I have yet to meet a sneakerhead that isn’t super excited about 2015. Most of them start with the obvious reason: Jordan Brand‘s remastered retro series. Already we’ve seen the “Legend Blue” Air Jordan IV and the “French Blue” Air Jordan VII both come back with improved materials and craftsmanship. That’ll only continue this month — and throughout the rest of the calendar year — with shoes that no one will want to miss.
In February, that series continues with the long-heralded “Oreo” colorway of the Air Jordan IV, as well as a Chicago Bulls-themed, “Bulls Over Broadway,” all-red version of the Air Jordan X.
It doesn’t stop there, however. That’s especially true for this month, what with NBA All-Star Weekend. Between always intriguing collections from the big players like Nike (shoes for LeBron, Kyrie, Durant, and Kobe) and adidas (Dwight Howard, John Wall, and Derrick Rose), we’re also seeing some new blood step to the forefront. Damian Lillard has his first signature sneaker dropping this month with adidas. So does Stephen Curry, who finally got his long-awaited sig with up-and-comer Under Armour. It’s a breathe of fresh air and not coincidentally parallels the action we’re seeing on the hardwood this year where young players are rising and pushing the old regime to the sidelines.
This month it’s all about having no mercy on your bank account. Because if you’re a sneaker collector, you can’t miss any of this. It’s put up or shut up and in this month’s version of The Prequel, we’re highlighting the February Sneakers That You Can’t Miss.
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AIR JORDAN X “LADY OF LIBERTY”
Release Date: Feb. 15
The Jordan X is going hard this month with a couple of super dope remastered colorways. This one is predominately grey, always a winner, with teal and black accents. It’s far enough away in terms of colors from the “Bulls Over Broadway” edition that it’s becoming a must-cop for sneakerheads.
AIR JORDAN XX “LASER”
Release Date: Feb. 20
It’s been a few years since the Jordan Brand was in its lasering hey-day. For a few years during the mid-2000s, Jordan was releasing all kinds of wild laser colorways. Well now it’s back again, this time on an all-white version of the XX, a shoe that was so intricate that it developed a sort of love/hate relationship with the fanbase.
Knowing the way the sneaker culture works today, I can guarantee these will be flying off shelves. Don’t miss out.
NIKE KOBE X “BLACKOUT”
Release Date: Feb. 21
“When I’m really feeling it, I work out until I blackout.”
That’s a direct quote from KB, one he’s reiterated over the years. Bryant is basically a basketball nerd and will stop at nothing to become the best player he can possibly be. Even with his season over, you know Bryant will still be putting in work all night, every night, like you should. Hence the name of this Black/Black/Purple colorway. It seems like a perfect fit.