During a Summer Olympic year, sneaker brands tend to just leave everything else at home as waves of patriotism take over. As you might expect since they are the outfitter of the US Olympic Team, Nike and Nike Sportswear will be releasing plenty of Team USA gear between now and when the games begin, and that includes a number of historically significant kicks that tend to pop up every four years or so, ready for the re-up. Between the return of the Nike Air More Uptempo and the Nike Air Force 180 along with new colorways of the Nike Air Foamposite One and red, white, blue and gold variations of the Nike Air Ultra Flyknit, we’ll be looking good as we cheer on our country to victory.
As we get into the thick of the summer months, adidas will be finally be bringing the shoe that we think could be the shoe of the season with the (almost) all-white NMD, Jordan Brand has a handful of retros you might be interested in and Reebok Classics will be releasing some sleepers you might want to keep your eyes on.
As always, all sneaker release dates and prices are subject to change.
10Air Jordan 14 Oxidized Green
Release Date: July 16
The Air Jordan 14 is like the forgotten member of the OG family as sneakerheads often cut their Jordan retro collections at 13. But MJ did wear the Air Jordan 14 during his final days as a Chicago Bull and while he wasn’t there for the subsequent wider release of the shoe during the lockout 1998-99 NBA season, the 14s had a number of great colorways in the preceding years including this Oxidized Green colorway that will be making its return this month. It’s still OG to me, dammit…
9Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Classic Leather
Release Date: July 1
While the rest of the world waits with bated breath for whatever Kanye and Drake will do next with their resepctive sneaker collabs, King Kendrick and Reebok are quietly amassing quite the sneaker legacy that serve to not only get the people excited but also spread a message of unity, as symbolized by the red and blue colors that represent the Bloods and Crips gangs. The Reebok branding that’s all but hollowed out except for the “K” is a great touch.
8Air Jordan 12 Gym Red (Alternate)
Release Date: July 2
The Air Jordan 12 Alternate serves as a reminder for what could have been for MJ had Nike really started pushing player exclusives back in the days. What makes this release interesting is that it could go either way in terms of being an immediate sellout or a pair that sits in stores. The glut of Air Jordan 12 releases this year could force this back to the middle of the pack, especially since it’s dropping on the same month as the much-anticipated OVO 12s (more on that later).
7Reebok Question Only The Strong Survive
Release Date: July 1
Allen Iverson has lived by the motto “Only The Strong Survive” for much of his life that some people might even attribute that ideology with AI. To see where he came from and to reach the heights that he achieved – perfect or not – is something to be admired and Reebok has rewarded his strength and loyalty for the past 20 years with 2016’s 20 Questions Pack that continues with this latest colorway.
6adidas Ultra Boost Multicolor 2.0
Release Date: July 27
Yeah, it’s no Flyknit Racer Multicolor for sure, but the Boost more than makes up for it.
5Air Jordan 5 Retro 90 Black/Metallic Silver
Release Date: July 23
Look, if bootleg kinda fat Spider-Man approves of this release, who are we to judge? The $220 price still sucks, though, especially since it’s just a “Nike Air” premium. If you’re still not sure be sure to check out our Air Jordan 5 OG ’90 Black/Metallic launch page for all the latest on this drop.
4Nike KD 9 Premiere
Release Date: July 1
The Nike KD 9 is shaping up to be KD’s big sneaker comeback after a lackluster season with the Nike KD 8. With a lower price point and an appealing Flyknit upper that opens it up to a multitude of possibilities, this could be the breakout hit we’ve been waiting for since the KD 6. But as the Preheat colorway and this Premiere releases proves, Nike likes to keep things simple for now and then hit us hard with the themed colorway that are sure to get the sneakerheads talking.
3Air Jordan 12 OVO White
Release Date: July 30
It’s an Air Jordan 12 in white and gold. I’m at the mercy of this thing, regardless of my own feelings regarding Drake as a rapper. This is what I call a makeup for missing out on the Air Jordan 12 Wings.
2adidas NMD OG Vintage White
Release Date: July 15
As we mentioned earlier, this is the likely shoe of the summer as everybody is going to want to cop a pair of these beauties. With the luxurious Vintage White priemknit upper, this adidas NMD are the perfect kicks to rock to your many all-white parties. The only problem is that they’ll be so tough to cop with everybody lining up to grab them that you’ll only see them on a few lucky sneakerheads and the rest will be on eBay and Kixiry.
1Nike Sportswear Olympic Collection
Release Date: Varies
Because ‘Murica, but if you have to know how I’d rank it…
- Nike Hyperdunk 2008 United We Stand
- Nike Zoom Flight 96
- Nike Air Force 180 Mid
- Nike Air Foamposite One
- Nike Air Pegasus 92/16
- Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit
- Nike Air Pegasus 92
- Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 92
- Nike Air Presto GPX
- Nike Air More Uptempo
- Nike Air Max BW