A Look Back at 18 of the Best Sneaker Releases of 2018 So Far

By | 2018-08-07T14:35:59+00:00 8월 7th, 2018|News|

A Look Back at 18 of the Best Sneaker Releases of 2018 So Far

How many pairs do you own?

While we’re not sure where all the time has gone (is it really August already?), we must say that 2018 has been a pretty exciting year in terms of sneaker launches. Sportswear giants and luxury fashion houses alike delivered a plethora of splurge-worthy styles during the first seven months of the year. From taking apart familiar silhouettes and reconstructing them, to developing innovative sneaker designs inspired by archival styles, it has been a creative process of pushing boundaries and establishing novel trends.

With new sneakers dropping on a daily basis, we take a breather to look back on some of the most outstanding footwear releases of 2018 so far. Continue reading for our favorite picks from adidasNikePUMAReebok and more.


Jordan Brand “SOH” Collection

Jordan Brand has released a number of amazing women’s exclusive sneakers this year, among which is the memorable “Season of Her” collection. Featuring a lineup of 10 different colorways ranging from the peachy “Sunset Tint“ to the pastel “Hydrogen Blue,” the Air Jordan 1 collection easily won the hearts of female sneakerheads. Each pair features a satin and soft suede makeup that gives the basketball shoe a refreshing, polished look.


Chanel Pre-Spring 2018 Sneaker Collection

Chanel totally nailed it with its Pre-Spring 2018 sneaker offering. Emblazoned with the Parisian luxury brand’s iconic “CC” logo, the high- and low-cut kicks pack a punch with head-turning accents of neon orange, fluorescent pink and blue. Despite the high price point, the collection was seen all over social media and is definitely one of the most sought-after sneaker releases of the year.


COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Air Max 180

Another favorite among style enthusiasts, the COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Air Max 180 was unveiled earlier this year in three equally striking colorways: “Laser Pink,” “Pink Rise” and “Solar Red.” Perfectly meshing the retro, dad shoe trend with the pink craze that dominated most of 2017, the release of course achieved mainstream popularity.


Tyler, the Creator x Converse GOLF Le FLEUR* One Star

While this isn’t Tyler, the Creator‘s first collaboration with Converse, it is probably the best one yet. The two-tone GOLF le FLEUR* One Stars that were launched back in June are highlighted by their summer-appropriate color schemes, namely “Purple,” “Molten,” “Plum” and “Candy.” The whimsical design also sees an all-over floral print on the outsole.


Nike Air Max 270

Forever pushing forward with new innovations, Nike debuted the sleek and ultra-comfy Air Max 270 silhouette in the beginning of the year. Mixing key elements of both the Air Max 180 and the Air Max 93, the running shoe is constructed with a breathable mesh upper and an Air Max unit with 270-degrees of visible air. If you haven’t already tried on a pair, read about why the sneaker became an instant hit of 2018.


Balenciaga Triple-S

The Balenciaga Triple-S continued to rule the fashion world during the first half of 2018. Back in February, the Demna Gvasalia-helmed label updated the beloved design in six different colorways, including a fluorescent yellow iteration approved by none other than the baddest style icon, Rihanna. With the brand’s Fall/Winter 2018 sneakers slated to release soon, it’ll be interesting to see if the Triple-S trainers will remain as one of the most coveted kicks by the end of the year.


Rihanna Fenty PUMA Cleated Creeper Surf

For her final Fenty PUMA collection, Rihanna blessed her fans with one last pair of her signature creepers. Drawing inspiration from surf apparel, this particular rendition of the Cleated Creeper is made with a sporty, bungee cord fastening and a translucent sole unit. While the shoe may not be as wildly popular as the Velvet Creeper that debuted back in 2016, it’s definitely a collectible item for superfans of the Bad Gal.


Nike “The 1 Reimagined” Spring 2018 Collection

Nike started the year strong with an all-female designed collection dubbed “The 1 Reimagined” that deconstructs and redesigns two of the company’s most-loved models, the Air Force 1 and the Air Jordan 1. Covered in off-white, the initial 10 styles paved the way for unique colorway releases in the rest of 2018. In particular, the Spring collection featuring eye-catching hues of “Violet Mist,” “Light Blue,” “Luminous Green,” “Cinder Orange” and “Geode Teal” is a favorite of many.


Virgil Abloh x Converse Chuck 70 “GHOSTING”

The Converse Chuck 70 “GHOSTING,” also known as the final silhouette of Virgil Abloh‘s “The Ten” collection, was made available earlier this year. The transparent upper and sole unit perfectly encapsulate the see-through trend that has become all the rage this year. Other unmissable details like the red zip-tie tag and Off-White™ branding on the side panel and the toe box are also what make this pair a must-cop for fans of Abloh.


adidas Originals Falcon

Riding the wave of the retro sneaker trend, adidas took inspiration from its ’90s archive to develop its Falcon silhouette, which dropped in a women’s exclusive colorway for its debut. The low-top runner features a classic mesh construction combined with suede and reflective overlay panels, and is completed with a chunky, molded heel unit.


Nike M2K Tekno

First unveiled at John Elliott’s Fall/Winter 2018 runway show in a red, white and blue color combo, the Nike M2K Tekno bears resemblance to the ultimate dad shoe, the Nike Air Monarch, while featuring contemporary design elements. Its leather-constructed upper is emblazoned with Swooshes in varying sizes, while the midsole is cut through with dramatic accents that give it a statement-making look.


PUMA Thunder Desert

PUMA also joined the dad sneaker party with the debut of its Thunder Desert model. Arriving in “Natural Vachetta” and “Smoke Green,” the pastel-hued kicks is built with mixed uppers of premium suede, texture leather and mesh. All these, of course, sit atop a stacked midsole that pretty much sums up the sneaker trend of the moment.


adidas YEEZY 500

First spotted on friends and family like Kim Kardashian and celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin, the YEEZY 500 is undoubtedly one of this year’s most anticipated sneaker drops. The futuristic shoe which is crafted with sculptural, soft suede and mesh panels is rounded off by a lumpy-looking sole that’s simply hard to miss. The runner has been released in mostly neutral colorways including “Blush,” “Super Moon Yellow” and “Utility Black,” but if Kanye‘s Twitter posts mean anything, we may expect to see pastel pink and lilac iterations of the shoe in the future.


adidas Originals Yung 1

While the adidas Yung 1 debuted back in January, it wasn’t until this summer when it released in the tri-color “Collegiate Navy/Red/White” version that the Three Stripes silhouette began to gain traction. The retro-inspired trainer is crafted with a classic mesh upper featuring nubuck overlays as well as other embroidered elements. The EVA midsole offers both style and comfort, making the shoe a favorite among street style stars.


Nike Air Force 1-100

Just when you think you’ve seen them all, Nike gives the Air Force 1 a whole new look by adding one subtle yet absolutely clever design feature. Coming with a set of interchangeable Swooshes, ranging from white leather to a holographic style, the classic sneaker is suddenly injected with new life. This is just one of the customizable Swoosh packs that the sports giant released this year, and we’re definitely hoping to see similar drops over the next few months.


Palace x Reebok Workout

This Palace Skateboards x Reebok Workout collaboration is one that many slept on and regretted. Among the three colorways released, our favorite is this cream leather design that’s accented by bright hues of blue, bubblegum pink and yellow. Palace’s spelled-out logo can be seen all over the laces, yet the overall clean look of the runner still makes it extremely wearable.


Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97

The Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97 was technically launched in late 2017, but it wasn’t until Air Max Day this year that the hybrid sneaker saw a general release. The contest-winning design features an Air Max 97 upper covered in multi-colored corduroy, while borrowing the sole unit of the timeless Air Max 1 silhouette. If you managed to get your hands on a pair of the limited-edition shoe, consider yourself lucky.


JW Anderson x Converse “Toy” Collection

In July, JW Anderson delivered what’s probably his best collection for Converse yet. Dubbed the “Toy” collection, the playful range reimagines the classic Chuck Taylor All Star 70 in a number of childhood-inspired iterations. Our favorite from the bunch are the high-tops that come in “Kumquat/Cherry Red/Blue Radiance.” Constructed with glossy uppers that are paired with fuzzy laces and translucent soles, the design is made for the kids at heart.


Nike EXP-X14

Rounding off the list is Nike’s latest performance runner, the EXP-X14. Featuring the same cushioned midsole as that of the Epic React Flyknit, this new silhouette is built to offer all-day comfort. The semi-transparent upper gives the shoe a futuristic and on-trend look that style lovers find it hard to resist.



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Virgil Abloh x Air Jordan 1 “Parra” Custom Sneakers Surface Online

By | 2018-07-27T17:07:09+00:00 7월 27th, 2018|News|


Virgil Abloh x Air Jordan 1 “Parra” Custom Sneakers Surface Online

Courtesy of artist-designer, Mache.


The Nike Air Max 1 and Zoom Spiridon “Parra” models could easily make this year’s list of best footwear drops. The Dutch artist’s multi-patterned designs on each shoe are now embellished on the Virgil Abloh x Air Jordan 1 courtesy of New York City-born artist and sneaker customizer, Dan “Mache” Gamache. Using the “Powder Blue” model as the canvas, Mache meticulously employs Parra’s stripes and polka dot motifs on the overlays of the shoe. Rounding out the makeup are cloud details on the quarter panels.

Peep the custom above and head over to Mache’s official website to view more projects. In related stories, the official store list for the Off-White™ x Nike Air Presto in black has been announced.



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Anna Wintour & ‘Vogue’ Edit Nike’s Air Jordan 1 and 3 Silhouettes

By | 2018-07-13T15:34:30+00:00 7월 13th, 2018|News|


Anna Wintour & ‘Vogue’ Edit Nike’s Air Jordan 1 and 3 Silhouettes

The Editor-In-Chief gives each sneaker the “Anna Wintour Okay (AWOK).”



Vogue and its Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour link up with Nike for the first time ever to “edit” the brand’s iconic Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 3 silhouettes.

Each of the four models — a sail AJ1, university red AJ1, black tweed AJ3 and red tweed AJ3 — feature the script “AWOK,” something that’s all too familiar, or maybe not, to Anna’s colleagues. “When Anna Wintour gives her approval for editorial or creative, she simply writes ‘AWOK,’ which stands for ‘Anna Wintour Okay,’” reads the accompanying press release. “The Vogue editor-in-chief teamed up with Jordan Brand to put this approval stamp on two iconic silhouettes for the ultimate co-sign.”

Additionally, the AJ1 pairs feature ultra-soft leather uppers with bold metallic zippers and an “Edited by Vogue” Nike Air tag and the “AWOK” signature on the sole and tongue. The AJ3 models however come constructed with a tweed encasing and glimmering black heels, a nod to Anna’s signature Chanel tweed suits and sunglasses (Nike has yet to provide a full set of photos for the AJ3). All come in a premium box with two suede dust bags.

The AJ1 “High Zip AWOK” will be available on July 21 at Hirshleifers, Kith, Nordstrom x Nike and North America Jumpman stores (306 Yonge in Toronto and 32 South State in Chicago) as well as on SNKRS app on July 23 in North America. The AJ3 “AWOK” will be available September 7.



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Official Images of the E3 2018 Exclusive Air Jordan 1 “Xbox” Surface

By | 2018-06-15T15:22:45+00:00 6월 15th, 2018|News|


Official Images of the E3 2018 Exclusive Air Jordan 1 “Xbox” Surface

Friends and family only.



Originally spotted at the Xbox briefing last week, Microsoft recently offered an official look at its E3 2018 exclusive “Xbox” Air Jordan 1.

Limited to friends and family only, the shoes were custom made by Jordan Brand using premium suede in a green and black color scheme, with Xbox and Jumpman branding appearing on the insoles and the four different color laces that come with the shoes. The contrasting white midsole and green glow-in-the-dark rubber outsole elevates the shoe and mimics the powering-on of the Xbox One console that lights up the Xbox logo.

Check out the official look at the E3 2018 exclusive “Xbox” Air Jordan 1 above.

In case you missed it, Jordan Brand recently reworked the Air Jordan 1 Mid in “Hyper Royal.”



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Air Jordan 1 “Off-Louis” V2 Custom by Ceeze Drops this Weekend

By | 2018-06-14T10:56:30+00:00 6월 14th, 2018|News|


Air Jordan 1 “Off-Louis” V2 Custom by Ceeze Drops this Weekend

Releasing in limited numbers.



Ceeze has returned to drop yet another luxurious custom. This time around, April’s Virgil Abloh x Air Jordan 1 inspired by his Louis Vuitton appointment is matched with LV’s slate damier pattern. Denim and a waxed canvas also join in on the fun to create the Air Jordan 1 Off Louis” V2. The project pays homage to one of the most notable footwear collaborations to date by keeping its signature features from the shifted Swoosh logo to the “LOUIS” stamp on the midsole and industrial-styled branding on each medial side.

For this drop, Ceeze linked up with @ubiqlab for its creation and gained inspiration from some work via @richierange. The Air Jordan 1 “Off Louis” V2 will launch in limited numbers on June 16. Stay tuned for additional information and let us know how it compares to the first version.



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The Air Jordan 1 Mid Receives A “Shattered Backboard” Like “Orange Peel” Colorway

By | 2018-06-07T12:37:57+00:00 6월 7th, 2018|News|

The Air Jordan 1 Mid Receives A “Shattered Backboard” Like “Orange Peel” Colorway

Bright and bold.

After releasing a “Bred” colorwayJordan Brand recently unveiled a new “Orange Peel” look for its Air Jordan 1 Mid model.

This time around the lowered iteration of the classic sports a bright and bold look reminiscent of the Air Jordan 1 High “Shattered Backboard.” Highlighting the paneling found on the silhouette, the upper of the shoe features a mixture of black nubuck and orange leather accented by a big Swoosh, Jumpman tongue tag, and an embossed ankle Wings logo. Finally a clean white midsole and a vibrant orange patterned rubber outsole round up the design of the shoe.

Priced at $110 USD, the Air Jordan 1 Mid “Orange Peel” is set to hit select Jordan Brand retailers sometime this summer.

In case you missed it, take a first look at the Levi’s x Air Jordan 4 Retro “White Denim”.

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Jordan Brand Gives the Air Jordan 1 a “Pine Green” Makeover

By | 2018-05-24T13:06:25+00:00 5월 24th, 2018|News|

Jordan Brand Gives the Air Jordan 1 a “Pine Green” Makeover

The latest iteration of the classic model.


Continuing its rollout of new Air Jordan 1 looks, Jordan Brand is reportedly set to release a “Pine Green” colorway of its classic silhouette.

Reminiscent of the “Bred Toes” released earlier this year, the upcoming green-toned iteration will feature simple panel color-blocking done in green, sail and black. Accenting the clean construction is Jordan Brand’s wings logo embossed on the ankle and a black Swoosh stretching from the midfoot area to the heel. While a classic off-white midsole and “Pine Green” outsole round up the design of the upcoming colorway.

No official release date just yet, but the “Pine Green” Air Jordan 1 OG High is expected to be priced at $160 USD.

For more Jordan Brand, take a detailed look at the Friends & Family Air Jordan 3 “UNC.”



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Fragment Design x Nike Air Jordan 1 Unreleased Sample Revealed

By | 2018-05-23T13:53:02+00:00 5월 23rd, 2018|News|

Fragment Design x Nike Air Jordan 1 Unreleased Sample Revealed

Mismatched with the black circle bolts.

On a recent trip to Japan, Hiroshi Fujiwara was seen wearing an unreleased sample of his highly coveted fragment design x Air Jordan 1 High collaboration from 2015.

The mismatching sample reveals a rework on the right foot, where the rear quarter panel is black rather than the Royal Blue found on the released pair. However, the Swoosh on the right foot as well has been flipped for Royal Blue, matching the wings on the upper. On the left shoe, the larger, black fragment design logo is found as seen previously on the friends and family pair owned by such individuals as Kim Jones.

Hiroshi states these are unreleased samples — confirmed with production notes written on the medial of the left — and will not see a public release. Check out more pics below. In case you missed it, listen to Hiroshi Fujiwara explain the inner workings of fragment design on the inaugural episode of The Business of HYPE with Jeff Staple.

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