The best sneaker releases from February 2022
Keeping tabs on the coolest shoe releases is only part of the job when you work at Boss Hunting. From the sharpest kicks on the block to the fastest runners on the start line and everything in between – we’ve got you covered. So if you want to stay through the best of what’s out there, here are the BH team’s favorite shoe releases from the past month.
Gucci x Adidas Gazelle
Just a few days ago, Gucci held its Fall/Winter 2022 Show in Milan, revealing the long-suspected collaboration between the Italian powerhouse and Adidas. While some trends caught our eye, the six colorways Gucci x Adidas Gazelle was also revealed, sporting gum soles and eye-catching uppers. The two-tone brown suede G logo colorway is one of the best of the lot, coming across as a casual yet stylish everyday shoe.
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Reebok Eames Club C 85 “Compo”
This is the second set of releases from Reebok and the Eames office, the first offering the option of an all white or all black Club C 85. The collaborators have remained consistent on the silhouette they are working with for the second drop, this time with an edition directly inspired by the work of Ray Eames titled, Composition table from 1939. With a range of muted pastel tones across the upper, the outsoles are as clean as they come.
New Balance Aimé Leon Gold Made in USA 993
Revitalized after LVMH’s investment, Teddy Santis (founder of Aimé Leon Dore) is set to release his first Made In USA collection for New Balance later this year. Meanwhile, New Balance has launched a new shoe with its fingerprints all over it, in the latest expression of the 993. The sneaker features pigskin suede overlays that neatly contrast the mesh underlays, and offers plenty of comfort thanks to the ABZORB midsole and rubber outsole.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Boba Fett
Boba Fett’s character has never been hotter, with the release of The Mandalorian TV series in 2019 followed by Boba Fett’s Book in 2021. Now the intergalactic bounty hunter has a pair of Stan Smiths named after him, executed in the light blue of his vintage action figure. If you’re looking for a pair of clean everyday kicks with a twist, this could be them.
sacai x Nike VaporWaffle “Black/Gum”
sacai x Nike doesn’t seem to be losing at the moment, releasing one sneaker after another to sell out. Today, sacai’s creative director Chitose Abe debuted one of the best new styles since she started collaborating with Nike in 2019. Delivering a bold silhouette thanks to an extra-thick sole, complemented by the A stack of Abe’s signature layered heels, the shoe’s upper elements feature mesh underlays and suede overlays. Executed in a clean triple black colourway, they won’t last long on the shelves.
NOCTA x Nike Hot Step Air Terra
Drake knows a thing or two about creating hype around one of his releases, and the downfall of his NOCTA x Nike Hot Step Air Terra is no different. First rumored months ago, the unusual silhouette will come in monochromatic options of triple white or triple black. Featuring a rich leather upper and chunky sole, they’re guaranteed to sell out in minutes.
Gucci Run sneakers
While Gucci is well known and loved for its loafers, as well as increasingly its low-top Ace sneakers, a collection of running shoes was somewhat unexpected when Gucci announced them early last month. Featuring a technical knit upper that displays the GG logo, the outsole is rubber while the dense foam midsole sits slightly lower than Gucci’s more lifestyle midsoles.
New Balance 550 Triple Black
It was in 2020 that New Balance first released the 550 silhouette, inspired by the P550 from 1989, and it’s been a winner ever since. With a low-top heritage-inspired design, it’s a super clean style that stays under the radar as a versatile everyday shoe. Now available in a triple black colorway, it’s the perfect Yin for the all-white Yang released a few months ago.
Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 by Virgil Abloh
One of Virgil Abloh’s last sneaker designs before his passing, the Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 are confirmed to be one of the most coveted shoes ever released. Sold directly to Sotheby’s for auction, only 200 pairs of sneakers were made, with proceeds from the sale going directly to Virgil Abloh’s Post Modern Scholarship Fund. By the time the final lot closed, the auction had raised a grand total of US$25.3 million (AU$35.3 million) with an average lot price of US$126,500 (AU$177,000). A powerful demonstration of Abloh’s remarkable heritage.