THIS WEEK’S NEWS
HALLOWEEN SNEAKERS: NIKE VS. ADIDAS
This year’s Halloween offering is being leaked way in advance of October, and Nike SB are looking to follow up their “Night of Mischief” Dunk Low from 2019 with a v2 – this time diverging from the pumpkin theme with a rip-away, mummy inspired sneaker. The sole glows in the dark, there are eyes on the heel (not quite as nice an eye as on the classic Halloween AM95, unfortunately) and these are looking to be the perfect trick-or-treat sneaker. We’ve also got a leak of an adidas ZX8000 in a yellow/purple color scheme featuring chenille orange patch overlays depicting ghosts, goblins and anything spooky – this is a cool sneaker without a doubt, but not even the coolest ZX 8000 we’re going to talk about today.
BAD BUNNY TAKES ON ANOTHER ADIDAS CLASSIC
Enter Bad Bunny, who has been rocking the boat with his collaborative adidas partnership since early this year with a series of Forum Lows. His outputs have been subtle and tasteful, while this one comes much more loud and in your face. Dubbed “Ice Cream”, and modelled after the name (maybe left out in the sun too long as well) we see the familiar ZX 8000 silhouette distorted and melting like an old Salvador Dali clock. The classic sneaker’s panelling is dripping away in one of the most exciting takes on the model we’ve ever seen – is this enough to bring some mass hysteria to the ZX range?
MATTHEW M. WILLIAMS UNVEILS NEW ALYX X NIKE FROM PARIS
Finishing up the week’s highlights is Matthew M. Williams of 1017 ALYX 9SM, who showed off two new takes on the Nike Air Force 1. The designer has done this before, with some monochrome colorways being used on the runway featuring his hallmark rollercoaster buckle, as well as creating multiple new silhouettes with the Oregon titan. This time, the Air Force 1 High arrives with a contrasting ankle strap, with the designer posed on a Parisian balcony after tying up Fashion Week cordialities.
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RELEASES OF THE WEEK: 05.07.2021 – 11.07.2021
Next up on the release calendar are a host of Nike releases that I’m not too excited about; a “Racer Blue” Air Jordan 3 is probably the pick of the bunch, while the two new Dunk colorways – Laser Orange and Classic Green – are nice and wearable, but oh so boring. The latest addition to Nike and UNDERCOVER’s Gyakusou project is great for runners looking for a flex (if you can stomach not wearing Nike’s be-all and end-all running shoe, the Next% Zoom G.T. Run, that is). I’d probably be trying to get my hands on the Tokyo-exclusive colorway if I had any chance of buying at a reasonable price.
The highlights of the week undoubtedly come from the likes of adidas and New Balance. The Boston-based powerhouse – coming off the back of a massive June consisting of killer collaborations and the best (yes, the best) general release sneaker we’ve seen in years and years – are releasing the OG 990V1 in a classic color scheme, with the most amazing and tasteful red detailing throughout. adidas, in the same way, has been picking up steam and I’m loving their whole offering. This week sees the Tyshawn Low, which might be front runner for new silhouette of the year, get a new colorway, while a Torino and CT86 are refined classics suitable for anyone’s wardrobe. The blue Torino is an ‘81 classic I’d wear all summer long, and the CT86 is just the right strike between old-school and modern with that slightly sporty, less indoor football-esque sole unit.
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See also: MONTHLY SNEAKER REVIEW: JUNE 2021