All the most hyped sneaker drops, under-the-radar gems expected to garner skyrocketing prices and rumoured releases to check out this month, from our contributor, Sneaker Surge HK‘s Mira Uttamchandani.

As we edge towards the holiday season, it’s high time to start writing out that end-of-year wishlist. The must-have drops of the month alone should keep sneakerheads pretty much occupied throughout November: From a handful of OG Jordan re-releases (some offered as a global debut) to the next iteration of previously ultra-hyped shoes, there’s plenty to shop this month whether you’re looking to rock or stock.

1
Air Jordan 5 ‘What The’

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan 5. Initially released in 1990, the Jordan brand has paid homage to the iconic shoe this year by releasing multiple iterations and collaborations of the silhouette. A consistent design element seen in every Jordan 5 is the shark-tooth motif on the midsole, inspired by Michael Jordan’s biting performance that year, whom Tinker Hatfield likened to a fighter plane.

The Air Jordan 5 ‘What The’ combines colourways and elements from notable previous releases such as the lightning yellow ‘Tokyo’ and bright red ‘Shanghai’ and ‘Raging Bull’ styles. This all adds up to create a fun mismatched pair in red, yellow and green perfect for the Christmas season. Stay tuned for an unboxing of this pair on Sneaker Surge HK.

Release date
12 November 2020
Price
US$220 (approx. HK$1,705) from Nike.com
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2
Off-White x Air Jordan 5 ‘Sail’

Virgil Abloh teams up with Jordan brand once again for his latest design of the Off-White x Air Jordan 5 ‘Sail,’ which released on 29 October. The shoe follows after the black colorway that came out earlier this year. Abloh tapped high fashion skater Erik Artaega, AKA Instagram’s @burberry.erry who is known for his fashion flair, skate tricks and most notably his ability to beat up the most highly coveted kicks in fashion in the process. It comes with a matching tonal hoodie, track pants as well as a graphic t-shirt so you can dress head to toe in the iconic fives.

Release date
29 October 2020
Price
US$225 (approx. HK$1,744) from Nike.com (sold out); HK$6,999 from Sneaker Surge HK
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3
Yeezy 350 V2 ‘Fade’

Just in case we haven’t had enough from Yeezy after his three-hour long interview with Joe Rogan, he is now releasing another colourway of his 350 V2 Sneaker just hot on the heels of October’s release of the light-coloured ‘Natural’ colourway. Initially coined ‘Yecher’ (from the Hebrew name ‘Jezer’) which translates into “purpose,” it was later changed due to backlash from multiple religious groups. The shoe is given a purple and blue fade and a tonal brown base, matching sock-liner and laces. It’s allegedly slated for 11 November release.

Release date
11 November 2020
Price
HK$1,899 from Adidas.com.hk
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4
Salehe Bembury x New Balance 2002R ‘Peace Be the Journey’

Salehe Bembury, ex-Yeezy designer and Versace’s vice president of Sneakers and Men’s Footwear is officially playing in the same league as Virgil Abloh, having been given the FNAA (Footwear News’ Achievement Awards) Designer of the Year award. He’s also behind one of 2020’s coolest releases. Inspired by the Arizona outdoors, and in particular the Antelope Canyon, the shoe has a deep burnt orange base with a pop of light blue appearing on the logo. The designer teased the collaboration in April this year, showing us parts of the laces, and his name appearing in blue. The pair has also been spotted on celebrities such as Colombian singer-songwriter Maluma, making it even more sought-after this season.

Release date
23 October 2020
Price
US$150 (approx. HK$1,163; HK$2,050 from Stockx.com)
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5
Air Jordan 5 Golf 'Better Lucky Than Good'

It’s tee-time, folks. One of Jordan’s favorite hobbies after his basketball career has been playing golf, and to celebrate this year’s US Masters, Jordan is releasing a special edition golf shoe in the coveted Air Jordan 5 silhouette, just days before the tournament begins on 12 November. Nike and Jordan golf shoes are notoriously impossible to find in Hong Kong, so expect to search high and low online for this retro-inspired pair.

Release date
9 November 2020
Price
US$220 (approx. HK$1,705) from Nike.com (US SNKRS app)
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6
Levis x New Balance 327

The New Balance 327 lifestyle sneaker has made a huge comeback this year. We saw a women’s collaboration with Staud last month amongst several high profile releases, and now Levi’s has applied their signature denim touch to the silhouette. The pack comes in three colorways catered to both males and females and is also accompanied with three denim trucker jackets and a graphic T-shirt. (Earlier slated for a release on 10 November, the drop has been delayed to 3 December).

Release date
3 December 2020
Price
US$120 (approx. HK$930) from Levi or New Balance
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7
Dior B23 High Top ‘Christian Dior Atelier’

Kim Jones’s B23 Oblique high top sneaker was at the top of everyone’s Christmas list last year, and it’s still equally coveted for 2020, thanks to its unique sheer overlay upper, which sets it apart from other hype and luxury sneakers in the market. This Christmas, Kim Jones releases a new dark grey canvas colorway which has been selling out like hot cakes: The classic sneaker can be dressed up and dressed down as you please, available in men’s sizing and will work for ladies with a larger shoe size too.

Price
HK$8,300 from Dior boutiques
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8
Air Jordan 1 High ‘OG Japan Midnight Navy’

This pair was released 20 years ago in 2001 as a Japan-exclusive along with the Metallic Silver ‘Tokyo’ colourway. Now, the ‘OG Japan Midnight Navy’ has returned for its global debut on 31 October. The ‘Japan Pack’ is recorded as the first time Jordan Brand released ‘non-classic’ Jordan colourways, as well as the first time the brand ever had a country-exclusive sneaker pack. The 2020 edition will have slight tweaks compared to the 2001 edition and will come in full family sizing.

Release date
31 October 2020
Price
HK$2,499 from Sneaker Surge HK
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9
Air Jordan 4 ‘Fire Red’

Bringing back the basics! Jordan brand is releasing the Air Jordan 4 ‘Fire Red’ in its true original design and colourway with the classic “Nike Air” branding on the heel tab. This pair has not been seen since its original release in 1989. It also comes packaged with a vintage Nike hangtag as well as original style box. The Nike SNKRS app did a shock drop of this pair on 27 October which — naturally — sold out immediately. However, it is available officially once again on 28 November — stay tuned to watch a Sneaker Surge HK unboxing on the same day.

Release date
28 November 2020
Price
US$200 (approx. HK$1,550) from Nike.com
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10
Adidas Originals x Star Wars: The Mandalorian Collection

Coinciding with the release of the second season of ‘The Mandalorian,’ Disney + and Adidas have teamed up to release a nine-pack collection of sneakers fully inspired by the Star Wars franchise. The collection includes the most popular Adidas silhouettes including the Superstar, the NMD, the gazelle and the ZX 2K Boost. The collection aims to transform each shoe “into the galaxy’s greatest characters and moments” and achieves this by special detailing on socklines, prints, luxe materials and specific colours. Baby Yoda Superstars? Impossible to resist. Collect them all when they hit shelves on 4 November.

Release date
4 November 2020
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Mira Uttamchandani
One half of the husband-and-wife team behind online retail and consignment space Sneaker Surge HK, Mira Uttamchandani is a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur dealing in some of the world's most hyped sneakers and streetwear. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, she's been a freelance fashion stylist in Hong Kong, eventually stepping into the sneaker culture scene by co-founding Sneaker Surge HK in 2017.