On a weekend that saw Kanye West‘s Foam Runner dominate the headlines within the sneaker community, another weekend of drops has come and gone. I take a peek behind the curtain to see what we have in-store this week, as well as sneaker news that caught my eye over the last seven days.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS: 13.09.21 – 19.09.21
Last week, everybody’s favourite Certified Lover Boy Drake was gifted an extremely limited edition sneaker from legendary artist Damien Hirst. Hirst designed Drake’s emoji-laden album artwork for his latest album release, with the unlikely duo striking up a friendship in the process.
Hirst would create a truly unique pair of Air Force 1’s for Champagne Papi, with the design honouring Hirst’s contemporary art roots.
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The vibrant take on a classic features splashes of colour across the upper, with each hue, pulled from the CLB album cover. In a move made famous by Virgil Abloh, Hirst included Drake’s name and a ‘big brother’ reference across the midsole. We don’t expect this sneaker ever to release but keep your eyes peeled for Drake stepping out in the colourful shoe.
NEXT WEEK’S RELEASES: 20.09.21 – 26.09.21
Nike rekindles its relationship with streetwear superstore Undefeated on two brand new takes on a classic. The LA natives updated the Nike Dunk with a stealthy design, whilst the Air Force 1 features blue crocodile panelling against mustard underlays.
Round Two founder Sean Wotherspoon makes his return to the sneaker game, too, with another lively colourway. The Superturf Adventure is a collaboration with both Adidas and Disney and comes covered in a complex mix of tones. An eye-catching approach to hiking sneakers, the Superturf Adventure is Wotherspoon’s very own creation.
Anytime Jordan Brand breaks out the Shattered Backboard colourway, the sneaker industry takes notice. This time around, the orange hue features across Michael Jordan’s 5th signature shoe, the Air Jordan 5. Tinker Hatfield pulled out all the stops designing this sneaker, with it still one of the most sought-after Jordans today. A must-cop for Jordan collectors.
Rounding off the week is a true throwback from Nike in the shape of the Air Max BW. Initially released in 1991, the retro silhouette is dripping in OG design aspects with a bigger air max bubble earning the shoe the nickname ‘Big Window’ to Air Max purists. The vintage aesthetics make the Air Max BW one of the best releases this week. I expect them to be an instant sell-out.