Air Jordan 1 Element GORE-TEX Battles the Elements In This Week's Best Footwear Drops

The A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 High, adidas YEEZY QNTM “Amber Tint” and UNDEFEATED’s Vans Old Skool LX “U-Man” capsule are also dropping.

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The celebratory feasts of Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping days of the year in Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now come to a close, and it’s time we look forward to the festive spirit of the Christmas season. And to kick off the month of December with a bang, notable sportswear brands like Nike, Jordan Brand, Vans and others have several releases on deck for you to spruce up your collection. Before we dive into those, let’s first take a step back and sum up all of the biggest sneaker headlines from last week.

Sole Mates HYPEBEAST‘s weekly editorial series — continued with a interview with TOMM¥ €A$H about his “World’s Longest” adidas Originals Superstar collaboration. On the news front, Nike took time to show off a plethora of upcoming items including the Patta x Nike Air Max 1 “Black,” Nike Dunk High “Cargo Khaki” and a white and gray sacai x Nike Blazer Low  On the Jordan Brand side, MJ’s popular imprint brought light to the upcoming Air Jordan 4 Golf “Black Cat,” showed official images of the SoleFly x Air Jordan 1 Low “Carnivore” and teased the Union x Air Jordan 2 in “Rattan.”

The Three Stripes team had plenty of new products to unveil as well including a new IVY PARK x adidas UltraBOOST, Pharrell’s adidas Humanrace Sičhona “Yellow,” more South Park x adidas Superstar “Kyle” and adidas NMD R1 “Kenny” collaborations and Ye’s latest YEEZY QNTM “Amber Tint.”

Elsewhere in the realm of footwear, we learned of Todd Snyder’s newest New Balance 992 collaboration, Balenciaga’s release of its Runner Sneaker in a clean “Black/White” colorway, Allen Iverson’s Question Mid “Class of ‘16” colorway and Balmain’s newest sneaker collaboration with Dogpound Gyms.

Now that we’ve updated you on all of the latest in footwear, let’s get into this week’s top 10 releases. When you’re finished checking those out, be sure to head over to HBX to check out more footwear styles.

Nike BE-DO-WIN ‘Hyper Royal”

Release Date: November 30
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The Nike Bedoin was an understated footwear model that featured a full leather upper, moc toe, Nike Air cushioning and Octowaffle treading. It dropped during 80s and has now been modernized for the present day, and this newest iteration is titled the Nike BE-DO-WIN, Kicking off its drops is the “Hyper Royal” colorway which is styled with a playful mix of green, red, blue and yellow uppers and a beige bottom. Additionally, the shoe’s namesake translates to “Be conscious of climate change, Do take action against climate change, and Win the battle to prevent climate change.”

Goodhood x Dr. Martens 6-Eye 101

Release Date: December 2
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Goodhood
Why You Should Cop: Throughout Fall/Winter 2021, Dr. Martens has been going hard with its collaborations, and now it has tapped Goodhood for a a minimalistic take of the 6-Eye 101 model. The London-based boutique injects DIY energy into the high-cut boot and features various screen-printed text throughout the upper. The printed graphics include Goodhood’s London address, a spider’s web, a repeated diamond motif and the word “ANDEVER” along the heels.

Swarovski x Nike Air Force 1 Low

Release Date: December 2
Release Price: $450 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Nike and Swarovski have collaborated time and time again on various models, but these upcoming Air Force 1 collaborations just might be their wildest yet. The jewelry imprint takes the iconic Sportswear silhouette and decorates it with over 228 individual unfaceted retroreflective Swarovski crystals, all of which are held in place by a modular 4-piece modular shroud. The crystals also come with reflective capabilities so you can be visible in darker environments.

A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

Release Date: December 3
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: After seeing an initial launch on the brand’s website the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG is slated to get another release via the SNKRS app and through global retailers. The Atlanta-based boutique beautifully executed these kicks with cracked leather uppers and paired its next to luxe snakeskin materials atop the Swooshes and collars as well as the quited interiors. Be sure to set your alarms because Nike will be dropping these by way of a SNKRS Draw.

adidas YEEZY QNTM “Amber Tint”

Release Date: December 3
Release Price: $250 USD
Where to Buy: CONFIRMED and Yeezy Supply
Why You Should Cop: The adidas YEEZY QNTM is gearing up to officially launch its latest “Amber Tint” colorway. Like many of the QNTM drops that we’ve seen rolled out by Ye and the Three Stripes, this makeup keeps its traditional reflective heel panels, stark black collars, milky midsoles and gray mid-foot camo patterns, but it deviates with hints of “Amber Tint” embedded into the overlays to align with the Fall/Winter season.

COLORSxSTUDIOS x New Balance 327 “A Stage for Today, A Stage for Tomorrow”

Release Date: December 3 (COLORSxSTUDIOS), December 4 (New Balance)
Release Price: $135 USD
Where to Buy: COLORSxSTUDIOS and New Balance
Why You Should Cop: COLORSxSTUDIOS – the Berlin-based company that rolls out moody videos of emerging artists is dipping its toes into the world of footwear by teaming up with New Balance. Together, the two parties are crafted a duo of 327s in “Cream” and “Black” colorways — both of which are symbolic of COLORS’ minimalistic stage. Branding from COLORSxSTUDIOS is debossed into the shoes’ hang tags and overlays while its signature circle logo adorns the tongues and heels.

UNDEFEATED x Vault by Vans OG Old Skool LX “U-Man”

Release Date: December 4
Release Price: TBD
Where to Buy: UNDEFEATED
Why You Should Cop: UNDEFEATED and Vans are harking back to the first moment they ever collaborated by released an OG Old Skool LX capsule that makes use of Geoff McFetridge’s iconic “U-Man” logo. Much like the collaboration from 15 years ago, the logo is utilized in all-over fashion across the lateral and medial walls. Three colorways are included in this drop and they are “Bistro Green,” “Blue Lolite” and “Buckthorn Brown.”

New Balance Tokyo Design Studio 574 “Black”

Release Date: December 4 (Japan exclusive)
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: New Balance Japan
Why You Should Cop: You can always rely on New Balance Tokyo Design Studio to produce sleek and elevated lifestyle offerings. Next up on the sub-label’s drop list is this refined “Black” 574 colorway. The design here is straightforward as the uppers are done up with smooth leather and suede overlays, all of which are dressed with a stealthy skin. Midsoles bring in some slight contrasting as we see cream, grey and white panels appear, and the toothy outsoles bring everything together with more black.

Air Jordan 1 Element GORE-TEX “Particle Grey”

Release Date: December 4
Release Price: TBD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The harsh winter weather has started to settle in, and it’s important to keep your feet dry during inclement conditions. Thankfully, Jordan Brand has lined up remixed its iconic Air Jordan 1 with GORE-TEX uppers to wick away any rain, hail, sleet and snow that would typically scuff up your kicks with ease. On deck to release is the Air Jordan 1 Element GORE-TEX in “Particle Grey.”

adidas YEEZY 500 “Ash Grey”

Release Date: December 4
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: CONFIRMED and Yeezy Supply
Why You Should Cop: Kanye West is determined to push out a high volume of YEEZY releases before 2021 comes to a close, and next up on his agenda is the launch of the adidas YEEZY 500 “Ash Grey.” Like many of Ye’s other footwear drops, this variation adheres to his signature neutral-toned palette and fashions its mesh and suede uppers with its titular hue. Down below, the adiPrene-stuffed cushioning is housed within a chocolate brown sole.

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