Welcome to Sneaker News #37. Nike brings the Air into the next generation this week with the rollout of the Air Max 2021 – a visionary sneaker Nike is calling “the pinnacle of comfort”. Nike is also prepping new colourways of the Pegasus ’83 and Dunk Low Pro for those that prefer their silhouettes vintage. Elsewhere, Pharrell and Adidas are celebrating the legacy of N.E.R.D. while Jaden Smith is celebrating a yet-to-be-released single with New Balance.
Air Max 2021
The Nike Air Max 2021 brings the Air into the future with a completely rethought design. First and foremost, it’s about sustainability, delivering a 20% recycled shoe that doesn’t compromise comfort or performance. Nike is calling the cushioning on these ones “the pinnacle of comfort” which is a big call but that futuristic mid-sole looks like a cloud to walk on. It’s all enclosed in tones of grey, silver and green ensuring that it looks like it was made for the future. Foot Locker is gearing up to release the Air Max 2021 on 5th August.
Nike Air Pegasus ’83 ‘Sea Glass’
The Nike Air Pegasus ’83 throws it back to a classic aesthetic delivered in a classic, demure colourway. Nike is tapping into the archives to bring back this ’80s favourite which was, back in its day, a go-to running shoe. It’s now and lifestyle shoe and a popular one at that. This colourway brings together beige and cream on an upper that combines suede and nylon. Grab a pair from Nike on 8th August.
adidas Hu NMD N.E.R.D.
adidas and Pharrell continue their longstanding relationship with another Hu NMD that actually celebrates Pharrell’s musical history. The silhouette remains but the embroidery on the shoes upper pays tribute to Pharrell’s band, spelling out N.E.R.D. down the shoe. Clear mint, chalk white and glow orange create a crisp yet visionary colourway that may be one of the Hu’s best to date. They’re hitting adidas on 5th August.
Nike Air Max ’90 ‘Laser’
Almost 20 years ago, sneakers levelled up as brands started to engrave on leather thanks to breakthrough technology. In 2021, Nike is celebrating both the Air Max ’90 and breakthroughs in laser engraving with a shoe that will have the eyes struggling to find focus. The shoe takes inspiration from the ever-changing layering inside trees in an impressive intricate pattern on the upper. Head to Nike on 10th August for your chance to cop.
New Balance Vision Racer ‘Trippy Summer’
Jaden Smith is celebrating a new song release with a sneaker drop basically because he can. This latest colourway of the Vision Racer, which combines New Balance’s heritage model 1700 and the X-Racer, tips a hat to the ‘1970s which a bold colour palette. Boasting vegan-friendly, recycled materials, this latest drop catches eyes by sporting flashy tones of orange, purple, green and yellow. It’s topped off by an eye-tracking pattern that runs up the laces, ensuring you could lose yourself in the shoes all day. You can grab a pair right now from Subtype.
Nike SB Dunk Low Pro ‘Barcelona’
You can almost count on a Dunk drop every other week now. Nike just keeps rolling out the shoe of the past year and this time it’s looking to the Spanish city of Barcelona for inspiration. The gym red, university gold and navy colourway is a celebration of the colours of Catalonia, delivered on that classic Dunk Low Pro silhouette that has adorned so many feet this year. Cop it from Nike on 14th August.
11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi X Salomon Bamba 2 Low
German menswear designer Boris Bidjan Saberi has teamed up with Salomon once again for a bright, dyed collection of shoes. It’s this double-layered, ‘Pink Pantha’ colourway that we can’t seem to look away from right now. This Bamba 2 Low showcases a half dyed design, contrasting neon pink with crisp white. Zip and lace fastening alongside heat-sealed seams ensure a sleek design in an attempt to sweeten the $700+ price tag. Get them now from Subtype.