After debuting the shoe at Paris Fashion Week, the time has finally come for AURALEE to release its minimal New Balance 550. The collaboration is the latest in an ever-growing line of projects starring the revitalized silhouette, which was brought back last year with the help of Aimé Leon Dore. Since then, the '80s basketball model has had other collaborative partners, while simultaneously arriving in general release colorways.
AURALEE's New Balance 550 collab was originally featured in a roundup with other new sneakers including the Nike SB Dunk High "Hawaii," atmos x adidas Superstar “Mt.Fuji,” BAPE STA "Pastel" and "Gingham," and PENSOLE Design Academy x ASICS GEL-MIQRUM.
Read on to get the latest info about the AURALEE x New Balance 550 and more.
AURALEE x New Balance 550
Release Date: July 16, August 19 via END.
Where to Buy: Online at AURALEE and at select retailers
Editor’s Notes: AURALEE's version of the 550 is as elegant as they come, as the basketball oxford boasts a monochromatic look crafted from high quality leather. Adding to the overall minimalist theme, the shoe's thick cushioned tongue features a plain piece of leather in place of the usual basketball logo. As the Japanese brand points out, the collaborative 550 is a classic yet fresh style designed for everyday wear.
Nike SB Dunk High "Hawaii"
Release Date: TBC
Where to Buy: TBC
Editor’s Notes: Fans of Nike SB Dunks can look forward to this new Hawaiian-themed iteration reportedly dropping sometime in 2021. The pair stands out with its lively floral upper, which is branded with a hemp Nike Swoosh on the side. A release date for the "Hawaii" Dunk High has yet to be announced, however, it is expected to arrive in the months ahead for $120.
atmos x adidas Superstar “Mt.Fuji”
Release Date: March 6
Where to Buy: atmos
Editor’s Notes: For their latest foray, atmos and adidas present a new reimagining of the iconic Superstar. Inspired by Japan's tallest peak, the pair features an upper decorated with graphics depicting fireworks exploding around Mount Fuji. A red tag with Japanese characters then draws attention to the heel, while blue laces provide the shoe with even more coloration.
BAPE STA "Pastel" and "Gingham"
Release Date: March 6
Where to Buy: BAPE
Editor’s Notes: Over the weekend, BAPE will be releasing a new women's-exclusive BAPE STA capsule. The drop is led by a seasonally-appropriate pastel pair, which is ideal for the warm weather season ahead, and also includes two iterations done up in multicolored gingham plaid.
PENSOLE Design Academy x ASICS GEL-MIQRUM
Release Date: Available now
Where to Buy: ASICS
Editor’s Notes: ASICS has tapped PENSOLE Design Academy, a footwear design school based in Portland, Oregon, for a new collaboration spotlighting the GEL-MIQRUM. The retro-flavored silhouette is decked out in a bright purple and blue colorway that draws from ASICS designs of the '90s, all while being outfitted with the brand's latest technologies, such as GEL cushioning.
GOAT's Air Max Month Celebration
Editor’s Notes: GOAT is celebrating Air Max Month by letting sneakerheads lace up rare Air Max models using its AR Try-On feature. Beginning today, March 5, Sean Wotherspoon's Air Max 1/97 is available to virtually test out on the GOAT app, alongside the iconic Stash x Air Classic BW. Throughout the remainder of the month, additional Air Max favorites will be coming your way, including the Off-White™ x Air Max 90 "Desert Ore" and Air Max 95 "Stash" on March 12, the atmos x Air Max 1 Retro "Elephant" and Air Max 1 "Urawa" Japan exclusive on March 22, and the Air Max 180 "Opium" and this year's DQM x Air Max 90 "Bacon" on March 26.
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