In college, I always looked forward to September. Yeah, going back to classes wasn’t always fascinating, but hey, everything else about college was super lit. It wasn’t just the girls, the food, the basketball. There was something else that always got me hyped for school: the kicks.
I won’t give you the scoop–the hunt is part of the fun of this culture–but just know that I went to school in a “city” that wasn’t anywhere close to a “real” city. Basically, as far as sneaker culture goes, it wasn’t exactly popping…and yet because there weren’t any other viable options around, some store had to secure that limited sneaker account, right? Luckily, me and my boys discovered a hidden shop that got just about every release possible. Perfect example: This was back in 2006 when we copped the super-hard-to-get Air Jordan V “Grape” retro mad easy. I’m talking waking up at 9:30, getting to the store at 10, and being the second person in line. Wild.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that September and the Back to School vibes it brings is one of the best months of the year for hitting the mall and finding some fresh kicks. A ton of them are releasing and–hopefully–you saved up money this summer to have your classroom fits looking fresh.
From a “Snakeskin” print of the adidas ZX Flux to perhaps the best version of the Air Jordan IX you’ll ever see, you can’t miss these release dates this month. It’s not an option. It’s a necessity if you want to keep up with the tastemakers and the trendsetters. This is The Prequel and these are the September Sneaker Releases That You Can’t Miss.
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