Nice Picks: This Week’s Top Sneaker Releases

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In today’s modern sneaker era, it’s not rare to find a week with a plethora of hot sneakers. As weird as it may seem for old sneakerheads, the days of one hot sneaker drop a month are over. Brands have found a way to make each week exciting, with a plethora of new releases, collaborative efforts, and story telling to show. So how should one choose which pair to cop?

Every week, Nice Picks features a hand selection of top sneaker releases occurring in the week. Sifting through the noise and debris, we’ve found five sneakers that are absolutely worth spending a few dimes on. Take a look below to see our choices.

5. Reebok Answer IV “Step Over”

Reebok Answer IV "Step Over" G55111
Reebok Answer IV “Step Over”

Colorway: Black / White
Style #: G55111
Release Date: June 4, 2021
Price: $130

The “Step Over,” an iconic moment where A.I. reigned supreme in both figure and stature over Ty Lue. Perhaps one of basketball’s all-time most memorable moments, the moment in history continues to inspire bonafide personalities in hoops today. The moment has also inspired Reebok to recreate the 2001 sneaker, making sure the return of this classic Answer IV was done properly. If you’re a fan of hoops history, this is a must cop.

4. fragment design x Nike Dunk High “Beijing” 2021

fragment design x Nike Dunk High “Black” 2021

Colorway: Wine / Black / White
Style #: DJ0382-600
Release Date: June 5, 2021
Price: $150

Hiroshi Fujiwari’s fragment Design has made their imprint on various Nike projects over the years, including the 2010 Nike Dunk “City Pack.” In a retro of the “Beijing” inspired pair, this rerelease dubbed the Dunk High “Black” features wine and black colored leathers with the Japanese imprint’s logo displayed on the lateral heel. For all Dunk connoisseurs, this should definitely be on your radar.

3. Nike Dunk Low “Varsity Green”

Nike Dunk Low "Spartan Green" CW1590-102
Nike Dunk Low “Varsity Green”

Colorway: White / Team Green / White / Total Orange
Style #: DD1391-101
Release Date: June 3, 2021
Price: $100

The Nike Dunk Low has received many two-tone colorways, but only a select few have been executed to perfection. This upcoming “Varsity Green” iteration is one of them. Michigan State’s primary hue runs across the various leather overlays, while bright white accents are placed in between each panel. A personal favorite for Nike Dunk of the year, look for this shoe to be a hot choice this summer.

2. adidas NMD R1 OG “Core Black”

adidas NMD R1 OG “Core Black”

Colorway: Core Black / Core Black / Cloud White
Style #: GZ7922
Release Date: Available Now
Price: $180

History was made with the adidas NMD R1, the sneaker that inspired the next five years of Boost silhouettes. The peak of 2016’s runner rage, the OG “Core Black” was the first of the NMDs to release. Reaching its half decade anniversary, it’s only natural that adidas released the shoe in original form. Bring us back to the good ole days!

1. Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple”

Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple”

Colorway: White / Court Purple
Style #: CD0461-151
Release Date: June 3, 2021
Price: $170

The Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple” colorway has been one of Jordan Brand’s favorites, having already released twice. In its third offering, an inverted colorway that differs from its predecessors features a largely white upper is accented by dark hues of violet. Clean, cool, and colorful, look for this upcoming AJ1 to be very popular for the summer.

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