Beyoncé's IVY PARK x adidas Collection Brings the Buzz In This Week's Best Footwear Drops

Alongside plenty of heat from Nike Sportswear, desirable Air Jordans and a striking collaborative take on Reebok’s Instapump Fury.

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You’ve only got one chance to start a new decade off on the right foot, so footwear brands have shaken off the final remnants of any lingering holiday grogginess to present us, the general sneaker-loving public, with a veritable deluge of appealing releases. These range from new signature hoop shoes to modified takes on classic sportswear silhouettes and coveted collaborations. In short, there’s a lot, and we’ve got the best of the best from this week listed for you right here. Before you dive into the drops though, we have a primer on everything that went down over the last 7 days.

Last week was a big one for the Air Jordan 1. Dior unveiled a low-top version of its highly anticipated collaboration, limited to a scant 4,700 pairs and complete with all the luxurious details that sent fans of both brands into a frenzy when the High debuted in December. We also saw a look at the new Air Jordan 1 Hi ‘85 in “Varsity Red,” a true-to-the original silhouette with a new colorway that’s reportedly debuting in February.

There was more on the high fashion footwear front than just AJ1s, however. HYPEBEAST France was given an exclusive look inside Louis Vuitton’s French footwear atelier, a rare opportunity to see the process behind the product. Dior also dropped a new navy-accented take on its popular B23, keeping its name in the headlines while it prepares the AJ1-centric knockout punch we’ll see later this year. Takashi Murakami and Porter announced more collaborative footwear as well.

As is par for the course, Nike’s sport and lifestyle silhouettes made some noise. The Air Jordan 34 SE appeared in a special “Paris” makeup for the NBA’s upcoming Paris game that’s limited to 500 individually numbered pairs. The legendary Nike Air Max 97 “Silver Bullet” was reworked into a sleek and speedy golf sneaker, and the Air Force 1 received a new React midsole-equipped style, created by the Swoosh Brand’s conceptual D/MS/X sub-label. Lastly, Nike SB also whipped up a boxing-inspired SB Dunk High in celebration of Paul Rodriguez’s 15 years as a team member, complete with a colorway that draws from his Mexican heritage and love of the sweet science.

It was a busy stretch for Kanye West’s adidas YEEZY line as well, with previews of everything from YEEZY 700 V3s, YEEZY BOOST 350 V2s and the YEEZY BOOST 380 keeping the rapper/designer/choir leader’s acolytes appeased. adidas also released ultra-comfy adilette BOOST slides, the perfect house shoe. Wrapping things up were collaborations between Awake NY and Timberland, who reworked the classic “Beef & Broc” Sport Trekker, plus Helly Hansen and Puma, who presented a second co-crafted collection.

Now that you’re 100% caught up, let’s go ahead and get up on what’s next. Here’s a dozen of this week’s best drops, presented in chronological order. Cop up.

Reebok Shaqnosis

Release Date: January 13
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: Reebok
Why You Should Cop: Back for the first time since 2013, Shaquille O’Neal’s fifth — and arguably most famous — Reebok signature sneaker presents a hypnotizing, history-packed look with its spiraling detailing and white/black colorway.

Nike DNA Series “87 x 91” Pack

Release Date: January 15
Release Price: $250 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Flipping the signature styles and recognizable color palettes of the Air Max 1 and Huarache, the first DNA Series pack is a clever nod to two tremendously influential Tinker Hatfield-designed silhouettes. It’s set for a Western release after hitting Japanese stockists in early November, and even comes with matching socks, special packaging and a commemorative magazine.

Kenzo Minami x Reebok Instapump Fury

Release Date: January 15
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: Asphalt Gold
Why You Should Cop: Artist/designer Kenzo Minami and Reebok have joined forces for the first time since 2005 to create a special Instapump Fury. With signature intricate patterns and keen attention to detail, Minami has managed to make the already-bold silhouette even more unique.

Nike Kyrie 6 “Chinese New Year”

Release Date: January 15
Release Price: $110 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Kyrie Irving’s signature Nike line has been presenting plenty of special makeups for the kids, and the latest product of that inclusive slate of offerings is a Chinese New Year-themed Kyrie 6. Following up the men’s colorway that released at the top of the month, this pair is rife with special details inspired by Jinzhi, the traditional folk art of paper-cutting.

New Balance 860 V2 “Silver/Black,” “Silver/Red” & “Frozen Forest”

Release Date: January 15 (“Silver/Black” & “Silver/Red”)/January 16 (“Frozen Forest”)
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: Sneakersnstuff
Why You Should Cop: Providing peak “dad shoe” vibes, the New Balance 860 V2 is a revitalized turn-of-the-century classic. Dressed in silver with your pick of black, red or neon green accents, you can take it to the track or make a statement with it in the streets.

Air Jordan 34 “Metallic Silver”

Release Date: January 16
Release Price: $180 USD
Where to Buy: Renarts
Why You Should Cop: With a crisp base, shimmering details and colorful accents, the Air Jordan 34 “Metallic Silver” just might be the high-performance model’s most daring colorway yet. Of special note are the heels, which alternate the colored detailing on each foot for a kaleidoscopic style.

Nike ACG Air Terra Antarktik

Release Date: January 16
Release Price: $225 USD
Where to Buy: 43einhalb
Why You Should Cop: Enabling you to take on winter’s coldest days and most inclement conditions with style, the Nike ACG Terra Antarktik presents a striking, highly technical design that’s fully lined with GORE-TEX for durability. Has staying protected from the elements ever looked so good?

Air Jordan OG

Release Date: January 16
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: Nike
Why You Should Cop: The first-ever women’s Jordan Brand sneaker, the Air Jordan OG is back for the first time since 1998. With its wavy textured upper and Air Jordan 13-adjacent style, the OG is one of the Jumpman’s finest team-focused styles, and this white/black colorway is still crisp more than two decades after it debuted.

Nike Air Max 270 React ENG “Laser Blue” & “Eggplant”

Release Date: January 16
Release Price: $160 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Travis Scott who? Although the Nike Air Max 270 React ENG was unveiled as a collaboration with the popular rapper, it’s now set to kick off an in-line life that’s all its own this week with “Laser Blue” and “Eggplant” colorways. Each feature bold hues, wavy overlays, and signature hybrid comfort, carrying on the ethos started by 2019’s Air Max 270 React in new fashion.

Nike Air Force 1 React D/MS/X

Release Date: January 17
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Nike
Why You Should Cop: By blending new-age React foam cushioning with the Air Force 1’s timeless silhouette, Nike’s D/MS/X sub-label has created the bold new Air Force 1 React D/MS/X. With an upper that teeters between technical and traditional plus a drop-in React foam midsole with a Ramp Air unit, these hybrid kicks are an interesting new take on one of the Swoosh’s most iconic styles.

Gatorade x Nike PG 4 “GX”

Release Date: January 17
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Paul George’s signature line has offered a careening carousel of collaborative partners ranging from PlayStation to NASA, and now it’s looking to Gatorade on the brand-new PG 4. With a purple/lime colorway inspired by Gatorade’s new “Gx Platform” hydration system and Air Strobel tech that places Air Max cushioning directly under the wearer’s foot, it’s a refreshing blend of looks and performance.

Beyoncé x adidas “Ivy Park” UltraBOOST

Release Date: January 18
Release Price: $180 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Beyoncé and adidas are releasing a full footwear and apparel collection under the Queen B’s Ivy Park athleisure line, and the initial footwear offering is centered around the UltraBOOST. Done up in shades of burgundy and orange, it’s accompanied by similarly styled Nite Joggers and Sambas — and is sure to cause quite a buzz in Beyoncé’s loyal hive of fans.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Black Satin”

Release Date: January 18
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: BSTN
Why You Should Cop: The Air Jordan 1 is primed for a big year in 2020, and this “Black Satin” makeup is kicking things off with its shimmering stylings. Furthering the sporty-yet-premium ethos espoused on releases from years past like the “Satin Black Toe” and “Satin Shattered Backboard,” these smooth kicks are a fresh start to a new decade for the Jumpman’s most popular model.

Na-Kel Smith x adidas Rivalry Hi

Release Date: January 18
Release Price: $110 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Na-Kel Smith is a man of many talents — skateboarder, rapper, actor — and has designed several skate-centric shoes with adidas in the past, but this Rivalry Hi marks his first lifestlye effort. With an ultra high-cut upper and bold gold/green detailing, it’s an undeniably crisp update to a classic adidas Basketball silhouette.

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