The best sneakers of the week, with COMME des GARÇONs Air Max 97s

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Welcome to SNX DLX, your weekly roundup of the hottest sneakers on the internet. It’s definitely been a weird week in sneakers, there aren’t many notable models coming out, but what’s to come is definitely stunning. Some models are very experimental, like a Nike SHOX that combines that iconic, weird red pump with the silhouette of high heels, or a New Balance 2002R that tries to be both a sneaker and a slipper.

If you’re into experimental, forward-looking sneakers, this is your week, but if you’re into tried-and-true classics, your options are limited. Luckily, there’s something for those who like plain sneakers, like a COMME des GARÇONS Nike collab and a refresh of a beloved Jordan 1 colorway. It’s not the busiest week, but there’s definitely a little something for everyone.

Let’s dive into the top seven sneakers of this week.

Nike Air Jordan 1 Women’s Denim

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The Air Jordan 1 Denim is both garish and dull, and for that, we love it! Featuring stonewashed denim overlays on a white upper, this women’s exclusive featured embroidered detailing, a thin wraparound swoosh and a Jordan-branded gold bamboo hoop at the top of the toe box.

We could do without the hoop, but they certainly accentuate the 90s mom jean vibe.

The Nike Women’s Air Jordan 1 Denim is set to release on September 22 at 7:00 a.m. for a retail price of $180. Pick up a pair through the Nike SNRKS app.

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SNX Week of September 21
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Nike Shox MR4 x Martine Rose Black

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What the hell is going on this week, we’ve got denim Jordans, weird slip-on New Balances (stay tuned for that), and whatever! Made in collaboration with renowned London designer Martine Rose, this sneaker attempts to combine the formal look of heels with what is probably the least formal sneaker ever, the Nike SHOX.

Featuring a raised heel and a deep black synthetic leather upper, this sneaker (if you can call it that) looks like it’s straight out of the future. Although we don’t like it, we appreciate how edgy it is and it’s really funny to imagine a world where this kind of style takes over the mainstream. It’ll never happen, but it’s fun to think about.

The Nike Shox MR4 x Martine Rose Black is set to release on September 23 at 7:00 AM PST for a retail price of $200. Pick up a pair through the Nike SNKRS app or alternative sites like GOAT.

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SNX Week of September 21
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Nike Air Jordan 1 Taxi

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Aside from the more advanced offerings, the only other standout sneaker from Nike this week is the Air Jordan 1 Taxi. Featuring a taxi-inspired color scheme, the Taxi combines premium leather, a woven tongue and gradient fenders. There’s not a whole lot new here, but that doesn’t matter, it’s a great color scheme on one of the best sneaker silhouettes in the world, and sometimes that’s all you need. you need.

The Nike Air Jordan 1 Taxi is set to release September 24 at 7:00 AM PST for a retail price of $180. Pick up a pair through the Nike SNKRS app or alternative sites like GOAT and Flight Club.

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SNX Week of September 21
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Adidas TYSHAWN x Spitfire

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Three entities of skate culture collide this week with the Adidas TYSHAWN x Spitfire. Considering Tyshawn Jones has a long and storied history with Spitfire Wheels, we’re surprised this collaboration didn’t come much sooner.

Coming in an all-black colourway inspired by the New York sidewalk, the TYSHAWN x Spitfire features silver metallic detailing and the iconic Spitfire logo on the tongue. The design is completed with capsule support, an EVA midsole and a flexible midsole wrap designed for high impact skating.

The Adidas TYSHAWN x Spitfire is set to release September 24 at 7:00 a.m. PST for a retail price of $95. Pick up a pair via the Adidas CONFIRMED app.

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SNX Week of September 21
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SNS x New Balance 2002R mules

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The sneaker world must have collectively decided to take the mushrooms this week because here is yet another standout design. Made in collaboration with Sneakers N Stuff, this take on the 2002R Mule transforms the design into an open-back slip-on shoe…kind of a middle ground between a sneaker and a slipper.

The weirdest part about this design is that it takes what is clearly a laid-back form factor, but keeps it sleek with a handsome olive colorway with gray and beige accents. Do we like it? No. But this is fascinating and it’s the best we’ll have this week.

The SNS x New Balance 2002R mule is set to release September 22 at 7:00 a.m. PST for a retail price of $139.99. Pick up a pair via the New Balance online store.

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SNX Week of September 21
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Comme Des Garçons x Nike Air Max 97

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If you’re not a fan of weird and wacky shoes, this Air Max 97 designed by COMME des GARÇONS comes to save you from weirdness. There’s nothing pushed or edgy about this two-tone sneaker, it’s just a great design.

Coming in a Gray and Black and White and Blue colourway, this Air Max 97 features a mesh and nubuck leather upper with minimal branding to the tongue and heel tab. CDG didn’t even bother to put their own name on the sneaker, and the end result is better for it. This will go down as one of the best Air Max 97 colorways ever.

The COMME des GARÇONS HOMME PLUS x Nike Air Max 97 is set to release on September 22 for a retail price of $350. Pick up a pair at COMME des GARÇONS and Dover Street Market.

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SNX Week of September 21
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Palace x New Balance 580

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Palace have a long series of collaborations with Nike and Adidas and now they have set their sights on everyone’s favorite brand, New Balance. In the process, they try to do what Aime Leon Dore and Joe Freshgoods did before them, which is to reintroduce a forgotten silhouette. The 580 was a staple in the New Balance catalog of the 90s, but has since been forgotten. That’s all about to change thanks to Palace and Stray Rats, who will also drop a 580 later this year.

Featuring a hairy suede upper, the Palace 580 comes in two colorways, a neutral gray and blue iteration, and a stronger purple, lime and teal set. Both look great and we’re going to go ahead and call it the release of the week!

The Palace x New Balance 580 is set to release on September 23 at 8:00 AM PST for an unannounced retail price. Pick up a pair from the Palace online store or at stores in New York and Los Angeles.

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