Female Sneakerheads on the Spring Sneaker Releases They Are Most Excited For

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    Nike KD 8 “Aunt Pearl”

    “The sneakers I am most excited for in spring actually just dropped. They were the KD 8 Aunt Pearls. The Aunt Pearls are always so dope to me, and this year I was really feeling the design, the colors, just the whole shoe in general. This collection holds a special place in my heart, as my mother is a breast cancer survivor, so this release always gets me hype.

    Air Jordan IV “Cement”

    “I think the only other shoe I can think of for spring that I am excited about is gonna have to be the Cement IVs with the Nike logo. They are just so old school and classic to me, it’s actually quite refreshing.”

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    Town & Country Hawaii x LCS R800 “Optical White”

    “I’m a big fan of the ’90s–music, colors, style…so that’s why I choose the T&C Hawaii x LCS R800 ‘Optical White’ first! This collab will be launched at the end of June and i’m really excited about this release. The colorway is so ’90s and perfect for this summer! A surprise is coming when you smell the sole.”

    adidas NMD

    “All colors but especially the white-on-white version! I’ve a lot of shoes but over the past few years I will prefer to buy some comfy shoes first. I was in NYC for the launch of NMD and I had a crush on the new adidas silhouette.”

    Le Coq Sportif R900 “Boutique”

    “It’s really difficult for me to wear ‘women’s sneakers’ but I can’t wait to wear the LCS R900 ‘Boutique’ comes with nice white leather and a quick lace. Looks like a luxury shoe!”

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    adidas Yeezy

    “I have to confess, I’m in love with this pair and specifically the Yeezy Boost 350. I’m lucky to have a few pairs already. I am very attentive to their releases because I find them exceptional, comfortable, unique. The colors are sober and I get lot of good and nice compliments when I wear them. Like everyone, I’m excited to own a pair because everyone knows…the quantities produced are limited to ensure a very strong demand. The adidas Yeezy has always been given maximum visibility on social networks, therefore, it’s not possible to miss this pair and communication between adidas and Kanye West is always flawless!!! The hard thing is to get a pair. Anyway…love him or hate him, Kanye West is still the epicenter of the sneaker planet. For some, the rapper is an icon, a model. But no matter…it’s so huge! I am ready and I expect to see the other colors. The show must go on…”

    Nike Sock Dart

    “Do I need to introduce the Nike Sock Dart? Possibly yes, because there will always be people who will be late or they don’t know about the release…2014 and 2015 were very good years for the return of Sock Dart, 10 years after the initial release. But for me the year 2015 has been a revelation; it was a real crush and my collection is growing. I got my sixth pair few weeks ago. I’m a fan of the shape and color. They are very light and atypical; I feel good when I wear them. I love them so much. When I see the look of people at my pair…there are novices who don’t know but who are interested and wondering what I wear, and others who welcomed me like the time I wore the Dark Loden on feet. For 2016, there will be a ‘Triple Black’ version and maybe even a version of ‘Cargo Khaki’ and its beige speckled midsole. I’m impressed!”

    adidas NMD

    “It was a good start for adidas this year by revealing new pairs like the NMD which make you feel authentic and fresh. At the beginning, I did not like these sneakers. I don’t know why but there was something bothering me. But I changed my mind very fast. The pair is very light and gives a new relief to feet; the success is visible and they are SOLD OUT! very fast. The collaboration between adidas and Nice Kicks is a pure marvel–I am happy, it is amazing stuff! I keep my eyes open with new colors to come!”

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    adidas NMD

    “Spring 2016 is looking pretty promising. Hype aside (aka: Yeezys) it looks like the underdogs are taking the spotlight for now. Don’t get me wrong, though, adidas is still making moves. Not sure when, but supposedly starting next month, a plethora of adidas NMD Runners should be releasing. Seeing as to how it was almost impossible to obtain the recent NMD drops, this rainbow of colorways provides wishful thinking of an easy cop (…maybe in my dreams). To be honest, the sleek design of this shoe and those two Lego block accents equate to an extremely dope (and yet still comfortable) runner.”

    Nike Air Max 1

    “Definitely still in the game, Nike is known for bringing back classics to refresh the minds of nostalgic sneakerheads while simultaneously making something old new again for the current generation. In just a few weeks, we can look forward to the release of a newly updated model of the Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 Safari. So far, only an official computer-generated image has been leaked–giving us all only a very slight idea of what to expect of these newer materials…the anticipation is building!”

    Nike Air More Uptempo

    “It couldn’t be soon enough that one of my all-time favorite silhouettes, the Nike Air More Uptempo, will make an appearance in celebration of its 20th anniversary! I loved how the obnoxious “Big AIR” basketball shoes looked stomping through the playground back in the fifth grade. Throughout the years they’ve killed it in an array of different color ways.  However, it’s been a whole four years since any Air Mores last released–so it’s about time that they’re being retroed.”

    Nike Kobe Collection

    “And of course, for all my fellow Kobe fans, the “Fade to Black” collection will be nothing short of amazing. To commemorate his last season (and to cash out on the hype) Nike is releasing a retro of each Nike Kobe sneaker. Starting from the Zoom Huarache 2K4 all the way down memory lane to the Kobe 11 Elite Low, and releasing from lightest to darkest colorways. Interesting concept, and literally a whole collection (yikes!) to cop one last time for the Black Mamba. Bittersweet!”

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    Nike Air More Uptempo

    “This spring, I’m looking forward to copping one of my favorite OG basketball sneakers–the Nike Air More Uptempo in black/white. It’s certainly not the most stereotypical spring release, but the 20th anniversary pair not only looks high quality but it reminds me of growing up in the ’90s and how badly I wanted my own pair as a young basketball fan.”

    adidas Stan Smith // Vans SK8-Hi Slim Women’s // Nike Air Force 1 Low Flyknit

    “On the more classical spring tip, I’m leaning towards the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith in the most perfect shade of salmon and the Vans women’s SK8-Hi Slim in mint. Both are clean, classic silhouettes done in tonal, Easter egg hues, ideal for spring ‘fits. Trust me, you’ll want both of these shades in rotation this spring. Low-tops are perfect for spring and summer as the temperatures rise and we can expose our ankles again. I’m planning to cop a pair of the Nike Air Force 1 Low Flyknits for once the snow disappears in Toronto, in either the University Red or all-white colorways.”

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    adidas Ultra Boost

    “I’m excited about so many releases spring–actually, this year as a whole (what a time to be alive). I’ve got my eye on the Wood Wood x adidas Ultra Boosts–those are going to be a problem–and the white adidas NMDs as well, which are finally releasing in women’s and kids’ sizes. I’m really happy to see that the women’s options are improving and both are perfect for spring/summer.”

    Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 // Nike Zoom Kobe VI

    “I’m also really excited for the retros, particularly the Huarache 2K4 and Kobe VI. These are the ones that got away for me because I was injured both years and didn’t bother buying basketball shoes. The French Blue XIIs are on my list as well, but that will have to be a game time decision.”

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    Air Jordan XII

    “The shoes that I’m most looking forward to this spring are the Flu Game and French Blue XIIs that are coming back out. XIIs are such an underrated shoe but have so much history in them. I’m also glad that they’re bringing back the black/orange boxes too, just hope GS sizes get the same love. So those two shoes will def be a must cop for me!”

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    Nike Air More Uptempo // Air Jordan XIV

    “The only thing that I can think of that releases that I’m looking forward to are the More Uptempos, Oxidized and Indiglo XIVs, and the Banned I and most of those release in the fall. I don’t plan on doubling up on any of the retros that I already have. Lately I’ve just been iD’n shoes if I feel the need to purchase them.”

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    Nike Mayfly

    “I really like the Nike Mayfly Racers that have just come out, especially the black ones. It’s just such a light and wearable shoe, and I like the style–you never really see Mayflys around so it’s nice they’ve brought it back for SS16!”

    Nike Air Presto

    “I’m also digging all the Prestos launching. I love anything that’s super comfy and sock-like. Prestos make me feel like I’m wearing nothing on my feet. Not such a fan of the Presto GPX or Safari but I love the Khaki ones!”

    NikeLAB Air Moc Tech Fleece

    “And lastly, which also ties in to being comfy, I’m excited for the NikeLAB Air Moc Tech Fleece coming out. I’ve got a pair of Air Mocs from a few years back and they’re so comfy. Again it’s like wearing slippers. I love Tech Fleece so fusing the two together is perfect! They’re also such a cute little shoe and just reminds me of my South East Asian heritage with little ladies wearing little moccasin slipper shoes (laughs).”

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Once you dip beneath the overarching shadow of Kanye West and everything he impacts, you could make a case that some of the most creative minds in sneaker culture right now are women. Rihanna‘s partnership with PUMA brought us the well-received Creeper. There’s Rita Ora and adidas. And, of course, Kylie Jenner, who recently cemented her status as a viable streetwear influencer by signing a six-month deal with PUMA reportedly worth a million dollars.

The culture isn’t so much about stacking retro Jordans and matching NBA jerseys anymore. It’s become a mixture of designer fashion and high-end street style, which likely owes some of its significance to women like Sophia Chang, Christina Paik, and Kylie, who are all crafting unique and stylish Instagram platforms. You can see this shift reflected in many of the game’s most passionate female collectors.

Tomboy. It’s a term that has come up often for me when discussing sneakers with women. Taylor Bettis has used it. So has Anna Bediones. But it’s also a word that has lost some significance and, almost always, is used in a past sense. If you’re a girl, you don’t have to be a “tomboy” anymore in people’s eyes if you like sneakers. You’ll just be someone who likes sneakers. And that’s awesome.

Women are changing the game for sneaker culture. As we head deeper into 2016, that’s more true than ever. This spring, there are a number of hyped sneaker releases but as a guy who wishes Nike didn’t give the ladies all the good Air Force 1 Flyknit colorways (!), I wanted to see which sneakers have the ladies most excited. We got up with a few of those making moves right now and asked them about the Spring Sneaker Releases They Are Most Excited For.

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