US Release of the Air Jordan 1 CO.JP "Midnight Navy" Spearheads This Week's Best Footwear Drops

Alongside the debut of the sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle in two colorways, Nike Sportswear’s Dunk Low “Veneer,” new adidas YEEZYs and more.

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Let’s start this edition of Footwear Drops off with a bold statement: this may be one of the most loaded release weeks of the year. Last week’s drops were admittedly a little dry, but whittling all the heat dropping over the next seven days down to a mere 12 pairs was quite a challenge this week. There’s multiple styles from Jordan Brand, Dunks from Nike SB and Nike Sportswear alike, two new styles from Kanye West and adidas YEEZY and much more. We’ll get into all of it shortly, but let’s take a quick refresher on last week first.

For the seventh edition of Sole Mates, HYPEBEAST featured Jemeul Wong, an avid adidas collector who shared his love for Pusha T’s first EQT Guidance 93. On the business front, the Warren Lotas vs Nike saga continued with the Swoosh filing a preliminary injunction against Lotas’ “Reaper” replacement sneakers and Jeff Staple speaking out in Lotas’ defense. Although it’s not directly related to footwear, VF Corp — the parent company of notable brands like Vans, Timberland and more — acquired Supreme in a staggering $2.1 billion USD deal.

Your weekly dose of Nike Dunk news was undeniably hearty as well. The Dunk Low “Ceramic” received an official release date and we were given a first look at Off-White™’s Dunk Low in black. On a humorous note, ambitious replica producers have already started making fakes of the Travis Scott x Sony PlayStation x Nike Dunk Lows, which for some reason that’s completely beyond our comprehension come with an Off-White™ zip tie.

Over at Jordan Brand, images of the long-awaited Air Jordan 1 “Neutral Grey” retro were revealed along with two key details: it uses the OG Hi ‘85 cut, and will release in 2021. A trifecta of Swoosh collabs made substantial noise as well: G-Dragon’s PEACEMINUS ONE x Nike Air Force 1 “Para-Noise 2.0,” the Naomi Osaka x COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Blazer Mid and the short notice release of the Supreme x Nike Air Max Plus in white and red.

Rounding things off, Salehe Bembury teased several colorways of his upcoming ANTA collaboration and tapped his famous friends like Union’s Chris Gibbs to show off the kicks as well. COSTS, FDMNTL and New Balance revealed a rich navy 2002R, Nike Sportswear showed official images of the Air Griffey Max 1 “Freshwater” and readied a second shot at two Air Max 1s — the “Magma Orange” and “Spiral Sage” — adidas debuted its Cyberpunk 2077 collection and Louis Vuitton tried its hand at “trail” shoes.

All caught up? Great. Let’s get right into this week’s heat. 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 Dunk Low “Veneer”

Release Date: November 10
Release Price: $100 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: 1/3 of Nike’s seminal “Ugly Duckling” pack from 2001, the Dunk Low “Veneer” is back for the first time ever. Living up to the pack’s name with a so-bad-it’s-good mix of green, brown and purple, the “Veneer” also boasts a full suede upper for a premium feel.

Levi’s x New Balance 327 Collection

Release Date: November 10
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: New Balance
Why You Should Cop: New Balance’s 327 is one of 2020’s best new silhouettes, and for its latest collaborative act it’s been dressed in three denim-centric colorways by Levis. “Navy/Indigo/White” and “Navy/White/Grey” makeups for men work with a
“Grey/Sky Blue/White” iteration for women, and all three feature bold colorblocking, gum soles and a special red Levi’s hangtag on the lateral side.

Nike SB Dunk Low “Elephant”

Release Date: November 11
Release Price: $110 USD
Where to Buy: The Berrics Canteen
Why You Should Cop: one of atmos’ most legendary Air Max collaborations transposed into the world of skateboarding, the Nike SB Dunk Low “Elephant” is in fact an in-line release, not a collaboration. However it might as well be, owing to its keen attention to detail and recognizable embellishments like a teal Swoosh and gray elephant print mudugard.

adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Fade”

Release Date: November 12
Release Price: $220 USD
Where to Buy: adidas and YEEZY Supply
Why You Should Cop: After his failed presidential bid came to a blissful, official end last week, Kanye West is back doing one of the things he does best: making shoes, namely the Asia Pacific-exclusive adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Fade.” One of the most interesting 350 V2s to surface in a while, the “Fade” blends browns and blues — the latter of which not commonly used on the adidas YEEZY line — for a look that’s almost blue jean esque in nature.

Nike Air Max 1 “Pink Lemonade”

Release Date: November 12
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: A sweet style inspired by Nike Sportswear’s 2006 “Powerwall” pack with a strawberry twist, the Nike Air Max 1 “Pink Lemonade” serves up refreshing summer style in the middle of fall. The warm pink and yellow color scheme features a repeating “Air” graphic on the quarter panels, and a full-color fruit print on the insoles adds a final touch of taste.

adidas YEEZY 700 V3 “Safflower”

Release Date: November 14
Release Price: $200 USD (Men’s)/$130 USD (Kids)/$100 USD (Infants)
Where to Buy: adidas and YEEZY Supply
Why You Should Cop: It’s a two-YEEZY week, as after the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Fade” drops on the 12th the YEEZY 700 V3 “Safflower” is set to release on the 14th. Boasting a mix of yellow, white and tan tones, the sleek, BOOST-less sneaker is brought together by a stark black neoprene throat that ramps up the vibrance of its other pieces. Unlike its predecessor, the “Safflower” will be available globally and in a full family size run.

Air Jordan 5 “What The”

Release Date: November 12
Release Price: $225 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: Combining pieces from the “Tokyo,” “Shanghai,” “Raging Bull,” “Bel-Air,” “Laser,” “Green Bean,” “Army Olive” and “Quai 54,” the Air Jordan 5 “What The” is a colorful homage to eight AJ5 grails, a collage in sneaker form. Although it’s undeniably loud, the 5’s clean silhouette brings all the divergent pieces together seamlessly and serves as a fun “name the colorway” game at the same time.

sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle “Royal Fuchsia” and “Black & White”

Release Date: November 13
Release Price: $180 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: A shoe that’s been teased all year long and the spiritual successor to 2019’s wildly popular LDWaffle, the sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle is finally set to make its debut in “Royal Fuchsia” and “Black & White.” Straight from the mind of sacai founder Chitose Abe, each pair boasts doubled-up details on midsoles, tongues, Swooshes and more, making for a sneaker that’s just as much a design study as it is a wearable work of art.

Anderson .Paak x Vans Sid DX and Old Skool DX

Release Date: November 13
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Vans and HBX
Why You Should Cop: Yes Lawd! A fitting partnership between musical polymath and California-based shoe company, the first release from Anderson .Paak and Vans is a Sid that pays homage to 2016’s Malibu with psychedelic black chenelle graphics and a kaleidoscopic Old Skool that salutes the colorful vibes of 2014’s Venice. Awash in detail, both pairs are a heel-to-toe homage to funk, jazz, rap and — most importantly — .Paak’s effortless California cool.

Nike Dunk High “Pure Platinum”

Release Date: November 13
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Nike Sportswear’s Dunk High “Pure Platinum” is the type of clean and simple sneaker that makes Instagram archive pages go crazy. Though its clean white and gray build may be better suited for slush and rain-free spring/summer wear than wet fall days, they’ll be a potent warm weather footwear choice if you can bring yourself to not wear them for a few months. Of course, you can just thrash ‘em too as they’ll surely look great beat up.

Air Jordan 1 CO.JP “Midnight Navy”

Release Date: November 14
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS, Foot Locker and Nice Kicks
Why You Should Cop: Back in all its 2001 glory with just a few small tweaks the Air Jordan 1 CO.JP “Metallic Navy” is set for its first ever official US drop following an October release in Japan and Europe. Mixing crisp white and metallic silver leather with navy nubuck and adding notable branded details, many more pairs of the “Midnight Navy” will be available than the 3,000 that released in ‘01, but with the hype around Air Jordan 1s as hot as ever it’ll still be a tough cop.

Concepts x Nike SB Dunk High “TurDUNKen”

Release Date: November 14
Release Price: $249 USD (with special packaging)
Where to Buy: Concepts
Why You Should Cop: Inspired by holiday traditions of football, food and fun, the Concepts x Nike SB Dunk High “TurDUNKen” is releasing exclusively at Concepts this week in all its feathered glory. It’s more than just an early drop too: this is your only chance to secure the special packaging version of the shoe, as later releases will arrive in plain boxes, devoid of this iteration’s tasty accoutrements.

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