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A Complete Guide to This Weekend’s Sneakers Releases

A Complete Guide to This Weekend’s Sneakers Releases

By: Mike DeStefano

It’s the first week of releases for 2018 and Nike looks like it is trying to make an early impression in the new year. Of the 10 major releases this week, Nike and Jordan Brand are responsible for nine of them.

Releases start on Thursday when the Swoosh will debut the brand new Vapormax Utility model in a triple black color scheme alongside a Phoenix Suns-esque colorway of the popular Zoom Fly SP runner. Also on Thursday, a special PE of the Nike Kyrie 3 inspired by the “Raygun” SB Dunk Low from 2005 and a sequel to Nike’s insanely hyped “Galaxy” Foamposite from 2012 will be dropping exclusively at Nike and Foot Locker’s brand new Sneakeasy location in Boston.

Not to be forgotten, Adidas is also dropping product this Thursday in the form of two new colorways of its newest rendition of the popular NMD model, the NMD_R1 STLT, in black and white options. On Friday, Nike is bringing back a fusion model from 2010 by dropping an Air Force 1 Foamposite with a light carbon, iridescent upper and black accents.

To finish off the week of releases, Nike is delivering a new Kyrie 4 that seems to take inspiration from Irving’s belief the Earth is flat, an Air More Money from the Currency Pack inspired by the U.S. Dollar, and an Air Jordan XXXII colorway that pays homage to MJ’s 1988 MVP season and the iconic Air Jordan III “Black Cement” that all hit retailers on Saturday.

For a detailed look at everything dropping, here’s a Complete Guide to This Weekend’s Sneaker Releases.

Nike Vapormax Utility

Price: $225
When: Thursday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m.
Where: Nike SNKRS and other select retailers
What You Need to Know: Another new iteration of the Nike Vapormax will be hitting retailers this week. This time, the model abandons the running style silhouette for something akin to some of Nike’s popular ACG models from the ’90s. This Utility style features a mid-cut ankle collar, elastic bands across the forefoot, a toggle lacing system, foam midsole unit, and neoprene heel cup. The debut colorway is a classic triple black color scheme.

Nike Zoom Fly SP ‘Neutral Indigo’

Price: $150
When: Thursday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m.
Where: Nike SNKRS and other select retailers
What You Need to Know: The latest drop of the Zoom Fly SP gives the popular running model a bright, new color scheme. This iteration sports the usual translucent upper in white with neutral indigo accents on the upper, Swoosh branding, laces, and midsole. Orange hits can also be seen throughout.

Nike Kyrie 3 PE ‘Raygun’

Price: $120
When: Thursday, Jan. 4
Where: Sneakeasy Boston (539 Tremont St.)
What You Need to Know: What will likely be one of the last Kyrie 3s hitting retail, this “Raygun” PE will also quickly become a favorite as well. Inspired by the popular “Raygun” Nike SB Dunk Low from 2005, this colorway splits the upper into black, orange, and yellow panels similar to the Dunk Low. It also sports the logo of the fictional Roswell Rayguns basketball team on the lateral heel. This pair will release exclusively at Nike and Foot Locker’s newest Sneakeasy location in Boston. Irving recently debuted this pair on court in a home game against the Sacramento Kings.

Nike Air Foamposite ‘Big Bang’

Price: $230
When: Thursday, Jan. 4
Where: Sneakeasy Boston (539 Tremont St.)
What You Need to Know: This sequel to one of the most hyped-up sneaker releases ever, 2012’s “Galaxy” Nike Air Foamposite One, will be another pair dropping exclusively at Boston’s new Sneakeasy location. Dubbed the “Big Bang” Foamposite, this pair sports a more colorful upper than its predecessor. It also replaces the glow in the dark outsole feature with a black outsole. Although this week it is exclusive to Sneakeasy Boston, a wider release is still anticipated to occur for this pair in conjunction with NBA All Star Weekend in Los Angeles this Feb.

Adidas NMD_R1 STLT

Price: $170
When: Thursday, Jan. 4
Where: adidas.com and other select retailers
What You Need to Know: Adidas’ latest version of the popular NMD model arrives in two brand new colorways this week. Black and white pairs will be up for grabs that sport new Primeknit patterns along the upper, remove Three Stripes branding entirely, and feature a slightly different lacing system than previous renditions. The usual heel and midsole set up remain intact on the STLT. The black pair’s upper is accented with pink and grey stitching, while the white colorway opts for black accent stitiching.

Nike Air Force 1 Foamposite ‘Light Carbon’

Price: $200
When: Friday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m.
Where: Nike SNKRS and other select retailers
What You Need to Know: A Nike fusion model is making a return in 2018. Originally releasing in 2010, the Nike Air Force 1 Foamposite is back. This Air Force 1 High features a light carbon-colored, iridescent Foamposite upper and black accents on the eyelets, tongue, laces, heel, ankle strap, midsole, and outsole.

Nike Kyrie 4 ‘Dark Obsidian’

Price: $120
When: Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.
Where: Nike SNKRS and other select retailers
What You Need to Know: The first 2018 colorway of the Kyrie 4 has a dark obsidian suede and mesh upper with hits of bright blue and green throughout. The silhouette’s unique outsole sports a marbled green and blue look. An “All Seeing Eye” is also debossed on the back tongue tab. While not officially stated, the colorway certainly could be a callback to Irving’s highly-publicized belief that the Earth is flat.

Nike Air More Money ‘U.S. Dollar’

Price: $160
When: Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.
Where: Nike SNKRS and other select retailers
What You Need to Know: To usher in the return of a lesser talked about basketball model from its archive, Nike decided to take the model’s name literally. The Swoosh will be releasing various pairs of the Air More Money inspired by currency from around the world. One of the first pairs that will hit retailers is the “U.S. Dollar” colorway. It sports a money green suede along the upper and black accents. Gold “Air Money” text can be seen on the shroud, while a tonal American flag and gold dollar sign are present on the heel. Unlike the original Air Money model, the Air More Money places the Air Money’s upper on the midsole unit from the Air More Uptempo, the much more talked about Nike Basketball sneaker that debuted in 1996.

Air Jordan XXXII ‘MVP’

Price: $185
When: Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.
Where: Nike SNKRS and other select retailers
What You Need to Know: This new Air Jordan XXXII celebrates MJ’s first MVP award in 1988. The colorway takes inspiration from the iconic Air Jordan III “Black Cement” that he wore throughout that season. It sports a cement grey Flyknit upper, black leather wrapping around the heel, and red accents similar to the timeless pair of Air Jordan IIIs. Elephant print can even be seen on the heel to allude to the III’s signature elephant print panels. “MVP” is printed on the inside of the tongue as a subtle finishing touch.

Grenson x New Balance

Price: TBD
When: Thursday, Jan. 6, then Jan 20 globally
Where: Grenson, New Balance online, and New Balance flagship store in London
What You Need to Know: This is the second time that New Balance and Grenson, two footwear brands that manufacture shoes and sneakers in the U.K., have connected for the second time to do another Made in England collection, this time featuring the 576 in three versions, including a women’s version.

Adidas Marathon TR

Price: TBD
When: Thursday, Jan. 9
Where: Adidas, select retailers
What You Need to Know: The Adidas Marathon TR is a bit of a legend at Adidas. It was designed in 1979 by Adi Dassler and was created for trail runners. That aside, the sole tread is actually made out of Trefoils. Talk about branding. The sneaker was also worn by Kanye West over a decade ago.

Adidas Marathon TR OG 'Epochal Pack' BB6803 (Lateral)
Image via Adidas

 

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