It’s our final Hot Cakes column of 2020, and what a year it’s been. We’ve seen countless Jordans return in their OG-inspired forms and colors, a ton of collaborations between all types of brands, the Dunk rise again to the top of the food chain, and new technology introduced left and right. Now, we close off out the year with a final few pairs so let’s jump right into it.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Green Apple” aka “Grinch”
This is probably the most well-known Kobe colorway of all-time. Part of the Christmas Day collection from 2010, the bright neon green on this pair really makes the scale-like texture underneath pop – a reference to the Black Mamba nickname Bryant enjoyed. A bright red Kobe logo adorns the tongue and bottom of the outsole for the right amount of pop and his signature on the back reminds us of one of the greatest to ever play the game. These are a must-have and you’ll be able to get them from SNKRS app as well as select retailers.
Release Date: December 24, 2020
Resell pre-release: $300 – $475
Air Jordan 11 Adapt
Following the release of the Air Jordan 11 “Jubilee” that celebrated the silhouette’s 25th anniversary, Jordan Brand is taking the brand into the future by incorporating auto-lacing technology into the iconic model. Nike’s Adapt technology has been used in a handful of sneakers already like the Adapt BB and Adapt Auto Max and now it’ll make its way onto the AJ11. Users will be able to control the color scheme and light pattern via the Adapt App and buttons on the shoe’s midsole. These come with a hefty price tag just like all the other pairs that have Adapt technology in them so get ready to shell out serious bread to live like you’re in the future.
Release Date: December 30, 2020
Resell pre-release: $1,425 – $5,000
Bodega x Nike Dunk High “Legend”
Boston-based Bodega is celebrating the history of their store, the rich sports heritage of their city, street culture and everyone that’s helped them come this far since 2006 with their Nike Dunk High “Legend” collaboration. You can immediately see the baseball references along the midfoot, heel and collar where moccasin-like stitching found on baseball gloves keep the seams together. A tortoise-shell Swoosh gives way to Bodega branding stamped on the opposite side and a mix of premium leather and suede in browns rounds out the upper. These will be available first at Bodega on December 28 before a larger SNKRS app release on December 30. The project also pays homage to Bodega’s creative director Marvin Jason “Stro” Bynoe, who passed away earlier this year on March 20.
Release Date: December 28, 2020 (Bodega) December 30, 2020 (General)
Resell pre-release: $775 – $4,000
SNS x Kazuki Kuraishi x adidas Originals Superstar 80s “Kinenbi”
Sneakersnstuff (SNS) has teamed up with adidas Originals for a special pair of the classic Superstar 80s silhouette. Tapping Japanese designer Kazuki Kuraishi, the sneaker is offered in the classic black and white colorway but with major design differences – specifically Velcro all along the upper and heel sections. These Velcro sections allow you to wear the shoe however you like with the flower graphic attachment as well as “SNS KZK” and “KINENBI” patches. A pre-distressed and yellowed midsole adheres to the DIY aesthetic that has taken over this year. These are a nice way to mix up a classic and also go with the rest of the collection.
Release Date: December 28, 2020
Resell pre-release: N/A
Photos via Nike, SNS