These Are the 10 Coolest Sneakers of the Week

From Jordan, Vans, Adidas, Asics, and more.

This is the weekend of alternate realities—at least in footwear. Nike, Jordan, and Asics are all giving us new ways to look at sneaker heritage with a reworked version of a classic Dunk from the silhouette’s golden era, a shifted retro runner from Japan, and two Jordans that are almost related to shoes that MJ wore on court—but are just far enough away to offer something totally new. Collaborations are on full display with Kanye’s latest offering from Adidas, a strange and challenging collection of White Mountaineering picks (also from Adidas), and a series of Vans from Swedish brand Our Legacy. All that, plus more. This weekend is set up to be a blockbuster. Good luck out there.

 

GREATS ROYALE TRIPLE BLACK

Greats' Royale is the perfect blend of style and class—a minimal shoe, made in Italy, with the kind of quality standards you'd expect for double the price. The triple black colorway of the Royale was retired back in 2014, but this week the company is bringing it back with a few slight changes. Reworked materials and an updated silhouette make for a look that's just as clean as the original.Release: 2/23$159, greats.com

Greats’ Royale is the perfect blend of style and class—a minimal shoe, made in Italy, with the kind of quality standards you’d expect for double the price. The triple black colorway of the Royale was retired back in 2014, but this week the company is bringing it back with a few slight changes. Reworked materials and an updated silhouette make for a look that’s just as clean as the original.

Release: 2/23

$159, greats.com

NIKE REESE FORBES DENIM SB DUNK HI

It's debatable, but we're willing to say that the golden age of Nike's SB Dunk program was in the mid-2000s. It started in earnest with Jeff Staple's Pigeon Dunk in 2005, and covered dozens of incredible releases over just a few years, including the Reese Forbes Denims. This week, the highly coveted sneaker sees a reissue in the Dunk Hi, making for a shoe that has the same DNA but casts a different shadow. It's history—just slightly different.Release: 2/23$110, nike.com

It’s debatable, but we’re willing to say that the golden age of Nike’s SB Dunk program was in the mid-2000s. It started in earnest with Jeff Staple’s Pigeon Dunk in 2005, and covered dozens of incredible releases over just a few years, including the Reese Forbes Denims. This week, the highly coveted sneaker sees a reissue in the Dunk Hi, making for a shoe that has the same DNA but casts a different shadow. It’s history—just slightly different.

Release: 2/23

$110, nike.com

NIKE FLYKNIT RACER “WOLF GRAY”

We still think the Flyknit Racer is the perfect sneaker for any office worker looking to push the boundaries a little bit (at least on Casual Fridays). This Wolf Gray colorway features a heathered knit upper on top of a bright red midsole, making for a shoe that's both sophisticated and exciting. Plus, we always love a contrast sole.Release: 2/24$150, nike.com

We still think the Flyknit Racer is the perfect sneaker for any office worker looking to push the boundaries a little bit (at least on Casual Fridays). This Wolf Gray colorway features a heathered knit upper on top of a bright red midsole, making for a shoe that’s both sophisticated and exciting. Plus, we always love a contrast sole.

Release: 2/24

$150, nike.com

It was just a couple years ago that Asics separated the Asics Tiger brand from everything else, creating a space specifically for a retro program and placing a focus on that heritage. Tiger gives the company the ability to work with those products in a new way, like taking the Gel-Kayano—a sneaker originally designed in the 1980s—and updating it with knit materials. This week it'll hit the market in all-black and all-white colorways, blending a new process with a retro look, and making for something very, very contemporary.Release: 2/23$150,	asicstiger.com

 
 

It was just a couple years ago that Asics separated the Asics Tiger brand from everything else, creating a space specifically for a retro program and placing a focus on that heritage. Tiger gives the company the ability to work with those products in a new way, like taking the Gel-Kayano—a sneaker originally designed in the 1980s—and updating it with knit materials. This week it’ll hit the market in all-black and all-white colorways, blending a new process with a retro look, and making for something very, very contemporary.

Release: 2/23

$150, asicstiger.com

ADIDAS NMD “MONOCHROME PACK”

The flood of Adidas NMDs just cannot be stemmed—they do not stop coming. It can be a little overwhelming. But this week sees the rerelease of the Monochrome Pack that features all-black, all-white, and all-red colorways. Each one is cleaner than the last and worth taking a second look at (or a third). Next to the Yeezys releasing the next day, these will be an easier cop and worth considering as a consolation prize.Release: 2/24$140, adidas.com

The flood of Adidas NMDs just cannot be stemmed—they do not stop coming. It can be a little overwhelming. But this week sees the rerelease of the Monochrome Pack that features all-black, all-white, and all-red colorways. Each one is cleaner than the last and worth taking a second look at (or a third). Next to the Yeezys releasing the next day, these will be an easier cop and worth considering as a consolation prize.

Release: 2/24

$140, adidas.com

ADIDAS X WHITE MOUNTAINEERING SUPERSTAR SLIP-ON

You can always count on Japanese brand White Mountaineering to offer something completely unexpected, especially in its collaborations with Adidas. This week is no different, delivering a rarely seen slip-on version of the Superstar that's criss-crossed with a branded ribbon. We can pretty much guarantee that if you cop and rock these, you'll be the only one in the room with them on. And maybe you're into that. Release: 2/24$160, adidas.com

You can always count on Japanese brand White Mountaineering to offer something completely unexpected, especially in its collaborations with Adidas. This week is no different, delivering a rarely seen slip-on version of the Superstar that’s criss-crossed with a branded ribbon. We can pretty much guarantee that if you cop and rock these, you’ll be the only one in the room with them on. And maybe you’re into that.

Release: 2/24

$160, adidas.com

ADIDAS X KANYE WEST YEEZY 350 V2 “ZEBRA”

Of course Kanye is back with another Adidas release and of course everyone is losing their minds over it. But this week it's totally warranted. By far the best colorway of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 so far, this week's "Zebra" colorway also seems to be the rarest. If you haven't locked down a pair already: good luck. These will not be available at your local store, only Adidas-owned outlets. But maybe it's enough to admire them from afar...Release: 2/25$220, adidas.com

Of course Kanye is back with another Adidas release and of course everyone is losing their minds over it. But this week it’s totally warranted. By far the best colorway of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 so far, this week’s “Zebra” colorway also seems to be the rarest. If you haven’t locked down a pair already: good luck. These will not be available at your local store, only Adidas-owned outlets. But maybe it’s enough to admire them from afar…

Release: 2/25

$220, adidas.com

AIR JORDAN VIII “ALTERNATE”

1993 was the year of the Jordan VIII, and as much as retro releases are about grabbing a piece of history, the pair releasing this weekend is not—at least not in a traditional sense. This "Alternate" colorway was an idea that was nearly executed to be worn at a '93 Chicago home game, but never made it into production. Until now. Jordan Brand has released more than a smattering of "Alternate" sneakers in the last year or so, giving us an alternate timeline of sneaker history, like some sort of Christopher Nolan shoe movie. And we're very much okay with that.Release: 2/25$190,	nike.com

1993 was the year of the Jordan VIII, and as much as retro releases are about grabbing a piece of history, the pair releasing this weekend is not—at least not in a traditional sense. This “Alternate” colorway was an idea that was nearly executed to be worn at a ’93 Chicago home game, but never made it into production. Until now. Jordan Brand has released more than a smattering of “Alternate” sneakers in the last year or so, giving us an alternate timeline of sneaker history, like some sort of Christopher Nolan shoe movie. And we’re very much okay with that.

Release: 2/25

$190, nike.com

VANS X OUR LEGACY OLD SKOOL, AUTHENTIC & HALF CAB

Sweden is nowhere close to California, but when Our Legacy was given the opportunity to collaborate on a collection for Vans, the brand turned to Orange County for inspiration. Vans is, after all, perhaps the most Californian brand in the world. Along with a collection of apparel, the two brands created eight different sneakers—including Old Skools, Authentics, and Half Cabs. Each shoe features a tonal combination of hairy suede and thick padded nylon, making for a unique textural mix.Release: 2/25$78 and up, vans.com

Sweden is nowhere close to California, but when Our Legacy was given the opportunity to collaborate on a collection for Vans, the brand turned to Orange County for inspiration. Vans is, after all, perhaps the most Californian brand in the world. Along with a collection of apparel, the two brands created eight different sneakers—including Old Skools, Authentics, and Half Cabs. Each shoe features a tonal combination of hairy suede and thick padded nylon, making for a unique textural mix.

Release: 2/25

$78 and up, vans.com

AIR JORDAN XII LOW “PLAYOFF”

In the last decade or so, basketball sneakers have changed shape (most notably with the KD line, which features a very low collar). But the most iconic line of game shoes, Air Jordan, have always been highs first. That's why the OG version of the Playoff Jordan XII hits above the ankle (presumably to give some stability on the joint). But if you want a more casual, summery look, they're releasing in a low version this week. You might find these are easier to pair with shorts, an article of clothing we're all going to be wearing this year earlier than we normally do.Release: 2/25$170,	nike.com

In the last decade or so, basketball sneakers have changed shape (most notably with the KD line, which features a very low collar). But the most iconic line of game shoes, Air Jordan, have always been highs first. That’s why the OG version of the Playoff Jordan XII hits above the ankle (presumably to give some stability on the joint). But if you want a more casual, summery look, they’re releasing in a low version this week. You might find these are easier to pair with shorts, an article of clothing we’re all going to be wearing this year earlier than we normally do.

Release: 2/25

$170, nike.com

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