The link between nerd culture and streetwear is stronger than ever with releases from sneaker hubs like Nike, Adidas, and Puma paying homage to — and drawing inspiration from — pop culture favorites. We’re not even halfway through 2019, but it’s already been a great year for sneakers and collaborations.
Here are the 10 best sneaker releases of 2019 (so far).
Puma Palace Guard OG
This one’s a killer pick for old-school sneakerheads. Puma brought back one of its old-school basketball sneakers for the first time in ages. It’s a killer retro look that looks just as good today as it did back in the day.
Adidas 3MC Vulc Beavis and Butthead
I love a good pop culture crossover in the sneaker world but even I was a little skeptical when adidas first announced their Beavis and Butthead collab. I’m a huge fan of both, but it didn’t seem like the most obvious of combinations. As it turns out, it’s one of the more memorable of the year. Adidas’s skate line teaming up with one of the most aggressively ‘90s cartoons of all time made for a killer set of sneakers and apparel — none more killer than this 3MC Vulc colorway.
KD12 90s Kid
Speaking of the ‘90s, I’ve already gushed about the recent KD12 ‘90s Kid. There’s been a slight delay in release but having already seen this pair in person, I’m totally confident in saying it’s a must-buy in 2019. Keep an eye on the Nike SNKRS app for further release information. You don’t want to miss these.
Nike Air Max 720
Similarly, Geek featured the Air Max 720 a few weeks back. It’s easily the boldest silhouette of the year and Nike’s gamble on it has paid off — it’s a huge hit with its spacey, new wave design and massive Air Max bubble as a cushion. I’m still inclined to say the Throwback Future is the best colorway they’ve dropped so far.
New Nike PG x NASA
2018 saw Nike athlete Paul George drop an entire range of clothing, sneakers included, in collaboration with NASA — yeah, that NASA. It was a huge success and in 2019 the collaboration is continuing with this killer new colorway for George’s signature PG3. It’s a departure from the last NASA colorway for sure but (dare I say it?) it might be better. This one in particular pays homage to the Apollo 11 mission, adding a cool layer of history to the sneaker’s storytelling.
Vans x David Bowie
For any and all space oddities, the Vans x David Bowie collection is gonna be right up your alley. Vans has supercharged a few of their classic silhouettes with vibrant new colorways that play on some of the legend’s different personas. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, the whole gang is here — though I’ve personally gotta give it up for the Aladdin Sane colorway. It’s easily the most electric of the whole lot.
Adidas Nite Jogger
Adidas came out swinging in 2019 with this chunky, futuristic silhouette. It features a massive Boost sole and a dope reflective upper. The whole thing resembles something out of a Warren Ellis comic — weird, futuristic, and extremely fashion-forward. There’s a variety of colorways available but I’m personally partial to the original black and orange getup.
Adidas Dame 5
There’s nothing inherently geeky about the adidas Dame 5. It’s just a beauty and worth checking out if you’re into sneakers. Damian Lillard’s signature sneakers might not have the hype that LeBron or James Harden’s do but look at that silhouette! It’s so sleek and elegantly designed. Any self-respecting sneaker nerd should check it out.
Atmos x Nike Air Max2 Light
Legendary footwear boutique Atmos just dropped their latest Nike collab and it’s a real stunner. The colorway draws inspiration from ‘90s sportswear and advertising imagery. It’s a loud, vibrant silhouette for sure but those who aren’t afraid of a little bit of color are sure to look great in it.
Nike Adapt BB
The capstone to decades of technology and relentless research, this year Nike unveiled the Adapt BB, a fully automated self-lacing basketball shoe that runs through an app in your phone. What more is there to say? This shoe is the future and while the technology is sure to get integrated into future Nike silhouettes, getting the Adapt BBgives you the chance to say that you were there when it all went down.