Summer is ending, schools are starting up again, and it’s once again time to update your wardrobe. Depending on how you look at life, this is either a period of giddy excitement or intense stress and anxiety. Either way, the fact remains that your options as a consumer are vast.
We’re officially in the last quarter of the year, which means sneaker brands are in a mad rush to unload their wildest designs in the hopes they can make a final splash once publications start curating their “Best Sneakers of 2019” lists. This is great news for sneakerheads and collectors — it means re-releases of some of the most sought after shoes from this year will start to trickle out over the next few months to refresh memories in a year that was packed with dope drops.
Here are all the best releases and re-releases landing this week, including the super-hyped Yeezy Boost Wave Runners (finally putting the Yeezy Boost 350s to rest). Let’s get into it!
Nike Adapt BB Back To The Future
The Nike Adapt BB is the brand’s most futuristic shoe ever. To echo that fact, they’ve dipped it in a Back to the Future II colorway meant to recall Marty McFly Jr.’s self-lacing Nikes. Since SNX has a history of highlighting any shoe that uses the “future” as their driving design force, we couldn’t pass up on talking about the Nike Adapt BB. Featuring an app-powered laceless tightening system, the Adapt BB is specifically designed to give every wearer a custom fit that adapts — hence the name — to your foot in the moment and is capable of being fine-tuned endlessly.
Built for the court, the Adapt BB is meant to keep your game distraction-free and offer that coveted Nike support. You might be feeling like this is a bridge too far for you, but we have smart TVs, phones, watches, cars, what makes you think sneakers aren’t next? Be an early adopter and greet the future with open arms.
The Nike Adapt BB in the Back To The Future inspired Wolf Grey colorway is set to drop on August 14th and will retail for $350. Pick up a pair at the Nike online store.
Puma RS-X Bold
The modern sneaker is in a current battle of influence. 90s-indebted sneakers are still where it’s at for now, but influence from two different decades — the ’80s and the ’00s — are currently vying for which silhouettes will inspire the 2020s. Our money is on the ’80s, if only because I personally hate shoes from the ’00s. Puma seems to agree, which is why they’ve updated and modernized one of their 80’s silhouettes for the new Puma RS-X Bold.
Featuring new ultra-cushioned running technology, the Puma RS-X Bold features a modern bulky redesign, retro color blocking, and huge Puma branding across the lateral sides. With a textile upper and leather overlays, full lace closure, and extra padding on the tongue and collar, the RS-X Bold packages everything you’d expect from modern sneakers in the form factor of a golden age of sneaker design.
The Puma RS-X Bold is out now and retail for $110. Pick up a pair at Puma’s online store or select Puma retailers.
Reebok x Palace Pro Workout Low
Made in collaboration with London retailer, Palace, this take on the Reebok Pro Workout Low makes subtle, but appreciated, changes to one of Reebok’s best silhouettes. Dropping in three eye-catching colorways of red, classic all-white, and black with a gum sole, this take on the Pro Workout Low swaps out the Reebok branding on the inside side-window with Palace branding, and features an all-leather upper, with faint reflecting detailing throughout.
While personally I’m not really feeling the black pair because of its gum sole, the red and all-white look dope and would be perfect at accenting the tail end of your summer wardrobe. If you’re feeling the black and gum sole colorway, that pair will be better suited for next season when wardrobes will lean heavily on earth tones and warmer colors.
The Reebok Palace Pro Workout Low is set to drop at physical Palace stores and the Palace webstore on August 16th for an unannounced price.
Nike Cortez Upside Down
In what we imagine is the last Stranger Things-inspired Nike drop, the designers looked to the webby and dank Upside Down — the Demogorgon’s dark and parallel underground world — for inspiration. Utilizing the iconic Cortez silhouette, the Nike Upside Down’s upper consists of a webbed texture material that breaks away to reveal a dark denim fabric underneath.
Nike has revealed the shoe completely stripped down and while that look may have been their intention we wouldn’t suggest tearing off all the tanned-threads right away. Instead, let the shoe’s temporary-upper wear away naturally, it’ll give your pair it’s own unique looks and preserve some of the novelty.
The Cortez Upside Down is out now and retails for $110 each. Pick up a pair at select Nike retailers like 43einhalb.
Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners
The Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners are finally being re-released and honestly, thank Yeezus this isn’t just another iteration of the 350s. We’ve had enough of those drops this season alone and it’s about time Ye showed some love to one of his more unique designs. The Wave Runners first released at a time when Yeezys were still fairly challenging to get first-hand, but since Adidas has wisely put more resources into their Yeezy stock we can expect to see a lot more Wave Runners walking the streets.
This is great news for anybody who already owns and loves a pair as now they have a replacement option that won’t break the bank to own. Previous after-market prices before the announcement of the re-release reached as high as $650 on sites like StockX.
The Yeezy Boost 700s are set to drop on August 17th, and will retail for $300. Pick up a pair at select Adidas retailers and the Adidas online store.