A Ma Maniére Honors Black Women Through Its Air Jordan 12 Collab in This Week's Best Footwear Drops

The DTLR-exclusive New Balance 990v3 “Greyscale,” Pharrell’s adidas NMD S1 RYAT “Focus Olive” and Billie Eilish ‘s Jordan Hex Mules are also dropping.

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We hope you took some time to relax and rejuvenate over the long weekend as well as enjoy all of the NBA All-Star festivities. And as we enter into the last full week of February 2023, we wanted to break down all of the hottest drops from the likes of Nike, adidas, New Balance and more. But first things first, let’s take you through all of the major sneaker headlines from the last seven days.

Summing up our batch of exclusives, we had the chance to highlight the talented Steven Guo — Beijing-based porcelain artist — for our Sole Mates series to discuss his relationship with the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Mark Smith Laser” and we caught up with Set Free Richardson to discuss his new Clarks Originals Creative Specialist role. On the news front we caught a glimpse at the forthcoming Nike Air Max Pulse that’s set to release for Air Max Day, the modernized Nike ACG Watercat+ and Ja Morant’s Nike Ja 1 “Midnight” that comes styled with Swarovski crystals. Shifting gears over to the Swoosh’s Beaverton counterpart at Jordan Brand, the imprint officially announced Jayson Tatum’s Jordan Tatum 1 signature shoe, revealed a fresh capsule with pop artist Billie Eilish and uncovered an upcoming Air Jordan 1 High Zoom CMFT 2 “Blackened Blue” iteration.

The adidas team had plenty of new initiatives to flex last week including Sean Wotherspoon’s Gazelle “Hemp” collaboration, a full collection with Pop Trading Company and its new Consortium Cup sneaker design tournament. Additionally, the Three Stripes gave us a sneak peek into its upcoming basketball signature offerings during All-Star Weekend.

Other striking sneakers that sprung up on our radar include Balmain and PUMA’s latest range, norda’s new batch of 001s and Kiko Kostadinov’s ASICS GEL-QUANTUM ZIENTZIA collaboration. Now that you’ve been caught up to speed with the 411 in kicks, take a moment to scroll further down and peep a look at this week’s best launches. And when you’re done there, head over to the HBX online store to shop for more footwear styles.

Naruto x Jordan Zion 2

Release Date: February 20
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Nike
Why You Should Cop: After remixing the Air Jordan 37 and his first signature with Naruto-inspired motifs, Zion Williamson is now letting the anime series work its magic on his Jordan Zion 2. Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha are nodded to through its solid black base that comes accompanied by bright yellow panels on the lateral sides and navy blue on the medials. Silver heels see the Uchiha Clan’s fan symbol on the left shoe and the Uzumaki Clan’s spiral on the right shoe. The left shoe’s sock liners feature Naruto’s Sage Mode whereas the right salutes to Sasuke’s Rinnegan. Furthermore, Naruto’s “Believe it!” catchphrase arrives on the interior sides of the tongues.

Nike ACG Air Moc “Anthracite”

Release Date: February 22
Release Price: $90 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: For folks that are in need of a fresh pair of kicks to lounge around the house in or take on their next camping trip, you’re in luck because Nike’s ACG Air Moc is returning to the shelves with an “Anthracite” makeover. While it essentially is an all-black shoe, its dimpled uppers give it quite the unique look and feel and its rear toggles allow wearers to easily adjust its tightness.

Billie Eilish x Jordan Hex Mule

Release Date: February 23
Release Price: $90 USD
Where to Buy: Nike
Why You Should Cop: Jordan Brand is revisiting its partnership with pop icon Billie Eilish this week to rollout a new apparel and footwear capsule. The latter features the recently-introduced Jordan Hex Mule that is done up with all black garb to align with the Happier Than Ever artist’s grungy style sensibilities. The shoe box comes branded with Eilish’s signature ambigram logo.

New Balance 990v2 “Brown/Grey”

Release Date: February 23
Release Price: $190 USD
Where to Buy: New Balance
Why You Should Cop: Consistency has been a key factor in the success of Teddy Santis sitting at the helm of New Balance’s Made in USA collection. The line has pushed out a barrage of new colorways in these first couple of months in the new year, and the latest to arrive is a New Balance 990v2 “Brown/Grey” colorway. The kicks are anchored by the dark brown, shaggy suede overlays that cover most of the upper while purple and orange accents lie beneath for a touch of vivid flair.

New Balance 990v3 “Tan/Blue”

Release Date: February 23
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: New Balance
Why You Should Cop: Amongst the New Balance lifestyle models that are on the market right now, the 990v3 is arguably garnering the most attention. It returns to the spotlight in a brand new “Tan/Blue” palette which converges earthy tones and playful accents. It is arranged with tan quarter panels while muted brown hits land atop the toe box and heel suede overlays. Subtle pops of orange and purple accents also seep into the tongues and heels for a hint of colorful contrast.

A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 12 “Black/Burgundy”

Release Date: February 24
Release Price: $225 USD
Where to Buy: A Ma Maniére
Why You Should Cop: James Whitner and his crew always make a statement with their collaborations by storytelling through their products. Set to deliver their first collaboration of 2023, the duo has reunited to roll out an Air Jordan 12 collaboration that celebrates the beauty and power of Black women. The “Black/Burgundy’ pair is slated to drop this week and it comes prepared with AMM branding on the tongues, heels and metallic eyelets. These are slated to release in full family sizes.

DTLR x New Balance 990v3 “GR3YSCALE”

Release Date: February 24
Release Price: $210 USD
Where to Buy: DTLR
Why You Should Cop: New Balance 990v3 fans can rejoice as yet another clean exclusive colorway of the lifestyle model is dropping through retailer DTLR. Fittingly dubbed the “GR3YSCALE” iteration, the upcoming makeup is color-blocked with the Boston sportswear brand’s signature grey, black and white panels on the upper and lower halves. It’s been slightly modified with leather tongues to provide a more elevated look and feel and will certainly make for a versatile option to keep in rotation all-year-long.

Pharrell x adidas NMD S1 RYAT “Focus Olive”

Release Date: February 24
Release Price: $250 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: While all the attention around Pharrell right lately has been associated with his appointment as Louis Vuitton’s newest Men’s Artistic Director, the creative polymath is drawing our attention back to his line with adidas for a brief moment. He’s crafted a brand new Pharrell x adidas NMD S1 RYAT boot in a new “Focus Olive” colorway that is dyed with various shades of green along with dusty pink accents across the interiors and heels.

Nike SB Dunk Low “Wolf Grey”

Release Date: February 24
Release Price: $110 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Nike SB is diverting our attention back to its inline category to roll out its SB Dunk Low “Wolf Grey” colorway. It’s readied with an understated palette as it features angelic Swooshes surrounded by panels that are doused in its titular hue. However, the bursts of orange that poke out through the tongues and insoles are meant to evoke nostalgia as they represent the OG color of Nike’s shoe boxes.

Air Jordan 6 “Cool Grey”

Release Date: February 25
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Jordan Brand has a tendency to recycle its common motifs by distributing them to other signature silhouettes, one being the “Cool Grey” theme. And so to cap off the month of February, the brand is employing it onto the Air Jordan 6. Designed to honor the roots of Jordan Brand’s DNA, the kicks are adorned with a two-toned upper that features angelic overlays and “Cool Grey” underlays. Heels are marked with Jumpman insignias while icy elements poke out through the soles.

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