With so many sneakers releasing each month, it can be hard to remember what's come out. Often, the everyday enthusiast's Saturday pickup is forgotten by the next weekend. Reflection at each calendar flip can help cement some of those sneakers that are actually worthy of being remembered. Need a refresher on all the best releases that came out this month? Here, the Sole Collector staff share their favorite sneakers that launched in the month of September.
Editors' Picks: The Best Sneakers of September 2017
The Sole Collector staff breaks down their favorite sneakers this month.
Jordan Trunner LX High NRG
Gerald Flores, Editor-in-Chief
A non-retro Jordan that's actually good. Well, I guess you can say it's retro inspired. I was really surprised by this lux take on the Trunner. Even though some will call it a rip on the Acronym x Nike Air Presto Mid from last year, it's still a breath of fresh air for Jordan Brand. It probably won't be the saving grace that gets Jordan back in that number 2 spot over Adidas, ( *cough* Retro Jordan 11s this Christmas *cough* ) but it's a start.
Skepta x Nike Air Max 97 Ultra
Brendan Dunne, News Editor
It's been a great year for the Air Max 97, a shoe that's managed to do the anniversary thing without totally running out of steam in the process. One of the easy highlights was Sketpa's Nike Air Max 97, one of those collaborations that doesn't feel forced given his apparent obsession for bubbly footwear.
Air Jordan 32 'Rossa Corsa'
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
If the Air Jordan 32 absolutely had to be inspired by the Air Jordan 2, then this is about as much as I could have asked for. I'm mostly over retro Air Jordans these days, but still anxiously await the new model each year thanks to their performance consistency. While I prefer the looks of the upcoming "MJ Day" colorway, I was impatient to get the shoe on court, and went ahead and copped the first version to drop. The materials here were a little disappointing in person, but my initial on-court impression has been very good.
The Good Will Out x Adidas NMD CS1 'Ankoku Toshi Jutsu'
Brennan Hiro Williams, Social Media Editor
What does Cologne-based sneaker store The Good Will Out have to do with shinobi? I don't know, but I do appreciate the TGWO team's storytelling and deep dive into ninjutsu lore, including an amazingly detailed promotional site and short film. Unlike Nike using kanji characters for a "Samurai" sneaker one day, and then reusing the exact same thing for a "Bruce Lee" sneaker the next, this well-thought-out collab largely avoids the pitfalls of cultural appropriation (at least as much as a ninja-themed pair of sneakers can). It's also cool as hell.
Adidas Twinstrike A//D
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
While I'm enjoying Adidas' surge and the increased level of competition in the footwear market, I'm admittedly tired of the Ultra Boost and NMD. The Twinstrike A//D isn't an entirely fresh concept, but it is an unexpected update to a model from the A3 days—one of my favorite periods in Adidas' brand history. Said to be from a parallel dimension, the revamped runner fits into the current "dad shoe" and Off-White trends without really fitting in at all. I wouldn't call myself the biggest fan of runners or ridiculous looking sneakers, but there's something about this shoe that does it for me.
Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Presto 'The Ten'
Rich Lopez, Editorial Producer
The Off-White collection, in my opinion, is not only a great collection in and of itself, it is also one of the most important collaborations in recent Nike history. With the brand lagging behind in public perception to Adidas, especially when it comes to non-athlete collaborations, the Off-White collection made a global statement that Nike still has the power to pull off a massive collection and global tour with one of the most visible designers in the space today. It was difficult for me to pick which sneakers of the first delivery was my favorite, but after a long deliberation, the Off-White Presto is not only my favorite sneaker of the pack and favorite sneaker of the month but also, my favorite sneaker of the year.