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Rock, Stock or Flip? This week’s sneaker releases – 12/8/21

The AJ11 “Cool Grey” turns 20.

words by: Matt Peng
Dec 8, 2021

Solid, story-driven collaborations once again take over this week’s sneaker releases and the return of a fan-favorite Air Jordan is also due up. Let’s jump right into it.


KAWS x sacai x Nike Blazer Low “Reed” & “Purple Dusk”

Following the release of their “Neptune Blue” and “Team Red” colorways at the end of November, KAWS, sacai and Nike will finish off their 4-pair collection release with the drop of the “Reed” and “Purple Dusk” colorways this week. The lighter “Reed” variation will be a KAWSONE and sacai exclusive so that will have some resell value for those looking to make a come up. Like the previous pairs, you can try first along with sacai stores before taking the L on SNKRS app for the “Purple Dusk” pair.


Release Date: December 9, 2021 (KAWSONE, sacai), December 10, 2021 (SNKRS)
Retail: $140
Resell pre-release: $325 – $700 (Reed), $180 – $460 (Purple Dusk)



First launched over the weekend at Art Basel in Miami, Awake NY’s latest sneaker collaboration, a GEL-KAYANO TRAINER 21 done with ASICS, will drop at retailers this week. The mesh upper and suede overlays are paired with a MONO-SOCK design and ASICS GEL cushion technology to give you the ultimate everyday sneaker. AWAKE’s branding is stamped into the toe box and these are offered with a teal and grey iteration. Hit up ASICS and retailers like Extra Butter to purchase.


Release Date: December 10, 2021
Retail: $170
Resell pre-release: $400 – $1,000 (Teal), $280 – $750 (Grey)


Rich Paul x New Balance 550

Rich Paul, childhood friend of LeBron James and CEO/Founder of Klutch Sports Group has teamed up with New Balance for a beautiful 550 model. The Ohio-born sports agent has chosen an off-white and aged look for the entire upper while complementing it with sky blue and navy blue accents. Pastel yellow adds to the pre-worn look. The popular 550 model adds another dope collaboration into its history this weekend with this release. Hit up retailers like END., Bodega and Sneaker Politics to enter raffles ASAP.


Release Date: December 10, 2021
Retail: $130
Resell pre-release: $500 – $800


Sneakersnstuff x New Balance 574

Boutique Sneakersnstuff (SNS) is no stranger to New Balance collaborations. For their latest team-up, the duo have taken the 574 silhouette and given it a green and violet makeover. Pigskin nubuck and synthetic leather give off a raw nature feel and makes for a great winter sneaker. SNS also teamed up with New York-based artist Elijiah Anderson on exclusive posters. Sign up for the release through SNS’ app now.


Release Date: December 11, 2021
Retail: $140
Resell pre-release: $450 – $975


Air Jordan 11 “Cool Grey”

The Air Jordan 11 “Cool Grey” was shock dropped in late November but now the wider 20th anniversary release is upon us. Sneaker collectors have loved the “Cool Grey” colorway of the patent leather and nubuck leather for two decades. With sizes for the entire family, this is the perfect Christmas gift. Hit up SNKRS app and select retailers like Extra Butter and Feature for raffles.


Release Date: December 11, 2021
Retail: $225 (Adults), $185 (Big Kids), $100 (Little Kids), $80 (Toddlers)
Resell pre-release: $300 – $360


Photos via KAWS, Awake NY, Sneaker Politics, SNS/Elijah Anderson, Feature