It’s 2022, which means with the old and with the new – or blue, in the case of several sneakers launched this week.
The fresh hue has breathed new life into some of Nike’s iconic basketball silhouettes, including the mighty Air Jordan 1. Accents of blue also appear in New Balance’s poetic Chinese New Year collection, as a graphic way to represent tranquility. And of course, the color was part of the wild palette of Reebok and Bape’s first Instapump Fury sneakers, along with other shades of the rainbow.
Find out more about these striking shoes below, as well as where to copy them in Singapore.
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Reebok x Bape Instapump Fury OG
How can we even begin to describe Reebok and Bape’s first Instapump Fury OG kicks? With blue and orange hues on one shoe, green and purple on the other, and camo prints throughout, these sneakers are the most adventurous design we’ve seen from the collaboration to date. Of course, the two brands also presented another pair of minimalist Club C 85 sneakers for Spring-Summer 2022, but this is the year of the tiger. Why not be loud and bold with these striking shoes instead?
New Balance 327 “Chinese New Year” Edition
It’s the last thing anyone expects from a sneaker brand, but New Balance’s Chinese New Year collection is inspired by a verse by poet Siegfried Sassoon: “In me the tiger sniffs the rose.” Dissect the words however you see fit, but one thing is clear: the resulting sneakers are absolute must-haves. There are new XC-72 and 57/40 models, but we’re particularly eyeing the 327 trainers, which come in two colorways. The former features a black base and brown undertones that “represent resolve and bravery,” while the latter replaces brown hues with pink, as a nod to “tranquility and grace.” And yes, there is no tiger ray in sight.
LeBron 9 “South Coast”
Is the LeBron 9 back? It looks like it, especially after Nike released the “Watch the Throne” edition of the kicks this year. It couldn’t have been better: the sneakers, which are an ode to the King James of basketball, are now 10 years old. This wavy neon “south coast” is meant to celebrate the fact, with vibrant hues and palm tree graphics that hint at where LeBron James rooted his athletic career.
Givenchy Giv 1 TR
Matthew M. Williams has come up with some intriguing shoe offerings at Givenchy, from the Monumental Mallow shoes to the luxury brand’s very first sneakers, the Giv 1. These have now been upgraded to the high-performance style dubbed the “Giv 1 TR”, which fully showcases Williams’ flair for futuristic and functional design. In fact, it gets a little cheesy: the shoes, which are made from a combination of mesh, suede and smooth leather, feature a ” aerodynamic design”, featuring details such as padded ankle reinforcements. But all you need to know is that the shoes really look great, whether they are high or low style. Expect more colors to launch in the coming months.
Air Jordan 1 “Dark Navy”
When: January 22
The powerful color of red is practically synonymous with the Air Jordan 1, but now Nike has done the unthinkable by refreshing one of the world’s greatest sneakers with a fresh blue hue. “Dark Marina Blue”, to be exact. The color covers all the important elements, from the Swoosh to the laces and even the grooved soles. What remains the same is the quality, and the AJ1’s signature combination of leather and rubber is still as appealing and durable as ever.
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