Air Jordan 1 "Patent Bred" Shines Bright In This Week's Best Footwear Drops

The Air Jordan 11 Adapt “Dark Powder Blue”, Supreme x Timberland x MLB Field Boots and more are also launching.

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The month of December has moved so quickly that’s it’s almost unbelievable that the Christmas festivities have concluded, but later this week we can celebrate and finally ring in the new year. To coincide with the last handful of days in 2021, the most notable footwear brands such as Jordan Brand, Nike, adidas and more have assembled an impressive roster of new footwear drops. However, before we get to those, let’s first get you all up to speed with the top sneaker headlines that ensued in the last week.

HYPEBEAST‘s Sole Mates series continued with a new installment of course, and this time entailed an interview with Kuwaiti sneakerhead and founder of OTB KicksTQ about his deeper ties to the Air Jordan 5 “Black Metallic.” In terms of new news, A ton of major upcoming items surfaced on Nike’s behalf last week. Vintage Dunks in multiple colorways were unveiled, the Stüssy x Nike Air Force 1 Mid in black and white showed off its official images, closer shots of the ACRONYM x Nike Blazer Low “Night Maroon” popped up and first photos of the Nike SB Dunk Low “St. Patrick’s Day” emerged. Jordan Brand made sure to get in its fair share of new previews as well as it revealed the Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Chinese New Year,” unleashed detailed imagery of the Air Jordan 13 “Court Purple” and showed off more pictures of the forthcoming Air Jordan 1 High OG “Heritage.”

Other major sportswear brands in the space also chimed in with some exciting products on the way. Jerry Lorenzo gave us a sneak peek into what he’s got cooking up on the Fear of God x adidas front and also dropped a holiday California “Seafoam” colorway. Additionally, size? and Reebok worked together on trail-friendly Zig Kinetica and Club C makeups, Louis Vuitton revealed vivid “Runner Tatic” sneakers and Balenciaga brought its rugged Defender silhouette to light.

Now that you’re all updated with the latest in footwear, let’s jump into this week’s top 10 releases here below. Moreover, when you’re all wrapped up there, be sure to browse through the HBX shop for more sneaker styles.

Air Jordan 11 Adapt “Dark Powder Blue”

Release Date: December 28
Release Price: $500 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: If you’re a fan of the Air Jordan 11 and futuristic technology, then you’re certainly in luck as Jordan Brand has decided to proffer up another iteration of the Air Jordan 11 Adapt before the year closes out. On deck is the all-new “Dark Powder Blue” colorway which bears various shades of baby blue, gray and white hues that qualifies as a modernized “Columbia” makeup. Self-lacing technology is embedded into the kicks for a stress-free footwear experience.

Nike Dunk High “Moon Fossil”

Release Date: December 28
Release Price: $110 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Perhaps due to the ongoing supply chain issues that major sportswear brands across the globe have been facing due to the pandemic, the release of the Nike Dunk High “Moon Fossil” has been pushed back a handful of times. But this women’s-focused iteration is finally ready to trickle out to the public. It’s upper is designed with neutral tones including that of black which lands on the toe boxes, quarters and collars and its nominal shade which takes care of the Swooshes and overlays to create a clean and understated look.

Hender Scheme x Clarks Originals Desert Seam

Release Date: December 28
Release Price: $278 USD
Where to Buy: Hender Scheme
Why You Should Cop: Following up on its delectable chicken and waffles-inspired collaboration with Sweet Chick, Clarks Originals is now extending its range with a new project alongside Hender Scheme. This inaugural team-up between the two features the exclusive Desert Seam silhouette, which will come styled in black and sand colorways. Hender Scheme delivers a new “peace tip” toe box design which draws inspiration from the iconic peace symbol.

Nike Dunk High “Next Nature Pink Oxford”

Release Date: December 28
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The weather is starting to drastically see drops in temperatures as the winter season has kicked in, and insulated footwear is key to keep you cozy through the next couple of months. Thankfully, Nike has prepared the Dunk High “Next Nature Pink Oxford” which comes manufactured with quilted uppers that come from at least 20% recycled scraps. As the Swoosh refers to it, these are just warm and comfortable as a sleeping bag.

Air Jordan 1 High “Patent Bred”

Release Date: December 30
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS and Sneaker Politics
Why You Should Cop: In Michael Jordan’s line of signature shoes, there are a handful of installments that are bonafide classics, one being the Air Jordan 1 High “Bred.” And his holiday season, the Beaverton sportswear entity has reimagined that colorway with a full patent leather upper for a striking and unique take atop a nostalgic offering.

LeBron James x Nike Air Force 1 “King’s Day”

Release Date: December 30
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: Nike
Why You Should Cop: Despite having a rough start to the season with his Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James is about to celebrate his birthday with the release of his newest Nike collab. Together, the Swoosh and the King have cooked up a playful Air Force 1 Low “King’s Day” makeup that bears white and gray checkerboard upper patterns on the lateral and medial walls as well as crown, lion and palm tree embellishments on the heels to honor the four-time champion.

Supreme x Timberland x MLB/New York Yankees Field Boot

Release Date: December 30
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Supreme
Why You Should Cop: Supreme and Timberland are two brands that have a rich collaborative history, and to end the year off with a bang, it has linked up with the MLB and the New York Yankees for a fresh Field Boot collection. The kicks are engineered with waterproof uppers, jacquard Yankees logos on the canvas side panels and tongues as well as Timberland insignias that are debossed into the heels. The streetwear stalwart’s famous box logo also arrives on the collars, tongue tags and insoles. Red, Brown and Black colorways are slated to drop, all of which come with metal lace loops, two sets of rope laces and thick traction-focussed sole pieces.

Nike Dunk Low “Paisley Black/White”

Release Date: January 1 (Asia only)
Release Price: $105 USD
Where to Buy: atmos Tokyo
Why You Should Cop: You can always count on Nike to find fresh ways to give its classic silhouettes new life, and that’s exactly what it has done with its new Dunk Low “Paisley” installments. Slated to kick off the new year in Asia is this simple and versatile black and white colorway which features yin and yang hues that are distributed to the smooth leather base and bandana paisley graphics that swath the side Swooshes.

Palace x Crocs Classic Clog

Release Date: December 31 (UK), January 1 (US, Japan and China)
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Palace
Why You Should Cop: Sneakerheads across the globe are likely still punching the air over how that Salehe Bembury x Crocs launch went down, but thankfully Palace has cooked up a new collaboration of their own to hopefully alleviate the pain. The clogs are styled with a full camouflage upper that’s drenched in a combo of swampy hues and comes with custom Palace Jibbitz.

NEIGHBORHOOD x adidas NMD_R1 “Paisley”

Release Date: January 2
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: NEIGHBORHOOD
Why You Should Cop: To start off the year on the right foot, Japanese label NEIGHBORHOOD is reuniting with adidas to unleash a new NMD_R1 collaboration. Patterns are the focal point of this new team-up as intricate and bandana-inspired paisley patterns are embedded into the knitted upper while polka dots fall onto the laces. Additionally, the BOOST cushioning is split between a pre-yellowed section in the forefoot and all black towards the rear.

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