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 July.
Editors' Picks: The Best Sneakers Of The Month
The Sole Collector staff breaks down their favorites.
Air Jordan 5 Retro "Metallic"
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
I've never been one to care whether or not my Air Jordans have a Jumpman or "Nike Air" on their heels, and I'm old enough to have actually had the OGs. Sure, if given the choice, I'd rather have "Nike Air," but a logo is a logo-and what I really don't want is extra logos, like when Air Jordan 5s have the "23" stamp on the heel. I can appreciate the historical significance of being true to MJ's PEs. I just can't appreciate the 1990-era block letter graphic design. I far prefer the clean look this version of the 5 brought back, regardless of the logo on the heel.
adidas Ace 16+ PureControl Ultra Boost
Brennan Hiro Williams, Social Media Editor
Adidas' biggest sport is soccer. It's biggest stars are soccer players. So it's about damned time that the brand combines its biggest strength with its modern lifestyle product. Enter the ACE+ 16 PureControl Ultra Boost, a hybrid of the new Paul Pogba-led soccer boot and the ever-present Ultra Boost running shoe. Like its on-pitch counterpart, the Ultra Boost version features a laceless Primeknit upper with a mid-height sock collar. If you're a fan of Ultra Boost Uncaged or NMD CS1 (and it appears that a lot of you are), these are a no-brainer.
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon
Rich Lopez, Release Dates Manager
In addition to the obvious legendary Air Max styles, the Air Zoom Spiridon ranks up there on my list of all-time favorite running styles. When it first released, it looked like it belonged in the future as it featured a mesh upper, separating itself from the traditional leather and running suede combination that had become the norm from Nike running. The shiny Swoosh and miniature Swoosh looked really good as well. And with all of that, the sneaker looks amazing on foot, there's just something about it. In all honesty, I wasn't too happy with the $175 price point but I was ecstatic to see the sneaker return.
Air Jordan 1 Retro Low No Swoosh
Brendan Dunne, News Editor
I keep telling myself I don't care about Air Jordans anymore and then I keep buying them. The latest is the Air Jordan 1 Low No Swoosh in all-white, a shoe that I was like social media-influenced into purchasing. I find myself wearing plain, all-white shoes quite a bit these days and this pair fits that bill just fine, especially with its lack of branding. Allegedly the plan is to wear them into the ground and turn them into beaters, but we'll see how that goes.
Pharrell x adidas NMD Human Race
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
While I'm happy to see it, the buzz for the adidas NMD is something I don't quite understand. It's an okay looking shoe, but I'd much rather lock down another pair of Ultra Boosts if given the choice — unless the opportunity to grab Pharrell's Human Race version presents itself.
What Skateboard did with the NMD is essentially what he's done his entire life — livened sh*t up. The basic concept of the model is there, but it's now brighter, bolder and just flat out better. The somewhat extended sock gives the shoe a more appealing shape, and the innovative lacing system really makes it look like something special. Plus, we can all appreciate Pharrell's constant efforts to promote peace and positivity. Another win for one of the great creators of our lifetime.