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CLTure Kicks: Fall-Winter Sneaker Guide

 By Stephen Waniewski

November 10, 2019 (updated)

Following a summer that still hyped chunky sneakers and ‘90s dad-vibes, it’ll be nice to see what direction the major shoe brands and designers are heading toward. Considering the reaction of the most recent Nike Air Force 1 Low – Off-White University Blue release, it’s clear that collaborations are still grabbing tons of attention. It’s also worth noting, never before has pop culture, fashion, and athletic apparel overlapped so much. So, to keep your kick game up, here’s a quick rundown of some recent drops and upcoming sneaker releases this fall and winter. 

Nike Air Jordan 11 Black/Red

Bred 11’s. Simple as that, this holy grail of sneakers has been eagerly awaited by the sneakerhead masses. Nike will have wide-release for this iconic shoe by extending it to the whole family. These are the type of kicks where you consider buying two pairs, one to rock and one to stock.

Nike Air Jordan 11 Black/Red (December 14)

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350

Rare things are as fashionable, wearable, and hyped as much as Kanye’s 350. This now classic silhouette has been releasing new colorways seemingly all December. But, that doesn’t mean they’re any easier to come by. Draws and raffles are the only way to get these for true retail which can leave you empty handed.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Yeezreel” (December 14)

The “Yeezreel” embodies its name as its bright green color scheme will cut through every gray winter day and night while the Yecheil has a black outsole but a multi-colored woven upper. Its sporadic colorway doesn’t come off as the most intriguing of the style but it’s definitely innovative.

Yeezy Boost 350 Mens V2 Yecheil (December 200
Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra (December 21)

Speaking of the most beloved color way, the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 (white/core black/red), referred to as the “Zebra,” readies for a fourth restock.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Carbon Blue

Compared to the 350, the 700’s always seem to be in the shadow. The Wave Runner colorway remains the people’s choice of this style perhaps due to its use of multiple colors. This release steps away from the typical monochromatic vibe by adding teals and orange to highlight the shoes textures and lines.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Carbon Blue (December 18)

Adidas Yeezy 700 v3 “Azael” 

The nod to its 700 family is clear, but the materials and exoskeleton look are very forward. The design is outer-worldly and features a top-secret cushioning that has caused Kanye to leave the Boost behind on this shoe, which alone is enough to merit interest. Also, the skeleton-upper glows in the dark.

Adidas Yeezy 700 v3 “Azael” (December 23).

Converse All Star Pro BB Nocturnal 

The OG’s at converse (cough, cough, Nike) have really pushed the envelope with the newest interpretation of their iconic Chuck Taylor All-Star High Top sneaker. Nicknamed “the Grinch” colorway, because of its use of greens (volt and bold lime) and a splash of red, it’s seasonally on point. Don’t let that mislead you– it is made for serious hoppers– Nike uses Quadfit mesh and Nike React cushioning to keep you getting Christmas day buckets. Also, the outsole glows in the dark. Wait, what? Yep, Converse, with a glow in the dark sneaker, done well.

Converse All Star Pro BB Nocturnal (December 15)

Nike LeBron VII QS “Christmas” 

The swoosh gang has always done a great job of blending fun and stylish details into high performance kicks. It’s part of the reason why Christmas releases and NBA games around the holidays are so hyped, you knew LeBron James, KD, or Kobe Bryant would be rocking something that caught your eye. Accordingly, this LeBron retro has waited its decade and aged nicely.

Nike LeBron VII QS “Christmas” (December 19)

Nike LeBron 17 “More Than An Athlete” 

Nike and Uninterrupted link up with LeBron James’ mantra on this rich blue, black, and white colorway. The Nike Battleknit upper styles in the blue pantone with white midsole. The ability to interchange three different tongue guards is a nice touch, considering the phrase is meant to showcase the diversity of all athletes.

Nike LeBron 17 “More Than An Athlete” (December 25)

Adidas Nite Jogger “Time In” 

Adidas and mega-gamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, worked together to tell his personal story in this sneaker release. Ninja and the trademarked “Time In” phrases emblazoned on the inner shoe (core white/collegiate navy/collegiate royal) represents the amount of time an individual might put in before becoming successful. Add the comfy Boost midsole and these kicks come together well.

Adidas Nite Jogger “Time In” (December 31)

New Balance 997 x Todd Snyder 

While we were worrying about Jordan’s and 350’s, New Balance and menswear designer, Todd Snyder dropped one of the most beautiful limited releases of the year. Snyder used high end materials such as bison leather and suede to capture his vision of Hudson, NY on the 997’s frame. This pair is premium and elusive.

New Balance 997 x Todd Snyder (December 13)

Nike Air Force 1 Low x Kaepernick 

The classic AF1 Low partners with the social justice activist to create a black and white colorway featuring Kaep’s personal details. The date Colin Kaepernick first took a knee is visible on the right sole, while the former quarterback’s likeness is placed on the heel tabs. Also, this is the first article of footwear between the Nike brand and Kaepernick.

Nike Air Force 1 Low x Kaepernick (December 28)

Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 

Sneaker companies love holidays and well-timed, marketable drops. This was on display when Nike released the third variation of the “shattered backboard” Air Jordan 1s (10/26). The black and orange colorway is a nod to Halloween and one of MJ’s most revered dunks.

Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard

Nike Air Jordan 10 Seattle

The Jordan Brand reached way back when it released a “Seattle” colorway of the Air Jordan 10 (10/19). The white and black scheme marked with Kelly Green is an homage to the Supersonics and 1995.

Nike Air Jordan 10 Seattle

Nike Air Jordan 6 Travis Scott

It’s no surprise that the start of the NBA season comes with eye-catching shoes and another collab, the Air Jordan 6 x Travis Scott (released 10/11), has officially marked the autumn arrival. The medium-olive colorway with the side pocket is clean and contemporary.

Nike Air Jordan 6 Travis Scott

Air Jordan 1 Mid Fearless “Blue the Great”

Blue the Great is an artist from LA that has gained notoriety from his association with Kendrick Lamar. Now, Nike has taken notice of his talents and paired it’s AJ1 model with his use of bold, primary colors. This beautiful limited release dropped 11/9 but shoe collectors hope we’ll see more from this duo in the future. 

Air Jordan 1 Mid Fearless “Blue the Great”

Nike Air Jordan 1 Fearless 

Air Jordan 1s are generally beautiful and timeless and the November 2 “Fearless” release stays the course as it blends red and university blue fantastically.

Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid Melody Ehsani

Even better, the Air Jordan 1 Mid x Melody Ehsani take on “Fearless” is FLAWLESS. The colors and use of a timepiece will stop traffic. Good luck on November 15.

Nike Air Jordan 1 Fearless

Nike Lebron 17 Lakers

The newest chapter in the LeBron James signature series, the LeBron 17, features a blend of Nike Flyknit and Foamposite construction aimed to be quick and strong like the king. The “Lakers” colorway (10/10) shows the design potential.

Nike Lebron 17 Lakers

Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob

NBA point guards require their shoes to move and grip in ways the normal person can’t comprehend. Now, imagine the shoes Kyrie Irving needs when he’s crossing up opponents. Right now, no athlete and brand are as pop-culture savvy as Nike is with the Kyrie 5. It is the perfect blend of great court shoe, whimsical drops, and accessibility. Going back to the Kyrie 2 Krispy Kreme, and the most recent Kyrie 5 SpongeBob drop (10/24), they appeal to kicks fans of all ages.

Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob

New Balance OMN1S Heat Wave 

New Balance and its star, Kawhi Leonard, dropped a high-top named OMN1S (10/23) and it definitely has a minimalist style about it. The pairing with Kawhi, who’s playing style is all substance and minimal flash, shows the brand is on point. New Balance plans to release more colorways in the future but don’t expect too much sizzle. The most recent colorway “heat wave” (10/31) is somehow very plain yet very bright. 

New Balance OMN1S Heat Wave

Adidas Harden Vol 4. Cookies & Cream

In the same boat as Curry and UA, the Adidas Harden comes across as atypical in terms of looks, however, it must be technically great if the beard drops 50 in them once a week. The Harden Vol. 4 Cloud White/Core Black colorway releases November 15 and is the best looking of the Harden offerings.

Adidas Harden Vol 4. Cookies & Cream

Adidas Star Wars Packs

Adidas also wants to capture non-hoops fans when it drops a series of collaborations with the Star Wars franchise. It’s releasing three separate packs (Lightsaber 11/1, Space Battle 11/21, Characters 11/29). The unreal comfort of the ultra-boost mixed with the Millennium Falcon design makes this a must-get. 

Adidas Star Wars Packs

Nike React Element 55 Kendrick Lamar

Rappers and sneakers have been intertwined since Run-DMC. Yes, Kanye might have taken it to another level, but Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar are actually hot in both in the hip-hop and sneaker game right now. So, when K. Dot partners with Nike to create a (non-Cortez) React Element 55 with marble graphics, the culture takes notice. Rumors say it’s a November 5 drop so keep an eye on the SNKRS app.

Nike React Element 55 Kendrick Lamar

Nike Air Force 1 Low Cactus Jack

Not to be outdone, Cactus Jack x Air Force 1 link up again for a November 16 release. The style of Travis Scott and Houston definitely comes through on the low top. Expect it to also be hot on the resale market.

Nike Air Force 1 Low Cactus Jack (November 16)

Nike Air Force 1 Low N7

Another Air Force 1 low to look forward to is the N7 collection (11/7). Best part, this low partners with the N7 Fund to help Native American communities. Expertly designed, the use of traditional colors and patterns associated with N7 groups look great.

Nike Air Force 1 Low N7

Air Jordan 34

The Jordan Brand itself is a retro producing machine. Nike and the Jumpman gang keep the classics in occasional circulation and it makes old guys feel happy while introducing new consumers to wearable pieces of sports history. Not to be pigeonholed, the Jordan group released the Air Jordan 34 with basketball performance in mind. Weighing a little over 13 ounces, the AJ34 is one of the lightest basketball shoes ever created by the Jordan Brand. 

Air Jordan 34

Nike Vapor Street Off-White

In terms of collabs and releases, nobody draws attention like Off-White x Nike. The designs exhibit forward thinking and Virgil Abloh is a true artist. Three colorways of the Off-White x Nike Vapor Street women’s collection is slated for a November 14 release. So pick up a pair for yourself and/or a lady friend.

Nike Vapor Street Off-White

Nike Air Force 1 Low ’07 VL8 “What The L.A.”

The street’s favorite sneaker silhouette received a randomized “What The” treatment (11/1) for Los Angeles, featuring tributes to the well-known LA sports teams and street culture, it’s quality material also makes this shoe as iconic as its references. 

Nike Air Force 1 Low ’07 VL8 “What The L.A.”

Air Jordan 1 High FlyEase Black/Red

Jordan 1’s are always a hit, yet, Nike believes you could get into your sneakers quicker. So, they took a classic icon and added a zipper. 

Air Jordan 1 High FlyEase Black/Red

BBC ICECREAM x Reebok Answer V

Virginia heroes Pharrell Williams and Allen Iverson are equally represented on the ComplexCon exclusive release Reebok. The colorway drips BBC ICECREAM style as it’s wrapped on the A.I five low. These are hard to find and easy to spot. 

BBC ICECREAM x Reebok Answer V

Nike Air Max 720 OBJ “Young King of the Night”

The swoosh brand links up with the stylish WR Odell Beckham Jr to celebrate his birthday (11/5) by dropping this mostly all black 720. Famous for its responsive cushioning, this 720 gives a design nod to turf trainers of the 90s. 

Nike Air Max 720 OBJ “Young King of the Night”

Olivia Kim x Air Jordan 4 Retro “No Cover”

This all black AJ4 model purposefully goes directly (11/8) to the ladies as Nordstrom designer Olivia Kim reminisces on 90’s fashion and drapes the Jordan 4 in black faux fur. 

Olivia Kim x Air Jordan 4 Retro “No Cover”

Olivia Kim x Nike Air Max 98 Women’s “No Cover”

Keeping with the 90’s fashion tribute, Kim’s Air Max 98 colorway is bright and dynamic. The Air Max 98 has always been a sneaker head favorite because of its style plus comfort, and this neon interpretation from Olivia Kim does not disappoint.

Olivia Kim x Nike Air Max 98 Women’s “No Cover”

Nike Kyrie 6 “Jet Black”

One of the best signature sneakers in the game comes out the blocks strong with the 6th installation of the Nike Kyrie (11/22). The Irving personal designs and technical elements of the Kyrie 5 remain, also, similarities with Air Yeezys are noticeable. This sneaker line is court and street approved. 

Nike Kyrie 6 “Jet Black” (November 22)

Adidas Superstar “CNY” 

The brand with the three stripes takes a step back from its traditional superstar look on this Chinese New Year rendition. The iconic shell toe remains while the shoe features a simple, white leather upper accentuated by watercolor image of  a crane takes the place of the usual trio of stripes.

Adidas Superstar “CNY” (December 21)

Some sneaker releases feel as advertised as an upcoming holiday, others are as rare as an eclipse. At the end of the day, sneakers are fun and a useful outlet of personal expression. Equally, we’d love to see what you’re rockin’, from a pair of “Nike Air Fear of God 1s” to some clean “Puma Clyde Hardwood” use #CLTureKicks to show out.

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