The Long-Awaited Arrival of Off-White™'s Air Jordan 5 "Sail" Leads This Week's Best Footwear Drops

Alongside the Air Jordan 1 “Dark Mocha,” the Slam Jam x Nike Dunk “Clear Black,” Beyonce’s latest IVY PARK x adidas collection and more.

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Happy Halloween, HYPEBEAST footwear family. Spooky season is officially upon us, and we’ve got a scarily good lineup of drops hitting retailers over the next seven days — ranging from fresh takes on Jordan Brand classics to collaborations from Virgil Abloh, Kanye West and Beyoncé. Before we get into this week’s releases, however, let’s look back on the most interesting news from last week.

Surprisingly enough, Crocs have become one of the biggest footwear trends of 2020 — so HYPEBEAST spoke to the brand directly to find out what makes their chunky foam clogs so polarizing. The latest installment of Sole Mates saw Morprime founder Morgan Weekes discuss his love of the Nike Zoom Spiridon, and the Concepts executive team sat for an exclusive Q&A ahead of their new Boston flagship’s opening.

This week’s dose of Dunk news was hefty. We saw official images of the Dunk Low “Veneer,” got a first look at Bodega’s duo of Dunk High collaborations, peeped on-foot shots of the Dunk Low “Medium Curry” and also glimpsed a potential Travis Scott x Playstation Dunk collaboration, complete with a backwards Swoosh. Moving from sportswear to skate, the Nike and Warren Lotas drama continued, with the Swoosh trying to stop the designer from shipping his SB Dunk Low “rip-off” pre-orders after officially filing suit against him the week before last. On a more tame note, a detailed look at Club 58’s SB Dunk Low was revealed.

Outside of Dunks, there were plenty of collaborations and signature shoes alike. Two new versions of Virgil Abloh and Nike’s Off-White™ x Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% were seen: a bright pink/blue and a more tame beige/red. Sneaker Room and Kyrie Irving reunited for a heartfelt Nike Kyrie 6 “Mom” collection, and sacai doubled up with its highly anticipated Nike Vaporwaffle appearing in a new purple/orange colorway plus the reveal of a striking Blazer Low collection. Kiko Kostadinov and ASICS debuted the GEL-TESERAKT — their final collaborative sneaker — Neymar and PUMA readied their first King football boot and COMME des GARÇONS x Salomon SS21 showed off chunky sneakers and Mary Jane mocs alike.

Rounding off the news was a release date for the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Fade,” official images of the Air Jordan 3 “Court Purple” and the Nike Air Max 1 “Strawberry,” Jeremy Lin’s first signature shoe with Xtep and the adidas IIM4D.

All caught up? Let’s dive into this week’s dozen best drops. Please note that any shoes listed below may be pushed back due to the continued effects of the coronavirus, and head over to HBX to check out other new footwear styles.

Nike Air Force 1 “Skeleton”

Release Date: October 28
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: Need the perfect sneaker to complete your Halloween costume? Look no further than the Nike Air Force 1 “Skeleton.” Dressed in a bright pumpkin orange and serving up skeletal printed details, it’s equal parts spooky and playful and even comes complete with a glow-in-the-dark midsole and outsole.

fragment design x Air Jordan 35

Release Date: October 28
Release Price: $195 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: How do you get a little extra lifestyle gas around a new performance silhouette? If you’re Jordan Brand or Nike, you tap Hiroshi Fujiwara and fragment design. The streetwear godfather’s seminal brand has lent its signature blue, white and black color palette to the latest performance sneaker from the Jumpman, while also adding a tooling code to the high-tech Eclipse Plate — making for a street-ready take on one of the basketball market’s most advanced sneakers.

Denim Tears x Converse Chuck 70 Hi and Ox

Release Date: October 29
Release Price: $120 USD (Hi)/$115 USD (Ox)
Where to Buy: Converse
Why You Should Cop: Designer, activist, and ever-present friend of Kanye West and Virgil Abloh Tremaine Emory has presented his inaugural Converse collaboration through his Denim Tears imprint. Dressed in a Pan-African American flag print that draws from a seminal artwork by David Hammons and a recognizable design from Marcus Garvey, Emory’s high and low-top Chuck 70s present a powerful message on a classic sneaker.

Off-White™ x Air Jordan 5 “Sail”

Release Date: October 29
Release Price: $225 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: More than half a year after first being teased, the Off-White™ x Air Jordan 5 “Sail” is finally set for a retail release. Straight from the mind of Virgil Abloh, the “Sail” repurposes the OG Air Jordan 5 “Fire Red” with thin, tinted TPE uppers, special branded details and customizable circular cut-outs that enable the wearer to add their own touches of flair.

Slam Jam x Nike Dunk High “Clear Black”

Release Date: October 29
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The second of two masterful Nike Dunk High collaborations from the Italian OGs at Slam Jam, the “Clear Black” is a compelling case study in attention to detail. It may look somewhat simple at first glance, but it’s equipped with the type of accoutrements that make sneaker lovers salivate, namely Swooshes sheathed in smoky black plastic, flipped tongue branding, clever two-tone laces and icy midsoles.

IVY PARK x adidas Footwear Collection

Release Date: October 30
Release Price: $100-$200 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Beyoncé’s IVY PARK and adidas are back again, releasing a second collection of colorful footwear: the UltraBOOST, Nite Jogger, high and low-top takes on the Forum and the Supersleek. Where the first offering was centered around rich burgundy and orange tones, this set uses more neons and green hues, making for a cool, refreshing set of sneakers from the Queen B’s popular athleisure label.

DTLR x Reebok Kamikaze II

Release Date: October 30
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: DTLR
Why You Should Cop: Although the ‘95-96 Seattle SuperSonics won 64 games and finished first in the NBA’s Western Conference behind the electrifying play of Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, they’re often reduced to a footnote because they fell to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals. Now, however, DTLR and Reebok are saluting the Sonics’ achievements with this special take on Kemp’s Kamikaze II, dressed in a crisp black, red and green color scheme and featuring commemorative heel embellishments.

Aries x New Balance 327

Release Date: October 30
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Aries
Why You Should Cop: London-based Aries is the latest entity to take on New Balance’s ultra-popular 327, and the British-based brand has referenced high-fashion trainers from the ’90s for its duo of collaborative designs. Arriving in black/red and white/red with a gum sole, each pair is constructed of ultra-premium leather and almost gives off a Prada vibe with its bold pops of color and elegant build. Both will release exclusively at Aries this week before a global release next week.

adidas YEEZY BOOST 380 “Calcite Glow”

Release Date: October 31
Release Price: $250 USD
Where to Buy: adidas and YEEZY Supply
Why You Should Cop: Living up to its moniker thanks to glow-in-the-dark green details on its uppers and midsoles, the adidas YEEZY BOOST 380 “Calcite Glow” also provides a clean look in broad daylight thanks to its mixture of white, gray and brown tones. In short, it’s set to be one of the week’s strongest releases and one of the most compelling 380s to date.

Air Jordan 1 “Dark Mocha”

Release Date: October 31
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: Essentially a more mellow version of Travis Scott’s visceral Air Jordan 1 “Cactus Jack,” the Air Jordan 1 “Dark Mocha” uses brown, white and black tones for an earthy look. Though the signature hue is of course different, the “Dark Mocha” colorblocking style is reminiscent of the OG Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe,” and this perfect storm of hues, hype and homage will make for one of the fall’s most desirable in-line Air Jordan releases.

Notre x Vault By Vans Old Skool Collection

Release Date: October 31
Release Price: $90 USD
Where to Buy: Notre
Why You Should Cop: Notre and Vault by Vans believe that there are “many ways of doing things besides your own,” and this accepting nature is on full display with their four-pack of Old Skools. Arriving in burgundy, blue, black and white, each disrupts the signature Vans Jazz Stripe with Notre’s signature agreeable handshake graphic. This makes for a compelling twist of alternate branding, and what’s undeniably the week’s friendliest release.

INVINCIBLE x N.HOOLYWOOD x New Balance 2002R

Release Date: October 31
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Invincible
Why You Should Cop: A three-way collaboration to finish out the week, INVINCIBLE and N. HOOLYWOOD’s New Balance 2002R references past collaborations from both outside parties. There’s the fuzzy suede from INVINCIBLE’s 574s, the ripstop from N.HOOLYWOOD’s 996s and plenty of other details, making for an excellent piece of fan service and a terrific interesting take on the buzzy running-turned-lifestyle silhouette from NB.

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