It’s All Star Weekend! That means sneaker releases. Like, loads of sneaker releases. And it’s not just noise, either; these are the kinds of releases we should all be watching. Good news: The time is now and the sneakers are actually here. So, sneaker fan: Keep reading. There’s a lot more to explore.
Nike LeBron 17 ‘Monstars’
SHOP $225, nike.com
How do you defeat a contingent of angry aliens obsessed with basketball? These shoes!
Air Jordan 1 ‘NC to CHI’
SHOP $170, nike.com
If you’re looking to track Michael’s history, here’s a good first step. The colors track from his early days at UNC to his glory days with the Bulls in Chicago.
Karhu Synchron 2.0 ‘Monthless’
SHOP $135, sneakersnstuff.com
Need a great retro runner? Well, Karhu has you covered. Oh, and if you’re wondering about the name: Way back in the day, the Romans considered wintertime a “monthless” period, only including 10 months and 304 days on their calendar. The more you know!
Air Jordan 3 ‘Unite’
SHOP $200, nike.com
One of the highlights from All Star Weekend, the “Unite”—also known as “Red Cement”—stays true to Chicago with a “CHI” instead of an “AIR” on the heel. The iconic AJ3 dressed in bright red seems to pay homage to DJ Khaled’s “Grateful” pair, which is nearly impossible to acquire, so these will do nicely.
Air Jordan x Virgil Abloh 5 ‘Chicago Collaborators’ Collection’
SHOP $225, nike.com
Arguably the most anticipated release from the All-Star Weekend is Virgil Abloh’s re-imagining of the Air Jordan 5. Abloh was fueled by nostalgia as he remembers his very first pair of Jordans, the Metallic 5s. It’s been a while since the Off-White and Nike collab made us this excited.
Reebok x ‘Tom & Jerry’ Pack
SHOP $100-200, reebok.com
To celebrate Tom and Jerry’s 75th birthday, Reebok has teamed up with Time Warner to bring the cat-and-mouse rivalry to life. The heroes of the collection are the two OG colorways that play with the texture and graphics to portray each character.
Adidas Rivalry Hi ‘We All We Got’
SHOP $110, adidas.com
Another one for All Star Weekend, this olive green take on the Rivalry Hi pays homage to Chicago’s grit and self-determination. You can see it right there on the heel and tongue, which are emblazoned with “WAWG,” and “We All We Got.” It’s a good reminder.
Nike Adapt BB 2.0 ‘OG’
SHOP $400, nike.com
The second iteration of Nike’s most market-friendly, power-lace-enabled sneaker brings new innovations but keeps the original colorway. It’s a nice combo of new and…well, also new.