The Prequel: September Sneakers You Need To Cop

  • Air Jordan 14
    Air Jordan 14 Retro "Ferrari"

    Release Date: September 6

    The Air Jordan 14 was originally inspired by the Ferrari, one of Michael Jordan‘s favorite cars, so I can’t be the only one wondering why this release took so long. With the carbon fiber trim, the yellow accenting, that impeccable logo, and the unbelievable red suede upper, this shoe is going to have sneakerheads going wild this weekend. It might end up being one of the top shoes released this whole year.

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  • Nike KD7
    Nike KD7 "Easy Money"

    Release Date: September 10

    Everything Kevin Durant does on the basketball court is easy. At 6-10 with a 7-4 wingspan, the NBA’s reigning MVP glides around the court, jumping over defenders, dribbling around them, or just shooting over them.

    As his newest signature sneaker gains steam, the latest colorway to drop will be the “Easy Money,” which has a decidedly Miami Dolphins feel to it. It might not easy out West for OKC this year, but for anyone copping these, gaining the love will be.

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  • Air Jordan 14 Retro
    Air Jordan 14 Retro

    Release Date: September 20

    Another classic retro Jordan sneaker. The black toe rendition of the 14 has returned before, but even still it’s never enough and was never close enough to the OG.

    Simple. Vivid. Versatile. And original colors. The 14 is pretty difficult to screw up, but when Jordan Brand goes simple here, they almost always hit it out of the park. While the Ferrari colorway will draw the attention and the people clamoring over your Instagram feed, this 14 is the one that’ll probably get the most wears because of its durability and its clean approach. With no ribs on the upper like the ’06 retro, this is a nice throwback to the original.

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  • adidas ZX Flux “Monochrome Diamond”
    adidas Flux “Monochrome Diamond”

    Release Date: September 24

    Nestled into the final weeks of September will be a new slew of adidas Flux colorways dropping at Champs Sports. Already available in many different colorways, this shoe is a direct descendant of the ZX 8000, a 1989 release. The canvas is perfect for creative storytelling, and thus offers all of us the chance to make it our own.

    It’s a toned-down sneaker that’ll work with whatever you are doing, and yet will still look good in jeans. This colorway, in particular, figures to be a massive fall hit. With an all-white midsole, the shoe’s upper pops with a diamond fractal design.

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  • Air Jordan XX9
    Air Jordan XX9

    Release Date: September 6

    The 29th sneaker in the infamous Air Jordan line, the release of the XX9 will be typically wild. With a performance-woven upper, a first, it’ll continue what’s been a tradition for Jordan Brand: to test out and unveil new technology in their signature sneakers. We saw it with the Air Jordan 3 sporting Visible Air, then carbon fiber taking over in the 11, and then last year when the XX8 dropped with the incredible Flight Plate tech.

    Anyone getting ready for basketball tryouts this year needs to be up on this one.

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  • Air Jordan 14 "Ferrari"
  • Nike KD7 "Easy Money"
  • Air Jordan 14 Retro
  • adidas ZX Flux “Monochrome Diamond”
  • Air Jordan XX9

Growing up, there were very few things I enjoyed about the “back to school” craze. One of them, though, was always the sneakers. Hitting up the mall, heading out to your local Champs Sports spot, telling your mom I want those right there! Nothing felt better than walking into school on that first day back and having people check out your feet. You were on top of the world.

With September here, it’s that time of year again, meaning that along with homework and football and new homeroom teachers in school, you’ll be seeing new sneakers. Thankfully, this month is loaded with hot releases, everything from the Air Jordan XX9 to the adidas Flux. Stay ahead of the game by taking a look at the following shoes, all of which should be highlights for any sneakerhead this month.

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