The Prequel: January Sneakers You Can’t Miss

  • Jordan Melo M11

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    Jordan Melo M11

    Release Date: January 3

    Anthony might be having a rough year but you can’t say the same for his kicks. JB did it right here, coming with a dope concept and colorway for a sneaker that’s struggled to stay relevant over the last few years. This’ll surely boost its profile in 2015.

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  • Nike Kobe 9
    Nike Kobe 9 "Silk Road"

    Release Date: January 3

    The Kobe 9 is yet another spectacular on-court sneaker from Bryant. And laced in this dope colorway is only going to give it more style points. These aren’t necessarily a rock-at-the-mall pair. They’re more like a kill-it-at-all-costs-on-the-court pair.

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  • Nike Kyrie 1

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    Nike Kyrie 1

    Release Date: January 10

    With high-end designs taking inspiration from his native homeland, Australia, the first Kyrie Irving signature sneaker is already a win. I’ve heard it compared to the first few editions of Bryant’s line. If it performs the same, then you definitely need this in your rotation.

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  • Air Jordan IV
    Air Jordan IV "Columbia"

    Release Date: January 10

    The promised remastered Jordan retros are starting and what better place to potentially begin than with this release? The IV always looks good, no matter what colors you lace it with. But I’m not sure it ever looked better than it does here with the “Columbia” accenting and white base.

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  • Air Jordan VII "French Blue"

    Release Date: January 24

    Similar to the Jordan IV just two weeks before it, these “French Blue” Jordans are going to draw out all types of hypebeasts. They’re a sneaker that’s been years in the making and with the added benefit of a better product, no one should be missing this shoe.

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  • Nike LeBron 12 "VS"

    Release Date: January 31

    The LeBron 12 has had no problems like the 11 did — as long as you don’t count that little “cosmetic issue” that caused a delay. The sneaker has just worked since the first moment we saw it, and appeals to people everywhere because it’s been released in so many different colorways. This is going to be one of the best so far.

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  • Jordan Melo M11
  • Nike Kobe 9 "Silk Road"
  • Nike Kyrie 1
  • Air Jordan IV

“Nice sneakers, bro.”

It was a quick comment, made by some random kid in some random store on some random day. But it made me snap out of my early morning Monday funk — everyone gets a case of the Mondays once in a while — and picked me up for the rest of the day. The fact that someone noticed a crisp pair of Concord Air Jordan XIs made me feel good. Sometimes the smallest things can mean the most.

When it comes to sneakers, that’s about as big a compliment as you can pay. And we all want to actually earn it. With that being said, the only way to do that is to come with the heat. Thanks to Champs Sports, you have a place to go to secure it. Continuing the series we’ve been doing since the summer, we’re here to alert you to all the kicks you need.

In January, the end of holiday shopping and crazy sneaker releases might be over but that doesn’t mean we’re looking at a void in the sneaker world. From the release of Carmelo Anthony‘s latest signature sneaker to upgraded Air Jordan retros to new colorways of the Nike Kobe 9, January is going to be a big basketball month. It better be, considering we’re right in the middle of the NBA season and everyone just recently brought out their best stuff for Christmas.

Make sure you aren’t missing any of these releases this month. Most of them will be gone before you know it. Here are the January Sneakers You Can’t Miss.

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Nike KD7 (Blue/White/Orange)
Release Date: January 15
The KD7 has been Kevin Durant‘s best sneaker to date, meshing off-court appeal with great play on it. Almost every colorway has been dope so far, and that only continues with this one. An away colorway always works well with the Thunder’s jerseys.