on another New Balance collaboration. The Concepts x New Balance 997 Sport “ESRUC” was inspired by the Curse of the Bambino. For those unfamiliar with the tale, the infamous moment in Boston sports history is traced back to the Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, creating an 86-year-old championship drought.

Aside from the great history lesson, the colorway is genuinely a work of art. The magenta pigskin suede is so vivid that you can sense it through pictures. The hints of pink across the upper and the combination of orange and gray on the outsole provides the perfect amount of chaos.

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6. PHANTACi x New Balance 997.5
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This collaboration celebrates the Taiwanese streetwear store’s 10th anniversary. The collaborative 997.5 took a more creative direction by changing up the color blocking scheme and separating it into three different sections of black, white and vivid pink. The back heel tab features a perforated cloth that makes PHANTACi’s collab stand out from any other 997 models. 

There’s more comfort with its REVlite outsole, which contains 30 percent more foam. The simplicity of the color scheme and extra foam makes this shoe a great one to have in your rotation.

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7. HANON x New Balance 1500 “Chosen Few”
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Since 1993, HANON has been serving Scotland as a premium retailer that has grown exponentially in Europe and the United States. Using the New Balance 1500 as the base model, the silhouette features lots of suede with a mesh toe box like most New Balances. However, the sleek design of the midsole is impactful. The use of royal blue, light blue and deep navy are the perfect trifecta.

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This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

As 2019 comes to a close, the penultimate month of the year brings an array of shoes you’re not going to want to miss. 

Kanye West and adidas are releasing one of the most anticipated silhouettes as Yeezy perpetuates his promise of Yeezys for everyone. Jordan Brand is dropping one of its best non-OG Air Jordan 1s to date. From Kobe to Penny Hardaway, basketball signature shoes are coming in hot. Also, UNDERCOVER makes its way onto one of the comfiest Air Max styles.

Take a look at the five best shoes releasing this week and tune in next week to see what heat is dropping across the board.

1. Nike Air Foamposite 1 “Shattered Backboard”
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Date: Nov. 27

Price: $250

Available on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers

The Foamposite 1 makes a strong return at the end of the year with one of the most beloved stories in Nike and Jordan’s history. The colorway is inspired by Michael Jordan’s famous dunk that broke the backboard during an exhibition match in Trieste, Italy, following his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls. The upper features a mosaic of broken glass patterns, and comes with orange laces to truly embrace the orange, black and white combo that has made the “Shattered Backboard” saga so adored.

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2. Air Jordan 1 High OG “Bloodline”
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Date: Nov. 29

Price: $160

Available on the SNKRS app and at select Nike retailers

There’s no greater combination in sneakers than a pair of Air Jordan 1s with a black, white and red makeover. The AJ1 features a primarily black and white upper with red piping that pops out in all the right ways. If this is the last Air Jordan 1 to drop in 2019, then it’s a grand finale.

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3. UNDERCOVER x Nike Air Max 720
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Date: Nov. 30

Price: $200

Available on the SNKRS app and at select Nike retailers

Jun Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER brand has reimagined lifestyle and performance sneakers thanks to his collabs with Nike and Nike Running. Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER provides a Midas touch to the Nike Air Max 720. The shoe promises all-around comfort, due to its Air Max unit that covers the entire sole. The pairs also come in signature UNDERCOVER colorways such as red, black and that bright citron that always stands out.

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4. Adidas YEEZY Boost 380 “Alien”
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Date: TBD

Price: $230

Available on Adidas.com and at select Adidas retailers

Kanye and adidas have officially unveiled the newest silhouette in the Yeezy line. The much-anticipated Adidas YEEZY Boost 380 in an intergalactic colorway is not one to be missed. The futuristic upper makes a great slip-on shoe when mixed with adidas’ revolutionary Boost technology. Every step will feel like you’re walking on a cloud.

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5. Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro “Wizenard”
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Date: Dec. 1

Price: $175

Available on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers

The Nike Zoom Kobe 4 reshaped the way performance basketball shoes are made and, ultimately, led to basketball shoes being a staple in streetwear and everyday fashion. The low-cut silhouette makes the shoe an excellent pick for your rotation or pick-up games. The colorway is inspired by Kobe’s children’s book, as the Mamba continues to make entrepreneurial strides off the court.

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10 Top Sneaker Collabs (From Brands That Aren’t Nike or Adidas)

Partnerships and collaborations are becoming more and more critical for footwear brands. Access to the high-profile networks of artists, designers and notable industry brands is paramount to maintain a sense of freshness. 

Sneaker collaborations represent the epitome of what culture and fashion could be. Within the sneaker community, a partnership is a nod of respect from one company to another. The community’s intertwined legacy becomes cemented. 

We all know behemoth brands like Nike and Adidas secure some of culture’s leading movers and shakers. Kanye West has transformed Adidas, and Travis Scott’s Nike collab is pushing boundaries. But what about the underdogs?

Here are the ten best sneaker collabs from unsung hero brands like New Balance, Asics, Reebok and Saucony. Take a look.

1. Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toes”
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If you’re into sneakers and streetwear, the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toes” is a staple. For years, the shoe is considered a must-have in anyone’s sneaker collection. The collaboration courtesy of Ronnie Fieg took his street credentials to an elevated level as the shoe—and his creative design on a classic silhouette—was beloved by many and attained by the fortunate few. The last size eight sold for $1,500 on StockX.

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2. Bodega x New Balance 997 Sport “No Bad Days”
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New Balance linked up with another retailer from Tile Town for this 997 Sport. The Bodega x New Balance 997S brings a lot of personalities. The array of hues alone makes this shoe stand out more than any other New Balance collaboration. The 997 Sport features an extended and stacked ENCAP midsole for the perfect amount of comfort. The silhouette includes suede, mesh and rubber for a culmination of quality that is second to none.

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3. Pyer Moss x Reebok Mobius Experiment 3 “Pink”
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Reebok is making a statement in the world of streetwear with its Pyer Moss collaborations. The Reebok Mobius Experiment 3 perfectly blended the deep history of Reebok and the creative power of Pyer Moss. The hightop has a gum bottom that spreads into the black midsole. The combination of pink suede and leather puts this shoe in a league of its own.

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4. Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 530 “Central Park”
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Whether it’s a Ronnie Fieg or a Kith collaboration, you can always rely on a New York story from Queens’ very own. The colorway is inspired by Central Park in the fall, as the 530 silhouette uses hints of yellow, gold, red and burgundy that perfectly sum up the season. 

The 530 silhouette features a quilted upper paired with a quilted inner tongue that differentiates itself from other New Balance models while focusing on luxury and comfort the NB way.

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5. Sneaker Politics x Cafe Du Monde x Saucony Shadow 5000 “White”
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Sneaker Politics joined New Orleans’ Cafe Du Monde for a tasty treat. The beignet sugar-inspired sneaker draws from NOLA’s French roots and celebrates the Sneaker Politics store in the south. Elegant in its simplicity, the white upper and midsole are interrupted by a beautiful brown sprinkled with white—emulating sugar on a beignet dessert. 

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6. Vivienne Westwood x ASICS Hyper GEL-Lyte
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For the second time, Vivienne Westwood and ASICS came together for a one-of-a-kind creation that will keep you fresh and stand out from any other sneaker in the game. Using the Hyper GEL-Lyte for its sleek design and undeniable comfort, Westwood created a masterpiece. The collaboration and design are the epitomai of the intersection of sneakers and fashion for today—a luxurious runner that is wearable for everyday life. 

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7. Atmos x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Green Camo”
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Atmos, the famous retailer out of Japan known for its collaborations, kept it simple with a green and black combo featuring hints of red. What makes this collab worthwhile is the use of the ASICS GEL-Lyte III with a dipped collar and a classic “dad shoe” aesthetic.

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8. Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”
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Ronnie Fieg’s selection of New Balance models always seems to be on point. Whether it’s a classic 997 or something out of the vault, like a 1600, the model captures Fieg’s creative ambition and New Balance’s identity of premium everyday wear.

The blend of blue, pink, cream and gray create a colorful shoe, and the details of the old-school New Balance “N” are a thoughtful touch. The smooth midsole construction is paired well with the traditional runner 1600 silhouette.

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9. Cam’ron x Reebok Question Mid
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A collaborative sneaker list isn’t complete without the mentioning of Killa Cam. Cam’ron and his influence in both fashion and rap have transcended into the world of sneakers. His Purple Haze craze extended to another icon—Allen Iverson’s Reebok Question. Aside from the significance of the collab, the sneaker itself is a work of art with the combination of purple camo and purple outsole mixed in with a muted grey suede and leather upper.

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10. Atmos x ASICS Gel-Lyte III “World Map”
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Japanese retailer atmos and the ASICS Gel-Lyte III go hand-in-hand like no other mashup ever could. Utilizing the comfortable silhouette, atmos taps the world map, once reserved for textbooks. Atmos has made an international impact, just like ASICS.

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This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

The end of the year is always hectic. While preparing New Year’s resolutions and seeing family and friends on repeat for weeks, the holiday stress is nothing without a little retail therapy. Brands are making their final strides to finish the season with a bang. 

From Yeezys to Jordans, take a look at the most anticipated drops this week. Get your wallet ready and check back next week to see what’s popping.

1. Air Jordan 1 Mid “Facetasm”
https://www.nike.com/launch/t/air-jordan-1-mid-fearless-facetasm/
Jordan Brand

Release date: Nov. 22

Price: $130

Jordan Brand’s FEARLESS collection celebrates individuals whose success would be nothing if fear had overcome them. Hiromichi Ochiai, the face of Japanese label Facetasm, combined teal and dark navy on the Air Jordan 1 Mid silhouette, creating an elegant look. The detailed pops of red and orange ensure that this new drop stands out in all the right ways.

Jordan Brand
Jordan Brand
Jordan Brand
Jordan Brand
2. G-Dragon x Nike Air Force 1 Low “Para-Noise”
https://news.nike.com/footwear/g-dragon-air-force-1-release-details
Nike News

Release date: Nov. 23

Price: $200

South Korean pop star G-Dragon officially revealed his collaboration with Nike. The partnership uses the universally loved silhouette: Nike Air Force 1 Low. It’s like a piece of art: The upper unveils another color layer with continued wear (or a little intentional scuffing). From the embroidered logo on the tongue to the details found across the top, this premium AF1 is too good to pass up. 

Nike News
Nike News
3. Rhude x Vans Bold NI “Red”
https://www.vans.eu/news/vans-x-rhude.html
Vans

Release date: Nov. 26

Price: TBD

The second installation of the Rhude x Vans collab has endless California love thanks to its Americana combination of red, white and blue. Rhude utilized the Bold NI model to celebrate the Californian skate culture: an inspiration for streetwear icons and individuals such as Rhude’s Rhuigi Villaseñor. The shoe features premium suede and canvas as a nod to Vans’ roots.

Vans
Vans
4. Slam Jam x Nike Blazer Mid “Class of 1977”
Nike

Release date: Nov. 29

Price: TBD

Since 1989, Slam Jam has been at the height of retail thanks to its carefully curated pieces and collaborations that always seem to be on point. Here, Slam Jam remakes the Nike Blazer. Featuring a perforated tongue, premium leather and an upside-down Swoosh, this Blazer is on the top of everyone’s list—a classic-meets-culture icon.

Nike
Nike
5. Adidas Yeezy 500 “Stone”
https://news.adidas.com/originals/adidas—kanye-west-announce-the-yeezy-500-stone/s/398c65ff-513d-46a8-8152-8c43963f15a9
Adidas

Release Date: Nov. 23

Price: TBD

Kanye West continues his promise of getting Yeezys to anyone who wants them with another iteration of the Yeezy 500. The silhouette is constructed using suede across the shoe paired with a neoprene upper for a luxurious and comfortable fit. The combination of earth tones and a gum bottom will make these perfect for any season. Snag them while you can.

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Adidas
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How the Nike Air Max LeBron 7 Changed LeBron James’s Sneaker Series Forever

There is no arguing the cultural importance of the Nike Air Max LeBron 7. The 2009 Jason Petrie-designed silhouette was one of an impeccable standard. In its infancy, LeBron James’s signature sneaker collection was revered on the hardwood. His first shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Generation, was a hallmark creation that later proved to be radical, and the Nike LeBron 4 brought back Foamposite tooling as both an ode to Penny Hardaway and historic basketball technology. 

James’s signature collection was thriving on the court and in the eyes of the sneaker-insider community, but he hadn’t created a global breakthrough. The King’s sneakers did nearly everything—except translating off the court. Ten years ago, that changed with the retail debut of the Nike Air Max LeBron 7. 

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An early sketch of the Air Max LeBron 7.

Creating footwear for one of the world’s greatest athletes and pre-teens could also wear proved to be a daunting task for Nike until the Air Max LeBron 7 broke the mold. The shift is embedded directly in the sneaker’s moniker, as James’s seventh signature shoe was his first to include Air Max technology.  

Featuring full-length, basketball-specific tooling with 80 percent more Air than Nike’s previous full-length Air, reinvention was clearly at the helm of the budding design. While this was a technological win, it was also aesthetically appealing. Recalling the late ’80s and early ’90s when Tinker Hatfield solidified “Air” as a style staple, the LeBron 7 oozed of rich heritage details also seen on classics like the Air Max 1 and Air Max 90.

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Early sketches of the Air Max LeBron 7.
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The original Air Max LeBron 7.

Petrie continued to juxtapose function with reinvention by incorporating Flywire technology, which had debuted on Nike’s Hyperdunk series the previous year. He also added a patent leather wrap to his low-profile creation, borrowing from the Air Jordan 11 that had been a global sensation since its release in 1995. While these updates served as performance enhancements for James’s fierce athleticism, they doubled as intriguing design details for a new generation of sneaker aficionados, many of whom were ushered in with the explosion of the sneaker blog era in the mid-2000s.

The Air Max LeBron 7 immediately had unlimited off-court versatility. Nike quickly assembled the powers of its marketing team for strategic planning. They smartly pumped out colorways that, in an instant, became collector’s items. The introductory White/Black-Red OG was right out of the Air Jordan book of Chicago Bulls-esque colorways. What followed was an onslaught or rare and commercially available gems that, over time, placed the LeBron 7 among the best signature sneakers of the last decade. Maybe even longer.

Clark Kent’s friends and family “112” PE is now considered a sneaker grail. The “MVP” edition that signaled James’ second straight most valuable player trophy holds similar esteem. The “Heroes Pack” championed James’ childhood idols Michael Jordan, Penny Hardaway and Deion Sanders. These new themes in James’s signature collection—and the continuation of others—were paramount to its success. Petrie, who has now designed 11 Nike LeBron sneakers in total, completed his best work to date. The world at large was finally beginning to take notice.

Outside of the hard to procure and rarely seen Air Max LeBron 7s, there were readily available and mostly perfect pairs like the “Red Carpet” edition. The sneaker has vibrant teal contrasts, a translucent Air Max bag, pristine white patent leather and a stark black upper.

The Nike Air Max LEBRON VII
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In celebration of the sneaker’s tenth anniversary, the Nike Air Max LeBron 7 “Red Carpet” is set to retro on Oct. 29—nearly ten years to the date when Nike held a global media summit in James’s hometown of Akron, Ohio, to reveal the sneaker to the world. 

The “Red Carpet” edition is the first of what is expected to be many LeBron 7 retros. This fitting kick-off coincides with the start of a new NBA season, one where many expect James’s Lakers to reach the finals. Perhaps foreshadowing James on the road to a fourth NBA championship, the release this week also signifies the exponential growth in sneaker culture over the last decade. Nike and James have been instrumental in this expansion. The Nike Air Max LeBron 7 serves as an arch to James’s yet unfinished story.

Look for the Nike Air Max LeBron 7 “Red Carpet” on Oct. 29 for $200 at Nike SNKRS and select retailers.

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The Top Sneaker Drops You Need to Know This Week

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

Converse x Ambush (Chuck 70 and Pro Leather)
Converse

Converse

Release date: October 19

Price: $180 or $160

If you’re looking for the ultimate Winter Soldier boot, then look no further. Converse joined forces with Tokyo-based fashion label Ambush to bring this futuristic utilitarian concept to life. For Ambush founder Yoon Ahn’s first collaboration with Converse, he uses two iconic models: the Converse Chuck 70 and the Pro Leather. Both silhouettes stay true to their original form, but receive an aggressive military makeover with a rubberized upper, matte detailing, a gusseted tongue for stability and matching laces for a monochromatic palette.

Converse
Converse
Converse
Converse

Completely winterized, Ahn is one of the first designers to transfer the classic Converse Pro Leather Basketball. Featuring Ambush branding and an elevated heel, both models are ready for the winter season ahead. 

Air Jordan X City Series (Court Green)
Nike Inc

Release date: October 19

Price: $190

The Air Jordan X—that honors the NBA team the Seattle Sonics—has been reimagined. Known as one of the members of the City Series, this silhouette features the iconic green and gold of the Pacific Northwest, uniquely inspired by Seattle’s rich hoop history.

Nike Inc
Nike Inc

It has been three years since Jordan Brand revamped the “City Series,” so this weekend’s drop is big for many who missed out on this colorway.

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The Top Sneaker Drops You Need to Know This Week

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

Nike x Sacai Blazer Mid
Nike Inc

Nike Inc

Release date: October 10

Price: $140

The second edition of this special-edition silhouette combining the Nike Dunk and Blazer by Japanese fashion label Sacai releases this week in two monochromatic colorways. Named “White/Wolf Grey” and “Black/Wolf Grey” these two iconic Nike shoes are merged together with special attention to detail. Combined with double tongues, double Nike swooshes, double shoelaces, and branding on the heel tab of the shoe, we get a lux feel from the color blocking used this time around.

Nike Inc
Nike Inc
Nike Inc
Nike Inc

Sacai and Nike are having a great run this year and with many saying that the collaboration is definitely the sneaker of the year. Don’t miss out on a chance to grab a piece of history in the making.

Adidas Originals x OAMC Type O-2L / Type O-2R
Adidas Originals

Release date: October 10

Price: $250

Adidas Originals and OAMC continue their capsule collection with this week’s release of the Type O-2L and Type O-2R. The Type O-2 shoe is a combination of the iconic Stan Smith upper from 1972 with the brand new Supercourt RX sole tooling. With an emphasis on functionality, this silhouette blends the two sneakers together to achieve a rich contemporary design aesthetic.   

Adidas Originals
Adidas Originals
Adidas Originals
Adidas Originals

With the Type O-2L (the L stands for leather) and the Type O-2R (the R stands for rubber), both shoes come in two colorways and have a unique contrast based on the materials used in its construction. Easily the perfect shoe to dress up or down, this is a versatile sneaker to wear for your upcoming holiday party.

Travis Scott x Air Jordan VI
Nike Inc

Release date: October 11

Price: $250

Travis Scott’s latest collaboration with Jordan Brand, the Air Jordan VI. With the previously rumored launch dates far behind us, this week is the official release date for one of the most anticipated sneakers of 2019. Coming equipped with a glow-in-the-dark sole, a perforated reflective underlay beneath the olive suede upper and a small utilitarian pouch placed on the ankle, this collaboration has transformed the OG Air Jordan VI far beyond our imaginations.

Nike Inc
Nike Inc

This special edition Air Jordan VI also includes the Houston native and record label founder’s signature “Cactus Jack” branding on the lace lock and right heel. Infrared color accents along with iconic Nike Air branding on the left heel nod to the original Air Jordan VI colorway and plays up on the co-branding of this silhouette. Extremely limited if this is on your list of sneakers to cop this year, good luck!