Kanye West's YEEZY BOOST 380 "Mist" Anchors This Week's Best Footwear Drops

Alongside Nike’s full slate of Air Max Day releases, Stussy x Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2s and more.

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Despite the current state of things around the globe, sneakerheads have a bit to look forward to, as this week offers a slate of enticing releases, including a few that revolve around Nike’s annual Air Max Day celebration. Before we check out what’s in store for us over the next few days however, let’s take a moment to recap last week’s goings-on.

Editorials of all sorts were front and center: HYPEBEAST rounded up the 10 best mules for spring — versatile, backless styles that work just as well in the house as they do in the streets. 43einhalb saluted Steve Jobs’ shoe of choice with a “One More Thing” editorial that shined a light on two relaunched colorways of the New Balance 992. Afew and END. both spotlighted the upcoming Nike Air Max 90 “Reverse Duck Camo” — the former with a campaign centered around a custom duck camo boat, the latter with a simple-yet-effective set of street photos.

No matter the conditions, Travis Scott is always able to stir up a whirlwind of hype, and he did just that by covertly debuting a new Nike Air Max 270 React ENG with a backwards Swoosh. His other Swoosh-less Air Max 270 React ENG collaboration received an official release date, after initial rumors suggested it would debut on Air Max Day. Elsewhere, multihyphenate Donald Glover — AKA Childish Gambino — and adidas Originals amicably ended their partnership.

With the effects of the novel coronavirus continuing to stun the world’s economy, there was plenty of news from the business front. Nike announced that it would donate more than $15 million USD to fight the virus from spreading and provide food to those in need. Meanwhile, adidas backed down from its contentious pledge to keep its stores operational only a day after CEO Kasper Rorsted said that staying open “required courage.”

The world of sports may have ground to a halt, but we were given a look at hoops-themed styles new and classic alike. Kevin Durant’s Nike KD 13 surfaced in black and white, while Jordan Brand is expected to give the Air Jordan 5 an “Alternate Grape” makeover. Moving from the court to the diamond, longstanding video game franchise MLB The Show 20 teamed with Nike for special Air Max 90s, limited to 50 pairs and only available by way of a special in-game raffle.

Two Seans — Stussy and Yue — were in the news as well. The former’s hand-scrawled takes on Dior’s B23 caused a ruckus, while the latter worked with New Balance on special 327s through his Madness imprint. Deck shoes and sandals had a moment as well, with Louis Vuitton premiering lug-soled sailing styles and BEAMS teaming up with Birkenstock for two suede-wrapped Arizona sandals.

All caught up? Let’s dive into a fresh, hand-picked dozen of this week’s very best releases. Be sure to check our Drops page for a comprehensive slate of arrivals and remember that these drops may be pushed back due to coronavirus-related concerns. Above all else, stay safe and keep your hands as clean as your kicks.

adidas Microbounce T1 “Workshop”

Release Date: March 25
Release Price: $160 USD
Where to Buy: END.
Why You Should Cop: Bringing some of the Three Stripes’ most notable ’00s tech into a new generation, the adidas Microbounce T1 is a bold runner-turned lifestyle design, and the next step in its retro revival is this “Workshop” makeup. Juxtaposing a vibrant midsole with a no-frills upper, the staggered rollout of the “Workshop” is coming to a head this week.

adidas YEEZY BOOST 380 “Mist”

Release Date: March 25
Release Price: $220 USD
Where to Buy: YEEZY Supply
Why You Should Cop: Only the second adidas YEEZY BOOST 380 to release after 2019’s “Alien,” the YEEZY BOOST 380 “Mist” combines a highly conceptual silhouette with a compelling off-tan and gray pattern. This design and fresh color scheme combine to make one of the most interesting YEEZY drops in recent memory, and BOOST cushioning ensures the feel is familiar — even if the look isn’t. The “Mist” will be available in full family sizes as well, so even the youngest sneakerheads can get kitted out.

Nike Air Max 90 & Air Max 2090 “Reverse Duck Camo”

Release Date: March 26
Release Price: $140 USD (Air Max 90)/$170 USD (Air Max 2090)
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: The centerpiece of this year’s Air Max Day offerings, Nike’s Air Max 90 and Air Max 2090 “Reverse Duck Camo” each offer a terrifically twisted take on atmos’s legendary Air Max 90 “Duck Camo” from 2013. The Air Max 90 nods to the past, flipping the placement of the original’s black and red tones while retaining the signature camouflage overlays. Meanwhile, the 2090 is all about the future, concealing its potent print under a semi-translucent black cocoon. Although each shoe interprets its inspiration in a different fashion, both are equally apt homages to masterful Maxes past.

Levi’s x New Balance M1300CL “Orange Tab”

Release Date: March 26
Release Price: $200
Where to Buy: Levi’s and New Balance
Why You Should Cop: Providing peak Americana style, the Levi’s x New Balance M1300CL “Orange Tab” brings the best attributes of two long-standing American brands together to create something new. Constructed of rare Cone Mills White Oak XX52 denim and plush suede, the design practically screams quality. It also repurposes Levi’s heritage “Orange Tag” branding, and even the box gets in on the fun, nodding to a shuttered in-house Levi’s footwear line with its “Levi’s For Feet” graphic. In short, the “Orange Tab” proves you can’t beat a shoe with a story. (UPDATE: The Levis x New Balance 1300 has been postponed until April 24)

size? x Nike Air Max 95 “20 for 20”

Release Date: March 26
Release Price: £190 GBP (approximately $233 USD)
Where to Buy: size?
Why You Should Cop: An appealing amalgamation of pieces from 20(!) past size? Nike exclusives, the new Air Max 95 “20 for 20” is the equivalent of a footwear “greatest hits” record. With its layered, anatomy-inspired upper, the AM95 serves as an ideal turntable on which to spin the stories of size? and the Swoosh’s most popular projects. Each piece is a different track, with inspirations as divergent as Dave White’s Air Max 90s and special React Element 55s.

Fear of God x Converse Chuck 70 Collection

Release Date: March 26
Release Price: $110 USD
Where to Buy: Converse and HBX
Why You Should Cop: Equal parts classic canvas casual sneaker and regal Rick Owens-esque high top, Fear of God and Converse’s latest three-pack of Chuck 70s consists of two styles adjacent to previous collaborative efforts and one new tan makeup. Blending monochromatic hues both light and dark with ultra-long laces, these co-crafted colorways give off shades of Rick Owens footwear, but add a healthy dose of FoG’s signature high-street style.

UNDEFEATED x Nike Air Max 90 “Pacific Blue”

Release Date: March 26
Release Price: $150 USD
Where to Buy: UNDEFEATED
Why You Should Cop: UNDEFEATED’s latest Air Max 90 marks a fresh chapter in the West Coast-based streetwear and sneaker juggernaut’s long-running relationship with the Swoosh. Following up a simple “Anthracite” colorway that dropped last week, the Air Max Day-exclusive “Pacific Blue” pair is resplendent in bright tones and offers a retro-futuristic style. Essentially, it’s a perfectly potent tribute to Nike’s most famous technology.

Nike Air Max 90 “Metallic Pack”

Release Date: March 26
Release Price: $180 USD (Each)
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Taking first, second, and third alike with gold, silver and rose gold makeups, Nike’s Air Max 90 “Metallic” pack is a podium-worthy tribute to Air Max Day and the AM90’s 30th anniversary. Each pair in this glistening, glossy trifecta features a tonal upper constructed of metallic patent leather that sits on top of a crisp white midsole. All three are women’s exclusives, but come in an extended size run for the big-footed sneakerheads who are looking to take home a medal of their own.

ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Modern Tokyo”

Release Date: March 27
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Allike
Why You Should Cop: Nodding to one of the world’s biggest cultural metropolises, the ASICS GEL-LYTE III “Modern Tokyo” uses a stark black and white color scheme with bold lined details and geographical coordinates pinpointing the city’s exact location. These hues and motifs combine with a striking alternate construction that uses TPE in place of standard mesh, locking in the “Modern” moniker and providing an eye-catching look. This release was preceded by a similarly styled GEL-LYTE XXX, but its artful combination of retro and futuristic styles make it the clear standout of the two.

Stüssy x Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 “Pure Platinum/Black-White” & “Fossil/Black-Fossil”

Release Date: March 25
Release Price: $160 USD (Each)
Where to Buy:
Why You Should Cop: Stüssy and Nike boast a long and rich collaborative history, one whose latest chapter is made up of two takes on the revamped Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2. With a sleek “Pure Platinum/Black-White” colorway for all the retro running shoe heads and a sturdy “Fossil/Black-Fossil” for those who’d prefer less metallic mesh and more earthy-colored rough canvas, this project between the two partners is sure to strike the fancy of a wide variety of sneaker lovers.

Nike LeBron 17 “Black/University Red”

Release Date: March 27
Release Price: $160 USD
Where to Buy: Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: With a regal black and red colorway fit for a king, the Nike LeBron 17 Low “Black/University Red” presents a mixture of potent performance and lifestyle-ready looks. Lower in both name and profile than its high-top counterpart, the “Black/University Red” is a welcome addition to LeBron James’s signature line.

John Geiger 003 “Black Python”

Release Date: March 27
Release Price: $320 USD
Where to Buy: John Geiger Co.
Why You Should Cop: Designer John Geiger blends the worlds of streetwear and high fashion with the handcrafted footwear from his eponymous label, the latest style of which is the 003 “Black Python.” Constructed of luxe black python skin, accented by a strip of metallic green patent leather and sitting atop a chunky white midsole, Geiger’s latest will be accompanied by a 10% discount code sent out to his email subscribers — bringing the price from $320 USD to $288 USD.

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