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.