Swapping shoes and socks for sandy toes and beach days might be the optimal footwear of choice right now, but that doesn't mean 2021 has kicked off without a dose of sweet sneakers to keep your feet feeling plush. For all those times we need to wear actual shoes—January has delivered more fun, fresh, and inspiring kicks to get you in the mood.
Here are six fresh sneakers dropping this month.
Editor’s Pick: Nike SB Dunk Low Pro Street Hawker
Release Date: January 30
Shop: Nike SNKRS
Now, this is a food-meets-fashion sneaker concept that I can really get behind. Designed by Guangzhou artist Jason Deng, the Street Hawker is inspired by one of the world’s most universally loved cuisines: Chinese. Watercolur graphics splashed across each shoe represent six regional dishes from six Chinese cities—like Beijing doughnuts (jiaoquan), noodles from Shanghai, shaved ice from Taipei, and spicy hot pot from Chengdu. Yum... Shop here.
Converse X Concepts Southern Flame All Star BB Evo
Release Date: January 28
Ok, these kicks come with a lil’ bit of basketball trivia. Apparently, the 13 original rules for the game of basketball were penned by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891. This collab draws together Boston-based sneaker legends Converse and Concepts to salute the state’s history in hoops. Dr. Naismith’s original hoops were actually a pair of peach baskets, and so, Concepts has fashioned the All Star’s upper in platinum suede in an orange and red gradient, a subtle nod to the colour and the fuzziness of a peach. Cute, right? Shop here.
Nike Dunk Low “Firecracker”
Release Date: January 27
Shop: Nike China, stay tuned for a wider release date
Inspired by the colourful wrapping of firecrackers, these pop-bright blue, and red Dunks are a part of Nike’s super cool Chinese New Year capsule for 2021 and the Year of the Ox. While a worldwide release date has yet to be announced, here's hoping they’ll pop up on Nike SNKRS soon.
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Nike Dunk High X AMBUSH In Cosmic Fuchsia
Release Date: February 2
Shop: Nike SNKRS
Inspired by Japanese bike, truck, and car culture—AMBUSH founder Yoon Ahn wanted her fresh spin on the Dunk High to appear in motion, moving at pace. So she extended the Swoosh beyond the heel pipes, for an exaggerated, fast reimagining of the Dunk’s OG proportions. But what we’re all really here for is the colour, right? The bold fuchsia bleeds all over the shoe from the laces to the sole without pause, and it is a vibe. Fun fact: Ahn is the first female designer to partner with Nike and the NBA. Shop here.
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