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adidas Samba Collapsible Heel | Image: adidas

Sneaker News #87 – New adidas Samba Doubles as a Sneaker and a Slide

Welcome to Sneaker News #87. This week, one of adidas‘ most timeless classics, the Samba, gets an innovative update that sees it step into duality as a sneaker and a slide. Elsewhere, Nike has some key releases, including the sustainable ISPA Universal and another fresh colourway of the popular Nike Air Jordan 2 Retro Low. New Balance is also turning heads once again teaming up with Aimé Leon Dore for the 650R. Check it all out plus more below.

adidas Samba Collapsible Heel | Image: adidas
adidas Samba Collapsible Heel | Image: adidas

adidas Samba Collapsible Heel

Introduced in 1949, the adidas Samba sneaker was initially created to provide football players with optimal training on icy surfaces. Now the iconic design is a timeless classic. The adidas 3-Stripes boldly adorn a white leather overlay, complemented by a matching heel cover that beautifully contrasts with the soft suede toe cover. Featuring a rubber outsole for reliable traction, this sneaker also boasts a unique collapsible heel, allowing it to transform into stylish sliders when desired. With a combination of leather and suede overlays and prominent tongue branding, the adidas Samba offers a fusion of sport and fashion in one sleek package.

Nike ISPA Universal 'Natural' | Image: Nike
Nike ISPA Universal ‘Natural’ | Image: Nike

Nike ISPA Universal ‘Natural’

Nike’s latest ISPA release, the ISPA Universal, embodies progress, experimentation, and craftsmanship. This innovative sneaker combines modularity and a zero-glue design for sustainability. The shoe’s replaceable components and absence of glue reduce waste, while the bio-based Bio-EVA foam derived from sugar cane promotes a move towards zero carbon and zero waste. With two sets of moisture-absorbing cork insoles, the ISPA Universal offers longevity without needing to replace the entire shoe. Drawing inspiration from iconic Nike models, each pair is hand-buffed for a unique finish. Nike ISPA’s philosophy of improvise, scavenge, protect, and adapt guides this design, aiming for harmony between humans and nature. Step into the future with the ISPA Universal. Cop from Nike on 5th July.

ASICS SportStyle GT-2160 | Image: ASICS
ASICS SportStyle GT-2160 | Image: ASICS

ASICS SportStyle GT-2160

Arriving straight from the mid-2010s, ASICS SportStyle has revived the GT-2160 sneaker. The new iteration of the shoe retains the iconic sleek and wavy aesthetic, however, this time, it’s also complemented by dual GEL technology inserts in the rearfoot. The GT-2160 sneaker will launch with collaborations from DIME and Cecilie Bahnsen that include special iterations to mark the return of the heritage runner. The inline version will launch Friday, July 7th, in White/Pure Silver, White/Illusion Blue, and White/Shamrock Green on ASICS SportStyle online and in select stores for AUD$180.

Nike Dunk Low 'Light Orewood Brown' | Image: Nike
Nike Dunk Low ‘Light Orewood Brown’ | Image: Nike

Nike Dunk Low ‘Light Orewood Brown’

The Nike Dunk Low fascination continues all this time after its initial resurgence. This release features textured leather and premium canvas, looking sleek with its subdued neutrals. With a nod to classic hoops style and a comfortable low-cut collar, this modern staple retains everything you love. The attention to detail is impeccable, as seen in the colour-matched laces and the eye-catching Guava Ice outsole, adding a touch of visual bliss to every step you take. Whether you’re aiming for a polished look or simply want to elevate your ‘fit, the Dunk Low is the perfect choice to make a subtle yet stylish statement. Grab a pair from Nike on 5th July.

Nike Air Max Scorpion 'Black and Fireberry' | Image: Nike
Nike Air Max Scorpion ‘Black and Fireberry’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Max Scorpion ‘Black and Fireberry’

This new Nike Air Max promises cozy and it delivers. It introduces the concept of “point loading,” delivering impressive responsiveness, heightened sensation, and enhanced cushioning. It’s a revolutionary design crafted from lightweight Flyknit, ultra-soft fabric, and eco-friendly materials, with at least 20 per cent recycled content by weight. Adding to the futuristic senses, a UV-sensitive Nike Air unit reacts to the sun’s rays. Meanwhile, the Black and Fireberry colourway blends athleticism with fashion. Head to Nike on 8th July to grab a pair.

Nike Air Jordan 2 Retro Low 'University Blue' | Image: Nike
Nike Air Jordan 2 Retro Low ‘University Blue’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Jordan 2 Retro Low ‘University Blue’

The Air Jordan 2 Retro Low is having a moment right now and it’s only going to continue with the consistently popular colourway ‘University Blue’. This sneaker is a nod to the original ’86 specifications, allowing you to experience the shoe as intended. The vibrant hits of University Blue and Cement Grey against the crisp White backdrop create a striking visual impact. It’s not just about the looks though; the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low ‘University Blue’ performs exceptionally well. Enter the raffle right now at Subtype for your chance to cop this highly sought-after pair.

Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 650R | Image: New Balance
Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 650R | Image: New Balance

Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 650R

Reviving the iconic 650 silhouette from the archives, Aimé Leon Dore teams up with New Balance to present the Aime Leon Dore x New Balance 650R. Inspired by the Mulberry Classic hoops tournament held on E Houston St in New York, this sneaker pays homage with a fresh material pack. The timeless athletic design showcases a white leather upper, complemented by striking colour accents of black, baby blue, and green, along with a gum rubber outsole. Adding a touch of breathability, open mesh is incorporated in the ankle collar, tongue, and ‘N’ branding. The woven co-branded tongue label displays a contrasting flying New Balance logo against Aimé Leon Dore’s signature apple basketball mark in tonal hues. Cop right now at New Balance.

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New Balance Made in USA 990v4 | Image: New Balance
New Balance Made in USA 990v4 | Image: New Balance

New Balance Made in USA 990v4

The New Balance Made in USA 990v4 continues to be one of the leading sneakers when it comes to premium construction. Originally crafted in 1982 with the mission to create the ultimate running shoe, the 990 exceeded expectations. While updates and new colour options have emerged, the aspirational vibe surrounding the 990 remains unchanged. The MADE in USA 990v4, introduced in 2016, refines the v3’s modernised silhouette. This latest addition to the Seasonal Collection showcases a plush hairy suede and mesh upper in a vibrant plum hue. As always with this silhouette, it incorporates at least 70 per cent of domestic US manufacturing. Head to New Balance right now to nab a pair.

Sam Murphy

Sam Murphy

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.