The Prequel: The Sneaker Releases in May That You Can’t Afford to Miss

  • Air Jordan 5 Midnight Navy
    Air Jordan V "Pre-Grape"

    Release Date: May 2

    The Air Jordan V never disappoints, no matter what colorway you use. It’s unique in that regard when it comes to Jordans and the latest offering sports a dark navy upper that almost looks purple. Having just recently dropped, you can still find this shoe around the way. Combining these with jeans or fleece won’t matter. They are hot.

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  • Nike LeBron 12 Elite Elevate

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    Nike LeBron 12 Elite "Elevate"

    Release Date: May 15

    This updated version of LeBron’s signature sneaker features insight from LeBron himself, as well as new, state-of-the-art advanced materials. Draped in sky blue with sunset-colored lacing and inner lining, this is a stunner of a basketball shoe.

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  • Nike KD7 Elite Elevate

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    Nike KD7 Elite "Elevate"

    Release Date: May 15

    Durant’s version included in the Elite “Elevate” series is almost completely blue with a perforated upper designed to minimize weight while also providing top-notch breathability. Durant’s season is over, but his KD7 has been killing it since last summer.

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  • Nike Kobe X Elite Elevate

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    Nike Kobe X "Elevate"

    Release Date: May 15

    For another player that we barely saw play this year, Kobe Bryant‘s latest signature was both historic and impressive. A 10th sig had to come correct and this one did with updated materials taken straight from what the Mamba was looking for in a shoe, all while returning the shoe to the high-ankle protection that defined the Kobe 9.

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  • Air Jordan 7
    Air Jordan 7 "Hare"

    Release Date: May 16

    A classic sneaker that helped start Michael Jordan’s longtime connection to Bugs Bunny, the “Hare” is a hit no matter when it releases because it’s a relatively simple silhouette that sports just enough color splashes to make it stand out.

    First showcased in a commercial featuring MJ and Bugs, the sneaker quickly earned a unique nickname way back in the early-90s.

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  • Nike Air Max 90 OG
    Nike Air Max 90

    Release Date: May 18

    The Infrared OG is back! This release has us as excited as any this month. While more and more sneakerheads are interested in stripped-down, simple silhouettes and colorways nowadays, everyone always has a little room for one of the greatest Air Max sneakers ever made.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Midnight Navy
  • Nike LeBron 12 Elite Elevate
  • Nike KD7 Elite Elevate
  • Nike Kobe X Elite Elevate
  • Air Jordan 7 "Hare"
  • Nike Air Max 90 OG

Normally, you’d have to consider May a relatively weak month for sneaker releases. The NBA Playoffs are winding down and the shine off those new early-season signatures is wearing off. We’re about to hit summer when everyone is ready to trade it all in for some slides and tank-tops. However, in 2015, everything is different. Cats are styling for the ‘gram every single day of the week. Brands are dropping updated sig sneakers multiple times a year. (More players have sig shoes than ever before, too.) And even among the lifestyle shoe choices, we’re getting more colorways than ever before. While the early months of the year were strong, May is going to be just as good if not better.

For the ballplayers out there, you can start this month on the 15th. That’s when yet another “Elite” collection for LeBron, Durant, and Kobe drops from Nike. Using updated materials and incorporating personal insight from the actual players–despite two of them already vacationing for the summer–this should be a good one.

This month, we’re also seeing a couple AMAZING retro releases from Jordan Brand, including an anticipated original colorway for the Air Jordan I, as well as the iconic “Hare” Air Jordan VII and even a low-top version of the XI. Add in some new lifestyles colorways for everything from the classic (the Air Max 90) to the present day (adidas ZX Flux and Nike Roshe Run) and you can see why we’re so excited.

With summer almost here, it’s time to upgrade your rotation and we have all of the info you need for that. This is the Prequel: The Sneaker Releases in May That You Can’t Afford to Miss.

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AIR JORDAN XI LOW (no official images available)
Release Date: May 23
The “Bred” or “Playoffs” XI is coming back this month, except in a new look: low-top. Wear them with shorts. Wear them with joggers. Realistically, you can wear them any way you want to. With the warm weather here, these are must-haves. The XI has always come out looking great with a low cut and this release is no different.