Welcome to Sneakers News #57. This week, adidas is celebrating the incoming Pride month with Sydney-based designer Kris Andrew’s take on the classic Stan Smith. It’s one of many colourful drops coming up including the pastel colourway of the Nike Air Jordan 5 and the adidas collaboration with M&Ms. If you’re not feeling the colour though, New Balance and JJJJound have teamed up for a muted shoe and Converse has paired with A-COLD-WALL* for a bold, futuristic release. Check all that and more out below.
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adidas x Kris Andrew Stan Smith Pride
June is Pride month and adidas is gearing up for it with a limited edition release of the Stan Smith shoe. The Stan Smith is a versatile classic and here it gets a pop of colour courtesy of Sydney-based designer Kris Andrew. The whole Pride collection was inspired by the Stonewall Activists of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 and these shoes celebrate that with colour and diversity. The embroidery on this white sneaker is fluorescent and loud, ensuring these are shoes that will be seen. Head over to adidas on 14th May to purchase.
Nike Air Jordan 5 ‘Regal Pink’
This week’s Air Jordan 5 drop is pretty in pink with a pastel-heavy colourway. The ‘Regal Pink’ is all about surprises with a Jumpman hang charm found in the box and an insole that features a rainbow watercolour graphic. It’s one of the more daring Jordan 5 colourways, dominated by pastel pink on the upper and elevated by a metallic silver tongue. If it wasn’t already enough, there’s also a glow-in-the-dark outsole. 11th May is when these shoes are scheduled to hit Nike.
Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘Bleached Coral’
On first look, the Air Jordan 1 ‘Bleached Coral’ looks like your regular Jordan 1 drop but it’s all in the details here. The grey, black and white colourway is elevated by a bleached coral tongue and cracked leather overlays. It’s not enough to pull it far away from OG colourways but it’s enough to make this release special. Nike is dropping these on 14th May.
Converse x A-COLD-WALL* Aeon Active CX
This is likely to be one of the most boundary-pushing silhouettes you’ll see Converse release this year. Converse has teamed up with visionaries A-COLD-WALL* for the Aeon Active CX which uses the comfort of Converse’s CX technology. The shoes combine suede, leather and a unique stretch bootie to provide the ultimate fit. The foam midsole made up of 10% recycled material is undercut by a translucent outsole making the whole sole the star of the show. Sign up for the raffle right now at Subtype.
adidas x M&Ms Forum Lo 84
The adidas Forum has become a vessel for plenty of collaboration from Bad Bunny to Brockhampton and now it’s M&Ms turn to take over the revived ’80 silhouette. There are several different colourways for this collection, each representing a different M&Ms character. Whether you choose green, yellow or brown, the colour takes over the shoe. M&Ms branding is reflected on a button on the heel and the groove lines while a character also features on the sock liner. They are due to drop at Subtype and adidas on 10th May.
New Balance x JJJJound 990v3 Brown/Black
JJJJound began as an image-based blog and has since flowered into a creative force. Its collaborations with New Balance have proved to be quick-sellers and now a new collaboration has arrived in the 990v3 ‘Brown/Black’. It’s a dark colourway, pairing a brown upper with a black sole and subtle details like a reflective ‘N’ logo. The minimal design makes these a versatile, refined release. They’re due to drop globally on 12th May.
Nike Dunk Low SE Velvet Brown
The Dunk Low continues to expand its legacy and this Velvet Brown release is one of the most refined and mature yet. Taking queues from last year’s Supreme collaboration on the upper with patterned leather overlays, these are a luxurious take on the classic skate show. The brown leather upper pairs effortlessly with the dark gum sole and is brought together by a gold, pressed logo on the upper. Keep an eye on Sneakerboy on 18th May.