Published by Esquire
Look out, people. This week, there are two releases that the most fervent sneakerheads are going to fight over. The first: a set of extremely bold Nike Air More Uptempos done up in classic Supreme style—meaning way, way, way over the top. And if that’s not enough, just a few days later: the newest Yeezy from Adidas and Kanye West.
A series of more subtle sneakers are sprinkled among those titans of toe tracing technology, including a three hitter collaboration between Wings + Horns, a pair of Nike Vapormaxes, and a few colorways of an airy take on Greats’ Rosen runner. If you’re really in for some complexities, there is a pair of maximalist Jordan 31s that will make your heart stop.
It’s a big week for sneaker fans. Whether you like something bold, calm, or somewhere in between, we’ve got you covered.
Elevated Canadian streetwear brand Wings + Horns always offers a healthy dose of sophistication with its Adidas collaborations, and this Primeknit NMD fits right in.
The smooth knit gives way to more texture in almost iceberg designs, while whip stitching runs up the heel and along the collar. The bone colored sneakers sit on top of a bright white sole.
ADIDAS X WINGS + HORNS CAMPUS 80
For many, the Adidas Campus 80 is the shelltoe without the shelltoe: the Superstar without the signature rubber cap. Wings + Horns brought it to a new level in its latest collaboration with Adidas.
The upper is super smooth, using almost a single piece construction. The signature zig-zag edged three stripes were replaced with yarn stitches. The unlined, tonal navy shoes are understated and upscale.
ADIDAS X WINGS + HORNS LEATHER NMD R2
In a truly remarkable twist, Wings + Horns also launched a leather NMD. The shoe was designed to play off conventional running shoes. The Canadian street wear brand bucks convention in a sartorially subversive take. The clean gray leather upper offers a classy look for an otherwise casual sneaker.
AIR JORDAN V PREMIUM PURE PLATINUM
We know—$400 is a lot to spend on a pair of sneakers, and especially on a pair that was created more that 25 years ago as part of popular shoe culture. But sometimes it’s worth it to indulge, and the Air Jordan V Premium is the right place to do so.
Instead of the mesh tongue and quarter of a typical Jordan V, there’s woven leather. In fact, it’s the same quality leather that hits virtually every other part of the shoe. The famous spring acting lacelocks were replaced with a special leather doodad.
GREATS ROSEN PERFORATED
Greats slays for fans of subtler sneakers. This week, the brand presented a trio of perforated Rosens. Inspired by retro running shoes, the luxe runner Rosen is created the same way as the rest of their shoes: with Italian craftsmanship, exceptional sole units, and sold directly to the consumer so they remain affordable. These release in nero, sand, and ash for all your summer party needs.
NIKE AIR VAPORMAX ASPHALT
Nike’s Vapormax—a playful shoe with a full air sole—has been selling out colorway after colorway, and this week’s take is no exception. The Flyknit upper is heathered gray, and those newly famous air bubbles at the foot look icy blue. If you missed out on the online release, check your local store.
NIKE X SUPREME AIR MORE UPTEMPOS
If it weren’t for the coming pair of Yeezys, these would be the most hyped sneakers of the week. Supreme has an ongoing collaborative relationship with Nike—every time they release shoes, it’s a hypebeast bloodbath.
In typical Supreme fashion, they took a bold shoe and gave it an extra bold take. The timid need not apply. The shoes sold out whip-quick on Supreme’s site earlier this week, but rumor says they’ll hit Nike.com some time this weekend.
NIKE AIR SHAKE NDESTRUKT
Nike’s NDESTRUKT is one of those shoes that strikes the heart of hardcore 1990s basketball fans, and will be completely missed by virtually everyone else. Although the colorways coming to stores aren’t entirely faithful to what hit the court originally, they’re a welcome addition.
For those who aren’t quite sure what they’re looking at: the lacing happens entirely on the medial side of the shoe, hiding the laces and keeping them from being a liability during play.
ADIDAS X KANYE WEST YEEZY 350 V2 “CREAM”
Because Yeezys are coming out this week, you already what’s getting the most hype. In a departure from the recent zebra Yeezy 350 V2s, the cream pair goes for a totally minimal approach.
The original texture remains intact (you can even see the SPLY-350 in the knit if you look closely enough), but this is the first time a pair of knit Yeezys is one solid color. These will sell out everywhere as quickly as they get into stock, so our best advice is simple: pray.
AIR JORDAN VII PANTONE
One of our favorites is Air Jordan’s Pantone. This week, it’s back on a pair of Air Jordan VIs that date back to 1992. The silhouette is old, but the color is new—which looks sharp on a sneaker that comes with a lot of history. The pure white sole makes for a great counter on an otherwise unique pair.
AIR JORDAN 31 PE WHY NOT?
Elephant print, a textured midsole, holographic inlays, orange, and blue Flywires and an icy blue outsole make for a shoe that takes a lot of gumption to wear. If you can pull these off, we’ll be cheering for you from court side.