Fashion, New Products

Rock, Stock or Flip? This week’s sneaker releases

Colors galore.

words by: Team ULTRA
Sep 30, 2020

It’s hard to top last week’s collaborative efforts featured in our Hot Cakes roundup but that doesn’t stop this week’s releases from trying. Art literally meets footwear this week as MoMA and Vans drop the first installment of their collaboration celebrating the museum’s collection with Kandinsky, Monet and Dalí-inspired kicks. Virgil Abloh’s latest Nike collection will release in region exclusive colorways and Slam Jam drops their first-ever Dunk. There’s also numerous other offerings, let’s jump right into it.


Vans x MoMA Collection

This one is special, I couldn’t just pick one. All three of these artist-inspired pairs hit the mark for me. The Old Skool Twist takes on Dalí’s famous The Persistence of Memory 1931 while the Classic Slip-On tackles Kandinsky’s Orange 1923. My personal favorite are the Authentic that play canvas to Monet’s Water Lilies 1914-1926. These are all pairs that I would rock, especially for a visit to MoMA. You can pick them up via Vans stores, MoMA’s Design Store and Nordstrom. – Matt


Release Date: September 30, 2020 (Today)
Retail: N/A ($80 – $100 estimate)
Resell pre-release: N/A


Off-White x Nike Rubber Dunk Collection

Virgil Abloh has taken inspiration from the Air Pegasus line for his latest Off-White x Nike project. The Rubber Dunk combines the beloved Dunk silhouette with running inspiration and creates a bulky skate shoe with an exposed Air unit. The Nike Swoosh is also prominently cut out in rubber. The release colorways will be regional so start hitting up the homies overseas if you want the set. “Green Strike” will be available in the Americas while the “University Blue” variation is a Europe, Middle East and Africa colorway. “University Gold” rounds out the trio and will be a China and Asia-Pacific release. Expect sizes for the entire family. I’d grab these to flip. – Matt


Release Date: October 1, 2020
Retail: $190 (Adult), $90 (Little Kids), $80 (Toddlers)
Resell pre-release: $500 – $3,000 (Green Strike), $300 – $600 (University Blue), $440 – $4,500 (University Gold)


Nike Zoom Freak 2 “White/Cement”

The All-Star’s Nike Zoom Freak 2 lineage is on its way to extending its family line over the course of the next couple of months. This line is starting off the month of October with the “White/Cement” colorway that is as edgy as it is soft. The hoops-ready sneakers bear the most subtle but striking details: the Swooshes are oversized and made to feel as if a structural part of the shoe, the heels boast vibrant red logos, the midsole is grey-speckled, and the the camo-pattern tread is mixed between a faint tan and a crisp white. The shoes will drop on this Thursday, so be on the lookout for this pair. – Sahar


Release Date: October 1, 2020
Retail: $130
Resell pre-release: $160 – $175


New Balance 992

After watching the embarrassing Presidential Debate last night, I got extremely sad over living in America. We have zero leaders and the ones we have are both childish and use finger pointing tactics to “settle” high level matters. Everything seems like gloom-ville. Everything but these shoes. I typically wouldn’t go for such flashy colors but I need a bit of color in my life right now to bring good energy and vibes. The New Balance 992 drops tomorrow at Foot Locker and it’s the only thing bringing joy to my week. The shoe comes in two colorways: green, pink, orange and yellow, grey, white. Packed with suede and leather overlays it is a stylish shoe that doesn’t compromise on comfort with it’s rubber traction sole. You won’t want to miss this one. – Natasha


Release Date: October 1, 2020
Retail: $180
Resell pre-release: N/A


Jordan “Why Not?” x Converse Pack

Celebrating Russell Westbrook’s eccentric style and love for the Air Jordan 16 and Converse Chuck 70 High silhouettes, this packaged deal from Nike comes in black and white respectively. Chain links cover the upper of both sneakers and represent the nets from the streets and Russ’ grit. Rock-and-roll elements like metallic studs from leather jackets are also incorporated. The Converse’s will come .5 smaller than the Jordans so keep that in mind. This will be available through SNKRS app, I’d flip these. – Matt


Release Date: October 2, 2020
Retail: $425
Resell pre-release: $990 – $3,000



Slam Jam x Nike Dunk High “Pure Platinum”

Italy’s Slam Jam is one of my favorite shops. They’ve been in the game a long time (over 30 years) and their sneaker collaborations are all executed with the highest level of attention to detail and story telling. Their first-ever Nike Dunk collaboration is no different. Filled with translucent details like the midsole, Swoosh and heel tab, as well as a perforated mid-panel and toe box, plus an upside down Swoosh on the tongue, these directly reflect the rebellious nature of Slam Jam’s DNA. You can pick them up via through a raffle. A black pair will release later this month but a clean white pair like these are a must have. – Matt


Release Date: October 3, 2020
Retail: $155
Resell pre-release: $800 – $2,150


Photos via INVINCIBLE, Nike, Vans, B/R Kicks, Foot Locker