Top Five Sneakers to Look Forward to in the Upcoming Year

By Parker Meredith

  1. Dior Nike Air Jordan 1

    Retail: $1000 

    Release Date: April, 2020

The Dior Jordan 1 could arguably become one of the most hyped and important shoes during the upcoming year- and decade. First seen on Jordan Brand family member Travis Scott during Dior’s Fall 2020 Mens Collection, the shoes quickly gained attention. The shoes come in both the high and low version of the Air Jordan 1, and are covered in fine-calf leather in a Dior Grey colorway along with a frosted blue sole. The iconic Jordan swoosh is made of signature Dior fabric, and the traditional Air Jordan wings now say “Air Dior”.  

“I love mixing together different worlds, different ideas — and Jordan Brand and Maison Dior are both emblematic of absolute excellence in their fields,” said Dior men Artistic Director Kim Jones. 

Seamlessly blending the line between luxury and sportswear, you can expect to see this release at select Dior stores globally in April 2020 for the hefty retail price of $1000. 

  1. Sacai x Nike LDV Waffle

    Retail: $160

    Release Date: February 2020

Hailed as one of the most popular sneakers of 2019, the Sacai x Nike LDV Waffle is set to release once again in 2020, this time in two new colors. Japanese designer and owner of Sacai, Chitose Abe, first released the shoe in May of 2019. Doubling up on the sole, tongue and laces appealed to many eyes, registering the Sacai x Nike LDV Waffles as an immediate hit. This year, the shoe will be released in two new colors, solid white and solid black. Other changes have been made to the shoe, including nylon and leather instead of mesh, and ribboned laces instead of traditional shoelaces. Set for release in February, you can expect to see these retailed for $160.

  1. Travis Scott x Nike Dunk Low

    Retail: $150

    Release Date: February 29

Travis Scott ruled the sneaker world in 2019, churning out coveted collaborations fans loved. The Nike Dunk craze is in full effect, so it is no surprise to see Scott taking on this silhouette. First spotted in a video for Travis Scott’s collective JACKBOYS, fans were quick to notice the unreleased shoe. Travis then posted a picture of the shoes on his Instagram, revealing new details about the Travis Scott x Nike Dunk Lows. The shoe bears a paisley material that wears away to reveal a cement/elephant print underneath, with Cactus Jack branding alongside plaid fabric and leather. Travis keeps colors similar to his other collaborations, selecting khaki, beige and black tones. Releasing on February 29, the Travis Scott x Nike Dunk Lows will retail for about $150, 

  1. OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 5 

    Retail: $225

    Release Date: February 15

    Virgil Abloh, CEO of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection, has taken on another Nike silhouette. First collaborating with Nike in 2017, Abloh’s deconstructive style captured the attention of style enthusiasts. Abloh has since released 48 shoes alongside Nike, though this will be the first time we see him take on the Air Jordan 5. Early photos and mock-ups show the shoe adorned in black mesh along with an aged-yellow sole. 3M reflective material borders the tongue while mesh circles are scattered on the upper. These shoes will be dropping mid-February during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, bearing a price tag of $225. 

  1. Sean Wotherspoon x Asics Gel Lyte III

     Retail: TBD

    Release Date: TBD

    Sean Wotherspoon made a name for himself in the sneaker world after his coveted Air Max 97/1 was chosen as the winner of Nike’s 2017 Vote Forward campaign. The owner of Round Two, a chain of vintage clothes stores, dressed the 97/1 in corduroy, a novice idea at the time. On his newest collab with Asics, Wotherspoon once again combines clean design with vibrant color. First teased in a Round Two Youtube video, the shoe is dressed in a variety of bright corduroy with different colored Asics logos to choose from. The shoe is expected to be released this year, though there isn’t a release date or retail price yet.

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