Jordan Brand's Fall-Friendly Air Jordan 5 "Orange Blaze" Leads This Week's Best Footwear Drops

The Shattered Backboard-esque kicks are joined by Billie Eilish’s Air Jordan 1 KO, the Nike Dunk High “Black Acid Wash” and a Denim Tears x ASICS GEL-MC PLUS collab.

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Now that Autumn has officially commenced, we can start to prepare to put all of our best Fall fits together, and thankfully the most notable sportswear imprints have readied a new crop of striking sneakers to best complement our cozy fleece pieces and chic coats. This week, we’re going to see new drops from the likes of Nike, Jordan Brand, adidas, Reebok and more, but prior to us rounding these up, let’s first summarize all of the highlights in the sneaker world last week.

In terms of HYPEBEAST exclusives, our Sole Mates series was back on its regularly scheduled programming, and we got to speak to Philadelphia’s P’s & Q’s founders Rick Cao and Ky Cao about their deep ties to the Diadora N9000. As usual, a boatload of new business from the folks over at Nike was brought to light. We saw Drake tease a brand new NOCTA x Nike Hot Step Air Terra colorway, Megan Thee Stallion star in a new Swoosh campaign, LeBron James’ Nike LeBron 19 “Space Jam” colorway get unveiled and rumors of Off-White™ x Nike Air Force 1 Mids dropping in 2022 pop up. Additionally, CLOT provided release details for its new Nike LDWaffle collaboration with sacai, and the Nike Dunk Low “Reverse Mesa Orange” was revealed.

Jordan Brand slid in a few noteworthy items as well as they showed a closer look at the Air Jordan 1 High “Dark Marina Blue”, unveiled its highly anticipated Air Jordan 4 “Red Thunder” and showed off in-hand pics of the forthcoming Air Jordan 5 “Bluebird”. In terms of other brands, Converse and Slam Jam joined hands to show off their deconstructed Chuck Taylor All-Star collab, New Balance and Run the Boroughs unveiled a London marathon-inspired MiUK 991 and Kanye West — out of nowhere — dropped the first colorway of his YZY KNIT RNR.

Are we all caught up now? Perfect. Check out this week’s best 10 releases here below, and when you’ve got your fix, head over to HBX to check out more footwear styles.

Nike Dunk High 1985 “Black Acid Wash”

Release Date: September 28
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: In an effort to further expand upon the Dunk wave, Nike has brought back its original shape by introducing the Nike Dunk High 1985. Constructed with a slightly thicker midsole and shrunken down collar, the silhouette returns with a wild “Black Acid Wash” makeover. Overlays are dressed up with the tie dye-esque pattern and complemented by vintage yellow paneling atop the collars, toe boxes, quarters, tongues and midsoles.

Denim Tears x ASICS GEL-MC PLUS

Release Date: September 28
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Denim Tears
Why You Should Cop: ASICS has tapped Awake NY’s Angelo Baque to lead the direction of a new collaboration initiative titled the “The ASICS Collective.” Involved in the project are four industry creatives and tastemakers, one of which is Tremaine Emory, the founder of Denim Tears and co-founder of No Vacancy Inn. Emory’s Denim Tears x ASICS GEL-MC PLUS collaboration — which is a two-pronged pack that’s inspired by the red clay roads in Harlem, GA that he often played on — is the first to be released to the market. They will first drop via the Denim Tears site while its global launch will go down in October.

Air Jordan 1 KO “Storm Blue”

Release Date: September 29
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: After kicking off its 2021 retro run with the release of its classic “Chicago” colorway, the OG AJ 1 model is now gearing up to roll out a fresh “Storm Blue” makeup. Visually, the kicks are outfitted with forefoot overlays and ankle flaps that are dripped in its nominal hue while black Swooshes and collars as well as angelic toe boxes and quarters sit adjacent. Due to the nature of its color palette, these sneakers also evoke memories of fragment design’s previously release Air Jordan 1 collaborations such as its recent high-top number with Travis Scott.

Nike Air Max 90 “LHM”

Release Date: September 29
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: To commemorate Latinx Heritage Month, Nike has presented an Air Max 90 “LHM” colorway. Standing out across its base layer are multi-colored technicolor prints that are symbolic of the family-oriented bond that’s shared across Latino culture and inspired by ’90s goalkeeper kits. In addition, the heel molds are submerged in a bold yellow hue and the word “Familia” — a nod to the inclusivity of family — adorns the lateral side’s window and the insoles, and the tongues substitute the usual Nike Air branding for a “CLA” logo which stands for the fictional Club Atletico Familia team.

Nike Dunk Low “Championship Red”

Release Date: September 30
Release Price: $100 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The craze over Nike Dunks has reached an entirely new peak as sneakerheads old and new alike have been selling out its various colorways whether they’re collaborative or GR. And to cap off the month of September, the Swoosh family has opted to drop the Nike Dunk Low “Championship Red.” Leaning on a duo of tones reminiscent of retro college hoops jerseys, these low-cut sneakers pour its vivid titular hue onto the tongues, toe boxes, quarters, collars, outsoles and heel branding while the rest of its components contrast in white.

Billie Eilish x Air Jordan 1 KO/Air Jordan 15

Release Date: September 30
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Artist sneaker collaborations are some of the most buzz-worthy products in the fashion world, and the next pop icon to get her own is none other than Billie Eilish. The Happier Than Ever artist and Jordan Brand have linked up to create two single-toned takes of the Air Jordan 1 KO and the Air Jordan 15. Both offerings have already been released through her official web store, but both will see a wider launch on the Nike SNKRS app.

adidas Trae Young 1 “Icee”

Release Date: October 1
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: adidas and Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: After just three seasons of playing professionally in the NBA, Trae Young has already solidified himself as one of the top point guards in the league. His shifty crossovers, long shooting range and crowd-silencing trash talk has earned himself the rights to his own signature model with the Three Stripes — the adidas Trae Young 1. His first “Icee” pair is an official collaboration with the popular frozen beverage brand and Young often enjoyed drinking these growing up. The shoes draw from the laceless adidas N3XT L3V3L and come built with a half-bootie construction, BOOST cushioning and a laceless forefoot.

BEAMS x Reebok Club C Laceless Mule

Release Date: October 1
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Reebok
Why You Should Cop: Japanese imprint BEAMS has reunited with the folks over at Reebok to put its own creative spin on the classic Club C. With easy access kicks continuing to be at the forefront of the footwear trends, BEAMS has flipped the lifestyle silhouette into a laceless mole. Most of the real estate here leans on a clean white hue while hits of gray are sprinkled throughout.

Air Jordan 5 “Orange Blaze”

Release Date: October 1
Release Price: $190 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS and Foot Locker
Why You Should Cop: To ring in the Fall season, Jordan Brand is unloading a cornucopia of retro releases, one being this Air Jordan 5 “Orange Blaze” colorway. The kicks draw from the brand’s famed “Shattered Backboard” motif as it bears white, orange and black color-blocking. Upper builds are formatted with a mix of textile mesh and leather overlays which give the Tinker-designed model some fresh energy.

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