We’re back with another episode of Sneaker Central, rounding-up the biggest drops, the most exclusive ones and the sport-style statements. Here’s February best new sneakers to look out for.

For February of 2021, the theme is undoubtedly legacy and neon vibrancy. It’s high time we get back in the fitness game and the sneaker houses share the same emotion. While some carry the torch of their flagships into the future with innovation, others revive their age-old classics with a contemporary twist. Also, bonus – We’re celebrating a few sneaker anniversaries this month. If you’re looking to cop a great pair and start the next month on the right foot, we’ve listed down the top new sneakers of February, cop smart.

LSA Sneaker Central: Top new sneakers of February 2021

1
adidas UltraBOOST 21

Right since adidas brought forth the original UB in 2015, it been the quintessential running pair.  It dropped its pin somewhere between ‘looking good’ and ‘keeping fit’, which catapulted its appeal and perhaps even birthed the genre of stylish sports footwear. With this year’s update, the UB21 is all about bettering what’s already brilliant with a, well, ‘boost’ of innovation. The three stripes claim that the midsole packs 6% more boost. We took it out for a run and we found the curvy silhouette gives you a forward push. This is also thanks to the ‘Linear Energy Push’ that cuts flex by 15%, making it more responsive with every stride. After a point, it’s like a comfy glide while the shoe do the job for you.

Price: Rs 17,999

Available at adidas’ online store.

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2
Reebok Classic Leather Legacy

We absolutely love it when a classic is reinvented with bold contemporary suave, and Reebok has done just that. As part of their Classic Leather Legacy line that highlights the emotion of ‘what and how we create now impacts our future’. It’s the belief that we simply can’t change what came before us in the past, but we can change what comes next, from this the Classic Leather Legacy sneaker is reborn. Mashing up retro suave and futuristic design, the pair has a chunky Eva midsole with a play of textile and mesh uppers. The colour contrasts in this affair are a vivid play of neon and pastel hues. They also have a lighter toned variant if you’d prefer something a bit more subtle.

Price: Rs 6,599.

Available at Reebok’s online store.

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3
Nike Air Max 97 SE

Celebrating the Nike Air Max Day on March 26, the Swoosh Corp unveiled a pre-party special edition of the 97s and it takes aesthetic information from the vibrant mini-marts of Japan. Draped in multi-colours and metallic hues, the sole seems a bit translucent with a strong silver mud guard. With a milky translucent base, a silver upper and a reflective tongue, the pair is also graced with a bunch of Japanese graphics. Most of them actually look like the informatory back side of candy bags as they play with contrasting colours of purple, green and yellow. Certainly not something we see everyday.

Price: Rs 16,595

Available at Nike’s online store.

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4
Onitsuka Tiger ULTIMATE 81 EX

What was launched in 1981 as an on-court statement has turned into a modern piece of hypewear. Built for performance, technologically tuned and now, backed with style, the 81 EX is certainly a class apart. Under the hood we see an alternative cushion holes which lies beneath the heel and a TPU heel protector to improve stability, proving its sports-bred DNA even though its now built for style. Interestingly, the pair also marks 40 years of its line and yet retains most of its original design. 

Price: Rs 11,999.

Available at Onitsuka Tiger’s online store.

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ASICS X LIMITED EDT X SBTG GEL-LYTE III “MONSOON PATROL II”

Let’s talk limited editions. ASICS joined forces with Singapore’s OG sneaker artist, Mark Ong, a.k.a SBTG and LIMITED EDT, a sneaker house over a super exclusive collaborative pair. Taking inspiration from the themes of discovery, exploration and the wild world out there, the Monsoon Patrol II is born. It’s also revisiting ASICS’ GEL-LYTETM III silhouette, a true icon of the brand. Interestingly, the line also marks its 30th anniversary thus year and comes forth in two colourways. SBTG designed this shoe with the monsoons in mind, making it an essential weatherproof urban shoe. Under the hood, we see that the model comes equipped with GELTM technology too.

Price: Rs 12,999 (Limited Pairs)

Available at VegNonVeg.

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6
adidas Women's IVY Park Super Sleek 72

Why not own a pair approved by Queen B herself? The IVY Park strikes again and this time, in supreme style. However, keeping the winter and autumn in mind, it’s called “ICY PARK”. The ethos at play here is ‘Effortlessly functional, relentlessly stylish, and always inclusive’ and it’s highly evident with their new line. The one pair that sparks our curiosity is the Super Sleek 72. It takes after the adidas Samba but with a much much chunkier sole. The luxe upper comes crafted from lush suede and a cool leather mix. There’s also a cool bungee detail around the heel which allows you to clip the shoes to any bag.

Price: Rs 10,999.

Available at adidas’ online store.

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7
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star HI Leather

It’s been a century for the Chuck Taylors and we still can’t get enough of it. At this point, it’s a staple for every wardrobe no matter how old, where we come from or where we’re going, there’s an All Star for you. This edition inn smooth leather and tonal details for a clean, refined look. Something we don’t see very often from CT. The American icon also comes forth in a monotoned white form. I remember worrying about how white canvas-based shoes would stain when in action, I guess this one takes care of that worry.

Price: Rs 4,999

Available at Superkicks’ online store.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.