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, Nike continues to come good on its promise to "Move to Zero" with the Air VaporMax 2020, Reebok's Classic Leather Legacy revamp arrives with a PLEASURES collab we hope will hit Aussie shores, and one of our favourite photographers takes to a pair of Chuck Taylors with a jewel-toned, sentimental effect.
Here are seven sneakers dropping this month that we think will look pretty good in your collection.
Editor's Pick: Nike Air VaporMax 2020 Flyknit
Release Date: August 6
Shop: Nike And Hype DC
Made with at-least 50 percent recycled materials, this sick new shoe is one of Nike’s most sustainable shoes to date. It’s a sweet follow on from the Space Hippie, celebrating circular design and Nike’s stance on climate change, otherwise known as their “Move to Zero”.
What I love so much about this Air VaporMax is that while each element is made up of a decent portion of recycled bits and pieces (the Flyknit, the Air unit, the sock liner, and the toe tip, for example), it’s also a really boundary-pushing sneaker design. While a lot of sustainable fashion stays safe mimicking non-sustainable fashion, Nike is strides ahead breaking down manufacturing conventions and challenging the status quo sneaker design. Winning on all fronts. Shop yours here.
Converse X Shaniqwa Jarvis Chuck Taylor CX
Release Date: August 13
Shop: Hype DC
Shaniqwa Jarvis has photographed everyone from A$AP Ferg to Jeff Daniels, Dev Hynes, Cardi B and Erykah Badu. Now, she’s lent her creative lens to a pair of Chuck Taylor CX’s—and let’s just say, they are stunning. The cloud-like floral graphic in smatters of rose pink, black and white is an ode to her father’s sense of style, something she says has been the foundation of her work. Shop here.
PLEASURES X Reebok Classic Leather Legacy
Release Date: August 22
There’s something about LA label PLEASURES that’s just so, well, cool. Maybe it’s the effortless West Coast skater aesthetic that’s sort of hard to come by in Australia. Maybe it’s the always-cool typeface splashed across irreverent long-sleeve t-shirts. We digress. PLEASURES has applied that mysterious West Coast magic to the iconic Reebok Classic Leather and the results are smooth. Like latte smooth. Inspired by the Californian desert, the shoe features a white outsole and layers of sandy beige up top. It's still TBC whether this collab will get an Aussie release, for now though, you can shop a range of Reebok's brand new Classic Leather Legacy kicks right here.
Nike Air Jordan High OG "Satin Snake"
Release Date: 13 August
Shop: Subtype Store
Like Mike, you have got to be in it to win it for this super-special women's AJ drop. Releasing at 9am on Thursday 13 August, this is a rare opportunity to snap up the original red, white and black colour blocked Air Jordan 1, as worn by MJ himself on the court back in 1984. While the show is mostly the same as its first iteration, Nike has added faux snakeskin around the heel and sheeny satin up the tongue and inside the collar. Two words: Be quick.
Nike Air Jordan 5 Ghost Green
Release Date: August 15
This AJ5 keeps most of its colour pops and colour blocking inside—save for a deep purple sole, a lime green "23" on the heel and hints of neon that sneak out across the pumped-up colour lining. They're kind of like a toned-down Fresh Prince vibe, which is absolutely something we can get behind. Shop here.
Nike ISPA Flow 2020 SE
Release Date: August 13
This spongey shoe is inspired by extreme sports athletes who aren't afraid to push things to the extreme. If you're getting a rock-climbing, abseiling, canyoning kinda vibe, you're right on track—and it's fitting for the waves of hiking-esque kicks that are flooding 2020. Shop yours here.
Bared X The Hunger Project Hornbill Sneaker
Release Date: August 1
It’s not often we shout out Aussie footwear labels, but we reckon this one deserves your attention this month. Melbourne-based shoe brand Bared has partnered with The Hunger Project (THP) on a new, minimalist-style sneaker called Hornbill. Not only is the Hornbill a slick, white go-with-anything sneaker—a massive $50 will be donated to THP for every sneaker sold. There are two colourways to choose from, our favourite is the pop of pink suede and yellow leather. Shop here.
Love sneakers that are low-impact on the planet? Us too. Here are our favourite sustainable sneakers to shop right now.
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