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The Air Jordan 13 "Obsidian" Oversees This Week's Best Footwear Drops

Sep 14, 2021

The dog days of summer are nearly over, and fall’s cool breezes are right around the corner. However, before the season officially shifts later this month, we’ve got plenty of high-heat footwear releases to enjoy. This week’s top ten releases include styles from Nike, Jordan Brand, adidas, New Balance and Vans, but let’s catch up on last week’s goings-on before we bring you this week’s cream of the crop.

Leo Mandella — better known as Gully Guy Leo — was the latest guest on HYPEBEAST’s weekly Sole Mates series, and he discussed his love of the Converse One Star. We also provided a detailed look at the CLOT x sacai x

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Release Date: September 14
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The CLOT x sacai x Nike LDWaffle is a three-headed, dual-stacked collaborative creation, the first of two you’ll see back-to-back on this week’s list. With a signature see-through toebox and a bold tan, orange and red color scheme, this CLOT take on a sacai x Nike classic is both fresh and familiar, as its colors and materials were both inspired by the CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “K.O.D.”

fragment design x sacai x Nike LDWaffle “Light Smoke Grey”

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Release Date: September 15
Release Price: $170 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: It’s a “twice as nice” kind of week for HYPEBEAST’s Weekly Footwear Drops list. The fragment design x sacai x Nike LDWaffle “Light Smoke Grey” is both the second three-party LDWaffle on this list and fragment design’s second LDWaffle collaboration after the “Blue Void” released earlier in the month. As its moniker would imply, it’s light and breezy. However, it’s not lacking for detail thanks to its doubled-up build and bold branded hits.

NOAH x Vault by Vans Caballero VLT LX and Authentic One Piece VLT LX

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Release Date: September 16
Release Price: $98 USD (Caballero) and $88 USD (Authentic)
Where to Buy: NOAH
Why You Should Cop: NOAH and Vault by Vans have only been working together since 2018, but they’re already six collaborations deep. Their latest effort? Two takes on the Caballero and three iterations of the Authentic, all dressed in spruce, tan or black and featuring debossed logos on the heel. Over the course of their partnership the two have established a strong visual identity inspired by old-school skating, and this effort brings that look into the fall with ease.

James Bond x adidas UltraBOOST DNA “White Tuxedo”

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Release Date: September 17
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: If you didn’t start humming James Bond’s theme song in your head when you saw this UltraBOOST DNA, we’d suggest you look at another shoe on this list. Skyfall, Bond’s latest adventure, has been long-delayed, and so has the release of its accompanying UltraBOOST pack with adidas. Better late than never, however, and the UltraBOOST DNA “White Tuxedo,” a monochromatic style with special insoles, will kick the festivities off when it releases to adidas Creator’s Club members this week before a global drop next week.

Nike Air Huarache “ACG Air Terra”

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Release Date: September 17
Release Price: £115 GPB (approximately $159 USD)
Where to Buy: size?
Why You Should Cop: Part of size?’s year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary, this exclusive Nike Air Huarache features a black, purple, red and yellow color scheme inspired by the Nike ACG Air Terra. It’s also a nod to the size?-exclusive Nike Air 180 Lunar Terra from 2010 that used an identical palette, making for a dual-pronged sneaker that’s equal parts anniversary celebration and history lesson.

Jaden Smith x New Balance 574

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Release Date: September 17
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: New Balance
Why You Should Cop: Jaden Smith has established a signature visual identity in the world of footwear, thanks to his Vision Racer. However, the youngest Smith son’s first non-Vision Racer sneaker is equally as striking. It’s this sustainable 574, dubbed the “Jaden 574” and made of recycled materials. Each of these materials is displayed prominently, thanks to oversized, brightly-colored overlays and details. It’s a joyful jumble that looks as if it’s barely being held together, and it’s one of this week’s most unique — and environmentally concious — drops

Pharrell x adidas Humanrace Sičhona “Burgundy”

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Release Date: September 17
Release Price: $180 USD
Where to Buy: adidas and Shop Nice Kicks
Why You Should Cop: Pharrell Williams and adidas are constantly pushing the envelope with their collaborative lifestyle footwear, and their new Humanrace Sičhona is no exception. It combines advanced manufacturing techniques with a meaningful backstory that draws from Indigenous American culture, and its newest makeup is a seasonally appropriate combination of burgundy and yellow. At the time of writing its release has yet to be officially confirmed by the Three Stripes, but if it indeed arrives it’ll be one of the week’s biggest adidas drops.

Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Bred”

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Release Date: September 17
Release Price: $175 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and Sneaker Politics
Why You Should Cop: Jordan Brand is celebrating the Air Jordan 11 Low IE’s 25th anniversary by bringing back its OG “Bred” colorway for the first time ever. With an original build, OG tooling and a dark color scheme with a pop of bright red flair, it’s a style that’s sure to delight OG Air Jordan heads and new consumers alike.

adidas YEEZY Foam RNNR “Ochre”

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Release Date: September 18
Release Price: $80 USD
Where to Buy: adidas and YEEZY Supply
Why You Should Cop: Who said you can’t wear clogs in the fall? Not Kanye West and adidas, that’s for sure. The adidas YEEZY Foam RNNR “Ochre” serves up an autumnal tone and a comfy foam construction, making it an optimal shell for the marled wool socks you’ve been waiting to wear when the temperature drops. Much like Pharell’s above-mentioned Humanrace Sičhona “Burgundy,” we’re still waiting on official release confirmation from adidas. If it does indeed release though, you can expect the “Ochre” to serve as this week’s most hyped drop, bar none.

Air Jordan 13 “Obsidian”

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Release Date: September 18
Release Price: $190 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS and Sneaker Politics
Why You Should Cop: The Air Jordan 13 is a big, bold, in-your-face style, but it’s keeping things cool on its new “Obsidian” colorway. Blending a pockmarked, tumbled white leather base with right “Obsidian” detailing, a hit of ocean blue and a signature jeweled catseye badge, it’s an appealing modern-day iteration of one of Michael Jordan’s most-loved late career sneakers.
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