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New Balance 550RR1 x Rich Paul | Image: New Balance

Sneaker News #88 – Rich Paul and New Balance’s Latest Collab is a Lavendar Haze


Welcome to Sneaker News #88. This week it’s sports agent Rich Paul leading the pack with New Balance on a fresh 550RR1. The lavender feast is one of the most impressive drops from the brand recently and is sure to sell quickly. Elsewhere the Nike Air Jordan 3 is getting one of its most luxurious colourways yet with ‘Orewood Brown’ while the brand is also redefining comfort with the ISPA MindBody. adidas has also dug into the archives to pull out new colourways of the Gazelle and Rivalry Low. Check out all that and more below.

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New Balance 550RR1 x Rich Paul | Image: New Balance
New Balance 550RR1 x Rich Paul | Image: New Balance

New Balance 550RR1 x Rich Paul

New Balance collaborates once again with legendary sports agent Rich Paul to create a special collection of apparel and a unique edition of the 550 sneaker. In the “Forever Yours” collaboration, Rich Paul and New Balance bring forth a fresh colour palette for the 550 silhouettes. The sneaker showcases a gentle lavender hue in a plush suede upper, enhanced by accents of grape purple and light mauve.

This subtle shift in colour adds depth to the design while maintaining a stylish monochrome scheme. Continuing the floral motif, roses adorn the tongue label and are debossed into the heel, adding an elegant touch throughout the shoe. Enter the raffle now at Up There for your chance to cop.

Nike Air Jordan 3 'Orewood Brown' | Image: Nike
Nike Air Jordan 3 ‘Orewood Brown’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Jordan 3 ‘Orewood Brown’

The latest Air Jordan 3 releases is elevated by the captivating Orewood Brown colourway. The iconic sneaker designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield, solidifies Michael Jordan’s place in sneaker lore. With an artisan touch, the Air Jordan 3 showcases a newly developed elephant print that adds a touch of Palomino panache, as Nike puts it, to the iconic look. The use of luxe synthetic leather on the tongue and suede throughout the upper exudes a sense of luxury. This modern classic truly never runs out of ways to reinvent itself. Available at Nike on 29th July.

Nike ISPA MindBody 'White And Total Orange' | Image: Nike
Nike ISPA MindBody ‘White And Total Orange’ | Image: Nike

Nike ISPA MindBody ‘White And Total Orange’

Nike taps into total relaxation with the ISPA MindBody. This sneaker redefines comfort from top to bottom. The pillowy foam midsole provides an oasis of sensations, while the airy Flyknit upper, crafted from recycled yarns, offers a cosy place for the foot. With a unique twist, the ISPA MindBody replaces the insole with lofted Flyknit underfoot, delivering a fresh sensation.

Guided by Nike’s circular design philosophy, this sneaker utilises interlocking components and a single cording system, eliminating the need for glue. What’s even better is when you’re ready to part ways, simply drop them off at a Nike store for donation or recycling. Nike will have these available on 19th July.

Nike Terminator Low 'Velvet Brown' | Image: Nike
Nike Terminator Low ‘Velvet Brown’ | Image: Nike

Nike Terminator Low ‘Velvet Brown’

The Terminator Low is getting a stylish makeover by Nike with the addition of the Velvet Brown colourway. This sneaker is elevated by croc-textured suede, taking us right back to ’70s textiles. Retro athleticism is the vibe that these sneakers are giving even with the stylist velvet makeover.

Crafted with premium materials, it combines Velvet Brown overlays and Sail underlays, creating a clean and retro-inspired aesthetic. Retro branding and an exposed foam tongue add the perfect finishing touches. This Terminator Low is due to hit Nike on 22nd July.

Nike Air Max 1 SC 'Clear Jade' | Image: Nike
Nike Air Max 1 SC ‘Clear Jade’ | Image: Nike

Nike Air Max 1 SC ‘Clear Jade’

The Nike Air Max 1 SC ‘Clear Jade’ is designed to be casual but effortlessly stylish. Inspired by French architecture, this sneaker brings a touch of Parisian flair to your wardrobe. The premium leather on the wavy mudguard and Swoosh logo adds a luxurious touch, while the soft suede and airy underlays pay homage to the original Air Max 1 from 1987. With its seasonally-perfect colours and trustworthy comfort, this sneaker offers a timeless appeal that transcends trends. Head to Subtype now for your chance to purchase a pair.

adidas Gazelle Indoor Low | Image: adidas
adidas Gazelle Indoor Low | Image: adidas

adidas Gazelle Indoor Low

The adidas Gazelle is the shoe of the moment right now and the brand is adding a stack of new colourways to keep the momentum going. This particular one combines green with the all-important gum sole for a look reminiscent of adidas’ collab with Gucci. These are going for a much lower price point, not that the quality is low. This sleek update features a luxurious leather upper and a soft leather lining, elevating the shoe’s overall sophistication. Head to adidas on 1st August to grab a pair.

adidas Rivalry Low 'Crew Blue
adidas Rivalry Low ‘Crew Blue | Image: adidas

adidas Rivalry Low ‘Crew Blue / Grey Six / Off White’

A classic sneaker the adidas Rivalry Low receives a contemporary twist. These shoes were an instant hit on the courts and within ’80s sneaker culture. Now, they have been given a modern update while maintaining their iconic basketball aesthetic. The timeless silhouette and durable rubber cupsole ensure longevity and performance. Adding a touch of edginess, the upper features an allover snake jacquard pattern. It’s a perfect fusion of classic design and modern flair. adidas will have these available from August 1st.