The Dropcast hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas are back with a new show format that stays true to the heart and core of the podcast by focusing on the latest drops on Highsnobiety’s radar. Jian and Noah start off by diving into this week’s hypest sneaker drops, including WTAP’s New Balance M992 collab. In the second half, the duo talk style news from a collision of worlds: Palace and NHS, Astroworld and Fortnite, along with KAWS x The Scotts.
Eric Emanuel, Dropcast alum and the designer of his eponymous sportswear brand, starts off the quick hits with his rework of Allen Iverson’s signature Question Mid, which will see a release today as rumored on Emanuel’s Instagram (1:03). The hosts are known for their distaste in mids, but this pair hits the right spot for them (with a caveat, of course). With the days transitioning into summer, Jian sees Reebok’s Club C as the way to go this upcoming season (1:56). Noah believes it’s definitely slept on, and he sees it as an open canvas for DIY and customizations just as much as the Air Force 1s.
Way on the other side of the color spectrum, Nike SB is collaborating with 7-Eleven to release a co-branded Dunk Low (3:20). Speaking of Air Force 1s, the hosts agree that a clean white shoe with simple embroidery would have done the trick. As per Noah’s words, the shoes went too hard on the festive spirit. Jian’s definitely not sleeping on the next silent killers: WTAP’s New Balance M992 is dropping today at select stockists (4:23).
In style news, we see the unveiling of another classic, the Levi’s 501 jeans which were first released in the ‘90s (6:27). After wearing sweatpants for days on end, Jian has turned to his Levi’s and Supreme jeans. Noah’s also looking to invest in some raw denim, which probably won’t be the pair in question as they’re most likely sold out. The next coveted item is the Louis Vuitton Millionaires sunglasses coming in at a hefty $890 — the perfect amount to be paid off by a stimulus check with some money left over for groceries and other non-essentials (8:26).
As a London-based brand, Palace joins the growing lineup that’s contributing to Covid-19 relief by donating all profits from its NHS TRI-TO HELP capsule to charities supporting the NHS (10:02). Last week, in another meeting of worlds, Travis Scott took to Fortnite for his Astronomical World digital tour in what Jian dubbed as a “psychedelic drug stimulator” (11:20). Now, the artist has added a third installment of merch for this cross-over to his online shop. KAWS has also released the final cover for Travis Scott and Kid Cudi’s new single following two prior limited edition covers which are already sold out (11:52). The hosts give a shout out to Cam Hicks, Virgil Abloh’s go-to photographer who’s releasing his first book on May 6 (12:54).
The episode wraps up with “What’d You Cop?” where Noah was gifted a pair of Eytys’ new sneakers and a bracelet from Ineverheardofyou (13:31). Jian received one as well, along with an Aries sweatshirt and tee, a goodie package from Scott Sternberg, and an 18 East cardigan which has been the perfect cozy piece for topping off his quarantine fits.
The Dropcast hotline is open and running, so call in at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) to say what’s up. Be sure to check out ‘Vibe Check’ where Jian speaks with this week’s guests NY Nico and Jaeki on their latest Best NY Shirt Contest and Dao-Yi Chow on pulling off proper fits and running for a cause this quarantine season.