AURALEE’s New Balance 550 Proves Less Is More & Other Sneaker News Worth a Read

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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’re highlighting AURALEE’s latest collaboration with New Balance, as the Japanese label has reimagined the ever-popular 550. News of the AURALEE x New Balance 550 comes as the sportswear brand has already delivered multiple coveted collabs featuring the resurgent retro model, from the likes of Aimé Leon Dore and size?.

Sticking with joint projects, atmos and adidas are back at it, once again spotlighting the Superstar, while ASICS has linked with footwear design school PENSOLE Academy to pay homage to archival colorways from the ’90s.

In other sneaker news, Nike SB has yet another new colorway of the Dunk in the works for 2021, and BAPE is back with a new release centering around the beloved BAPE STA. Lastly, GOAT has just launched a celebratory Air Max Month initiative that unearths iconic designs from Nike’s Air Max vault.

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Release Date: TBC

Where to Buy: TBC

Editor’s Notes: Tokyo-based brand AURALEE has revealed a new collaboration alongside New Balance with its Fall/Winter 2021 collection. This time around, the familiar collaborators are highlighting the ever-popular 550, which has been the subject of numerous collabs as of late. To no surprise, AURALEE has applied its minimal touches to the retro basketball silhouette, opting for a monochromatic design crafted from premium grain leather. The 550 is equipped with a yellowed midsole to complete the overall vintage aesthetic.

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Release Date: TBC

Where to Buy: TBC

Editor’s Notes: Fans of Nike SB Dunks can look forward to this new Hawaiian-themed iteration reportedly dropping sometime in 2021. The pair stands out with its lively floral upper, which is branded with a hemp Nike Swoosh on the side. A release date for the “Hawaii” Dunk High has yet to be announced, however, it is expected to arrive in the months ahead for $120.

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Release Date: March 6

Where to Buy: atmos

Editor’s Notes: For their latest foray, atmos and adidas present a new reimagining of the iconic Superstar. Inspired by Japan’s tallest peak, the pair features an upper decorated with graphics depicting fireworks exploding around Mount Fuji. A red tag with Japanese characters then draws attention to the heel, while blue laces provide the shoe with even more coloration.

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Release Date: March 6

Where to Buy: BAPE

Editor’s Notes: Over the weekend, BAPE will be releasing a new women’s-exclusive BAPE STA capsule. The drop is led by a seasonally-appropriate pastel pair, which is ideal for the warm weather season ahead, and also includes two iterations done up in multicolored gingham plaid.

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Release Date: Available now

Where to Buy: ASICS

Editor’s Notes: ASICS has tapped PENSOLE Design Academy, a footwear design school based in Portland, Oregon, for a new collaboration spotlighting the GEL-MIQRUM. The retro-flavored silhouette is decked out in a bright purple and blue colorway that draws from ASICS designs of the ’90s, all while being outfitted with the brand’s latest technologies, such as GEL cushioning.

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Editor’s Notes: GOAT is celebrating Air Max Month by letting sneakerheads lace up rare Air Max models using its AR Try-On feature. Beginning today, March 5, Sean Wotherspoon’s Air Max 1/97 is available to virtually test out on the GOAT app, alongside the iconic Stash x Air Classic BW. Throughout the remainder of the month, additional Air Max favorites will be coming your way, including the Off-White™ x Air Max 90 “Desert Ore” and Air Max 95 “Stash” on March 12, the atmos x Air Max 1 Retro “Elephant” and Air Max 1 “Urawa” Japan exclusive on March 22, and the Air Max 180 “Opium” and this year’s DQM x Air Max 90 “Bacon” on March 26.

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