With so many sneaker releases happening every month, it's easy to forget what's even dropped. Often, the everyday sneaker enthusiast's Saturday pickup is forgotten for next weekend's launch. Some reflection at each calendar flip can help cement some of those shoes that are worthy of being 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 launched in the month of September.
Gerald Flores, Editor-in-Chief
As with any sneaker project that Extra Butter is involved with, there's always some tie to a seminal movie in pop culture. I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson flicks, so when I saw the adidas ZX Flux from Vanguard Collection that took inspiration from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, I was immediately sold. The Jaguar Shark print and the hits of glow-in-the-dark were an awesome tribute to Steve Zissou's antagonist.
Brendan Dunne, News Editor
I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of the Blaze of Glory, but this pair totally won me over. Sure it's another red shoe, but it managed to stand out from the rest of those that have hit lately with its unique shade and materials. I lived in these for about a week, and while they aren't the most comfortable, they look super sleek on-feet. Kudos to Mike, Woody, and everyone involved with this one.
Steve Jaconetta, Archive and Release Date Editor
Since Zac had a similar favorite to mine with the 'Referee' Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE, I'm going actually going with my second favorite sneaker released this month: the 'Anthracite' Air Jordan 9 Retro. Yes, they technically a brand new colorway since they are similar to the 'Oregon' PE from a few years back, but they are still very clean. You can wear with anything, and they look a lot better in person than in pictures. The quality is on-point as well, so don't sleep on these.
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
I've never been shy about the fact that I'm not a big fan of the Air Jordan 11. And I'll never pass up the opportunity (like the one I'm taking right now) to mention the fact that Concords look like marching band shoes. But the IE, on the other hand, is one of my favorite shoes of all time. And for me, the only thing better than the original black and red version is one that strips the elephant print and adds even more black. In other words, I like these so much, I prefer them to the originals.
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
After Drake announced that he had officially joined Team Jordan in December 2013, sneakerheads eagerly awaited his first release with the brand, so much that it was still highly sought after when it officially dropped almost two years later. And for good reason — it’s a great looking shoe. With its supple leather, stingray panels, gold details and translucent sole, the “OVO” 10 probably marks the first time the no-frills model has truly looked worthy of its place in the line. No matter how you feel about Drake, it’s his time, and this release was a fitting way to celebrate the OVO era.