Yeezy 500 in ‘Blush’, Gucci Run and more
From resurrected cult favorites to re-released heroes, these “new” sneakers aren’t exactly new.
On the one hand, Nike is reissuing the Air Jordan 12 “Retro” to the delight of basketball fans. The shoes were worn by Michael Jordan early in his career, and today they offer a nice change of pace from the slew of AJ1 launches we’ve seen over the past few months. Adidas, meanwhile, is pushing the Forum 84, this time in classic collegiate colors that are still refreshing today.
And, perhaps as a statement that he’s as relevant now as he was in 2018, Kanye West is once again releasing the cult Yeezy 500 kicks in the “Blush” colorway. More shots below.
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When: Available now
Inspired by Balenciaga, the Kering brand, Gucci finally offers sports shoes. Enter Gucci Run, a new sneaker for men and women that’s made from technical knit fabric and features a prominent, wavy midsole that’s not unlike those seen on athletic offerings from Nike and ASICS. . The shoes certainly resemble running sneakers, although their use on the track is limited by Gucci’s advice not to expose them to direct light, heat and rain. Yet the lack of a gym membership has never stopped fashion fans from dressing exclusively in athleisure. The Gucci Run will fit right into their wardrobe this year, especially with the range of colorways they come in.
Air Jordan 1 LV8D “Bred”
When: February 18
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Although immortalized in the public consciousness as a high top shoe, the Air Jordan 1 comes in Low versions that are much easier on the ankles. Nike is releasing a women’s pair that deviates little from the AJ1s we know and love – the new shoes feature the iconic red, black and white hues – but offer a little something more. The height, that is, thanks to those chunky platform foam soles.
Packer Shoes x Adidas Forum 84 Hi Pack “College”
When: February 18
Or: Packing shoes
If you’re as much of an Adidas Forum 84 fan as Blackpink’s Bad Bunny and Lisa are, you’ll love these new designs made in collaboration with New Jersey sneaker boutique Packer Shoes. The collaboration isn’t obvious, as both brands left the basketball sneakers free of any overt branding. Instead, the only thing that stands out from the off-white uppers and midsoles are the contrasting stripes, navy, green or brown mesh outsoles and detailing.
Air Jordan 12 “Retro”
When: February 19
Or: TO FINISH. Clothes
AJ1s aren’t the only kicks that Michael Jordan has shot hoops in. Nike reminds us that the basketball legend wore these shoes in a successful season in 1997, so you’d own a piece of history with a pair. If you’re not into basketball, you can still appreciate how the design of the shoes still holds up today and how luxurious they look (thanks to the use of tumbled leather). An embroidered tab on the heel reiterates the latter, saying, “Quality inspired by the greatest player of all time.”
Yeezy 500 “Blush”
When: February 19
If you hadn’t jumped on the Yeezy hype bandwagon in 2018, you would have missed the release of these sleek Yeezy 500 sneakers that immediately became cult. Four years later, you can now redeem yourself as Kanye West is once again dropping shoes in this coveted colorway. Neutral colors bring out the shoes’ mesh, suede, and leather construction, as well as those distinctive domed midsoles. If you can’t wait, you can always buy your size on StockX.
Header photo courtesy of Packer Shoes
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