June 19, 2017

ICYMI: The Sneaker Week in Review – June 19

A week is a long time in the sneaker game – you’d be forgiven for falling behind on the latest news. And so we give you ICYMI, a curated recount of recent need-to-know stories: releases, colourways and industry chatter – it’s all here… in case you missed it!

AIR JORDAN X CONVERSE 'THE 2 THAT STARTED IT ALL' PACK OFFICIALLY REVEALED

Jordan Brand and Converse have come together to produce the most surprising colab of the year, with each brand creating a tribute to Michael Jordan’s college roots at the University of North Carolina.

Converse’s contribution resurrects the final sneaker of the GOAT’s amateur career – the star-and-chevron-equipped Fastbreak – in UNC team colours. Over at the Jumpman, a special rendition of the Air Jordan 2 has been produced, featuring a mix of both Bulls’ and Tar Heels’ colours. Despite having never been released to the public, the hybrid make-up was worn by MJ in an alumni game against UCLA all the way back in June 1987 – unknowingly becoming the first ever PE sneaker.

Air Jordan x Converse ‘The 2 That Started It All’ pack will release on June 28 through select retailers.

ADIDAS YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 ZEBRA RESTOCK CONFIRMED

Sneaker leakers were on the money again! The adidas Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Zebra’ – or as the Three Stripes are calling it, ‘White/Core Black/Red’ – will indeed be restocking on June 24. It seems the rumours of a wider release might also hold weight, as a few top-tier retailers are already advertising the shoe.

DJ KHALED AND JORDAN BRAND COLLABORATE ON 'GRATEFUL' AIR JORDAN 3

DJ Khaled has added some Air Jordan 3s to his keys. News of the colab coincided with the announcement of his forthcoming album, Grateful. Always one to praise the ‘most high’, Khaled shared his album name with his Jordan colab and is offering everyone the chance to win a pair.

The AJ3s wear a bounty of red leather that complements the midsole and heel counter. ‘We The Best’ blares proudly at the rear, and a nod to Khaled’s respect of OG Jordans comes by way of contrasting ‘Cement’ detailing. Limited edition pairs have also been made, which say ‘Greatful’ (misspell intended) on the inner tongue.

If you’d like a pair, entering the comp is easy: all you have to do is pre-order through Khaled’s sweepstakes here. Winners will likely be drawn soon after Grateful releases on June 23.

ADIDAS CONFIRMED INTRODUCES A NEW WAY TO BATTLE BOTS

The upcoming release of adidas Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 ‘Zebra’ will be easier for your average sneakerhead to snare, while bot users will have to try a little harder.

Reportedly, adidas have improved the humble captcha by weaving a questionnaire into the buying process. The approach bolsters security by posing one question with nine possible answers; positions in the queue are divvied out based on how quickly you respond. You can expect this system to be hustled like its predecessors soon enough, but odds are it’s levelled the playing field for the Zebras at least.

SPIKE LEE IS RELEASING A LIMITED EDITION AIR JORDAN 1

Spike Lee has released an ‘extremely limited’ Air Jordan 1 over the weekend. The Jay in question commemorates Lee’s character Mars Blackmon, who he played in his first feature film, She’s Gotta Have it, and who famously stated, ‘It’s gotta be the shoes’ in a later Jordan commercial.

Detailing comes by way of a ‘1/3’ on the tongue, a reference to Mars competing as one of three love interests in the film. The character’s face – iconic for its Brooklyn cycling cap and glasses – keeps an eye on things from its position on the heel. The shoes come with She’s Gotta Have it merch, and – amazingly – Lee was present at the launch to number each pair! This is the stuff of Jordan-release legend; we hope those in the area were able to make it!

THE NIKE AIR MAX 1 ROYAL SE SP APPEARS

Last year, Nike introduced the ‘Royal‘ variation of the Air Max 1 as a sophisticated spin on the retro runner. Changes to Tinker Hatfield’s original 1987 design included welded construction, shortened midsole and an overall reduction internal padding, resulting in a highly streamlined silhouette. In an unusual twist, Nike are taking the AM1 Royal back to its roots with the introduction of a new SE SP incarnation.

Returning to its sportswear origins, the SE SP brings mesh back to the mix, with synthetic heat-welded overlays replicating the AM1’s iconic panelling. For its debut, Nike are throwing it back with a release in OG red, white and grey. They will also release a black and white make-up with split top and bottom colour separation – not unlike 2015’s highly sought-after ‘The 6‘ AM1.

The Nike Air Max 1 Royal SE SP will be available June 20 through select stockists, including Titolo.

THE JUST DON X AIR JORDAN 2S RELEASE IN MEN’S SIZES

When Don C’s ‘Arctic Orange’ Air Jordan 2 colab released in May, it was a family affair. Coming in kids’ and women’s sizes only, the release was Don’s way of ensuring his wife and children could wear his sneakers – something that wasn’t possible with prior releases.

It seems he felt bad for fans who missed out, though; last week, he announced a surprise weekend drop of the colab in men’s sizing. Still, Don kept it local, making the colab available only in Chicago.

The Don C x Air Jordan 2 Arctic Orange in men’s sizes released on June 16 through RSVP Gallery.

NIKE JAPAN TO RELEASE THREE EXCLUSIVE DUNKS FOR OG SNEAKERHEADS

The humble Dunk has become a staple of Nike SB, with the Swoosh‘s skateboarding division continuing to churn out shred-ready versions of the classic silhouette month after month, loaded with extra cushioning, extra reinforcement and all manner of other tweaks. While new SB Dunks hit shelves every month, the Dunk in its original form – as made for the hardwood – has been all but missing this past decade. That is all set to change this July with the release of three special make-ups releasing exclusively in Japan. Each colourway pays tribute to a classic slice of Swoosh history.

The first to release, dropping July 8, repurposes an alternate sample devised by mita sneakers for their 2004 Air Force 1 colab. The second, dropping July 15, has been created with the input from Japanese juggernauts atmos and borrows the colours of the Georgetown Hoyas in mismatched fashion – a throwback to their Dunk and AF-1 colabs from all the way back in 2001. Lastly, the third and final sneaker, dropping July 22, takes the Dunk all the way back to 1985 with a ‘What The‘ mash-up of the original ‘Be True To Your School’ line-up of college colours made for the model’s debut.

PALACE DROP NEW ADIDAS INDOOR COLLABORATION

Two weeks after the shoe appeared on an ad in the London Underground, Palace Skateboards gave us a closer look at their newest Three Stripe colab. Returning to the adidas Indoor, the wry-humoured skate brand has chopped up classic terrace fashion hues, with grey abounding on the upper, and gum sole anchoring the shoe. The branding and heel tab adopt a similar blue to the cerulean Indoor held aloft by Blondie McCoy in the Tube ad.

As with most things to come out of Palace’s camp, the release was decidedly tongue-in-cheek. Ancient Greek styling permeates the collection’s imagery, while Palace declares that ‘Other sportswear is a myth.’

The new Palace x adidas Indoor collection released on June 16 through Palace.

JORDAN’S CONS BECOME THE MOST EXPENSIVE GAME-WORN SNEAKERS EVER

Think you forked out a hefty sum copping Yeezys off an eBay reseller? Think again. This pair of game-worn Converse Fastbreaks just sold for a staggering $190,372.80!

Why so much for a battered pair of basketball shoes? Well, this specific pair was worn by Michael Jordan himself in the 1984 Olympic basketball final, the game in which the GOAT shot 20 points and led the US to glory over their Spanish rivals. The game would be the last of MJ’s amateur career and the final time he would wear Converse on court (he signed with Nike soon after for his entry into the NBA). Making this purchase all the sweeter, the pair were autographed not once, but twice – one on the outside of the left shoe and the other on the inside of the right.

The sale sets a new record for the highest price paid for a pair of game-worn sneakers, trumping the previous record of $104,765 set by the pair of Air Jordan 12s worn by the Bulls superstar during 1997’s infamous ‘Flu Game.’

ADIDAS GOLF REVEAL US OPEN BOOST PACK

The Three Stripes are injecting some much-needed style into golf spheres. Having recently teed off with the ‘Pimento Cheese’ CrossKnit BOOST, they’re now tackling the green with some red, white and blue.

The CrossKnit interprets the famed tricolour with blended hues and red flourishes, while the ClimaCross opts for block colours, a covering of navy mesh with white supports, and a fiery midsole peeking out from underneath. Whether you’re flying a flag or just aiming at the flagstick, this US Open offering is more than enough to bring your sneaker game up to par.

The adidas US Open BOOST pack is available now from adidas online.

THE DUEL RACER JOINS THE SWOOSH FAMILY

It seems Nike are instigating an 80s running renaissance. Following in the footsteps of the updated Air Mariah, the Duellist roadster has also been retooled for modern times. It makes sense; road runners rarely race alone, choosing instead to share the wind for faster times – the Duellist appears to be coming back to support its old pal. Though Nike haven’t offered anything official about the Duellist upgrade, it has reportedly been renamed the Duel Racer. Like the new Mariah, a knitted sock construction has been employed, with cushioning that looks a lot like Phylon – just like on the OG.

The Nike Duel Racer is available now through select stockists.

TOM SACHS X NIKE MARS YARD 2.0 TO RELEASE GLOBALLY

After the tiny release of the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.0 there were a few Martian-sneaker shaped holes in the our lives here at SF HQ – they came and went in a flash, like a hunk of space rock burning up in the atmosphere. In their good graces, the folk at Beaverton are hinting that the revised astro-travelling trainer will go global in early July. Don’t sleep on this round if you’re looking to join the ranks of Mars Yard owners, there’s no doubt the bots will be out in force for this drop – failure is no longer an option.

The Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.0 looks to be releasing globally on July 7, stay tuned for more info.

THE REEBOK DMX RUN 10 IS BACK

Twenty years after its debut, Reebok‘s DMX Run 10 is finally set to make its return. The late-90s runner was a bold venture for the ‘Bok, integrating a multitude of ‘Balance Pods’ in the sole unit that made use of cutting-edge ‘Moving Air’ technology for a supremely cushy ride. Other distinctive features included a high-sweeping midsole at the heel, wide lacing system and a hefty dose of reflective accents.

For its retro return, Reebok are dropping the low-cut runner in two OG colourways – one that combines white and navy with blazing orange accents and another that merges a dark blue upper with a gum outsole.

The Reebok DMX Run 10 will return on June 22 through Reebok online and select stockists, including 43einhalb.

JORDAN BRAND REVEAL THEIR UPCOMING RELEASES

Jordan Brand have pulled back the curtains on a massive selection of upcoming releases. The collection includes revised versions of the Air Jordans 1 and 2, built using premium materials and simplified for a contemporary street-style edge. The Air Jordan 8 takes on two simple colourways, each inspired by classic Jumpman tones, while the Jay 11 Low IE will release in a ‘Fire Red’ colourway that was sampled in ’96 but never made available to the public. Lastly, to celebrate the 13‘s 20th anniversary, the brand will issue a wide release of the coveted ‘History of Flight’ colourway, last seen in 2009.

With so much to choose from there’s bound to be something that double dribbles your fancy, so keep an eye out for full release details as they come.

THE GOOD WILL OUT COLLABORATES WITH DIADORA ON THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE PACK

For the past three years, Diadora have made their presence in the sneaker scene known by collaborating with some of the world’s best retailers to honour their Italian heritage. From the humble macchiato to the streets of Venice, the boot-shaped nation has offers an endless source of inspiration for impeccable footwear. Diadora’s latest colourway, created with German retailer The Good Will Out, keeps the streak running hot.

Turning an eye to Italy’s past, The Good Will Out takes us back two millennia to Ancient Rome. Encompassing the V7000 and S8000 silhouettes, the collaboration focuses on two of the Roman Empire’s most notorious emperors – Caligula and Nero. These special make-ups have been made in the heart of Italy with the greatest care and premium materials, including kangaroo nappa leather and picasso goat leather.

The Good Will Out x Diadora ‘The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire’ pack is available now through The Good Will Out.

NIKE CELEBRATE WARRIORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP WIN WITH NIKEID PREMIUM CORK COLLECTION

Last week, the Warriors made amends for 2016’s devastating finals falter by sealing victory over the Cavs in Game 5. With bottles of the finest French no doubt popping left, right and centre in Golden State’s locker room, Nike honoured the occasion with a new set of premium cork options for the Air Force 1 on NIKEiD. Available for the low, high and mid silhouettes, Warriors fans can join the festivities by designing their own celebratory pairs of Uptowns with metallic gold details and premium cork uppers – the first time the material has ever been made available through the customisation service.

The NIKEiD ‘Premium Cork’ collection is available right now, so head on over to NIKEiD to create your pair.

NIKE SB TO RELEASE NEW 'WHAT THE' DUNK HIGH

Nike SB have gone all out on the bold new Dunk High Premium ‘What The’. Utilising a formula that was first introduced by the brand in 2007, and has since become somewhat of a trope among sneaker manufacturers, designers have thrown a handful of older releases into a blender and pulled out the mismatched marvel you see here. It takes a brave sole to sport such a bold pair of shoes, but it was Shakespeare who said, ‘Boldness be my friend.’

The Nike SB Dunk High Premium ‘What The’ is set to release on July 15 through select stockists – we wish you the best of luck.

NIKE AIR ZOOM MARIAH OG FLYKNIT OFFICIAL RELEASE INFO ANNOUNCED

Nike have finally broken their silence on the upcoming Mariah by dropping release info and knowledge bombs at the same time. The Mariah’s influence on models like the Flyknit Racer is well known, but its clout extends beyond that. Released in 1981, the shoe is second only to 1979’s Tailwind to harness Air technology. It’s differing air pressures throughout the foot geared it for high-speed road racing; a performance aspiration that prompted its name change from the Curved Air Racer to the Mariah – a title rooted in a popular song about the wind. Re-released in 1988 in white, blue and infrared, the Mariah’s design encapsulated the palette of an era, informing now-beloved colourways first seen on 1991’s Air Icarus and Air Max 180.

The new version here has been rebuilt with Flyknit, Zoom Cushioning and Biro cables – proving that even three decades down the track, this road runner still has plenty of puff left in it.

The Nike Air Zoom Mariah OG Flyknit will be available on June 22 from the SNKRS page of Nike online.

PINK DOLPHIN AND PUMA COLLABORATE ON SUEDE V2 PACK

Pink Dolphin have once again blessed a PUMA silhouette with their characteristically wavy stylings. Marking their third voyage with the Big Cat, the LA streetwear brand has splashed a couple of Suede V2s with Japanese characters and oceanic detailing. Both the light blue and deep black V2s sport translucent soles and peachy heel counters adorned with nautical graphics. Made with sturdy suede, you won’t have to worry about these land-dwellers wearing through in a hurry.

The Pink Dolphin x PUMA Suede V2 will be available from on June 24 from Pink Dolphin, and then on June 30 from PUMA online.

NIKE 2017 N7 COLLECTION REVEALED

For nearly a decade, through close collaboration with North America’s tribal leaders, the Swoosh’s N7 Fund has contributed to indigenous communities while promoting and encouraging youth involvement in sport, competition and play. ‘N7’ references a Native American proverb that implores us to consider how our actions today will impact the seventh generation.

To mark Native American Heritage Month 2017, Nike will drop four new N7 make-ups – the latest consists of the Kyrie 3, Air Flight Huarache Ultra and two distinct versions of the Sock Dart.

Nike’s 2017 N7 Collection will be available on June 21 through NDC, Nike+ and select retailers.

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