Welcome to a new segment on JustFreshKicks: Top 5 Sneakers that Didn’t Sell Out. As you can probably tell, this segment will feature our top five picks of sneakers that released during the past month and are still available now. We’ll be going over each sneaker release as well as why we chose them to help you find some gems or just shed some light on silhouettes that went overlooked. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into our first installment:
AIR JORDAN 1 MID “BLACK/GREY/RED”
Along with many Air Jordan 1 High colorways, the Air Jordan 1 Mid has seen a major comeback this year. Throughout its resurgence, we’ve seen the model take on many iterations, such as multicolor, pine green and top 3. However, it doesn’t get as classic as this colorway. Dressed in black, red, and grey, iconic colors for Jordan Brand, this Air Jordan 1 Mid brings out black cement vibes (without the cement). The sneakers essentially released out of nowhere in Europe last month, but didn’t hit the states until April in which you can still grab your pair now directly on Nike.
ADIDAS YEEZY BOOST 700 “ANALOG”
The Yeezy 700 Analog that released just this past weekend did not go over so well for Kanye and adidas but it deserves some recognition that it didnt receive from the community. Likely due to the higher retail price and the similarities to the “Salt” version, many looked over the release. As many argued they were the “Salts” doppelgänger they were actually rather different. The durable materials used on the 700’s and the comfort they bring to the table let alone would make the list but for this pair the great colorway stands out in particular. The cream midsole and various shades of white among the upper really allow the different overlays and added details on the silhouette to really stand out. Official images didn’t do them justice but as on feet pictures were revealed, they looked like a totally different shoe, the chunky silhouette really took on the colorway really well with the Analog iteration. You can still grab a pair now directly on adidas, although sizes are selling out so don’t wait too long.
ADIDAS NITE JOGGER
The adidas Nite Jogger first returned to retail shelves earlier this year, with a very different look than when it was last seen in the 1970s. To put it bluntly, this is the shoe that Boost should have been when it first crossed over into the lifestyle market in 2013. While the NMD will always hold a special place in my heart, I can’t shake the thought each time I slip on my Nite Joggers that things would be very different now if adidas had led with these. The width of the footbed is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a Boost shoe for 5 years now, along with the various inserts and clips around the heels to provide excellent cushioning and stability all day long. Plus, they’re widely available in nearly two dozen colorways, so there’s a pair out there for everyone.
Inspired by vintage Nike apparel from the mid-90s, the Atmos x Nike Air Max2 Light released April 5th. Lacking any formal execution or structured arrangements, the shoe features many vibrant colors, an asymmetrical patchwork upper, and an aggressive design. I understand this colorway isn’t for everyone, but if you take a minute to appreciate the details the shoe overshadows you will fall in love. With summer almost underway anyone could take this aggressive design and transcend their individual, unique style.
VANS X RALPH STEADMAN COLLECTION
The 82-year-old-Welsh artist Ralph Steadman has lend his artistic vision and has paired up with Vans for a full eight-shoe capsule collection. While many may not immediately recognize Steadman’s work, his grim, abstract-like aesthetic is undeniably unique and intricate. It does comes as a surprise that the collection went under the radar, perhaps due to the overwhelming amount of releases during the same week. I however, immediately became a fan of the collection that ranges from high-top to low-top models with an array of vibrant, and unique designs each better than the last. The range of shoes makes it a no brainer for me in terms of choice, but the price range is also relatively affordable. A perfect blend of art and culture, the Vans x Ralph Steadman collection should definitely be on any cop list; whether a fan of Vans or Steadman, there is no denying the uniqueness presented.