House Château Rouge AJ 2s & More
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Welcome to SNX DLX, your weekly roundup of the best sneakers on the internet. This week’s list has one foot in the past and one in the future. For every design that pushes the boundaries, there’s a revamped classic that follows close behind. It’s the first SNX we’ve created that will appeal to both fans of futuristic footwear and people looking for another dope Dunk or Air Max to add to their collections.
Whether you’re looking for a durable sneaker like Nike’s Space Hippie line or want to add a forgotten classic to your collection like Social Status’ Air Max Penny 1, we’ve got you covered! The highlight of this week is unquestionably the Maison Château Rouge Jordan II and if the idea that a II is the best release leads you to assume that this week must be missing some good stuff, wake up – we’re living in the rebirth of Air Jordan II. It’s a beautiful thing!
The last two weeks have been a bit bloated for SNX, but we’re back with a tight eight this go-around. Here are the best sneakers of this week, let’s go!
Women’s Nike Space Hippie 04 Refresh Volt
Since the launch of the Space Hippie collection by Nike, we’ve been singing the praises of this creatively enduring line, but it’s been a minute since we’ve seen a noticeable drop in this series. That changes this week with this new Refresh Volt colorway of the 04.
The Refresh Volt 04 features a lightweight, stretchy upper made from Nike’s exclusive “Space Waste Yarn”, a material made from old plastic bottles, clothing and yarn scraps. Rounding out the design is a speckled foam midsole and high traction Grind outsole. It looks a bit like waste, sure, but it takes its wasteland origins and makes it part of the design, and that’s cool!
The Women’s Space Hippie 04 Refresh Volt is set to release on July 13 for a retail price of $130. Get a pair via the Nike SNKRS app.
Nike Dunk Low Teal Zeal for Women
It’s never a bad week to pick up a pair of Dunks, especially when Nike drops something as fiery as the Teal Zeal. Featuring a faded teal and kumquat colourway atop a distressed leather upper, this sneaker exudes the warmth and retro style of the ’80s. It matches modern sneaker tastes, while looking like something one of the kids of Stranger Things could have rocked.
Converse x DRKSHDW TURBODRK Chuck 70
In typical Rick Owens fashion, this Converse collab is a little crazy. Referencing select Owens DRKSHDW models, this limited-edition Chucks features a modified upper with deformed design lines, a high tongue, DRKSHDW branding and a shimmering colorway. It looks, like most of Rick Owens’ designs, like something a clubbing-obsessed vampire in Hollywood would wear.
The high version has a shiny black color, while the low version becomes metallic. It’s weird, but if you’re a Rick Owens fan, this delivers exactly what you want.
The Converse x DRKSHDW TURBODRK Chuck 70 High and Low are set to release on July 13 for a retail price of $170 and $110 respectively. Get a pair via the Nike SNKRS app.
Nike Jordan Series Mid x House Castle Red Sail
Nike and Parisian label Maison Château Rouge have teamed up for a collection of two trainers and they’re both *chef’s kisses*. It’s not everyday an unnumbered Jordan goes SNX (in fact, it never happened) but it’s impossible to look at this Jordan Series Mid and not fall in love. Featuring a vintage basketball sneaker design, this style features a mid-top silhouette with a textured leather upper, sawtooth trim and ‘United Youth International’ branding to the heel.
Nike Air Jordan II x House Castle Red Orange and Sail
Go ahead, get that jawbone off the ground. As if the first Maison Château Rouge collaboration wasn’t enough, this version of the Jordan II is easily one of the best drops of the year. The details on the upper and the overall premium aesthetic are sophisticated and luxurious, everything the Jordan II was conceptualized.
Is it a sneaker or a work of art? Copy that if you can.
NIKE AIR Max 97 Coconut Milk and Black
If the Chateau House sounds too chic for you, don’t worry, Nike also has some grunge dad shoes, like this week’s Coconut Milk and Black Air Max 97. Featuring a slightly yellowed upper and a worn aesthetic, the Coconut Milk and Black might not be the most exciting release of the week, but it captures the overall vibe of the shoe perfectly.
You want your Air Max 97s to look a little worse on wear, and the coconut milk and black catches that look straight out of the box.
The NIKE AIR Max 97 Coconut Milk and Black is set to release on July 15th for a retail price of $185. Get a pair via the Nike SNKRS app.
New Balance MADE in USA 990v3 Raw Amethyst
The Stray Rats collab that never was! Last year, Stray Rats and New Balanced teamed up and released a 991 in the brand’s signature colorway, a mix of nauseating purple and green tones. It was a great release, but this week’s 990v3 is even better. Sure, it’s not really a Stray Rats collab, the branding has nothing to do with it, but that mix of purple on the upper and the overall attention to detail is reminiscent of the brand in the best way.
Featuring a hairy suede and mesh upper, the Raw Amethyst features hogskin and mesh accents, more sickly synthetic suede and an ENCAP midsole.
The New Balance MADE in USA 990v3 Raw Amethyst is set to release on July 15 for a retail price of $199.99. Get a pair at New Balance online store.
Social Status x Nike Air Max Penny 1
In the brand’s best collab of the week, Nike has teamed up with Atlanta retailer Social Status for a redesign of the Air Max Penny 1. The Penny 1 is the latest silhouette to be reintroduced from the Nike archives, and Social Status gave the sneaker two new colorways with interchangeable Velcro swooshes.
The concept is simple, as the School Lunch series, Social Status is aimed at young people for this design, serving as a celebration of your favorite recreational activity, be it baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis or football. golf (who plays golf at recess?), with each sport having its own special swoosh. One shoe, five swooshes!
Interchangeable swooshes might be an outdated gimmick, but social status nails it. It might not be as great as the duo’s previous collaboration, but it’s definitely a highlight of the week.
The Social Status x NIKE AIR Max Penny 1 Recess is set to release on July 15th for a retail price of $190. Get a pair via the Social status online store or retail location.