Welcome to Sneakers News #40. It’s another week of pairing nostalgic re-releases with brand new collaborations and silhouettes led by Nike’s Air Jordan 1 Prototype. Taking a break from nostalgia releases, the Prototype is one of the Air Jordan 1’s more boundary-pushing releases of the year caputing the ethos of an actual prototype sneaker. Nike is over-delivering this week with comebacks of the Free Run 2 and Air Max BW too. Elsewhere, adidas is celebrating the 25th James Bond film, Converse is innovating with Paria and New Balance is testing new territory with Jaden Smith.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Prototype
The Nike Air Jordan 1 has been delivered in a number of classic colourways this year but the ‘Prototype’ changes up the formula a little. This take is inspired by the ethos of an actual prototype sneaker and as a result displays bold, coloured stitching and mis-matching colours on the shoe’s upper. Its reflective design alongside the eye-catching blue tones makes this a release sure to stand out among the plethora or Jordan 1 releases in 2021. Get your pair from Nike on 30th September.
New Balance Jaden 574
Jaden Smith and New Balance have been on a roll with their Vision Racer release but now it’s time for something a little different. For the first time, Jaden is turning his attention to a different silhouette in the 574. It’s a deconstructed take on the NB favourite, with Jaden focussing heavily on sustainability. They’re made up of 73% surplus materials and 9% recycled content but still deliver vibrant colouring with hints of neon on the upper. Grab them from New Balance on 17th September.
Nike Air Max BW ‘Persian Violet’
Another throwback release for Nike as the brand resusitates the Air Max BW from 1991. It became a staple of the dance scene, in particular, in the ’90s and it’s ready to make it’s mark again. This release stays true to the original design by Tinker Hatfield, giving us Persian violet with hints of white and black. As per any Air Max release, it’s also delivering max cushioning to sustain you in the club all night long. Nike will have them on sale from 24th September.
Nike Free Run 2 ‘Black and White’
The Nike Free Run is one of the brand’s hallmark everyday shoes but many regard the Free Run 2 to be the best of the bunch. They were on the feet of just about everyone back in the 2010s but now they’re making a comeback. Returning in a sleek black-and-white colourway, it welcomes back the iconic mid-sole design that makes it feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. Welcome them back into your life at Nike on 25th September.
Converse x Paria Pro Leather X2 Tech
Converse rarely messes with its bulletproof formula but its latest collab with Paria feels particularly boundary-pushing. Pairing ’90s nostalgia with durable functionality. The Pro Leather X2 Tech sock-like shoe with a neoprene upper that’s topped by a zip-up outer-shell. Hints of suede bring the outdoor shoe to the runway, as does the sleek purple gradient. They’re due to hit Subtype soon.
adidas Ultraboost DNA x James Bond
By now, you’ll be well-acquainted with the Adidas Ultraboost, one of the brand’s premier running shoes, but you haven’t seen them channelling 007. To celebrate the release of the 25th James Bond film, adidas set out to make a colourway of the shoes that’s as suave as the man himself. As such, we’re getting a number of monochrome releases including this cream Ultraboost DNA. It actually reflects the colour of a mysterious dye used in ‘No Time To Die’ but if that reference is too ambiguous for you, there’s also ‘007’ stamping on the heel. adidas members can unlock early access of 16th September.
Vans OG Authentic LX x Aries ‘Tie Dye’
Vans Vault has collaborated with Aries for a capsule which taps into Americana and sporting nostalgia. This pictured shoe is Aries’ take on the OG Authentic, giving it a tie-dye makeover that’s accented by bright yellow laces. Aries make the silhouette unique with branding on the mid-sole including a branded band that extends around the whole shoe. You can nab them now from Up There Store.
New Balance XC-72
New Balance’s latest silhouette the XC-72 envisions the new future of the band with an outsole that extends right up onto the upper of the shoe. This particular release is inspired by ’70s concept cars, capturing the vision with an angular midsole that makes it look like it was made for speed. The upper is also classic using vintage tones of blue and yellow to ensure that the XC-72 has an eye on the past with a vision for the future. New Balance will have them available from 18th September.