Sneakerheads are bombarded with news of upcoming releases on a daily basis. To save you some time from searching each and every site and leak account, we've taken it upon ourselves to sift through the onslaught and bring you a few noteworthy kicks that have captured our attention.
Today, we're spotlighting New Balance's latest MADE Responsibly initiative, which finds the brand releasing new sustainable iterations of the 998 crafted from surplus materials. As the sneakers are made from leftover scraps, no two pairs are exactly the same.
On the collaborative front, we have three co-branded projects to detail. First up, BEAMS' Salomon RX Slide 3.0 will soon be available, giving you yet another slip-on option to rock during the warm weather months ahead. And for a second laceless sneaker, be sure to check out Wacko Maria's latest reimagining of the Vans Slip-On.
Last but not least, HANON is back alongside Padmore & Barnes to deliver an extremely limited take on the P204 Wallabee, one that is constructed from luxe materials.
Read on to get the latest info about the New Balance MADE Responsibly 998 and more.
New Balance MADE Responsibly 998
Release Date: May 1
Where to Buy: New Balance
Editor’s Notes: Earth Month may be coming to a close, but New Balance is keeping its sustainable initiatives alive by releasing new iterations of the MADE Responsibly 998. Created as a part of the brand's MADE Responsibly program, these 998s are constructed using surplus materials to cut down on waste. Leftover scraps of pigskin overlays, body mesh, lining, laces, speedlace, molded collar straps, and sole units have been combined with new materials to deliver a one-of-a-kind sneaker, with no two pairs exactly the same.
BEAMS x Salomon RX Slide 3.0
Release Date: May 7
Where to Buy: BEAMS
Editor’s Notes: BEAMS and Salomon are coming at you for a third time with a chance to cop the collaborative RX Slide 3.0. Designed to be a recovery sandal, the shoe is offered in a military-inspired colorway, featuring a breathable, elastic mesh upper. A cushioned EVA midsole is implemented below to give the feeling like you're walking on a cloud.
Wacko Maria x Vault by Vans OG Slip-On LX
Release Date: May 15
Where to Buy: Select Vault by Vans retailers globally
Editor’s Notes: Wacko Maria draws from vinyl culture for part two of its Spring 2021 collaboration with Vault by Vans. Following an initial launch in March, the Japanese brand is back with three new colorways of the iconic Slip-On, which features a subsequent vinyl graphic in black and white. The sneaker is offered in white, brown, and purple iterations alongside matching camp collar rayon shirts.
HANON x Padmore & Barnes P204 Wallabee
Release Date: April 30
Where to Buy: HANON
Editor’s Notes: This week HANON is releasing its second iteration of the Padmore & Barnes P204 Wallabee. Limited to just 60 units, the shoe is predominantly crafted from olive tumbled leather on the upper, which is paired with a suede vamp and collar. The collaborative P204 Wallabee is hand-stitched, boasting a moccasin-style construction with two eyelets and a bellowed tongue. Below you will find the silhouette's signature crepe sole which completes the design. Visit HANON to participate in the online raffle today.
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