11 new sneakers to drop in December 2021 from Yeezy, Nike and more

In December, expect a brand new sneaker collection with a bit of holiday magic.

Hip-hop fans will be treated to Nike sneakers that were once made exclusively for Jay-Z and Kanye West. This latest rapper himself adds a new basketball shoe silhouette to his Yeezy x Adidas collaboration that is sure to make enemies jealous and toss a thousand memes.

In the non-Ye news, the year’s most anticipated Crocs are finally down, after months of teasers. And the Japanese label Sacai followed up with another pair of Nike Blazer Low shoes inspired by the American artist KAWS.

Since it’s giveaway season, why not purchase a pair of limited edition sneakers for a loved one?

Below are 11 new sneakers that would make great gifts in December 2021, from Nike, Yeezy, Adidas and more.

Casablanca x New Balance XC-72 “Cream”

(Photo credit: New Balance)

When: December 2

After its Formula 1-inspired version of the XC-72 sneakers, Casablanca has now added a minimalist style to its collaboration with New Balance. Instead of the streetwear brand’s usual color blocking pops, the new XC-72 shoes deliver a clean look with their white perforated leather upper, cream suede overlays and beige rubber outsole. The only hint of color is visible on the tongue and heel tab, which are stamped with a bright green and yellow mark.

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Swarovski x Nike Air Force 1 Low

When: December 2, 2021

Price: S $ 679

The GD Kwondo 1 isn’t Nike’s only big release this month; another collaboration worth camping out is this crystallized pair between the sports giant and Swarovski. Available in ‘Triple White’ and ‘Triple Black’, the Classic Kicks come with removable stacked panels that are adorned with over 228 individual faceted retro-reflective Swarovski crystals, as well as large screws.

These crystals – created exclusively for Nike – were inspired by road reflectors to reflect light, so they’re just as eye-catching at night as they are during the day. The four-piece modular fairing on the kicks can also be customized with various screw locations.

The striking binding sits on a pair of also premium leather AF1s, which are revealed if you remove all the screws using a screwdriver marked “NIKE AIR FORCE 1”.

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When: December 3, 2021

G-Dragon’s sequel to Air Force 1 “Para-Noise” and “Para-Noise 2.0” does not disappoint. Based on the South Korean artist’s unique styling, the Kwondo 1 (inspired by taekwondo and a coat rack with the legal name of G-Dragon Kwon Ji-yong and Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan) does not look like nothing that you have seen before.

The clean white shoe features a premium leather upper marked with classic brogue details. You’ll find plenty of branding in the form of the PEACEMINUSONE daisy, including on the back, panels on the laces and on the insoles. The solid soles also feature the recognizable symbol. Expect interchangeable laces marked with the PEACEMINUSONE aglet and a special shoebox with matching packaging.

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Yeezy 500 in ‘Ash Gray’

When: December 4, 2021

Yeezy will also have a busy month this holiday season; In addition to the BSKTBL KNIT below, the brand will also expand the Yeezy 500 range with an “Ash Gray” colorway. The sneakers are available in a neutral color spectrum, from mesh, suede and leather on the upper to the mesh tongue which is highlighted by a 3M reflective panel. A mudguard in a similar gray sits atop the chunky soles covered in adiprene cushioning technology in a much darker brownish-gray hue. Perfect for those who dare not venture outside the monochromatic territory.

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Nike x Sacai x KAWS Blazer Low “Purple Dusk”

Kaws x Sacai x Nike Blazer Low "Purple twilight"
(Photo credit: Nike)

When: December 10

Nike and Sacai’s collaboration with American street artist KAWS continues. If you haven’t marked the trio’s Blazer Low sneakers in “Neptune Blue” or “Team Red”, you still have a chance to grab the next “Purple Dusk” colorway, which is arguably the best. The shiny details of the shoes, such as the purple laces or the Swooshes in blue and magenta, are all a nod to KAWS ‘colorful designs. The artist also left his ‘XX’ imprint on the midsoles.

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Adidas Forum Home Alone

When: December 11, 2021

You watched Kevin take these poor people down fools time and time again, now walk in her shoes – literally – with this special release from Adidas this year. Inspired by the same pair he wore while protecting his home that fateful night, these forums come with little Easter eggs fans will appreciate.

The lacy jewelry is reminiscent of the (frankly pretty sadistic) traps he set, while the distinctive burn marks will put a smile on your face at the thought of that famous fire scene. The soles feature Kevin’s intricate shots, as well as scenes from the film. To top it off, a doormat style label on the tongue nods to the house where the chaos started.

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Awake NY x ASICS GEL-KAYANO Trainer 21

When: December 12, 2021

Used to reinterpreting innovative shoes from ASICS, Angelo Baque – previously director of the Supreme brand – and his label AWAKE NY presented an exclusive GEL-KAYANO Trainer 21 capsule collection.

Two colors are available here; the first is a cream and gray number that’s interspersed with brown detailing on the toe box and mesh midfoot, as well as teal and orange accents on the heels for contrast. The other pair see a Miami-inspired color scheme that’s mostly teal, with pops of yellow and orange on the heel.

To commemorate Virgil Abloh, Baque will donate all proceeds from this outing to the late designer’s “Post-Modern” scholarship, which gives black creatives around the world more opportunities to showcase their talents.


Salehe Bembury x Crocs Pollex clogs

(Photo credit: End Clothing)

When: December 14

After successful collaborations with New Balance, American designer Salehe Bembury is today launching the must-have Crocs of the year. The “Pollex Clog” reworks the classic clogs of the shoe brand (now enjoying a revival) with sculptural ridges of Bembury’s fingerprints. The shoes will come with adjustable heel straps which can be removed to turn them into slides. They will be offered in Army Green (pictured) and Mushroom colors.

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Yeezy BSKTBL KNIT “3D Slate Blue”

KNIT Yeezy BSKTBL "Slate Blue 3D"
(Photo credit: Yeezy Mafia)

When: December 18

Following the success of the Yeezy QNTM sneakers, Kanye West’s shoe brand now presents a second basketball silhouette: the BSKTBL KNIT. The shoe, which first launched in October, features a fully knitted blue upper with a sock-like opening. It features a full-length BOOST midsole, also featured in the QNTM.

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Nike LeBron 9 “Look at the Throne”

Nike LeBron 9 Watch The Throne sneakers
(Photo credit: Nike)

When: December 21

Remember Look at the throne, Kanye West and Jay-Z’s iconic collaborative rap album? Well, to celebrate its release in 2011, Nike made a pair of LeBron 9 sneakers heavily inspired by the album’s gold artwork by Riccardo Tisci (who was then designer for Givenchy). Only a handful of these sneakers have been given to rappers and friends of LeBron himself, but Nike is now releasing the coveted sneakers to the public. The shoes are defined by their gold elements – check out the oversized lace locks and Swooshes – while multi-colored prints can be found on the laces and sockliner, contrasting with the black upper.

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Air Jordan 1 High OG “Patent Bred”

Air Jordan 1 High OG Bred Patent sneakers
(Photo credit: Nike)

When: December 30

The Jordan brand is ending the year with its Holiday 2021 Retro collection, and we’re pretty sure this sleek iteration of the iconic AJ1s will be on everyone’s Christmas wish lists. Maintaining the original black and red color scheme of basketball sneakers, the new Patent Bred pair features a patent leather finish. The shiny look of the shoes matches the exclusive shoebox they come in – all you need to do is add a ribbon to the top.

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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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