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Sneaker News #101 – Aries Bring an Elevated Touch to a Reebok Classic

Welcome to Sneaker News #101. There are a number of collaborations worth shouting about this week including Aries’ sleek team-up with Reebok on the Classic Leather. New York streetwear giant Extra Butter has also brought its eye to adidas’ Rivalry Low, delivering a roughed-up look. Elsewhere, Nike taps into nostalgia with new Air Jordan 2 and Air Jordan 6 drops while adidas keeps the momentum going with a new Samba colourway.

RELATED: Sneaker News #99 – Nike and Off-White Drop a Nostalgic Hiking Boot.

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Reebok x Aries Arise Classic Leather | Image: Aries

Reebok x Aries Arise Classic Leather

Price: from AU$200

Aries Arise’s Sofia Prantera continues to explore UK streetwear, taking on the Reebok Classic Leather in a fresh collaboration. Recognised for its genderless aesthetic and bold design elements, Aries Arise collaborates strategically with brands, adorning each collaboration with its iconic temple logo rooted in ’80 and ’90s fashion history. This season’s update to the Reebok CL leather features a premium Opal Glow upper, adorned with Aries Arise detailing throughout the shoe and its packaging. The Classic Leather silhouette, nubuck detailing, reflective elements, vintage exposed foam tongue, custom leather label, motifs, and lace options all make this collaboration unique.

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Nike SB Dunk Low Pro ‘Court Purple’ | Image: Nike

Nike SB Dunk Low Pro ‘Court Purple’

Price: from AU$220 (Secondary market price, now sold out online)

We are now years into the Nike Dunk revival and it just keeps going. The latest is the SB Dunk Low Pro ‘Court Purple’ which pays homage to the legacy of the Dunk. Originating as a basketball shoe, the Dunk’s versatility led skateboarders to embrace it for its durability and responsive board feel. In 2002, a transformative re-engineering tailored the silhouette to the needs of skateboarders, incorporating a Zoom Air unit in the heel and a padded tongue for supreme comfort. This latest drop features a vibrant Court Purple colourway, accented by contrasting shades of white and black, blending classic basketball aesthetics with skateboarding functionality.

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Nike Air Jordan 6 ‘Yellow Ochre’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Jordan 6 ‘Yellow Ochre’

Price: from AU$280

The Air Jordan 6 in ‘Yellow Ochre’ feels like a piece of sneakerhead history. Echoing the shoes MJ donned during his inaugural championship victory, these sneakers are a homage. Boasting distinctive design lines and iconic lace locks, they blend past vintage aesthetics with a futuristic flair. The ‘Yellow Ochre’ hue in plush nubuck, juxtaposed against a sleek white backdrop, is an immediate eye-catcher. You can find these at Subtype right now.

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adidas x Extra Butter Rivalry Low | Image adidas

adidas x Extra Butter Rivalry Low

Price: from AU$200

Collaborating with adidas, the NYC-based lifestyle brand Extra Butter introduces a distinct touch to the Rivalry Low. Embracing a sports-inspired aesthetic, the sneakers feature sleek neutral leather uppers adorned with pops of retro orange and teal on the iconic three-stripes logo from adidas. The vintage vibe is amplified by distressed stitched detailing around the sole. With leather uppers, suede overlays, a lace closure, and a rubber outsole, this iteration merges classic style with a contemporary twist. If you’re into them, a raffle is open right now at Highs and Lows.

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Air Jordan 2 Retro ‘Python’ High | Image: Jordan

Air Jordan 2 Retro ‘Python’

Price: from AU$260

Marking its introduction in 1986, the AJ2 emerged as the boundary-pushing younger sibling to its renowned predecessor, the iconic AJ1. This iteration represented a sleeker and more minimalist take on the classic design. Infused with premium leather and featuring Nike Air underfoot, this nostalgic revival is for the Jordan superfans who are invested in owning a piece of sneaker history. You can cop these from Subtype now.

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Nike Air Force 1 ‘Coconut Milk’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Force 1 ‘Coconut Milk’

Price: from AU$210

The iconic Nike AF1 gets a very slight makeover with a delectable new colourway. This drop is enveloped in a creamy neutral hue from top to bottom. It’s a slight upgrade from the hugely popular white colourway but it makes all the difference. As per usual, all the other trimmings are there including the plush midsole, cushioned with Nike Air. Head to Nike to buy a pair right now.

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