Sneakerheads are bombarded with news of upcoming releases on a daily basis. To save you some time from searching each and every site and leak account, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the onslaught and bring you a few noteworthy kicks that have captured our attention.
Today, we get a look at the 2021 reissue of the coveted “Bacon” Air Max 90, a collaboration between Nike and Dave’s Quality Meat that originally released back in 2004. The beloved Air Max sneaker is finally set to return as soon as March, according to reports.
In other news, UNDEFEATED has debuted its latest collaboration with Converse, while Sporty & Rich’s first-ever footwear collab has arrived. Fans of the New Balance 327 can now pick up the casual sneaker in new gradient colorways, and the Nike Dunk releases keep on coming, with the latest paying homage to a piece of equipment that is a staple in skateboarding culture.
Release Date: Rumored for March 2021
Where to Buy: TBC
Editor’s Notes: The iconic “Bacon” colorway of the Air Max 90 is set to be reissued for the first time ever. The sneaker, which was a 2004 collaboration between Nike and New York City boutique Dave’s Quality Meat, features a color scheme inspired by strips of bacon. Subsequently, we find an off-white leather upper paired with red suede overlays, a pink Swoosh, and brown TPU accents, all coming together to complete the culinary theme. While Nike has yet to announce the upcoming release, GOAT has shared official imagery of the 2021 “Bacon” Air Max 90, along with a launch date of March 19. As always, however, be sure to check back with us for confirmation.
Release Date: February 19
Where to Buy: UNDEFEATED stores and undefeated.com
Editor’s Notes: UNDEFEATED is gearing up to release its latest iteration of the Converse Chuck 70. A part of the brand’s “Fundamentals” program in which it delivers curated essentials, the collab features two colorways of the classic sneaker, each outfitted with retooled branding. Both the parchment and black Chuck 70 Hi incorporate bright blue accents, an embossed five strike emblem on the midsole, and UNDEFEATED taping on the heel. The silhouette’s signature patch on the medial side is now blank, void of the customary Converse branding.
Release Date: Available now
Where to Buy: New Balance
Editor’s Notes: Since debuting last year, New Balance’s 327 has slowly begun to release in more and more colorways. Now, fans of the ’70s-inspired silhouette can take advantage of new gradient iterations, currently available online. The 327 is known for its comfortable and breathable build, being crafted from lightweight suede and mesh. Here, we find the sleek model offered in “Summer Jade,” “Summer Fog,” “Citrus,” and “Cobalt Blue.” Do yourself a favor and add a pair of 327s to your rotation if you haven’t yet.
Release Date: Available now
Editor’s Notes: Lifestyle brand Sporty & Rich has teamed up with Clarks Originals for its debut footwear collaboration. The subject of the release, the iconic Wallabee, has arrived in three colorways — Merlot, Cream Puff, and Robin’s Egg Blue — each of which comes with a matching leather tag embossed with the Sporty & Rich logo in gold. The collaborative Wallabees are made from Heinen Hillcrest leather and feature a natural rubber crepe sole. Following an initial release through Sportyandrich.com and Clarks.com, the Wallabees will be available at global retailers beginning February 22.
Release Date: February 20
Where to Buy: Orange Label skate shops in Europe and Asia
Editor’s Notes: The Dunk train keeps on rolling, as Nike SB will soon be releasing a new low-top colorway of the ever-popular sneaker. For this particular drop, the brand looks to camera equipment for inspiration, specifically the Sony VX1000 Camcorder that has long been used to document skateboarding sessions, dating back to 1995. Designed to mimic the look of the camera, the Nike SB Dunk Low “VX1000 Camcorder” features branding hits that point to specific functions such as “PEAK,” “REC LEVEL,” “WHT BAL,” and “SHUTTER SPEED.” Those interested in copping the new Dunk colorway may have to call on that overseas plug, as the “VX1000 Camcorder” will release exclusively in Europe and Asia on February 20, following the cancellation of the stateside launch.
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