Welcome to Sneaker News #49. The new year is in full swing with sneaker releases beginning to heat up. The arrival of a new adidas and Bad Bunny is sure to be one of the most highly-anticipated drops of the year. There’s also a new Reebok and BAPE collaboration on the way as well as fresh adidas and Pharrell slides. For the classic sneakerheads, there’s a new vintage Air Jordan 1 colourway, an anniversary release for the Lebron IX and a fresh Air Max 90 colourway. Check them out and more below.
adidas x Bad Bunny Response CL
Last year, Bad Bunny and adidas caused a stir with their Forum collaboration but now they’re moving onto a new silhouette. A first look at the Response CL has emerged and it’s pretty exciting. It’s a Dad sneaker packed full of detail that makes it more dazzling than daggy. It has an upper of mesh, reflective materials, and panels that drip down onto the midsole like ice cream. It also has a love heart on the toe. Expect these ones to fly. Keep an eye on Up There Store for a raffle very soon.
Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘Dark Marina Blue’
Another classic Air Jordan 1 drop to add to your collection. The ‘Dark Marina Blue’ looks vintage and that’s because it is. The black and blue colourway is returning in 2022 rounded out by a crisp white midsole. As always with the vintage drops, there are very few differences. It has a tidy leather upper with a classic Air Jordan Wings logo on the collar. Nike will have them available from 22nd January.
Reebok x BAPE Instapump Fury OG
Reebok has teamed up with BAPE for an Instapump Fury with a colourway as wild as its silhouette. A mesh and nylon upper with leather and suede overlays is adorned by mismatched Camo print. The print is already synonymous with BAPE but if you weren’t certain that the iconic Japanese brand orchestrated these shoes then the ape logo on the button and BAPE signage on the heel should give it away. Enter the raffle for your chance to cop over at Subtype now.
Nike Men’s Air Max 90
What more can you say about the Air Max 90? It’s one of Nike’s most recognisable silhouettes and it continues to be one of the most popular sneakers around every year. Its mainstay status remains thanks to noteworthy colourways and this one is particularly eye-catching. Lavender, cream and mustard come together on the upper which is made up of suede, mesh and waffle. They’re an instant classic and they will be available from Subtype soon.
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Nike Lebron IX ‘South Coast’
Last year, the Nike Lebron IX celebrated its 10th anniversary and to mark it a number of colourways both new and old are being released. The ‘South Coast’ was released 10 years ago, celebrating Lebron’s remarkable Championship run in Miami. It will come as no surprise to you that the inspiration for this colourway was birthed in Miami. Aquatic blue and neon blue and green on the synthetic overlays are a nod to Miami’s vibrant colour palette. You’ll also find palm-adorned cushioning inside the shoe. Head over to Highs And Lows to enter the draw nowl.
Nike Adilette 2.0 Slides
This column doesn’t often feature open toes but these are too good to be ignored. Pharrell is back with his take on adidas slides and they’re sleek, adventurous and comfortable. Arriving in three classic colourways, they feature his ‘Hu’ imprint on the cushioned strap and a foot mimicking artwork on the sole just in case you weren’t exactly sure where to put your feet. They’re the kind of shoes you’ll live in all summer and they’re available from 20th January.
New Balance XC-72 ‘Black With Poppy’
The XC-72 debuted as one of New Balance’s most silhouette-bending new shoes but it has now settled as one of the hallmark shoes. The outsole of the XC-72 is split in two showcasing the XC15’s ‘Gripper’ and the 375’s studded pattern. On the upper, that split is marked by a tiger tear pattern which becomes the feature print of the shoe. New Balance will have these available on 20th January at 10am.
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