Ben & Jerry's x Nike SB Dunk Low "Chunky Dunky" Sweetens up This Week's Best Footwear Drops

Alongside the Dunk Low “Brazil,” the power-lacing Adapt Auto Max “Infrared” and new Palace x adidas skate shoes.

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With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner in the US and summer’s balmy weather and cool breezes here to stay, sneaker drops are heating up right along with the temperature. This week holds everything from reworked classics to collaborations both sweet and serious, but before we get into what the days ahead hold for us, let’s take a brief refresher on all the news from the past seven days.

The arrival of summer and the current work from home environment makes it an ideal season for sandals, mules and slippers alike. Therefore, HYPEBEAST provided both a detailed look and a brief history of Nike ACG’s relaunched Deschutz sandal and a special Editor’s Picks article in which the editorial team rounded up its favorite comfy slides and slippers for working from home. We also served up closer looks at Rokit’s Converse Chuck 70 and New Balance’s 992 “Multicolor.”

With the highly-anticipated finale of The Last Dance and all the other Michael Jordan-adjacent news, you could be mistaken for thinking it was 1998 and the Chicago Bulls were on top of the world once again. From a sartorial standpoint, MJ might be most well-known for his shoes, but his manner of dress has become something of a cult classic — so HYPEBEAST defended his style in an editorial piece complete with several photos of the GOAT’s greatest outfits. Moving back to MJ’s kicks, a game-worn, signed Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” auctioned by Sotheby’s smashed its $150,000 USD price estimate, selling for a whopping $560,000 USD. This staggering number set a world record for the most expensive sneaker sale of all time.

fragment design founder and street culture legend Hiroshi Fujiwara continued to show off his unreleased “The Ten” models, teasing an ultra-clean fragment x Air Jordan 3. Miami-based boutique Solefly celebrated its 10th anniversary with a shock drop of its Air Jordan 10 collaboration, and we were also given an official look at the upcoming Air Jordan 6 “Hare.”

Lastly, the usual collaborative suspects had a moment in the spotlight. Virgil Abloh announced a new Nike Dunk collaboration with a somewhat rudimentary sketch, and a new “University Blue” colorway of his Nike Rubber Dunk surfaced as well. Abloh’s LV footwear was also in the headlines, thanks to a mule-style shoe created in tandem with Nigo. Kanye West’s adidas YEEZY 350 BOOST V2 appeared in a new tie-dyed iteration, KITH raffled off its friends-and-family Nike Air Force 1 collaboration to raise money for charity, and JJJJound teased a new version of the Reebok Classic Nylon.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s get into this week’s best offerings. See a dozen new styles below, note that release dates may be pushed back due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and head over to our Drops page for a full list of releases.

Nike Adapt Auto Max “Infrared”

Release Date: May 20
Release Price: $400 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: Part Air MAG and part Air Max 90, the new Adapt Auto Max is one of Nike’s most striking power lacing silhouettes yet, and this “Infrared” colorway leans into its AM90 heritage. Blending a familiar color scheme with ultra-advanced tech, this masterful Max is truly ready to take its wearer back to the future.

adidas Orion “Terry Fox”

Release Date: May 20
Release Price: $130 CAD (approximately $92 USD)
Where to Buy: adidas Canada
Why You Should Cop: The late Terry Fox is a true Canadian hero, and adidas is paying homage to the 40th anniversary of his inspiring Marathon of Hope with a special re-release of the Orion. The very shoe Fox wore during his effort to run across Canada — he wrote a letter to the Three Stripes requesting a sponsorship beforehand — these classic Orions retain an OG build and palette, but add a few special motifs for a nod to Fox’s legendary endeavors.

Air Jordan 4 “Metallic Purple”

Release Date: May 20
Release Price: $190 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: As the staggered, region-focused rollout of Jordan Brand’s Air Jordan 4 “Metallic” pack draws to a close, the AJ4 “Metallic Purple” is set to touch down in the US. With a crisp white leather base and shimmering purple accents inspired by an OG Air Jordan 1, the “Metallic Purple” offers breezy summertime style with just enough vibrance to catch the eye of an attentive Air Jordan aficionado.

Nike Dunk Low SP “Brazil”

Release Date: May 21
Release Price: $100 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and END.
Why You Should Cop: Real ‘heads know that the Nike Dunk never “left,” but it’s undeniably enjoying a return to the spotlight in 2020. The latest piece of this “revival” is the “Brazil,” a bold yellow-and-green style that was first seen in the early ’00s. Part of the “Team Tones” pack, the Brazil’s straightforward, effective colorblocking and bold hues have garnered great acclaim ahead of its release, and may cement it as one of the summer’s best Dunk releases.

Nike Blazer Mid ‘77 Vintage “Motivation”

Release Date: May 21
Release Price: $100 USD
Where to Buy: Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: Part of Foot Locker, Jordan Brand and Nike’s pregame ritual-inspired pack, the Blazer Mid ‘77 Vintage “Motiviation” was crafted for 76ers point forward Ben Simmons. With bold laser-cut graphics, a cracked leather print and vibrant secondary tones, the “Motivation” may not help Simmons fix his jump shot — but it certainly increases his cachet in sneaker circles.

Palace x adidas Skateboarding PUIG Collection

Release Date: May 22
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: Palace
Why You Should Cop: Since signing with Palace in 2017, French skate savant Lucas Puig has become one of the British company’s best-known riders. Puig has also been an adidas Skateboarding team member for almost a decade, and now Palace and adidas have come together on his newest signature silhouette: the aptly-named PUIG. With rich tonal leather uppers, gold branding and a driving shoe-esque heel, Puig’s latest and greatest is a versatile style that’s suitable for boarding and lampin’ alike.

Nike Killshot OG SP

Release Date: May 22
Release Price: $90 USD
Where to Buy: Sneakersnstuff
Why You Should Cop: Although the Nike Killshot line was originally brought back to prominence by J. Crew, it’s ready to step away from prep and back to its tennis roots with the Killshot OG SP. A true-to-the-original re-release of the first-ever Killshot model, the Killshot OG SP has been presented with three different accent sets — green, red and blue — and built from mesh and suede for a nod to pre-NikeCourt Swoosh tennis style.

Chromat x Reebok Zig Kinetica Collection

Release Date: May 22
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Reebok
Why You Should Cop: When Chromat and Reebok team up, you know you’re going to get a story-driven collection awash in bright colors and bold accents. The two’s latest collaborative efforts on the Zig Kinetica are no different. With three bold makeupss and special branding, the shoes are inspired by deep sea and space exploration — fitting, as each offers a look suited for the great beyond.

Ben & Jerry’s x Nike SB Dunk Low “Chunky Dunky”

Release Date: May 23 (Skateshops)/May 26 (Nike SNKRS)
Release Price: $100 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Love ice cream? Love Nike SB? If you answered “yes” to either or both of those questions, then you’re sure to adore the Ben & Jerry’s x Nike SB Dunk Low “Chunky Dunky.” With a whimsical, wonderful build inspired by the Vermont-based company’s ice cream cartons, a clever moniker that draws from a famous ice cream flavor and all the colors, tones and textures you could ask for, the “Chunky Dunky” is a happy homage to a beloved sweet treat. Try to support your local skateshop when the “Chunky Dunky” drops on May 23 — if you miss out, you’ll have another shot on Nike SNKRS May 26.

adidas YEEZY BOOST 700 MNVN “Black”

Release Date: May 23
Release Price: $220 USD (Men’s)/$160 USD (Kids)/$140 USD (Infants)
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Kanye West’s stark and serious adidas YEEZY BOOST 700 MNVN “Black” first released in February, but was extremely limited. If you missed out (or got lucky and just want another pair), it’s coming back again and is set to be much more widely available. Although the monochromatic build and tonal branding are seemingly more suited to cold weather, a second chance this good is one that you don’t want to pass up — especially when full family sizes will be available.

New Balance Tokyo Design Studio RC_1300

Release Date: May 23
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: HBX
Why You Should Cop: New Balance’s ultra-premium Tokyo Design Studio has another hit on its hands with its latest RC_1300. Boasting a beautiful marbled blue upper, these new-jack New Balance combine heritage running shoe styling with luxurious materials in a truly artisanal fashion.

END. x adidas ZX 9000 “Kiln”

Release Date: May 23
Release Price: £99 GBP (approximately $120 USD)
Where to Buy: END.
Why You Should Cop: Firing up a favorite silhouette from the ZX line, END. and adidas Originals have readied the ZX 9000 “Kiln.” With rich clay tones inspired by hand-crafted pottery plus special details on tongues and lace deubres alike, this onetime running sneaker shows off its ’90s style in unique fashion by nodding to the craft of constructing memorable footwear.

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