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, PUMA has unveiled a new project with fashion label Maison Kitsuné, accounting for the first-ever collaboration between the two brands. The Spring/Summer 2021 collection spans footwear and apparel, ultimately merging the Paris-meets-Tokyo aesthetic of Maison Kitsuné with PUMA’s classic sport style.
Another key collab to look out for this month comes from Engineered Garments and KEEN. The brands will soon be releasing two colorways of the standout Uneek slide, just in time for the warm weather season.
In other sneaker news, we now have a confirmed release date for LeBron James’ Lakers-colored Air Max 95, while official photos of the “ACG Caldera” Nike SB Dunk Low have emerged as well. Nike rival adidas also has something special in the pipeline, as the iconic Stan Smith has been decorated with iconography pointing to your favorite Disney characters.
Release Date: March 27
Editor’s Notes: For their debut collaboration, Maison Kitsuné and PUMA rework classic silhouettes with a vintage yet modern look. The collection draws from Japanese and French design elements, all while incorporating PUMA’s sport heritage DNA. Rubberized mudguards draw attention to the collaborative footwear, as seen on the Ralph Sampson Mid, for example. The Ralph Sampson Lo is also included in the assortment, alongside the Roma in white leather. Maison Kitsuné x PUMA SS21 features apparel styles as well.
Release Date: April 6
Where to Buy: TBC
Editor’s Notes: If you still haven’t grown accustomed to seeing LeBron James in purple and gold, maybe his new Air Max 95s will help. The classic sneaker will soon be available in an LA-proper colorway, with each sneaker dedicated to one of the franchise’s signature colors. LeBron’s crown logo properly brands the pair, in addition to his number “23” on the heels. The sneaker is then finished with a list of James’ accolades stamped along the outsole.
Release Date: March 27
Where to Buy: New Balance
Editor’s Notes: New Balance’s X-Racer Utility has been outfitted with utilitarian design elements for this upcoming release. We find the sneaker showcased in three colorways, each featuring a small cargo pocket and zippered accents.
Release Date: March 29
Where to Buy: adidas.com and adidas stores globally
Editor’s Notes: adidas’ new Stan Smith colorways are inspired by beloved Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel characters, including Kermit the Frog, Hulk, Groot, Rex (Toy Story), Tinker Bell, WALL-E, and Mike Wazowski (Monsters, Inc.). Each iteration of the classic shoe is adorned with custom graphics and made using the sportswear brand’s PRIMEGREEN technology of recycled materials.
Release Date: March 26
Where to Buy: Select retailers such as NEPENTHES
Editor’s Notes: For its latest collaboration with KEEN, Engineered Garments has altered the upper of the Uneek sandal, utilizing leather in place of elastic braids. Suede is also thrown into the mix to deliver a more luxe take on the signature slide, which is here optioned in natural and black colorways.
Release Date: TBC (rumored to be April 2021)
Where to Buy: TBC
Editor’s Notes: This new colorway of the Dunk Low draws inspiration from a ’90s-favorite Nike ACG hiker, the Caldera. The upper of the shoe boasts a two-tone design, merging panels of tan and blueish purple throughout. Below, the midsole is livened up with a speckled effect that points to the Nike ACG inspiration.
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