Catch up with all of this week's high-heat sneaker drops.
AIR JORDAN 4 "MILITARY BLACK"
Having been teased at the end of 2021, Air Jordan releases the AJ4 “Military Black”: a classic, colour-blocked sneaker that nods to the legendary Air Jordan archives. As the name implies, Air Jordan looks to the sneaker’s origins for inspiration, reworking the fan-favourite “Military Blue”. The same simple approach to colour blocking is taken, pairing a white and grey base with black accents, instead of the muse sneaker’s pops of blue.
Nike’s formula with its Dunk Low often leans in on that classic, two-tone colour blocking — an approach that’s been an integral part of the sneaker’s design codes since day one. Sometimes, though, the approach taken is a little bolder, as the latest iteration proves: the “Light Iron Ore”. The uppers remain pretty subtle for the most part, with white and beige covering the majority. The details are given a much more playful approach, however, with multi-coloured accents adding a touch of exuberance.
Salehe Bembury is a footwear designer renowned for pushing the boundaries, forging into the unknown through his unwavering commitment to experimentalism. This season, he continues his ongoing partnership with Crocs, bringing that innovative approach to the forefront once again. The collection features three reworks of the much-loved Clog, in white, light purple and green, with each one representing an exploration into form and function. Three of Bembury’s fingerprints are merged together to form their construction, with dramatic, concave ridges allowing for multi-directional traction.
Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, rips up all rulebooks when it comes to his eponymous YEEZY line. Sneakers are other-wordly, technology is cutting edge and details are hyper experimental. That’s immediately clear with the latest iteration of the 700 V3, dubbed the “Fade Carbon”. All of the sneaker’s signature features are there, like the caged, Primeknit uppers, the wedge-like shape and the exaggerated sole unit. The iteration is covered in a blue-to-pink gradient, too, to further the sneaker’s out-there aesthetic.
Imran Potato and Vans Vault join forces with a six-piece capsule this season, with the creatives disruptive and eccentric sensibility tapped into. The collection sees two classics brought under the spotlight, the SK8-Hi and the Old Skool, with both reworked to reflect the designer’s penchant for experimentation. The Old Skool, which is appropriately dubbed the Knu-Skool, is chunkier and wider, and features oversized laces and Jazz Stripes for a much bolder appearance. The SK8-Hi, meanwhile, is transformed and printed with large, cartoon-like hands, reflecting the esoteric aesthetic favoured by Imran Potato.
Nike’s AM97 is a sneaker icon, arguably representing one of the most sought-after in the legendary Air Max line-up. The latest pairs, the “Rough Green” and “Metallic Silver”, pay homage to 25 years of the fan-favourite shoe, with two palettes that’re reminiscent of the coveted “Gold” and “Silver Bullet” colourways.
Air Jordan prepares you for the warmer months ahead with the latest women's AJ1 High Zoom CMFT, covering it in a subtle, pastel pink hue. The sneaker’s contemporary modifications are ever present, too, like the cut-out Swoosh at the sidewalls, foam padding for comfort and supportive Zoom Air cushioning in the sole.