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New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore Rainier ‘Beige’ | Image: New Balance

Sneaker News #75 – New Balance and Aimé Leon Dore Go Mountaineering With New Collab

Welcome to Sneaker News #75. This week, New Balance and Aimé Leon Dore are back at it, this time reviving a 1982 hiking boot. Meanwhile, Nike is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a new Dunk colourway while also looking to the future with the Air Max Scorpion. For those who like the classics, there’s a new Jordan 5 drop, and also another adidas Forum Low drop. Check all that and more out below.

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New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore Rainier ‘Beige’ | Image: New Balance

New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore Rainier ‘Beige’ | Image: New Balance

New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore Rainier ‘Beige’

New Balance and Aimé Leon Dore are teaming up once again for the revival of a 1982 hiking boot worn by mountaineer Lou Whittaker when he scaled Everest. ALD may not be expecting anyone to take on Everest with these but it’s likely to become a sought-after lifestyle shoe. All the detailing is still there from D-ring lacing to waterproof Gore-Tex lining but it’s elevated by burgundy Cordura with tan nubuck overlays. Keep your eye on Subtype for this drop on 20th January.

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Nike Air Max Scorpion 'Black' | Image: Nike

Nike Air Max Scorpion ‘Black’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Max Scorpion ‘Black’

The Nike Air Max Scorpion is a futuristic extension of the Air Max history. The new silhouette puts an emphasis on point loading which is all about improved cushioning, great responsiveness, and a better sensation. Pairing super-soft chenille fabric with lightweight Flyknit, the Scorpion feels as good as it looks. The cushioning resembles a cloud which is how it feels as well. Cop from Nike on 19th January.

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Nike Air Jordan 5 'Aqua' | Image: Nike

Nike Air Jordan 5 ‘Aqua’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Jordan 5 ‘Aqua’

The Air Jordan 5 is taking cues from its younger sibling the Air Jordan 8 with this latest colourway. Bringing together aqua and taxi yellow over a black backdrop, it’s a vibrant and eye-catching take on a silhouette that has been a great canvas for colour throughout its history. As for the details, all the classics are there including the spiky midsole, side vents, and lace lock tie. Head to Nike on 21st January for your chance to own a pair.

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adidas Cozy Forum 84 Low | Image: adidas

adidas Cozy Forum 84 Low | Image: adidas

adidas Cozy Forum 84 Low

adidas continues to push the aesthetic of the Forum 84 Low, delivering new takes on the ’80s sneaker classic. This time around, it’s all about looking cozy, delivering a synthetic upper with a deconstructed look and exposed seams. This pair looks plush and warm while also showcasing a crisp colour combination of off-white and black. January 26th is the drop date that adidas has listed.

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Nike Dunk Low 'Year of the Rabbit' | Image: Nike

Nike Dunk Low ‘Year of the Rabbit’ | Image: Nike

Nike Dunk Low ‘Year of the Rabbit’

In 2011, Nike celebrated the Year of the Rabbit by using the AF-1 as the canvas. Another Year of the Rabbit is about to roll around, but this time, Nike has set its sites on the Dunk Low, a trademark silhouette of late. The shoe spotlights Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guangzhou with detailing including bold colour-blocking, chenille Swooshes and tongues, and fluffy accents as a nod to the rabbit. Nike will have these available from 19th January.

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Nike Air Max 97 'Golden Bullet' | Image: Nike

Nike Air Max 97 ‘Golden Bullet’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Max 97 ‘Golden Bullet’

The Air Max 97 has made several impressive comebacks since its debut in 1999. It is having another renaissance right now and Nike is pushing it with the return of the metallic gold silhouette. Gold is used across mesh underlays and reflective-design details creating a luxe, speedy look. Anyone who has slipped on a pair of these in the last 20 years or so will know the cushioning is supreme. Nike is gearing up to drop on 26th January.

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ASICS Gel-Lyte V 'Multi' | Image: ASICS

ASICS Gel-Lyte V ‘Multi’ | Image: ASICS

ASICS Gel-Lyte V ‘Multi’

The ASICS Gel-Lyte V looks to the cutting room floor for inspiration, repurposing discarded materials to create something new. It achieves this by using mixed leathers, nubucks, and suedes alongside a colourway that suits the mismatched aesthetic. The multi-coloured approach is bold and exciting, combining a colour-blocked upper with a paint-splattered midsole. The midsole also uses 20% recycled materials. Head to Subtype now to cop.

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Sam Murphy is the founder of Interns Creative and the writer and co-host of Flopstars Podcast. The New York-based content producer has a demonstrated history of working in the online media industry, specialising in music, fashion and entertainment reporting. Prior to contributing for Man of Many, Sam’s work has been published by such titles as Billboard, NME, Junkee, Music Feeds and Cool Accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney.