The Prequel: The June Sneaker Releases That You Can’t Miss

  • Air Jordan 5
    Air Jordan 5 "Poison Green"

    Release Date: June 5

    The Jordan V is one of the best Jordans ever made simply because it works both on and off the court. The “Space Jam” (or “Poison Green”) release is something that hasn’t been seen before, either. It features a speckled midsole with Poison Green coloring, as well as Infrared teeth. This is a great shoe for the summer because of that white leather upper.

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  • Under Armour Curry One

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    Under Armour Curry One "MVP"

    Release Date: June 13

    To celebrate an amazing season where he debuted a signature sneaker, won 67 games with Golden State, and earned the NBA’s highest individual honor, Stephen Curry is getting a limited edition black and regal gold edition of the Curry One. Get on board before this line blows up.

    That day will also see the release of the “Father to Son” colorway, taking inspiration from the traditional blue and teal Hornets jerseys.

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  • adidas ZX Flux
    adidas ZX Flux "Sunset" Pack

    Release Date: June 17

    The Flux is basically already a classic sneaker, becoming a beautiful mainstream piece that can work with just about any fit. This month will see the release of a “Sunset” collection, which just so happens to be a Champs Sports exclusive. If this sneaker isn’t in your rotation, what’s wrong with you?

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  • PUMA Roma Weave
    PUMA Roma "Weave" Collection

    Release Date: June 24

    Yeah, you might not know your history when it comes to PUMA, but the brand has been killing it for a very, very long time. The Roma is a classic lifestyle shoe that works in any scenario and toward the end of June, we’ll see four different “Weave” colorways releasing at Champs Sports. Set yourself apart from the competition.

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  • Nike CJ3
    Nike CJ3 "Paintball"

    Release Date: June 25

    While we’re also getting a “Peach” colorway of Calvin Johnson‘s latest signature sneaker earlier in June, I’m actually digging this colorway a lot more. With a lightweight upper that allows for quicker cuts against the defense, no one is going to want to cover you.

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  • Air Jordan 5 "Space Jam"
  • Under Armour Curry One "MVP"
  • adidas ZX Flux "Sunset" Pack
  • PUMA Roma Weave
  • Nike CJ3 "Paintball"

Here’s the thing about the summer: Everyone is looking for that one accessory they can wear to put their fit over the top. And that’s important–the little things can make all of the difference for someone trying to standout among the crowd. However, in the end, none of it will matter if your sneaker game isn’t right.

While there’s always room for people to cop new basketball performance sneakers, especially for the cats who take ball seriously and are playing all year around, you’re not really going to be all the way up unless you diversify your collection. That includes classic sneakers that are making a comeback, like the adidas Stan Smith (last year) and Superstar (this year). It also includes the longtime heavy-hitters, like the Air Force One and just about any Air Max sneaker. And then, like always, you have the Air Jordan retros. Always important, always intriguing, they act as the centerpiece for every month, allowing sneakerheads like yourself the chance to pick and choose which ones work for you.

This month in June, we’re not only getting sneakers with a lot of incredible history behind them but we’re also getting new looks on old classics. It’s the best time of the year to be a sneakerhead–the holidays have more releases but also have things like, ya know, snow–and you won’t want to miss any of this stuff.

Make sure you aren’t missing out on any dates. Get a calendar, take notes, and make sure that bank account is good to go. For The Prequel this month, here are the June Sneaker Releases That You Can’t Miss.

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image via Under Armour

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AIR JORDAN 13 LOW “BRED”
Release Date: June 13
I’m sorry, but the “Playoff” version of the Air Jordan XIII is one of the most underrated sneakers of Michael Jordan‘s time in Chicago. It’s not that people don’t love it–they just don’t LOVE it. To me, it perfectly captures that moment in time: 1998, MJ’s last year in the league, He Got Game (even if it used a different colorway). I can’t think of that season and not see the kicks.

This version is a low-top so it doesn’t include the hologram. It also sports a red inner lining. However, it’s still amazing.

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NIKE KD8 “USA”
Release Date: June 27
The “USA” edition of Kevin Durant‘s newest signature sneaker will be the first KD8 to drop. Coming just in time for July 4, we know very little right now about the details. What we do know is that the silhouette is inspired by the saber-toothed tiger. Watch KD bring some of that aggression next year to reclaim his spot at the top of the basketball world.