Welcome to Sneaker News #95. This week, the Kookaburra is catching headlines thanks to a new collaboration between ASICS and UP THERE STORE. If you’re looking for something that’s a little less Aussie-centric though there’s plenty to marvel at, including the return of the Nike Air Jordan 12 ‘Cherry’ which is sure to be a hugely popular drop. Nike also has a collab with basketballer Chris Paul and another AAF88 colourway. Meanwhile, adidas has a team-up with skateboarder Jason Dill. All that and more below.
ASICS x UP THERE GEL LYTE III ‘Cream/Dark Brown’
The latest collaboration between ASICS and Australian sneaker store UP THERE brings an Aussie twist. This time, the esteemed GEL-Lyte III is at the heart of the union, playfully infused with a dose of Australian humour. Staying true to the “sense of place” theme that echoes the earlier ASICS GT-II collaboration, the great outdoors once again provides the muse.
The Kookaburra is spotlighted on the shoes with its vibrant colours found on the overlays. The playful design is reminiscent of vintage sneakers marrying premium materials with archival-inspired patterns and details. Head to UP THERE right now to enter the raffle for your chance to own a pair.
Nike Air Jordan 12 ‘Cherry’
These Air Jordan 12’s make a return from the archives, emulating MJ’s game-winning look from 1996. The AJ12 is a tribute to Tinker Hatfield’s timeless design, the one that introduced Zoom Air cushioning to the Jordan lineup. With its classic white upper and the signature Varsity Red pebbled leather, it’s no wonder that the ‘Cherry’ colourway has been sought-after for years. The sunrise-inspired stitch lines on the upper pay homage to the original design. Head to Subtype right now to join a highly competitive raffle for the shoes.
Air Jordan 1 Low x Chris Paul ‘Light Cream and Sail’
Nike has teamed up with Basketball legend Chris Paul for a sneaker that is likely to go down as one of the best of the year. His collaboration with Air Jordan introduces the “Give Them Flowers” edition of the Air Jordan 1 Low OG. This subtle yet sophisticated iteration boasts a cream-on-sail colour scheme with a delicately embossed floral pattern, rewarding a closer look.
With raised suede accents on the toe, Swoosh, and tongue, it evokes the tactile feel of classic sneakers like the Turbo Green 1 and last year’s “particle” style. The translucent cream sole with a concealed pattern underneath adds a unique touch, reminiscent of Virgil Abloh’s iconic sail-coloured Jordan 5. Get ready for a sneaker sensation.
Nike AAF88 ‘Black and Guava Ice’
The Nike Air Force Alpha from 1988 has returned big this year and is following up a Billie Eilish collab with this sleek ‘Black and Guava Ice’ colourway. Inspired by the golden era of basketball, it features classic B-ball branding and a stylish forefoot strap. Plus, the luxurious all-over suede finish adds a touch of finesse that previous drops of the AAF88 haven’t had this year. Head to Nike for your chance to own a pair on 26th October.
Nike Air Footscape Woven ‘Black and Smoke Grey’
Nike comes through with one of the most inventive renditions of the Air Footscape. It’s a wild twist on the classic, featuring horsehair leather and intricate woven details that take it to the next level. These shoes may look like a piece of art but Nike has made sure comfort is at the forefront. Thanks to insights from the Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL), each step is supremely comfortable, made for long-wear. Check Nike on 25th October to grab a pair.
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Nike Air Humara ‘Buff Gold’
The Air Humara ‘Buff Gold’ arrives in a golden aesthetic that’s as nostalgic as it is futuristic. These sneakers channel the vintage ACG aesthetics and Nike’s trail-running heritage. With a nod to the ’90s vibe, these feature premium materials and fresh, outdoor-inspired colours. They’re not just stylish; they’re built for speed and comfort. The textile-wrapped midsole and the combination of Zoom Air in the forefoot and Nike Air in the heel offer legendary cushioning. Nike will have these available from 27th October if they’ve caught your attention.
adidas Dill Samba Patent
The Dill Samba Patent Leather shoes are a collaboration with skateboarding legend Jason Dill that capitalises on the success of the Samba. These kicks pay homage to his creative spirit, keen eye for detail, and unwavering commitment to authenticity.
Building on his past adidas collaborations, these shoes feature the iconic Samba silhouette but take it up a notch with premium materials and thoughtful design. The upper, crafted from glossy patent leather, adds a touch of luxury, and the translucent off-white outsole injects fresh energy into a classic that has bounced back. Head to adidas right now for your chance to cop.
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