Welcome to Sneaker News #66. Denim is the assignment this week with Nike delivering a ‘Dirty Denim’ colourway of its Nike Air Max 1. The sneaker giant also brings denim to the new Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘Vachetta Tan’ but if you’re not in the mood for denim, there’s plenty more to gaze at. Salomon is celebrating its 75th Anniversary by celebrating a ’90s classic, adidas is digging into the archive to revive the Campus ’00s while New Balance is starting afresh with the 9060s. Check out all that plus more below.
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Nike Air Max 1 ‘Dirty Denim’
The Nike Air Max 1 is going denim with a release that nods to a drop from way back in 2003. These shoes are meant to be worn like your favourite pair of jeans – over and over again. The upper is made of premium leather and denim that gets finer with age while a Lemon Wash midsole gives the shoes an instantly vintage look. Be at the ready to cop from Nike on 21st September.
Converse All-Star BB Prototype CX
Converse is going back to its roots, dropping the label’s first performance basketball shoe to feature CX technology. The new All Star BB Prototype CX takes the CX foam midsole we loved from the most recent All-Star lineup and chucks it inside a stronger, more durable performance sport silhouette. As a result, the new basketball sneaker has better impact absorption, a new lock down system that feels better courtesy of its higher walls, and new dynamic traction. These ones are a little lighter and stronger than we’ve seen before, not to mention, pretty tidy looking. The All Star BB Prototype CX will be available from September 13th at Converse.com.au and select retailers.
adidas Campus ’00s ‘Grey One/Crystal White’
We generally think of the adidas Campus as ’80s nostalgia but in the early ’00s, the silhouette was reimagined to fit with the times. That meant magnifying it all and giving the shoe plush tongues and a chunkier midsole. These are a remake of the ’00s release, bringing all that Y2K nostalgia to the table at a time when the ’80s silhouette of the shoe is also enjoying renewed popularity. Head to Up There now to buy.
Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘Vachetta Tan’
The Air Jordan 1 looks good in almost any two-tone colourway but there’s something particularly special about this one. The ‘Vachetta Tan’ pairs together tan with black for a classic look. These are the second denim shoes of the week with the upper pairing together premium leather tan and black denim. In terms of the details, if you’re a fan of the Jordan 1 you’ll find nothing to deter you here. Nike will drop them from 17th September.
Salomon XT-6 Expanse 75th Anniversary
Salomon is paying tribute to some of its most iconic silhouettes to celebrate its 75th anniversary. This release pays tribute to the Adventure 7, a shoe first released back in 1992. It’s all about nostalgia for Salomon fans with this release, tapping into some of the brand’s most noteworthy colours and archetypal material composition. It’s all inspired by ’90s outdoors gear but given the current outdoor sneaker trend, these shoes look remarkably current. Head to Subtype right now to buy.
Nike Jordan x J. Balvin Super Play
Nike and J. Balvin teamed up on last year’s hugely popular Air Jordan 1 release but now the Latin megastar is back with a new collab. He’s taken on the Air Jordan 2 and Jordan slides this time around, splashing them with colour and a cloudy sky motif. The slides feature puffed-up panels and his branding on the velcro straps. They’re topped off by a glow-in-the-dark, plush underfoot. Nike has them listed as “Coming Soon”.
Nike Air Max 1 ‘Crepe Hemp’
It’s all about the textures when it comes to the new Air Max 1 ‘Crepe Hemp’. The upper features a collision of materials including hemp canvas, suede, and leather. The colourway delivers the perfect mix of brown and beige tones with a pop of mint green on the Swoosh. Meanwhile, the midsole is being touted as being super soft as well as good-looking. These are due to drop from Nike on 15th September.
New Balance 9060
The New Balance 9060 is a fresh New Balance silhouette that pulls inspiration from sneakers in the 99X series. The 9060s look to the past for a vision of the future, tapping into Y2K futurism with chunky detailing. Visible motion is the aim and that’s exactly what it delivers through wavy lines and magnified proportions. The all-black upper here combines pigskin suede overlays with a mesh base while the midsole features ABZORB and SBS cushioning. Subtype currently has the release listed as “Coming Soon”.