The Prequel: 7 December Sneaker Releases That You Can’t Miss

  • Air Jordan 6 Maroon

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    Air Jordan 6 "Maroon"

    Release Date: December 5

    As an original release way back in the early ’90s, this particular colorway is a rare breed. It’s one of the only OG colorways left that hasn’t ever been released. Until now. Featuring the unique maroon accents atop a white base, combine these with dark tones for a stylish look.

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  • adidas ZX Flux Xeno Negative

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    adidas ZX Flux "XENO"

    Release Date: December 11

    The designers at the 3-Stripes are constantly pushing the envelope and experimenting with new things. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. But when the initial “XENO” collection debuted last year, everyone knew right away that it would be a hit. With iridescent uppers and a sleek style, the “XENO Negative” pack comes with three new colorways sporting multicolored, reflective fading.

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    Air Jordan 11 "72-10"

    Release Date: December 12

    The hype for these is too real. A Space Jam-esque version of the Air Jordan XI…except this time featuring red instead of blue accents to celebrate the greatest NBA season ever? Yeah, that’s dope. This is a new colorway coming for the first time this year, a shoe that’s here to show love to the Bulls’ record-breaking 1995-96 year.

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    Nike KD 8 “Blackout”

    Release Date: December 15

    Kevin Durant is back and healthy…finally. Basketball wasn’t the same last year without him, though you don’t need to say the same for the sneaker game considering KD never really left that. His KD 8 was a step in the right direction for the line and this all-black colorway is perfect for the bad weather months.

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  • Under Armour Curry Two XMas

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    Under Armour Curry Two "XMas"

    Release Date: December 17

    Stephen Curry is having the best season of anyone in the NBA, and his sneaker is more popular than ever. Remember how we said it’d be virtually impossible to match his perfect storm of a season from last year? Looks like we were wrong. This colorway will hit hard–at least once we get an official look at it–just as all of the Curry Twos have this year.

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  • adidas D Rose 6 Christmas

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    adidas D Rose 6 "Christmas"

    Release Date: December 18

    So far, we’ve liked what we’ve seen from Derrick Rose and his latest signature sneaker. But this one right here…this is definitely the best colorway yet for the D Rose 6. Featuring a unique Christmas-style graphic atop the upper with icy green throughout, Rose is getting laced this holiday season.

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  • Air Jordan 8 Chrome

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    Air Jordan 8 "Chrome"

    Release Date: December 19

    The Jordan VIII has already dropped this fall in a few different colorways, from the rare “Aqua” on Black Friday to the “Three-Peat” joints. But the “Chrome” edition, despite the fact that it wasn’t one of the original three, is one of the most beloved of the Jordan VIIIs. It’s been released only once, and that was a dozen years ago. Don’t miss out this time.

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  • Air Jordan 6 Maroon
  • adidas ZX Flux Xeno Negative
  • Under Armour Curry Two XMas
  • adidas D Rose 6 Christmas
  • Air Jordan 8 Chrome

You aren’t the only kid out there whose holiday gift list is littered with sneakers. Every year, from Black Friday on through the month of December, the sneaker releases from brands like Jordan, Nike, adidas, and Under Armour come fast and furious and even the best of us normally can’t keep up. This year saw the return of the “Aqua” Air Jordan VIII on Black Friday and as big as that day has become for sneakerheads around the country, December is going to be even crazier.

This holiday, the Jordan Brand is dropping a number of classic and new colorways on some of their biggest models–from the “Chrome” edition of the Jordan VIII to a new colorway for the Air Jordan XI that figures to be an instant classic. Those aren’t the only hot shoes this month, however. Kevin Durant is returning with one of his best sneaker colorways yet. Derrick Rose‘s holiday sneakers are also making an appearance. And then there is a new pack for the “XENO” ZX Flux from adidas, a design that launched earlier this year and is coming back in three new colorways.

In the latest installment of The Prequel, we’re breaking down all of the holiday kicks that need to be on your radar. From the retros to the athleisure joints to what players should be wearing on the court, all of these drops deserve your attention. These are the 7 December Sneaker Releases That You Can’t Miss. Heat up the winter with these joints.

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