As the world readies its wallets for the holiday season, the sneaker world has acted in kind, opening the levy on a whole host of brand new, surprisingly exclusive sneaker drops. It's also been a particularly busy week in sneaker news, with rumours of new models, new collaborations and insanely hyped new kicks swirling to make for one of the most vibrant weeks in sneaker land this year.
Here's our pick of the best kicks unveiled this week.
Nike x ISPA Air Max 720
Release date: out now
Nike is slowly gaining traction with its ISPA range — a line of products dedicated to helping navigate the unique terrain of urban environments. However their latest in the line, the Air Max 720 you see above, got a boost of street cred from the unlikeliest source the other day — none other than noted Adidas collaborator Kanye West. If they're good enough to sway Yeezy away from his YEEZYs, they're good enough for us.
Star Wars x adidas Originals “Character Pack”
Release date: some out now, some December 17
The latest in a long line of collabs between the Star Wars franchise and Adidas, the latest collection from the two uses their more recently popular models to pay homage to some of the galaxy's most iconic characters. Highlights from the pack include Stormtrooper and R2-D2-themed Nite Joggers, and NMDs themed around Yoda and Darth Vader.
Nike Dunk Low Viotech
Release date: December 10
If you know about the Dunk Low and its legendary status in sneaker lore, you know. Perhaps the most legendary sillhouette to come out of the early days of sneaker fandom, the multi-coloured Viotech was one of the colourways that made the model legendary in its desirability. Originally released exclusively in Japan way back in 2002, the 2019 re-release is a faithful re-rendering of the colourway, complete with the OG woven tag on the tongue.
Adidas Ultraboost 20
Release date: December 5
The latest iteration of the modern-day legend running model, the Ultraboost 20 brings an even more space-age look to proceedings with a blue and purple iridescent finish on the foam midsole. From a tech perspective, the Ultraboost is geared towards being more in-tune with its wearer than ever, using a new flexible black Primeknit upper engineered with Tailored Fiber Placement technique to ensure an accurate fit for all foot types.
Air Jordan I High OG Dior
Release date: April 2020
It was only a matter of time until Kim Jones, who's tirelessly working to make Dior a more youth-focused brand, slapped the Dior logo onto a pair of hype-worthy sneakers. Fresh off of announcing a collab with streetwear icon Shawn Stussy, Jones also used Dior's Fall 2020 fashion show to lift the veil on Dior's first official sneaker collab in what feels like forever, and they've chosen perhaps Nike's most iconic model, the Air Jordan 1, to do so.
Made in Italy to Dior's exacting standards, the kicks celebrate both the 35th anniversary of the Jordan 1 and the advent of a new dawn for the Parisian brand. Each is made from fine calf-leather that characterizes Maison Dior’s leather goods, edge-painted and dressed in Dior Gray, a color synonymous with the Maison since its founding in 1947. They're set to drop in April 2020 at Dior locations worldwide.