It’s been an absolutely crazy year, but all the while, the sneakers have not stopped dropping. And maybe that’s a good thing—for us collectors and sneakerheads out there, it’s a little slice of hope. A welcome distraction. Good design will always be as inspiring as it is aspirational.
This month, sneakers seem to be tapping into the global mood with escapism, hiking, nature and nostalgia all in the mix.
Here are six sneakers dropping this month that we think will look pretty good in your collection.
Editor's Pick: Converse "Twisted Resort" Pack
Release Date: July 9
Shop: HYpe DC
What's not to love about a three-piece sneaker pack inspired by the eery alien history of Roswell? "Twisted Resort" is the newest graphic-fueled release from Converse, and splashed across the iconic canvas of some low and high top Chucks is a burnt orange desert scene filled with cowboy aliens, cows getting abducted, cacti and flying saucers. There's also a very fashion-forward Run Star Hike in the drop, which is definitely my favourite, but it doesn't appear to have been included in the Aussie release (boo!).
Nike ACG Zoom Air AO
Release Date: July 9
Shop: Subtype Store
Nike calls the ACG Zoom Air AO an "amphibious go-anywhere shoe for 2020", which absolutely reads like the sort of shoe we can get behind. It follows the hiking-inspired flavour that's been kicking around a bit since 2019, and features concealed laces like the Nike Phantom soccer boot and some water-draining sole technology (so yes, they're made for hiking—whether you'd want to get them muddy, of course, is another question altogether).
Moncler Leave No Trace High
Release Date: July 10
Also playing in the hiking boot space is "Leave No Trace" from Moncler. While the history of the luxury Italian fashion house sits firmly in skiwear (hello, puffy jackets), Moncler has entered a new era of super hype and high fashion via Moncler Genius—a collab line that's most recently included puffy pieces designed by JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Richard Quinn, RIMOWA and MATE.BIKE. Leave No Trace is totally a part of this new era of high stakes fashion for Moncler.
The sneaker first dropped in late 2019—this month's release reveals a slightly reworked high-top design, with three fresh colourways (our favourite is the lemonade pink) and knit socks extending from the upper. It's a mountain meets city vibe with all the chunky sole we love.
PUMA Cali Platform Sneakers
Remember those Isabel Marant wedge sneakers everyone hyped back in 2012? They’re totally a far cry from the chunky, ugly silhouette that’s dominated sneaker land for the last few years—but this month PUMA is bringing the feminine vibes back with a wedge version of their Selena Gomez-backed Cali kicks.
As well as the wedge, this classic white sneaker features gold foil logos, leather upper, a woven tongue label, perforated vamp, mesh lining and a moulded sock liner too. Comfort for days.
New Balance 327 Castlerock Indigo
Release Date: July 11
Shop: Exclusive to Hype DC
Sick of the 90s? Strap on the newest drop from New Balance for a little 70s track star vibe. Inspired by the brand's 70s era running heritage, the NB 327 has been released in a number of fun colourways of late, but we are really digging the patches of eye-catching pink on the "Castlerock Indigo". It's exclusive to Hype DC, shop 'em here before they sell out.
Jordan Why Not? Zer0.3 SE Atomic Orange
Release Date: July 15
Shop: Try Nike
Because NBA style is a hit for 2020, here's the latest from Houston Rockets' all-star Russell Westbrook. It's a little lower and lighter than the first iteration of the Jordan Why Not? and has more support around the collar and a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot.
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