Bad Bunny Expands His Catalog With an adidas Forum PWR Collab in This Week's Best Footwear Drops

ACRONYM’s Nike Blazer Low capsule, Ye’s adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 CMPCT “Slate Red” and more will also hit the shelves.

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Arguably the biggest sporting event of the year is going down this weekend in sunny Southern California as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams are slated to battle it out on the field in Super Bowl LVI. And with everyone generating some excitement over the game, halftime show and of course the commercials, sneaker brands are also making their presence felt this week with a fresh assemblage of new drops. However, let’s first take you through all of the action that erupted last week before we break down the top launches.

Sole Mates – our weekly editorial series that hones in on personal footwear storytelling — continued via a new feature with Goodhood’s co-founder Kyle Stewart about his ties to the Vans Mike Carroll Pro Model. On the news side, adidas was fairly active last week with their reveals. Kobe Bryant’s adidas Crazy 1 “Sunshine” is expected to make a return soon and Kanye West has gotten a YEEZY SLIDE “Onyx” and YEEZY BOOST 700 “Sulfur Yellow” iteration on the way.

Nike found itself in the headlines for several reasons last week as well. It sparked a ton of buzz in the metaverse world as it sued online reselling giant StockX for selling Nike sneaker NFTs without its permission, and it announced that it was investing in the future of the WNBA. In terms of new footwear, the Swoosh officially unveiled the sacai x Nike VaporWaffle in “Black/Gum,” KAWS x sacai x Nike Blazer Low “Reed” and the Nike Dunk Low “Team Red.” Jordan Brand showed some love to UNC by blessing them with a new Air Jordan 6 PE, and it also uncovered a fresh Air Jordan 1 Mid in honor of the NBA’s Diamond anniversary.

Elsewhere in sneakers, ASICS’ HN2-S PROTOBLAST emerged, Studio Hagel showed off its new Shroud silhouette and Packer previewed its next Reebok Answer IV collaboration. All up to speed? Perfect. Check out this week’s top 10 drops here below and be sure to peep a look at HBX for new footwear styles.

thisisneverthat x New Balance 860 V2

Release Date: February 9
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: thisisneverthat
Why You Should Cop: New Balance had another impressive year in 2021 in terms of its collaborative releases, and it seems as though the brand will only continue to build on that momentum in 2022. This month it has reunited with Korean streetwear label thisisneverthat to produce a duo or neutral-toned 860 V2 colorways along with a varsity jacket, sweatsuit and tees.

Bad Bunny x adidas Forum PWR

Release Date: February 9
Release Price: $160 USD
Where to Buy: CONFIRMED
Why You Should Cop: One can argue that nearly everything Bad Bunny touches turns to gold, especially when it comes to his footwear catalog with the Three Stripes. The Puerto Rican artist is in preparation to broaden his portfolio with the German brand this year, and one iteration that will be hitting the shelves is his adidas Forum PWR collaboration. A multi-colored palette is brought to the fore here as vivid accents rest against a mostly khaki and black base layer. His birth name “Benito” is positioned on the lateral panels adjacent to the stripes branding.

ACRONYM x Nike Blazer Low

Release Date: February 10
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Errolson Hugh and the Swoosh have rekindled their relationship and are back for a full-blown footwear and apparel collection. The former consists of two ACRONYM x Nike Blazer Lows — “Black” and “Night Maroon colorways — both of which come pre-distressed around the toe boxes and side panels and have aggressive, interchangeable heel pieces.

Reebok Pump Omni Zone II “United By Basketball”

Release Date: February 11
Release Price: $150 USD
Where to Buy: Reebok
Why You Should Cop: Much of Reebok’s heritage is related to hoops, so this season the vector imprint is introducing a special Reebok’s Pump Omni Zone II “United by Basketball” colorway. This newest iteration is crafted to honor the global impact of Pump, Houston’s signature Pump series as well as the festivities of Lunar New Year.

Nike Air Trainer 1 “Coriander”

Release Date: February 10
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: We’ve seen Nike bring back the Air Trainer 1 in OG color schemes and lend it to collaborative takes, but never have we seen it take on a utilitarian motif like this “Coriander” colorway. Hi-vis accents have been increased exponentially and land around the toe boxes, collars and heels, and the forefoot has been upgraded with a reworked forefoot strap.

Union LA x Nike Dunk Low “Passport Pack” in “Pistachio”

Release Date: February 10
Release Price: $150 USD
Where to Buy: Union LA
Why You Should Cop: Prepare for takeoff because Union LA is now giving you a shot to cop its highly-anticipated Dunk Low “Passport Pack” in the “Pistachio colorway. This is a Union exclusive that was already dropped via an in-store raffle, but it will now be released online through a first come first served method. The shoes come rife with flight details from the gridded uppers to the boarding pass-inspired wrapping paper.

Air Jordan 5 Low “Girls That Hoop”

Release Date: February 11
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Jordan Brand is gradually rolling out the offerings that were unveiled in its Spring/Summer 2022 preview, and next to get its moment to shine is the Air Jordan 5 “Girls That Hoop” makeup. This specific rendition draws influence from the washed-out colors and tones that are found on gritty outdoor basketball courts.

KANGHYUK x Reebok Classic Leather

Release Date: February 11 (Europe)
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Reebok and DSM
Why You Should Cop: Reebok has revitalized its lifestyle category through partnerships with luxury and streetwear labels, one of which is South Korean label KANGHYUK. For the two parties’ third collaboration, they’ve produced a duo of Classic Leather collaborations. The first comes fitted with a clean “White/Primal Red” palette while the latter is cowled in a“Collegiate Royal Blue” and is paired with gold trim. The blue pair is dropping as a Dover Street Market London exclusive.

Air Jordan 5 Low “Racer Blue”

Release Date: February 12
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Jordan Brand has a duo of Air Jordan 5’s lined up for this week’s batch of releases, the second being the “Racer Blue” installment. Uppers swap out the model’s traditional leathers for a solid black suede and “Racer Blue” accents play a supporting role here by landing on the interiors, midsoles and tongue’s Jumpman branding. Milky quarter panel netting and icy blue treading complete its minimal outfit.

adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 CMPCT “Slate Red”

Release Date: February 14
Release Price: $220 USD
Where to Buy: CONFIRMED
Why You Should Cop: Valentine’s Day is approaching and Ye is getting into the spirit of the holiday for lovers by dropping his adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 CMPCT “Slate Red.” This marks Ye’s second offering with the Three Stripes to don the all-red outfit — a theme that is of course inspired by his iconic Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October.”

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