The A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 5 "Dusk" Settles Into This Week's Best Footwear Drops

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With Thanksgiving only a matter of days away, a selection of footwear brands are looking to step into the holiday season in style, with the likes of Jordan Brand, Nike, New Balance, PUMA, and more preparing 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 James Barrett about the UP THERE x ASICS Gel-Lyte III “Kookaburra.”

As for the news, Nike presented a new Cortez silhouette in “Teal/Yellow” and the Swoosh also revealed an all-new Air Max 1 in “Pure Platinum/Dark Obsidian.” Elsewhere, Hypebeast readers were treated to the news of Stüssy teasing the release date of its new Birkenstock collaboration. Additionally, New Balance presented a striking collaborative 991v2 silhouette with Patta, while the FENTY x PUMA Creeper returned with a new design.

Outside of Nike, PUMA, and New Balance, UNAFFECTED treated followers to a first look at its ASICS Gel-Kayano 14 collaboration, while Reebok explored the spell-binding world of the Harry Potter series with a new collection. Rounding things out, Coca-Cola and Crocs presented their brand new collaboration and Travis Scott’s Jumpan Jack Trainer got set for a Fall release 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.

Sacai x Jean Paul Gaultier Woven Vaporwaffles

Release Date: November 21
Release Price: $250 USD
Where to Buy: JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Why You Should Cop: Just over two years ago, sacai and Jean Paul Gaultier formed a surprising relationship with Nike to deliver one of the most in-demand collaborations of the 2020s. Now, the trio has reconnected to deliver another collaborative release in two unique colorways. Available in grey/white and a multi-color assemblage, the latter pays homage to sacai and Nike’s original LDVWaffle color arrangements with a slew of glitchy combinations forming into a seamless and vibrant uniform pattern.

Air Jordan 2 Retro “Chicago Twist”

Release Date: November 21
Release Price: $150 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Throughout 2023, the Air Jordan 2 Low has made somewhat of a comeback. A slew of fresh colorways have been presented recently, and now Jordan Brand is poised to reveal more exciting color options — and among them is an exclusive women’s edition. Blending white, “University Red,” black, and “Coconut Milk,” the low-top silhouette incorporates enhanced airflow, while black accents adorn the inner lining and heels. Additionally, the Air Jordan “Wings” logo on the tongue adds a slice of authenticity to rounds things off.

ASICS GT-2160 Cecille Bahnsen Blue

Release Date: November 22
Release Price: £215 GBP (approx. $270 USD)
Where to Buy: ASICS
Why You Should Cop: Copenhagen-based fashion designer Cecilie Bahnsen’s all-new collaboration with ASICS draws inspiration from the idea of upcycling for her new GT-2160 sneaker. As a whole, the shoe’s aesthetic combines sportive notions with Bahnsen’s floral aesthetic. Meanwhile, its upper is formed with a transparent rip-stop base and a hook and loop closure that’s layered with blooming accents. The midsole is then hit with a segmented structure and gel technology, used to prioritise comfort and durability.

PUMA All-Pro Nitro Chris Brickley

Release Date: November 22
Release Price: $140 USD
Where to Buy: PUMA
Why You Should Cop: PUMA Hoops has just introduced its latest member of the All-Pro Nitro family: the All-Pro Nitro x Chris Brickley, in collaboration with PUMA Hoops’ ambassador, Chris Brickley. As a whole, the sneaker keeps inspiration at its core. Boasting a distinctive design adorned with empowering messages like “Love Yourself,” “Stay Focused,” and “Keep Going, Keep Growing,” the shoe aims to encapsulate the principles that define Brickley’s success. Additionally, the shoe features a NITROFOAM midsole for responsiveness, while PWRTAPE is used for targeted reinforcement.

Unaffected x ASICS GEL-Kayano 14

Release Date: November 24
Release Price: £185 GBP (approx. $230 USD)
Where to Buy: ASICS
Why You Should Cop: Over the past few years, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 14 been enjoying some time in the headlines. The silhouette debuted in 2008 and since then, the runner has been picked up by a slew of collaborations — and it’s latest has come in partnership with South Korean label, UNAFFECTED. Unveiling three collaborative pairs of the shoe, the pack welcomes shades of grey and black, while speckles of teal finish the designs with hues of steel. Branding can also be spotted on the lateral sides, heel counter, and tongue, with UNAFFECTED’s customary logo hitting the sock-liner.

A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 5 “Dusk”

Release Date: November 24
Release Price: $225 USD
Where to Buy: A Ma Maniére
Why You Should Cop: A Ma Maniére‘s latest collaboration with Jordan Brand feels like it’s been in the pipeline for some time now. And after countless leaks, the boutique has finally unveiled an official collaboration — with the first of two colorways, “Dusk,” dropping on the 24th. The sneaker — and its corresponding pair that’s dropping at a later date this month — is set to debut alongside the premiere of Still We Rise, a short film that reflects the work of esteemed writers James Baldwin and Maya Angelou. Crafted with a fine suede upper, overlaid accents are also included alongside A Ma Maniére badging marks on the tongue and outsole. Rounding off the design, a custom monogram replaces the shoe’s typical cage, while a jacquard pattern hits the interior lining.

Nicole McLaughlin x Merrell 1TRL “Moc-Laughlin”

Release Date: November 24
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Dover Street Market
Why You Should Cop: The Moc Speed Streak, a hero style reintroduced from Merrell 1TRL’s historical and stories inventory, takes inspiration from Nicole McLaughlin’s Jungle Mic-collecting father and her passion for innovative design. Soon to be available in three colorways of “Black/Amber,” “Birch/Hiviz,” and “Coyote/Olive,” all three iterations are crafted with a mix of recycled suede and mesh as well as a neoporene stretch collar and pull tab.

UP THERE x New Balance 1906R

Release Date: November 24
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: Up There Store
Why You Should Cop: Australia’s UP THERE Store has recently presented its all-new collaboration with New Balance on the 1906R, taking the silhouette “Down Under” with a collection of grey shades and intricate detailing. Breathable mesh uppers are overlaid with synthetic, canvas, and plastic components, while a “Grey Ice” finish complements the N-DURANCE rubber outsole and springy N-ERGY pods at the rear-foot. Customary co-branding then his the heel counter, insole, and tongue, coming alongside a bold green hue on the Ortholite sockliners.

Air Jordan 3 Retro “Fear”

Release Date: November 25
Release Price: $210 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The Air Jordan 3 Fear has officially received the retro treatment as part of this year’s Jordan Brand Holiday 2023 lineup. Dressed in a combination of “Night Stadium,” “Total Orange,” and black colors, the shoe is also designed with a dark grey suede upper placed on top of a speckled black and white midsole in the rear atop a black rubber outsole. The dark suede upper is then finished with elephant print overlays on the toe and heels.

Air Jordan 8 Retro “Winterized Gun Smoke”

Release Date: November 27
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: For a big chunk of 2023, rumors have continued to surface about the Air Jordan 8 arriving in a new “Gunsmoke” color scheme for the holiday season. An official release date for the pair has now come to light, with the sneakers taking on a predominately black colorway across the upper and sole unit. The details around the heel come as a pleasant surprise, as well as the chenille logo on the tongue. Other features come in the form of the model’s carpet-like tongue patch, metallic silver accents, and the Gunsmoke graphics on the mudguards and outsole.

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