We’re all coming off strong from a sleepy vacation week, and so is the sneaker world. This week, the sneakers are varied and innovative. Reebok made a bio-based shoe (out of corn and cotton!), which marks another sneaker getting into the sustainability space. Adidas is dropping a bright blue Torsion, an ode to New York City’s Max Fish, and a fresh color of Yeezy 350s. Nike rolled out more of its Stranger Things collection (including a Cortez and a Blazer Mid), and D/MS/X, which plays with the standard sneaker silhouette to make something a little more innovative. Here’s a full look at the coolest sneaker drops this week.
Reebok NPC UK Cotton + Corn Sneakers
Sneaker culture is wasteful! We know this! All of the constant drops and re-drops might be entertaining, but they’re also a strain on the environment. That’s why something like Reebok’s Cotton + Corn collection is especially welcome. The shoe is 75 percent USDA-certified bio-based, which is sure to serve as a marker for other sustainable shoes trying to enter the field. It comes in a few colors, but our favorite is this easy-to-wear natural shade.
Greats Royale Denim
The simple shape of Greats’ Royale makes it one of the best sneakers for everyday wearing. It’s especially great if you’re not a huge sneakerhead but like to keep your shoe collection modern. The denim pack, which has a denim upper and rubber gum sole, is a solid buy for a shoe that you can wear for the rest of summer and deep into fall.
Adidas ZX Torsion
And on the opposite end of the spectrum, Adidas’s ZX Torsion is not exactly for the humble sneaker wearer. Of course, that’s why we love it. This shoe was originally an ’80s style, but it has since been brought into 2019 with a Boost sole, because every shoe should have a Boost sole. The mix of mesh and suede and varying shades of blue make something that looks retro but feels comfy.
Puma LQDCELL Omega Manga Cult
Puma’s LQDCELL shoe came together from two major sources of inspiration: nature and manga art. Sure! We love a sneaker with a little backstory. Details on the sneaker are all supposed to come from parts of nature, and we’d be lying if we said the hexagonal shapes and black straps didn’t remind us of a hiking sneaker. The colors—red and black—come from manga art.
Adidas Max Fish Campus ADV
Famed Lower East Side bar Max Fish has been a major point of connection for skaters and creatives of all types. This week, Adidas is celebrating Max Fish’s 30 years of influence with a special sneaker. The navy blue and red mirrors the bar’s polka-dotted interior but in a subtler, more wearable way. They’ll be hard to get your hands on, though: The sneakers will only be available at Max Fish and select skateboarding retailers.
Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Collection
People get hype for Stranger Things merch. Very hype. And brands are leaning into that, including Nike, with its multiple packs honoring the show. Last month, it released a set of white, green, and orange sneakers, and this month, it’s bringing new colors to similar silhouettes. Each shoe comes with special packaging and Hawkins, Indiana-themed pins. Get ’em if you can.
Nike Air Max 1 ‘Sketch To Shelf’
Tinker Hatfield’s impression on the sneaker world is everlasting. And it’s making an appearance on this week’s “Sketch to Shelf” series from Nike. These sneakers are meant to look like mock-ups—undone sketches that highlight the evolution of a sneaker concept and design. This pair of white sneakers with black mocked detailing is the most subtle to wear.
Air Jordan XI Retro Low I.E.
This week, Nike is bringing a classic color combination to a classic sneaker silhouette, re-making the ever-popular Air Jordan XI in a more low-key I.E. version (read: not as patent leather-heavy). This color makes them even more accessible, too. A mix of black materials—mesh, leather, and patent leather—sit on top of a white and icy blue sole.
Nike N110 D/MS/X
The fun of the sneaker world is finding ways to re-imagine a shoe, sometimes with shape or materials or technology. And in some cases, like this one, all three. Nike’s new D/MS/X shoe has a noticeably thick sole, but a much more streamlined upper. It’s kind of like a chunky sneaker for the clown shoe-averse. And all that detailing on the upper? That’s an inside peek at how the construction of the shoe actually comes together. It also has some major ventilation, making it a solid sneaker to wear in the heat.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Lundmark RF220
Yeezy’s established Boost 350 just calls for slight upgrades and detail change-ups to make it feel completely new again. These Lundmark Reflectives are all about using natural light as a detail: A flash enacts the pop of reflective light on the shoe. Which, style aside, is kind of great for safety reasons. The heathered appearance makes these easy to wear in the daylight, too.