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, skateboarder and Fucking Awesome co-founder Jason Dill has released his latest collaboration with adidas. Part two of the Fucking Awesome x adidas Skateboarding collection consists of both apparel and sneakers, including two new colorways of original footwear silhouettes, the Experiment 1 and Experiment 2.
Additionally, New Balance has come through with a magnificent Chinese New Year 2002R, while Converse pays homage to Dr. J Julius Erving and the American Basketball Association with a celebratory release of the iconic Pro Leather. We then close out today’s sneaker news with our first official look at Nike‘s VaporFly NEXT% followup, which is expected to arrive in the coming months.
Release Date: Available now
Where to Buy: Fuckingawesomestore.com
Editor’s Notes: adidas Skateboarding and Jason Dill’s Fucking Awesome have just released the second installment from their collaborative collection. The capsule consists of apparel and footwear styles, led by the Experiment 1 and Experiment 2. Here, we find the two original silhouettes offered in new colorways, with the Experiment 1 appearing in white and blue with a gum sole, and the Experiment 2 arriving in all-white. Both sneakers incorporate Fucking Awesome branding and can be purchased beginning today through fuckingawesomestore.com. The collaboration will then be available on adidas.com/skateboarding on February 20.
Release Date: Available now
Editor’s Notes: New Balance is celebrating Chinese New Year with an enticing new colorway of the 2002R. For the holiday, the thematic sneaker is done up in luxe suede and nubuck across the upper, where shades of black, blue, and green come together. Subtle splashes of red have also been thrown into the mix via branding on the side, tongue, heel, and toe. If you’re into the “Year of the Ox” colorway like we are, you can snag the 2002R now by following the links above.
Release Date: TBC
Where to Buy: TBC
Editor’s Notes: Official photos have given us our first legitimate look at Nike’s ZoomX VaporFly NEXT% 2. The second iteration of the performance running sneaker is here showcased in a fresh “Mint Green” colorway that will likely be considerably coveted upon its release, seemingly in the warmer months ahead. The VaporFly NEXT% followup looks undeniably similar to its predecessor, equipped with a lightweight and breathable mesh upper, ZoomX sole unit with a full-length carbon fiber plate, and a reinforced toe box. Nike hasn’t announced the ZoomX VaporFly NEXT% 2 just yet, but reports are suggesting a release will take place in the months to come.
Release Date: February 18
Where to Buy: Converse.com and select retailers globally
Editor’s Notes: Converse looks to Julius Erving — also known as Dr. J — and his iconic free throw line dunk as inspiration for this new release of the Pro Leather. Arriving in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the final season of the American Basketball Association (ABA) — a professional basketball league from 1967 to 1976 — the “Birth of Flight” Pro Leather is dressed in the signature colors of the ABA. Standout details for the pair include a removable, Velcro Converse chevron logo on the side and the ABA basketball depicted on the heel.
To stay updated on everything happening in the sneaker world, follow @highsnobietysneakers on Instagram, check out the best sneakers to add to your rotation this week, and sign up to our newsletter for the latest sneaker news sent straight to your inbox.