Aleali May’s list of achievements is one to take note of if you haven’t already. At the age of 28, the L.A. native has already designed three Jordan sneakers — making her one of only two women to ever design for the brand — and styled Kendrick Lamar, Lil Yachty, Jaden Smith, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and a whole host of other stars. If you still don’t recognize the name, or the face (yes, she’s a model, too) then perhaps turning the focus to her footwear might jog your memory.
With almost half a million followers on the gram, Aleali May influences her dedicated fans with a heady cocktail of luxury apparel, streetwear, and a seemingly flawless collection of classic and modern sneakers. From coveted collector’s pieces like the Nike SB Dunk Low Viotech 2019 to underrated general releases, May connects the dots between accessible and aspirational, making her the ideal candidate for a sneaker rotation deep dive.
With her impressive resumé, it’s no surprise that May has the connections to get her hands on some pretty exclusive kicks, but what we love so much about her selection is that she doesn’t rely on exclusivity to make an impact. We’ve picked out some of our favorite footwear moments from the stylist’s Instagram and given you the directions to cop your very own.
Your favorite buyer’s favorite buyer, Kim has imparted her skills and know-how at Opening Ceremony and, more recently, Nordstrom. This pair of Air Jordan 4s comes as part of a 2019 capsule collection between Kim and Nike which took a bold stance on pattern. These murdered-out 4s stand as the stealthiest part of the collection.
Standing beside fellow Nike collaborator and friend Melody Ehsani, May transports us firmly back to the early ‘00s with a fit that’s topped off by a pair of general release Nike Dunk Lows. Proving that you needn’t drop four digits on your shoes to stand out, this pair of striking Plums is a surefire summer win.
Rep your team. This stealthy, utility-style outfit is rounded out with a pair of Jordan OGs that carry the design of the aforementioned Melody Ehsani. A red outsole and trims add a punch to this black-on-black design which will fit smoothly into your rotation.
One of the more recent releases in May’s collection, this pared-back Jordan 4 silhouette is another summer hit. The clean white leather upper contrasts with metallic purple hits to the laces, tongue, and heel tab. The colorway makes this one of the season’s easiest kicks to style, as shown by May’s minimal military ensemble.
When it’s your birthday and you’re spending it at Jumpman LA, you’ve got to bring the heat. May proves that she’s perfected ‘00s style with a two-tone denim pairing that leads the eyes to a fresh pair of Nike Dunk Viotechs. Color-blocked panels ensure that everyone takes notice of this pair.
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