Labor Day is offically over, which means summer is on its way out the door and fall is around the corner. With each new season comes a new batch of sneakers. Members of the Sole Collector staff made their personal picks for the upcoming sneaker they're looking forward to in the coming months. See our picks below and mention what you're looking forward to in the comments section.
A week ago, there wasn't much I was looking forward to for fall. None of the upcoming retros are personal favorites of mine, and after being so disappointed with the LeBron 11, I have little interest in the 12. But after seeing images from last week's Jordan Brand Holiday preview, something caught my eye. I've loved playing in the XX9 so far, and the "River Walk" colorway is my favorite yet for the shoe. And after learning the theme behind the colorway, it make it that much better.
Its true, I am looking forward to the 'Legend Blue' Air Jordan 11 Retro (of course) this holiday season. But, since I own both the original and 2001 retro versions of the 'Columbia Blue' Air Jordan XI, i'm eying a different shoe. The black/infrared 23 Air Jordan 13 Retro. Very close to MJ's PE from '98, this colorway has been a long time coming and I can't wait to get (or try to get) my hands on a pair.
Brennan Williams, Senior Writer/Social Media
Looking forward to: adidas Consortium x Pharrell Williams Stan Smith (September?)
Pharrell's partnership with adidas was announced last March, and I've had high hopes for the project ever since. According to release information gathered online, an adidas Consortium x Pharrell Stan Smith is on the way this month. What will it look like? Well, I'm not entirely sure, but after all these years I'm confident in Pharrell's ability to generate a conversation starter. I am particularly interested to see how Bionic Yarn is utilized (the company, in which Williams is an investor and brand ambassador, produces yarn made from recycled ocean plastic).
As a hardcore hoops fan, one of the biggest stories of the summer has been the return of Derrick Rose. Along with that return, D-Rose has been back in his adidas signature shoe on-court. As a fan of Rose's story and the progression of his line, I'm eager to get my foot into the D Rose 5 Boost and find out how full-length Boost translates to the hardwood. We've gotten a bit of a taste with Crazylight Boost, but I don't think we'll completely understand how impactful the cushioning can be in basketball until we get that full-length experience offered by the Rose 5.
With so many different iterations of the Jordan Future these past several months, I didn’t think there was any thing else that the brand could do with the upper. I was wrong. Last week, we got a good look at a premium version of the silhouette with a woven brown leather upper and gum sole. A $345 price point might seem like a tough pill to swallow, but if you think about the quality materials that’s being used in these - they’re sure to last at least a few good years like a pair of fine Italian dress shoes. Not to mention the sneakers are styled perfect for the season.
After an endless onslaught of Instapump Fury releases, one might think Reebok had successfully rinsed the shoe of any energy. Yet, the 20th anniversary collaborations keep streaming out, slow and steady, giving fresh perspective on Steven Smith's design. The 2014 offerings have run the gamut—from 24 Kilates' stylish collaboration with 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi to Concepts' ode to Versace ignorance—and atmos is no stranger to the silhouette. In sleek white, atmos allows the components of the shoe, so often highlighted by eye-popping color, to sink into the total package. It's not the first white Instapump the Japanese outlet has prepared—in 2012 a richly tooled version with leopard accents released—but it's the simplest, materials, largely, unchanged from the original. The all-over print interior pays homage to the USA, the home nation of the Instapump, which is a nice touch too.