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, Mira Uttamchandani from Sneaker Surge HK.
Please note prices for sneakers are ever-changing.
Header image courtesy of A Ma Maniére / Nike
Foregoing the bold polychromatic patterns that Yeezy typically opts for, this ‘Taupe Light’ colourway dresses the entire shoe in a monochromatic tan hue. Customers no doubt will automatically be attracted to the different materials comprising mesh, suede, and leather. The open mesh placing and leather overlays house a contrasting appearance on the silhouette, once again pushing boundaries in the sneaker industry.
Within minutes, the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG ‘University Blue’ was sold out. With the success of the shoe, Nike is set to release the same colour-combo on their classic Dunk Low sneaker. Delivering a minimalistic two-tone palette, the shoe still pays homage to the original silhouette that all sneakerheads adore. A blue ‘Swoosh’, overlays, and shoelaces are paired perfectly with the classic all-white upper; a classic that belongs in everyone’s closet.
Nike will be releasing a ‘Puerto Rico’ edition of the Air Max 97 to celebrate 2021’s National Puerto Rican Day. Reworking the ‘Silver Bullet’ Air Max 97 colour scheme, the shoe is covered in metallic silver and varsity red hues. The signature radial lines runs around the shoe with a silver mesh and reflective upper with an addition of the Puerto Rican flag on the tongue loop and outsole.
As the summer season approaches, Yeezy’s classic 350 V2 Boost is revamped in a new ‘Mono Pack’ set; this ‘Mono Ice’ is just one of the four releases. The monochromatic colourway is one method Kanye and Yeezy plan to introduce a new meaning of simplicity to the sneaker industry. The traditional Primeknit, that followers have come to admire, is renewed in an icy blue monofilament mesh to reveal the inner cage pattern. The design is then completed with a side stripe that smartly wraps the shoe from one side to another.
Losing the predominant leather and suede aesthetic that is commonly associated with the Yeezy brand, the new Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN ‘Bright Cyan’ employs an icy-electric appearance. In an unorthodox move, the pair uses a mostly nylon upper with the titular colour splashed allover. A striking, inverted silver ‘700’ print juxtaposes the vibrant blue shade and a contrasting black panel at the base of the shoe complete the design.
Three years in the making, this Yeezy 450 ‘Dark Slate’, a unique never-before-seen silhouette, recreates the classic Primeknit shoe doused in jet-black hues. Instead of the typical Boost cushioning, the charcoal sculpted outsole wraps the heel and side panels of the upper knit mimicking a skeleton ribcage to support extra durability. The simplified yet complex two-piece appearance quickly captured the attention of fans as it is unlike anything Yeezy or other brands have released.
Unlike the 1985 Air Jordan 1 Low, this version is covered in a white leather base with overlays of grey suede in order for a monochromatic play on a simplistic design. The silhouette is completed with particle and neutral grey panels topped over the ankle, tongue flap, and ‘Swoosh’ as a complementing contrast to the white leather base. A coveted pair for minimalist and collectors alike.
Trending Y2K aesthetic is the perfect descriptor for Nike’s new Air Max 90, the latest addition in the already existing ‘Have a Nike Day’ series. The sunshine yellow leather and white mesh palette flawlessly captures the essence of summer while simultaneously producing a playful and youthful look via a darling anklet inspired detail.
The buttery brown base complemented by olive and contrasting orange overlays on these Nike Dunk Low in ‘Dusty Olive’ resembles the 2001 ‘Ugly Duckling’ pack. On the rubber outsole, this pair is finished with an orange accent to elevate the sneaker; a bright summery hue that is also spotted at the heels, tongue and shoelaces.
Atlanta-based boutique A Ma Maniére remodelled the classic Jordan 3 silhouette to create this edition. The inspiration behind this pair is a tribute to boutique owner James Whitner’s mother since his first pair of Jordans was a gift from her. The white tumbled leather blended with suede overlays offers a vintage look with the addition of pale yellow midsole and eyelets. Under the heel-tabs, you’ll find printed messages written up by Whitner‘s mother’s own handwriting. Final details of the shoe include Nike’s iconic Jumpman and A Ma Maniére’s logo on the tongue tabs.