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NBA All-Star Weekend’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

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We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

 

The most anticipated sneaker week is finally here. NBA All-Star Weekend brings a non-stop slate of releases. As the festivities head to Chicago for the first time in over three decades, brands are drawing on the momentum and anticipation for the historic weekend and its location. Jordan Brand brings nostalgia to a whole new level with its introduction of the Air Ship and the Jordan 1 in a fire pack. Virgil Abloh works his magic on the Air Jordan 5, relaying that he has no intention of stepping off the gas pedal anytime soon. Nike Basketball is reminding us that the future is now with the introduction of the Nike Adapt BB 2.0. Lastly, New Balance and Chi-town’s own Joe Freshgoods are dropping a heartfelt New Balance 992 that you won’t want to miss. 

 

Get your wallets ready and keep your fingers crossed. This slate of kicks might be the best one yet. Stay tuned for next week’s heat.

1. Air Jordan “New Beginnings” Pack

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Date: Feb. 12

Price: $350

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

 

The “New Beginnings Pack” is a sneakerhead’s dream. Nostalgia and hype come together, as the pack includes both the Nike Air Ship and the Air Jordan 1 in its original 1985 form. The Air Ship was the predecessor to the inaugural pair of the Jordan signature shoe line. The Air Ship is more minimal in its design with a predominately white upper, red collar and red outsole. In contrast, the Air Jordan 1 Retro ‘85 takes advantage of the silhouette’s color blocking with more of that signature Chicago red found across the entirety of the shoe. Whether you’re a sneaker historian or an overall fan of the Jordan 1 and its history, the “New Beginnings” pack is an absolute must-have.

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2. Joe Freshgoods x New Balance 992 “No Emotions Are Emotions”

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Nike

Date: Feb. 14

Price: TBD

Exclusive Pop-up in Chicago 

 

Joe Freshgoods of Don’t Be Mad is dropping his exclusive New Balance collection during All-Star Weekend in the Windy City. The Chicago native has officially unveiled his collaborative rendition of the New Balance 992. Dubbed the “No Emotions Are Emotions” collection, the pair drops exclusively at a yet to be disclosed location on Valentine’s Day as a prequel to the hottest weekend in sneakers. The pair features premium materials poured across the silhouette with an array of hues of red and pink. If you’re in Chicago for ASW, stay tuned for more details about how to get your hands on these.

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3. OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 5

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Nike

Date: Feb. 15

Price: $225

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

 

Virgil Abloh is taking over the world of sneakers again with the Air Jordan 5 as his canvas. The collaborative pair appears to take the Air Jordan 5 “Metallic” and applies Abloh’s signature deconstructive style. With an intentionally yellowed outsole and a weather upper, the beauty of the pair is all in the details. The translucent layering on the upper lets one appreciate the Nike Air branding and the “23” on the side panel like never before.

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4. Air Jordan 3 “Unite”

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Date: Feb. 15

Price: $200

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

 

The Air Jordan 3 is making a memorable appearance in the city of Chicago once again. During the 1988 slam dunk contest, Michael Jordan proved his Airness by famously soaring from the free-throw line in the Air Jordan 3. In 2018, a commemorative pair celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the moment dropped. As ASW returns to Chicago for the first time since 1988, Jordan Brand is celebrating MJ with a Chicago Bulls-esque AJ3. Donned in a fire-red upper and that signature elephant print found bordering the shoe, this Air Jordan 3 put on for the Windy City in all the right ways. Aside from the OG Nike Air Branding, Jordan Brand is releasing an exclusive set of pairs with “Nike CHI” on the heel to further commemorate Jordan and his legacy.

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5. Nike Adapt BB 2.0

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Nike

Date: Feb. 16

Price: $400

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

 

As Nike continues to innovate the game of basketball, the all-new Nike Adapt BB furthers the technological push of the 1.0 model. The pair features Zoom in the forefoot rather than just Zoom cushioning on the midsole. In addition, the pair features a more cushioned inline as well as an updated outsole design to propel you to the next level, as it is engineered for peak performance.

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