With so many sneaker releases happening each month, it's easy to forget what's even come out. Often, the everyday enthusiast's Saturday pickup is forgotten for next weekend's crop of sneakers. Reflection at each calendar flip can help cement some of those that are worthy of being remembered. Need 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 March.
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Alltimers x adidas Superstar Vulc
Gerald Flores, Editor-in-Chief
There have been so many iterations of the adidas Superstar over the years that it's really special when one stands out, such as adidas Skate's collab with New York-based Alltimers. There's something vintage about the sneaker, which references adidas' Hogan racquetball shoe from the early '80s, but also fresh at the same time. It's vulcanized and has added cushioning in the foot bed for skate purposes, making it a lot more comfortable to wear than the average Shelltoe.
Nike Kobe 11 "FTB"
Brendan Dunne, News Editor
Full disclosure: I'm not a big Nike Kobe fan. I respect the line, but haven't personally indulged in it too much over the years. I'm not a huge Kobe Bryant fan either, but watching him exit the league in such a grand fashion while wearing these made them all the better. Unsurprisingly, I missed out on purchasing them thanks to how wildly limited they were. Save for an unlikely restock, I'll have to wait for the Kobe 11 retros in 15 years to own a pair of these.
Air Jordan 30 "Black Cat"
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
I was as let down as anyone by the fact that the Air Jordan 30 reused the tooling of the Air Jordan 29. It’s not that the shoe’s 30th anniversary holds some special significance, but the fact that it hadn’t happened in the 29 previous editions made the shoe feel like a letdown. Until I played in it. That’s when I developed an appreciation for the fact that rather than putting out a substandard performing shoe, they improved on the already fantastic 29. And while I wasn’t a fan of the earlier colorways, the “Black Cat” edition is my favorite non-PE version to date.
Nike Air Griffey Max 1 "Fresh Water"
Brennan Hiro Williams, Social Media Editor
The 1996 Nike Air Max Griffey 1 was my first pair of "real" sneakers, so it's easy to get nostalgic every time the model gets a retro release. Everything about this era was amazing, from Griffey's on-field performance, including his epic first-to-home dash to beat the Yankees in the '95 ALDS (wearing this very shoe in cleat form), to his off-field product range of sneakers and classic video games. If only we could get that same guy to run for President now...
BAIT x adidas Stan Smith "420"
Rich Maze Lopez, Release Dates Manager
This sneaker really takes me back to the early/mid 2000s era of sneakers when the world wasn't paying as much attention to sneakers or sneaker culture, and brands were doing a lot of fun things that they might not want to do now. The concept, design and execution from BAIT is amazing and the courage from both BAIT and adidas Skate to drop a sneaker like this, is truly admirable. I would love for brands and collaborators to have more fun with their sneakers. It's not that serious.
adidas Crazylight Boost 2.5 "James Harden"
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
Though this season probably didn't pan out quite like he expected, James Harden did finish his first campaign as a member of Team adidas wearing his best PE. One of two styles Harden was given for the postseason, the black and white "Home" Crazylight Boost 2.5 caught my eye from the jump. While there's still work to do on that Harden logo, the blocking on this pair is MEAN—and the subtle applications of red round out a really solid design. Hopefully this is a look that's carried over to his first signature model next season.