From basketball brackets to Air Max excitement, March Madness is truly living up to its name. This month has been filled with exclusive Nike SBs collabs, retro’d silhouettes, and mean green colorways. This week, find out which sneaker releases are the most popular, which are the most expensive, and which new Jordans, Nikes, and more are coming your way in this latest installment of The Drop List.
The Most Expensive Sneaker This Week
On the heels of the gigantic release of the Nike Air Force 1 x Tiffany Co. collab comes our most expensive sneaker this week– the Nike Air Force 1 Low Tiffany & Co. 1837 (Family & Friends). Like most exclusive releases, sneaker fans went wild for the limited drop. And just in case the official pair weren’t already highly coveted, Nike released an exclusive family and friends colorway that is a reverse look to the official pair. The pair showcases the signature Tiffany Blue throughout with Black detailing. This sneaker was last sold for a hefty $10,000.
The Best Sneakers Releasing This Week
The new Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 Pine Green is one of this month’s most popular releases. This Nike SB and Jordan combination creatively transcends how we visualize the classic basketball silhouette. From design to storytelling, this collaboration deeply ties skateboarding culture to court culture. Pristinely clean in a white premium backdrop with pops of Pine Green throughout gives this sneaker the classic look that is easily worn with anything, anywhere. Other key features include the gum outsole, super suede toe, and the popular Nike SB logo on the heel.
Nike takes a glimpse into the past with this new Nike Air Max 1 ‘86 Big Bubble– making it the first time the Swoosh brand has retroed the original 1986 design of the Air Max featuring the original Nike Air units and windows. The brand is also sticking to it’s throwback colorway of bright red, grey, and white.
This was no easy decision to bring back this Air Max. The ‘86 release had a brief shelf life due to reported issues. You see, the “bubble window” had a difficult time adjusting to cold temperatures around the world, causing it to crack. This time around, Swoosh has decided to shrink down the window to avoid any catastrophic instances.
Luckily, the shoe has kept some of its original trademarks. For example, each shoe has the sizing printed on the ankle collar to honor the way the vintage Nikes were marked. They also brought back the high ankle cut for more support.
This classic Air Max, much like its ‘86 release, drops on Air max Day (3.26).
Pop sensation Billie Eilish has teamed up with Nike, once again, to give a stylish update to the Air Force 1 silhouette. The new Nike Air Force 1 Low Billie Triple White comes equipped in a pristine white makeup with a unique patchwork pattern of quilted zig-zag stitching. This low-cut sneaker is also constructed in recycled materials with Billie Eilish and Nike branded cork insoles for an unconventional look and feel.
China-based skate shop, Fly Streetwear, and the Swoosh connect on this covetable collaboration of the Nike SB Dunk Low x Fly Streetwear Gardenia. This first ever collab features a bold blue and grey color scheme with standout sail Swooshes that mimic the wings of the everyday housefly. The ensemble also features co-branded graphics of Fly Streetwear x Nike SB on the tongues, insoles, and heels.
After LeBron James made basketball history by becoming the all-time leading scorer in the NBA, Nike decided to celebrate this honor by reissuing the sneaker that started it all. The Nike Air Zoom Generation was first worn by James during his first home game with the Cleveland Cavaliers and is back with another retro release, this time in an early 2000s NBA design and colorway. While LeBron’s original logo sits atop the tongue with the signature crown initials, the overall design of the shoe is designed with comfort and functionality in mind. The greatness lies within the protective tumbled leather, the sturdy TPU support cage around the ankle, and the Air Zoom technology.
Reebok celebrates March Madness with this collegiate collection of four iconic basketball silhouettes: the Question Mid, Answer DMX, Omni Zone II, and the Hurrikaze II. These college-themed sneakers offer nostalgic ‘90s designs that are significant to the Reebok identity. The Question Mid offers a popular Pine Green colorway in representation of the Michigan State Spartans, while the Answer DMX is a nod to the Georgetown navy and grey school colors. The Hurrikaze II represents the UCLA Bruins and the Omni Zone II receives the royal treatment in the classic Kentucky white and blue colorway.
Editor’s Pick of the Week
Sometimes the most simplest sneakers make the boldest statements. And with the hype of the ASICS brand combined with the past and upcoming events of fashion week, my top pick of the week should come as no surprise. The ASICS Gel-Kayano 26 Vivienne Westwood sneaker made its debut back in 2020 and was fresh off of the British designer’s Fall/Winter runway. Donning a minimalistic feel with an avant garde aesthetic, this classic runner provides a new wave fashion lens. Although, this sneaker is more vintage than modern, drawing inspiration from the Bag and Sack shoe that was part of Vivenne Westwood’s 1983 Buffalo collection. Highlighted features of this repurposed shoe is its open mesh net, toggle lacing, and the designer’s Orb logo on the heel.