Welcome to Sneaker News #73 – the first Sneaker News of the year. While things are winding down for most, the sneaker game only heats up with the highly anticipated release of the Nike Air Jordan 2 ‘Chicago’, celebrating its 35th anniversary. Meanwhile, New Balance is having a great release week with a new colourway of the classic 550 and a fresh M1906RO release. Nike has also collaborated with Stüssy while ASICS and A.P.C. have made magic. Check it all out plus more below.
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Nike Air Jordan 2 ‘Chicago’
Jordan is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan 2 with a release that looks particularly classic. Made almost a replicate of the original silhouette, it works with faux lizard skin and ditches the Swoosh for a refined look. White, black and red is a fail-proof colourway that makes these a pair that you could wear for any occasion from fancy to every day. These are going to be tough to get your hands on so be ready on 30th December at Nike.
New Balance 550 DRIFTWOOD
At this point, the New Balance 550 is a wardrobe staple and the classic colourways just keep coming. This time, it’s the DRIFTWOOD that is catching sneakerheads’ attention. Mixing tan, cream, and grey in premium suede and leather upper, it’s a look that can be worn day or night. As always, the 550 also has a durable rubber outsole and adjustable lace closures.
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Converse Chuck 70 Summit ‘Lily White/Poppy Seed/Flint Grey
Converse is known for classic silhouettes but it has really mixed it up with the Chuck 70 Summit. It’s a futuristic shoe in collaboration with A-COLD-WALL* that mixes futurism with utility. A stretch bootie upper meets a lugged outsole for traction over a crisp white colourway. It’s defined by its full-zip construction with an internal zipper guard and custom A-COLD-WALL* zipper. One of the freshest-looking shoes of 2022 can be yours now right now over at Subtype.
Nike Air Jordan x Two 18 2 Retro Low SP Rocky ‘Tan’
Nike has teamed with Detroit streetwear store Two 18 for a tan Jordan 2 Retro. It’s a fresh take on the silhouette putting blue-and-red piping contrasts over tan nubuck. It’s all about the details here though as Two 18 has taken ultimate care in making a premium shoe. Tortoiseshell eyelets and interior lined in leather are the real winners here, adding character to the pair. Cop them now at Subtype.
Nike x Stüssy Air Penny 2
Nike has been making waves with the return on the Air Penny this year and now Stüssy is taking its eye to it. Stüssy has had great success in collaboration with Nike and the winning streak continues here in a futuristic all-black colourway. The Air Penny 2 is a bold, wavy shoe and it’s accentuated by premium hemp canvas. The all-black colourway here is a particularly bold choice broken only by the white embellished Stüssy logo. Cop one of the remaining pairs at Nike right now. You can grab one of the last remaining pairs at Nike right now.
New Balance M1906RO
New Balance may be known for having some of the most timeless silhouettes around but lately, it has been winning with its forward-thinking designs. The M1906RO is an example of that. Its parent the 1906 was a short-lived silhouette for New Balance but it has found more success with the M1906RO. The upper of this has the same materials as the original but it has upgrades like the NLOCK system and heel counter. The double mesh upper which combines white and red is a perfect look, elevated by the lace-incorporating logo. Buy them now at Up There Store.
ASICS x A.P.C. Gel Sonoma 15-50 ‘Lilac Opal/Gentry Purple’
ASICS has teamed with A.P.C. for a series of Gel Sonoma 15-50 colourways defined by bold colours. Here lilac opal and gentry purple meet on the suede and mesh upper that is elevated by the tie-dye laces. It’s uncharacteristic for the Parisian studio to be this experimental with colour but as always it has a way of blocking that makes the shoes look refined. Cop them now at Highs and Lows.
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