Let's face it, with so many sneaker releases happening in the span of any given 30 days, it's easy for pairs to get lost in the mix. More often than not, the everyday sneaker enthusiast's Saturday pickup is forgotten for next Saturday's pickup. Some reflection at each calendar flip can help cement some of those shoes that deserve to be remembered though. Looking for a refresher on all the great sneakers that came out this month? Here, the Sole Collector staff share what were their favorite sneakers that dropped in the month of June.
Gerald Flores, Editor-in-Chief
Because of Kanye.
Brendan Dunne, News Editor
I've been obsessing over this pair since the images first leaked. I was bummed that the 'Naike' versions never hit the U.S., but it made sense given the Chinese theme. These are way better though, and it's kinda funny that Nike Sportswear has done a better job than Jordan Brand at "remastering" the sneakers, but decided not to make a big deal about it. The good news is that they're still sitting on shelves, so a sale come up on this pair is very likely in my future.
Steve Jaconetta, Archive and Release Date Editor
Inspired by the team colors of MJ's Nike exhibition game in Italy in '84, the 'Shattered Backboard' 1s pay homage to the destructive feat achieved by 'His Airness' during that game. The color blocking, material and OG style make these AJ1s the total package.
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
In terms of longevity, few shoes in Nike’s entire history carry the significance of the Pegasus line. That said, it hasn’t been the most aesthetically adventurous line in the brand’s archive. The ‘Photosynthesis’ pack puts an end to that though, making it one of the most memorable versions of the shoe ever.
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
In a piece written last year, I named the ultra-rare Reebok Instapump Shaqnosis my most wanted shoe. Chances of actually landing a pair are pretty slim, but Reebok dropped the next best thing in the Pump Shaqnosis. And there’s two things about this shoe that I’ve always wanted. First, as mentioned, a pump variation of the Shaqnosis. Also, a simple white and royal colorway that’s technically inspired by the original Pump, but also speaks to the heritage of Orlando Magic basketball.