Aleali May’s list of achievements is one to take note of if you haven’t already. At the age of 27, the L.A. native has already designed three Jordan sneakers, with another new AJ1 collab having just been teased for 2021, making her one of only two women to ever design for the brand. Oh, and she's also styled Kendrick Lamar, Lil Yachty, Jaden Smith, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and a whole host of other stars. If you still don’t recognize the name, or the face (yes, she’s a model, too) then perhaps turning the focus to her footwear might jog your memory.
With almost half a million followers on the gram, Aleali May influences her dedicated fans with a heady cocktail of luxury apparel, streetwear, and a seemingly flawless collection of classic and modern sneakers. From coveted collector’s pieces like her own Air Jordan 1 collaboration to underrated general releases, May connects the dots between accessible and aspirational, making her the ideal candidate for a sneaker rotation deep dive.
With her impressive resumé, it’s no surprise that May has the connections to get her hands on some pretty exclusive kicks, but what we love so much about her selection is that she doesn’t rely on exclusivity to make an impact. We’ve picked out some of our favorite footwear moments from the stylist's Instagram and given you the directions to cop your very own.
Keep reading to see where to buy Aleali May’s sneaker rotation
Ambush x Nike Dunk High SP
Supporting the growing contingent of women in the world of sneakers, Aleali May sports a clean pair of AMBUSH x Nike Dunk Highs here. The pared-back, white and black pair features supple leather uppers and a rubberized Swoosh which extends past the heel.
Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike Dunk Low
Releasing in November of last year, the Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike Dunk Low was certainly one of 2020's most eye-catching drops. Covered from tongue to toe and toe to heel in Swarovski crystals, there's no hiding in this pair.
Nike Jordan 5 Retro 'Sunset'
Aleali winds the years back to 2006 with this pair of Nike Jordan 5 Retro 'Sunset'. The clean white uppers are highlighted by Fire Red and Sunset Dark Cinder hits to the outsole, lining, and toggle for an understated yet punchy aesthetic.
Prada Monolith Re-Nylon Gabardie Boots
Okay, they're not sneakers, but this pair of boots from Prada is an attention-holder so we had to include it. A super-rugged outsole takes the visual lead while gabardine uppers feature a faux-fur lining. Could these be the ultimate winter boots?
J Balvin x Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
J Balvin's first signature shoe definitely made a splash when it dropped on December 8th last year. The jagged, rainbow uppers make way for sightings of a premium leather base and feature velcro sections for customizable patches.
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