New Balance 1906N 'Lunar New Year' | Image: New Balance

Sneaker News #100 – New Balance’s Ambitious Lunar New Year 1906N

Welcome to Sneaker News #100, the first of the new year. We kick it off with a fresh Lunar New Year drop from New Balance that channels the Year of the Dragon, known for ambition and innovation. Elsewhere, Nike has fresh colourways for Jordan classics including the Air Jordan 3 and Air Jordan 1 OG. Puma continues its comeback too with a collaboration with LA brand Pleasures, giving an enlarged silhouette to the Suede. Check it all out plus more below.

New Balance 1906N 'Lunar New Year' | Image: New Balance
New Balance 1906N ‘Lunar New Year’ | Image: New Balance

New Balance 1906N ‘Lunar New Year’

In honour of the Year of the Dragon, New Balance has readied the Lunar New Year 1906R as part of the Lunar New Year 2024 collection. This elevated iteration of the 2000s tech running-inspired silhouette features a ripstop-style grid mesh upper, adorned with woven accents and glossy synthetic overlays. The available colourways, shell pink and sea salt, boast metallic print details and custom graphic sockliners. With additional features like ACTEVA LITE midsole cushioning, ABZORB SBS heel cushioning, and Stability Web technology for added arch support, the Lunar New Year 1906R encapsulates both style and functionality. Cop a pair from Subtype right now.

Nike Air Force 1 '07 'Baroque Brown' | Image: Nike
Nike Air Force 1 ’07 ‘Baroque Brown’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Force 1 ’07 ‘Baroque Brown’

The Nike Air Force 1 ’07 in ‘Baroque Brown’, is a premium, vintage rendition of the AF1 that pays homage to classic canvas textures. This distinctive iteration exudes retro charm, with the Baroque Brown upper delivering a timeless appeal. Features include an exposed foam tongue, metal eyelets, and a Pacific Moss outsole that not only enhances the retro styling but also adds a modern twist. These are likely to sell out quickly so be at the ready on 20th January for your chance to own a pair.

Nike Air Jordan 3 'Midnight Navy' | Image: Nike
Nike Air Jordan 3 ‘Midnight Navy’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Jordan 3 ‘Midnight Navy’

Several classic Air Jordan 3’s fetched some large resale prices last year and it’s likely that this one is going to do the same. This one pays homage to the iconic Tinker Hatfield AJ3 design that solidified MJ’s legendary status in sneaker history. Drawing inspiration from a heritage AJ3 colourway, this edition artfully combines Midnight Navy with a white and Cement Grey backdrop, showcasing a clean aesthetic. Donned with luxe materials and the signature elephant print, it’s an instant classic. Get onto it at Nike on 13th January.

Nike Air Jordan 1 OG 'High Ochre' | Image: Nike
Nike Air Jordan 1 OG ‘High Ochre’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Jordan 1 OG ‘High Ochre’

The Air Jordan 1 OG is one of the hallmarks of sneaker history so it’s no surprise that every time the OG gets a fresh release, it’s a hit. This AJ1 harmoniously blends Yellow Ochre and black hues on a tumbled Sail leather canvas, resulting in a clean finish. The refined details and retro branding seamlessly bring together elements of old-meets-new style. It’s yet another update that will see the Air Jordan 1 live on for another generation. Nab a pair from Nike on 13th January.

Nike Attack 'Game Royal' | Image: Nike
Nike Attack ‘Game Royal’ | Image: Nike

Nike Attack ‘Game Royal’

Expect 2024 to be the year of the Nike Attack. The brand brought it back last year with some high-profile collabs but now it’s been delivered in several crisp colourways; the latest is the Game Royal. The Y2K sporty aesthetic is accentuated by a mesh upper, contributing to a dynamic look, while leather overlays emulate other Nike classics. The shoes also feature perforated sidewalls for breathability and a rubber outsole for traction. It’s all rounded off with tongue branding. Buy a pair right now over at Highs and Lows.

Puma x Pleasure Suede XL | Image: Puma
Puma x Pleasure Suede XL | Image: Puma

Puma x Pleasure Suede XL

Injecting their LA-based style into the iconic Puma Suede XL, Pleasures brings a 2000s aesthetic to the classic silhouette. Embracing the Suede DNA, this iteration stands out with an exaggerated padded collar and tongue, along with a chunkier sole for a bold look. The full suede upper boasts a leather Formstrip, and details like dual branding, a suede tongue with mesh binding, and debossed and foil-printed PUMA branding on the quarter panel. With mesh lining, a mesh sock liner, and multiple lace options, these sneakers are an elevated take on the original. Get your hands on a pair right now at Highs and Lows.

ASICS Gel-Kayano 14 EARTHENWARE | Image: ASICS
ASICS Gel-Kayano 14 EARTHENWARE | Image: ASICS

ASICS Gel-Kayano 14 EARTHENWARE

The EARTHENWARE Pack draws inspiration from diverse earth tones found in nature and the colour palettes of outdoor apparel. The traditional design undergoes a modern transformation, featuring rip-stop underlays and tonal colour blocking for a technical aesthetic. Reflecting the original midsole tooling with GEL technology cushioning, these sneakers, as ASICS always does, merge style with functionality. The result is a blend of outdoor influences and innovative design. These are available right now at Subtype.


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