'Yu-Gi-Oh!' and adidas Summon a High-Powered Adi2000 Collab in This Week's Best Footwear Drops

New Balance’s latest MADE in USA seasonal collection, the adidas NMD S1 MAHBS and Salomon’s XT-6 “Recut” pack are also set to launch.

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Four weeks into the year and the sneaker world has already found its stride following a cozy holiday season. For our latest installment of Weekly Footwear Drops, adidas leads the way alongside contributions from Nike and Jordan Brand, ASICS, the team at New Balance MADE in USA, PUMA and Salomon. Before we break down this diverse roster, let’s recap the top headlines of the last week.

Our weekly edition of Sole Mates featured internet sensation Mia Khalifa, who sat down with the Hypebeast team to share her love for the Nike SB Dunk Low “What the Dunk,” finding confidence through streetwear and more. Shortly after Milan Fashion Week wrapped up, an analysis of the biggest street style footwear trends was shared as well. Pivoting to brand-oriented discussions, Nike had a relatively quiet week with rumors of a Kobe 6 “Reverse Grinch” general release circulating, the Swoosh’s ISPA line introducing it’s new slip-on silhouette – the ISPA Universal – and the reveal of a “Yellow Heart” Dunk Low.

As for Nike-owned subsidiary Jordan Brand, both the Air Jordan 13 “Wheat” and Air Jordan 11 “DMP” are said to be making their return this year. A first look at the Air Jordan 1 High OG “Washed Pink” and an on-foot breakdown of the Air Jordan 1 High “Lucky Green” also appeared. In terms of official reveals, Roger Federer’s former signature sneaker popped up with the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour AJ3 donning “Racer Blue.” Unofficially noting 2023 as the “Jordan Year,” Jordan Brand kicked off its special initiatives for the year with the announcement of a Notorious B.I.G. x Air Jordan 13 auction hosted by Sotheby’s.

Elsewhere in the industry, 3D-printed footwear continues to make noise with a RAINS Puffer Boot made in collaboration with Zellerfeld and revered fashion house Dior constructing 3D-printed derbies and boots. Taiwanese custom shoe shop Rifare popped up in the news following the reveal of its New Balance 2002R “Tabi” custom made for Salehe Bembury. Speaking of Bembury, an on-foot preview of his upcoming Moncler Trailgrip collaboration hit the net as well. Additional collaborative headlines included the launch of Joe Freshgoods x Vans, Nicole McLaughlin’s versatile Diemme sneakers, Awake NY and ASICS’ latest capsule, the introduction of Fear of God’s Birkenstock “Los Feliz” Sandals and the Andersson Bell x ASICS GEL-Sonoma 15-50.

With all of last week’s top sneaker headlines wrapped up, let’s get into what launches there are to look forward to this week. Afterwards, don’t forget to swing by HBX to shop sneakers that are available now.

Brain Dead x ASICS GEL-Nimbus 9

Release Date: January 24
Release Price: $180 USD
Where to Buy: Brain Dead
Why You Should Cop: After celebrating Paris Fashion Week with an exclusive launch of its latest collaboration with ASICS, Brain Dead now presents its flavorful takes on the GEL-Nimbus 9 for the general populace. For those looking to catch eyes wherever they go, a vibrant composition of mint green, red, pink and a creamy orange collide on the first pair. Opposite of the chaos, a mature balance of forest green and wine purple connect on the second presentation of the runner.

adidas Stan Smith Recon “Cream White”

Release Date: January 24
Release Price: $160 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Deconstruction has served as a key design theme in fashion through this decade, so adidas has upgraded its iconic Stan Smith silhouette with a Recon iteration that sees heavy canvas overlays cover the vintage leather upper. This unique layering pays homage to old school fencing shoes and their signature linework. White and off-white coloring goes back and forth, offering a monochromatic look that combines past and present.

Air Jordan 2 “Muslin”

Release Date: January 26
Release Price: $175 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: In case you didn’t get your fair share of Air Jordan 2s during 2022’s endless stream of releases, Jordan Brand has you covered. Bringing back a “Muslin” theme that graced the Air Jordan 3 last year, a women’s colorway on the AJ2 combines shades of brown with white and off-white notes. Its primary brown is “Vachetta Tan”-adjacent and teams up with the white base of the upper, resulting in a modern presentation of a classic sneaker.

Yu-Gi-Oh! x adidas ADI2000

Release Date: January 26
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Last year, one of many surprises from the Three Stripes was an expansive Yu-Gi-Oh! footwear collection. Packed with thematic details, it arrived as a true homage to the beloved franchise. Having introduced the new ADI2000 in the first capsule, the silhouette is featured once again, this time nodding to Yami Yugi. A mostly black colorway is joined by gold stripes, purple accents and hints of pink. A co-branded Dark Magician card, custom box, Millennium Item lace jewels and a final piece of the Exodia hangtag make this a must-have for any Yu-Gi-Oh! superfans.

New Balance MADE in USA Seasonal Collection

Release Date: January 26
Release Price: $190 USD to $200 USD
Where to Buy: New Balance
Why You Should Cop: Teddy Santis is back at it with the 990 series as the MADE in USA line continues its conquest in the footwear universe. The tasteful division’s latest seasonal collection sees tan and green joining forces on the 990v1 and 990v3. Both silhouettes stay true to their natural form with the 990v1’s hairy suede included alongside pigskin suede, premium mesh and smooth leather. A more linear mesh and nubuck leather build outfits the 990v3 as the two-pack trots its way into the new year.

Salomon XT-6 RECUT Pack

Release Date: January 26
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: Salomon
Why You Should Cop: While the Salomon XT-6 has shined bright in recent years as a favorite in footwear, it is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Revisiting FW18, FW19 and SS21 looks, this RECUT pack sees some of the XT-6’s most popular colorways hit shelves once again. The three piece lineup offers street and trail-ready options of “Beluga,” a silver gray “Phantom” and chocolate brown “Kangaroo.” For fans of the brand who missed out or simply want to re-up, this is a golden opportunity to grab a pair.

Nike Terminator High “Noble Green”

Release Date: January 26
Release Price: $125 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: As COMME des GARÇONS Homme Plus’ upcoming Terminator High collaboration has yet to hit shelves, the sneaker’s return remains overlooked. It’s only a matter of time before the silhouette hits the spotlight and in the meantime Nike continues to revisit classic looks. In “Noble Green,” the titular hue goes back and forth with a crisp white that outfits a majority of the leather upper’s base. Jump ahead of the curve by giving the sneaker a spin prior to its expensive CdGH+ collaboration that takes place later this year.

PUMA Rise Nitro “Neymar Jr.”

Release Date: January 26
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: PUMA
Why You Should Cop: The world continues to grow more interconnected as crossovers and collaborations offer unlikely partners the chance to work together. Neymar Jr. and PUMA Basketball team up in the latest unexpected move in footwear as the PUMA Rise Nitro takes on an electrifying orange and blue colorway. A fan of the sport, Neymar Jr. has appeared at NBA games in the past and now has his own colorway that pairs “Ultra Orange” with “Blue Glimmer.” A callout to the superstar footballer appears at the tongue, showcasing his custom PUMA logo.

adidas NMD S1 MAHBS “Oatmeal”

Release Date: January 27
Release Price: $230 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Following up on 2022’s launch of the NMD S1 and Pharrell Williams’ boot-like NMD S1 RYAT, a new collaborative silhouette has been prepared, the NMD S1 MAHBS. Said by Williams to be “yet another opportunity to be the expression of a group of humans, a mob,” the MAHBS elevates the NMD S1 with natural materials and advanced design techniques. A screenprinted Humanrace logo and spray painted heel take form in “Blue Corn” while the upper knit bootie is covered in an “Oatmeal” exterior canvas shroud material that will develop into a worn in look over time.

Offspring x adidas Consortium Orketro “London Nights”

Release Date: January 28
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Offspring
Why You Should Cop: British retailer Offspring is celebrating its first adidas Consortium collaboration with a slick “London Nights”-themed look on the Orketro. The brutalist-inspired silhouette debuted last year and has since been featured in street-ready colorways and a collaboration with Sean Wotherspoon. Now, it draws from London’s landscape at nightfall – including an outline of the River Thames – with a mostly gray finish that leverages the sneaker’s intricate linework with various hues joined together.

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