Just like that, November is here. It has been a crazy year but luckily more footwear drops are in order to keep up the tempo. Looking at Hypebeast’s most anticipated footwear releases of the week, entries from Nike (NYSE:NKE +0.92%) , New Balance, adidas (XETRA:ADS.DE -3.02%) and more are set to launch. However, before we dive into what to cop this week, let’s recap last week’s chaos.
First off, we invited footwear designer Adewale Quadri, better known as Dark Phil Knight, to discuss his “Tuxedo” loafer and history in footwear as part of our weekly Sole Mates series. Pivoting to the news, Ye sparked a seismic shift in the footwear industry as his controversial, anti-Semitic and racist comments led to adidas cutting ties with him and promptly ending the adidas YEEZY line. Adding to this, retailers such as Foot Locker were quick to pull adidas YEEZY sneakers from all of its stores. Further coverage on the topic includes Hypebeast’s analysis of what’s next for adidas and Ye showing up to Skechers HQ unannounced. Outside of the Ye-heavy newsweek for the Three Stripes, early images of a The Simpsons x adidas Stan Smith featuring the iconic meme of Homer backing into a bush popped up.
As for its Swoosh-wearing rival, Nike revealed its Doernbecher Freestyle XVIII Collection for 2023. Its celebration of the Air Force 1’s 40th anniversary also continues with looks at new “NAI-KE” and “Fresh” colorways. The Zoom Vomero 5 also found itself in a fall-ready look while the brand’s involvement with Off-White™ looks to carry on with an early look at a collaborative Nike Air Terra Forma. Foamposite fans can rejoice that yet another colorway of the Air Foamposite One is on the way, joining a GORE-TEX backed Air Max 90 for weather-resistant options. Valentine’s Day and Pride Month also got nods with colorways of the Air More Uptempo and SB Dunk Low respectively. However, the news doesn’t stop there for Nike as Jordan Brand made plenty of noise with release information surfacing for the DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 5 “Crimson Bliss” and Zion Williamson’s “Voodoo” Air Jordan 1 Low OG. Key information and imagery regarding the Air Jordan 6 “Metallic Silver,” Air Jordan 1 “White Cement” and Union LA x Air Jordan 1 KO Low also surfaced.
Off-White™ found itself in the news again with its third collaborative footwear collection with Church’s. Wrapping things up, COMME des GARÇONS HOMME’s New Balance 550 landed on shelves, NEIGHBORHOOD launched its latest Vans collaboration featuring the Era 95 DX and Old Skool 36 DX in monochromatic colorways and New Balance revealed another aged colorway of the 2002R.
Now that you’re all caught up, take a look at this week’s best drops below. Afterwards, be sure to slide by the HBX web store to shop the latest footwear styles now.