The Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XIX Collection Shines Bright in This Week's Best Footwear Drops

Arriving alongside a new Dremel x MSCHF Gobstomper collaboration, New Balance Made in UK’s new Patta collab, and much more.

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With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, all eyes are on the countdown to Christmas, and a selection of footwear brands are looking to step into the holiday season in style. The likes of Jordan Brand, Nike, New Balance, Reebok, and more have prepared sneakers to keep an eye on, but before we run through the lineup of releases coming across the next week, let’s take a look at what headlines dominated the industry this past week.

On the feature front, Hypebeast’s Sole Mates series continued with a conversation with Arthur Chmielewski about the HAVEN x norda 003, while the Hypebeast team also spoke with upcycling queen Nicole McLaughlin about her brand-new Merrell 1TRL collaboration.

As for the news, Matthew Williams revealed a first look at the 1017 ALYX 9SM Nike Air Force 1 Low, and the Swoosh also revealed an all-new Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT 2 in “Yellow Ochre.” Elsewhere, Hypebeast readers were treated to the news of Palace and Ugg unveiling their new collaboration. Additionally, New Balance presented a new collaboration with Rukus on the 440 silhouette.

Outside of Nike and New Balance, Salomon fused function and tech with X-ALP for their new GR10K collaboration, while ASICS and COSTS teamed up again for the new GT-2160 “SHAO JI.” Rounding things out, Salehe Bembury previewed a new Crocs Pollex Sneaker for Spring/Summer 2024 and GANNI and Dr. Martens’ Jadon unveiled a new boot collaboration to keep people talking.

With all of footwear’s key news recapped, let’s run through 10 of this week’s best releases to be hitting stores worldwide. Afterward, don’t forget to hit up HBX to shop styles that can be purchased today.

Nike Air Max 1 “Keep Rippin’ Stop Slippin”

Release Date: November 28
Release Price: $160 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The classic Nike Air Max 1 “Keep Rippin Stop Slippin” first hit the shelves in 2008. Now, the sneaker is making a comeback as an all-new “2.0” iteration for the upcoming Holiday season. Additionally, the shoe is designed in a “Pearl White,” “Vast Grey,” and “Cedar” color scheme, while the suede overlays on the midfoot add further texture. Black accents are then added to the laces, with a splash of red on the mini Swoosh used to round off the design.

Air Jordan 6 Retro Gore-Tex “Brown Kelp”

Release Date: November 29
Release Price: $250 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Jordan Brand is releasing an all-new Gore-Tex “Brown Kelp” that takes inspiration from the Nike ACG Air Mowabb. The shoe is hit in a combination of “Brown Kelp,” “Tea, Gold,” “Shadow Brown,” and “Court Purple” shades, while its Gore-Tex finish is used to guarantee protection against rain and all things wet. Elsewhere, “Court Purple” detailing is added to the Jumpman logos and additional branding is applied to the rear and portion of the midsole.

Dremel x MSCHF Gobstomper

Release Date: November 29
Release Price: $350 USD
Where to Buy: MSCHF
Why You Should Cop: As one of the more unique sneakers to be included in this week’s list, the Dremel x MSCHF collaboration comes packed in a tool kit that features a versatile Dremel 4000 tool for an extra slice of personalisation. For the sneaker, the shoe is hit with a two-tone palette, which is dominated by royal blue detailing on the tongue and outsole. The customary MSCHF logo is then added to the heel tab and midsole to finish the design.

Nike Air Max Plus “Light Photography Old Royal”

Release Date: November 30
Release Price: $175 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Nike Sportswear recently unveiled a brand-new “Light Photography” iteration of the Air Max Plus, one of the cleanest colorways to hit the silhouette in recent times. The bright color scheme is complemented by a black plastic toe cap, while glossy leather tongues add further vibrancy. Graphic insoles are then welcomed to finish the design, coming as a color combination that mirrors the shoe’s outsole pattern.

Nike LeBron 21 “Abalone Pearl”

Release Date: December 1
Release Price: $210 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Nike Basketball is currently gearing up for the highly-anticipated release of the LeBron 21. This “Abalone Pearl” version of the shoe features shades of “Industrial Blue,” “Court Blue,” “Photon Dust,” and “Pink Rise,” while its shiny color-shifting upper is used to mimick the outer shell of an actual abalone pearl.

Patta x New Balance Made in UK 991v2 “Sea Moss”

Release Date: December 1
Release Price: $250 USD
Where to Buy: Patta
Why You Should Cop: Since the presentation of New Balance Made in UK’s 991v2 silhouette, the sneaker has been on a collaboration roll. This new collab with Patta comes hot on the heels of its recent collaboration with Stone Island, and is hit with a slew of reflective details which come alongside a Patta script P. Rounding off the design, a metallic silver tongue badge is introduced with tonal co-branding on the lateral sides and heel counter.

Nicole McLaughlin x Merrell 1TRL Moc

Release Date: December 1
Release Price: $135 USD
Where to Buy: Merrell 1TRL
Why You Should Cop: Nicole McLaughlin has become somewhat of an upcycling mastermind. Her projects often rework old items of clothing sourced from vintage and thrift shops — and now, Merrell 1TRL has picked up on her talents, tapping her to create a collaborative 1TRL Moc silhouette. McLaughlin has created three colorways of her new sneaker, with each version featuring a slew of future-facing details, from the customary chunky Merrell midsole to the air holes on the lateral sides.

Reebok Question Mid “Grape Punch”

Release Date: December 1
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: Reebok
Why You Should Cop: Allen Iverson’s Reebok sneaker has recently been presented in an all-new colorway, welcoming shades of white, “Grape Punch,” and “Always Yellow” hues to complement the clean white base, ribbed collars, and breathable mesh tongue. The shoe is also hit with hexagonal cushioning for enhanced comfort, while a semi-translucent purple outsole completes the design.

Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XIX 2023 Pack

Release Date: December 2
Release Price: $210 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The Nike Doernbecher Freestyle XIX Collection comprises six freshly-unique sneaker designs, all created by inspirational OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patients. The collection encapsulates the creativity of each young talent, while also contributing to a noble cause. Featuring six different silhouettes; the Air Jordan 3, Nike Air Max 1 ’86, Nike Dunk High, Nike Cortez, Nike Go FlyEase, and the Nike ACG Mountain Fly 2 Low, each sneaker has been designed to embody the spirit of hope.

UNDEFEATED x Nike Air Terra Humara

Release Date: December 2
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: LA-based brand UNDEFEATED has unveiled its latest flagship store in the heart of New York City and to celebrate the occasion, the brand has revealed a brand-new collaboration with Nike. The Air Terra Humana was originally created in 1997 as an outdoor footwear option, but its two colorways with UNDEFEATED have revitalized the shoe with a slew of crisp detailing that can be applied to life either in the heart of the city or throughout the great outdoors.

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