It’s rare for us to have a weak Nike week in the year but this is one of those weeks. With the Swoosh offering some less than par sneaker releases, we’ve decided to highlight the heat from New Balance and adidas to fill in your sneaker purchasing itch this week. Let’s jump right into it.
Allbirds x adiZero 2.94 KG CO2e
adidas has partnered with Allbirds to continue their mission to keep their CO2e footprint to a minimum. We first saw the duo attempt this with the FUTURE.FOOTPRINT sneaker last year and now the duo has dropped a larger public release. Combining a bio-based midsole and textile upper, each pair is made with at least 25% recycled materials and non-dyed. Hit up adidas.com to purchase either the “Bliss” or “Carbon” pair.
Release Date: Available now
Resell pre-release: $120 – $260 (Bliss)
Dover Street Market x New Balance 991 “Grey”
The first sneaker in the 99x series to feature an ABZORB window, the 991 is perfect for modern day aesthetics and well ahead of its time when it launched in 2001. DSM has taken the classic grey iteration and covered the tongue, heel and insole with their branding while adding premium nubuck to the mesh detailing. Cream covers overlays and part of the outsole for a great contrast. You can try your luck at these through doverstreetmarket.com.
Release Date: April 14, 2022
Resell pre-release: $970 – $2,400
Joe Freshgoods x New Balance 2002R & 550 “Conversations Amongst Us”
Joe Freshgoods is continuing his New Balance partnership with a pair of beautifully crafted sneakers. Extremely popular over the last 18 months, the 2002R and 550 silhouette play host to the designer’s “Dawn Glow” and “Sun Glow” color schemes respectively. The Conversations Amongst Us campaign inspired Joe to look towards verbal and non-verbal ways of communication in the Black community “as a way to connect, reflect, and express shared thoughts and experiences.” Hit up retailers like Extra Butter for the 2002R and 550 as well as Feature for the “Dawn Glow” and “Sun Glow” pairs.
Release Date: April 15, 2022
Retail: $140 (2002R), $120 (550)
Resell pre-release: N/A
Photos via adidas, Dover Street Market, Feature