Sneaker News #84 – adidas Captures Y2K Nostalgia With Chunky New Capsule
Welcome to Sneaker News #84. This week, adidas is heading back to the beginning of the millennium with its YNuK capsule designed to trigger Y2K nostalgia. If you’re not ready to head back to that time, Nike is looking into the future with the latest colourway of the NOCTA Hot Step while New Balance has collaborated with Palace on one of the best-looking shoes of the year. Elsewhere, Jordan is bringing back a classic colourway of the Air Jordan 6 and also prioritising comfort with the ACG Moc. Check it all out plus more below.
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adidas YNuK Adimatic
The Adimatic instantly recalls Y2K nostalgia as it makes a return from the skate archives. These shoes exude a vibrant energy all their own, drawing inspiration from the cultural pillars of the early 2000s. The mid-profile suede upper boasts a luxurious softness, syncing with the bold silhouette and even bolder 3-Stripes. Fresh white laces provide a crisp contrast, paying homage to the stylish flair of yesteryears. To top it all off, the specially crafted graphics by the talented artist Crude from Portugal ignite a burst of creativity and individuality. Head over to Highs and Lows now to enter the raffle.
adidas YNuK Supermodified
Also part of the YNuK capsule, adidas has another chunky offering. Drawing inspiration from the golden era of old-school skateboarding aesthetics, these shoes blend nostalgia with contemporary flair. With a classic shell toe and oversized proportions that command attention, the YNuK Supermodified sneakers make a pretty bold statement. The chunky laces may be the centrepiece but the bold 3-Stripes logo also threatens to steal the show. Completing the design is a woven Trefoil logo patch at the tongue, adding an instantly recognisable touch to this look. Highs and Lows is running a raffle right now if you want a chance at copping.
Nike NOCTA Hot Step ‘Light Bone’
Drake’s NOCTA Hot Step now arrives in ‘Light Bone’ as the latest addition to NOCTA’s signature sneaker lineup. This revamped shoe showcases an exotic material that gives a snakeskin vibe. Crafted with a premium leather upper and featuring quilted, puffed quarter panels, the Hot Step exudes both style and substance. It stands out from the crowd with its oval perforations and reflective design underlays, accompanied by an eye-catching reflective design tongue piping. With Humara ’99 tooling and a Zoom Air bag in the forefoot, you can count on superior comfort and cushioning, while the visible Air in the heel enhances stability. Complete with a moulded and reflective design foxing piece, the NOCTA Hot Step is set to make a bold statement. Mark your calendars for its release on July 6th.
Nike ACG Moc ‘Moss and Anthracite’
The new ACG Moc prioritises comfort as it returns to its roots with a twist. This shoe effortlessly combines ultralightness, shapelessness, and versatility, staying true to its origins. Originally dubbed the “Air Ida” for its uncanny resemblance to an Idaho spud, it’s much comfier than wearing a potato on your foot. Its breezy linen upper is perfect for warm days but it’s also ready to keep you warm when it gets colder thanks to insulated materials that’ll keep you cozy when temperatures drop. New features include a drop-in midsole and an updated lacing system that secures the perfect fit. The ACG Moc is the perfect companion for your next adventure.
Nike Air Jordan 6 ‘Toro Bravo’
The Air Jordan 6 is a tribute to the iconic Raging Bull that’s going to make Air Jordan fans very happy. This release pays homage to the earlier pack of the same name, originally introduced in the late 2000s. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, this sixth signature model of MJ takes on a bold colourway. The Varsity Red upper showcases premium suede construction, exuding both elegance and strength. Complementing the vibrant red, black accents adorn the midsole, lace unit, and heel pull, adding a touch of contrast to the design. The Air Jordan 6 Toro Bravo effortlessly captures the essence of a legendary Bulls era to excite basketball fans but the colourway itself is iconic enough to satisfy any sneaker fan. Head to Nike to cop on 24th May.
Nike Air Max 1 ‘Escape’
Nike is paying tribute to its legacy of trail running and innovation with the ‘Escape’. Unveiled in 1984, against the backdrop of Mount St. Helens, the Nike ‘Escape’ boldly deviated from the norm, setting a new standard for those seeking adventure. Its revolutionary design quickly earned the admiration and desire of trail runners worldwide. Honouring this storied history, the Air Max 1 ‘Escape’ seamlessly blends classic running DNA with US Pacific Northwest-inspired elements. The colour palette draws inspiration from an iconic Nike running ad, featuring the billowing caldera of Mount St. Helens in the background. An intricately embroidered forest scene on the heel sparks a sense of wanderlust, while rugged suede accents, lightweight textiles, and boot-inspired laces complete the look with a touch of rugged elegance. Head to Nike on 25th May for your chance to grab a pair.
New Balance MADE in UK Palace 991v1
New Balance and British streetwear giants Palace have collaborated with the latter adding its touches to the MADE in UK 991 silhouette. Renowned and revered, the 99X series shoe of the new millennium has become a timeless favourite with its distinctive blend of visible tech features, stylised cutout overlay designs, and sleek rounded silhouette. Palace injects a multi-faceted, multi-environment twist into this design, using vibrant colours and outdoor-ready materials. Tumbled nubuck and pigskin overlays meet a rugged ripstop upper, harmonising effortlessly with co-branded details throughout. A truly adventurous interpretation of a premium legacy is the result. From the reflective ‘N’ logo to the embroidered Palace branding on the tongue top, every detail is well thought out. These are likely to sell quickly so have your finger on the pulse at New Balance on 25th May.