Sneaker Spotlight: Top Releases of February

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With NBA All-Star Weekend on the horizon, it’s slated to be a busy month for kicks as both Nike and Jordan Brand are gearing up to make big statements with their scheduled releases. Adidas and Reebok join the party as well, with some dope sneakers set to hit shelves in February. 

Adidas D.O.N. Issue 1 “Joker”

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Release Date: Feb. 1, 2020
Retail: $100.00
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Adidas decided to dress up Donovan Mitchell’s first signature with a Joker theme, giving a nod to the famed, creepy villain from Batman. Mitchell, who was named an NBA All-Star for the first time this season, goes by the nickname “Spida,” and his signature launched with a series of colorways tied to Spider-Man in a collaborative effort between Adidas and Marvel.

Although re-sell on the shoes ranges around $200 on Kixify, Mitchell’s sneakers remain one of the most affordable basketball sneakers out when copped at retail.

Reebok x BBC Ice Cream Answer 5

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Release Date: Feb. 1, 2020
Retail: $180.00
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Sporting colorful hues, these Answer 5’s build on the exclusive’s BBC and Reebok cooked up for ComplexCON in November of 2019. The Iverson Ice Cream hangtag is a beautiful touch, and I also love the logo in the circular jewel on the upper.

BBC Ice Cream is looking to re-establish themselves on the sneaker scene, and between their efforts here and at ComplexCON, they’re on the right track.

Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Big Stage”

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Release Date: Feb. 7, 2020
Retail: $180.00
Where to purchase: Nike.com

Nike continues the rollout of the Kobe Protro lineage of kicks, this time with a Kobe 5 that commemorates Bryant’s fifth and final championship over the Boston Celtics in 2010. These gold-accented kicks also flash a split design on both sides, making for a sleek, blended look.

These will be highly coveted in the wake of Bryant’s tragic passing in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, so (sadly) expect re-sell to be high as vultures look to cash in on the death of a legend.

Air Jordan 1 Hi 85 “Varsity Red”

Photo via: Nike.com
Release Date: Feb. 8, 2020
Retail: $200.00
Where to purchase: Nike.com

Limited to 23,000 pairs according to END Clothing, this Jordan 1 is laced with the traditional Varsity Red, Summer White, and Black color scheme, but adds a remix to the OG Jordan 1 by making a few subtle changes. A dope touch to these J’s is the fact that they’ll come with the original hangtag that shows a young Michael Jordan in his famed Jumpman pose floating over the Chicago skyline, as well as a Nike Air dust bag.

Salute to Jordan Brand for keeping it simple and producing a beautiful shoe by making small tweaks to the classics.

Nike LeBron 7 “All-Star”

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Release Date: Feb. 12, 2020
Retail: $200.00
Where to buy: Nike.com

Debuted by LeBron James back in the 2010 NBA All-Star game, these beauties make a return as Nike continues its retro run of the LeBron 7’s. These kicks are famed for their Chlorine Blue upper and woodgrain-like texture across its overlay, making ’em a must-cop for any James fan looking to either strengthen their current collection or double-up on another pair.

Nike LeBron 17 “Monstars”

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Release Date: Feb. 13, 2020
Retail: $225.00
Where to buy: Nike.com

Although not set to release until the Summer of 2021, LeBron James will star as the main character in the sequel of Space Jam, Warner Bros.’ 1996 cult classic that featured the NBA’s then best player Michael Jordan.

Despite the fact that the debut of the film is well over a year away, Nike has elected to use 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend to acknowledge the upcoming movie, cloaking the LeBron 17 in a “Monstars” colorway, giving a nod to the villains that zapped the talents of NBA stars in the original Space Jam.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG WMNS “UNC to Chicago”

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Release Date: Feb. 13, 2020
Retail: $170.00
Where to buy: Nike.com

Inspired by Michael Jordan’s basketball journey from the University of North Carolina to the Chicago Bulls, these Air Jordan 1’s are going to appeal to a bigger crowd than just the ladies. Gym Red paints the toe box, while a Dark Powder Blue coats the heel and swoosh. Don’t be surprised if these come in extended sizing, as men try to get their hands on these fire women exclusives.

Nike All-Star Weekend Releases: Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kevin Durant

Gatorade x Nike PG 4 “ASW”
Nike Kyrie 6 “Trophies”
Nike Zoom Freak 1 “Employee Of The Month”
Don C x Nike KD 12
Release Date(s): PG 4: Feb. 13, 2020, Kyrie 6, Freak 1: Feb. 14, 2020, KD 12: Feb. 15, 2020
Retail: PG 4: $120.00, Kyrie 6: $140.00, Freak 1: $130.00, KD 12: $160.00
Where to buy: Nike.com

Nike is releasing an assortment of basketball sneakers from their various signature lines during NBA All-Star Weekend, with Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant all continuing their respective series in unique ways.

The tye-dye appearance on the “Gatorade” PG 4 is inspired by George’s favorite Gatorade flavors. Kyrie’s “Trophies” pay homage to the Bulls’ 1996 NBA Finals win over the Seattle Supersonics. Giannis’ “Employee Of The Month” 1’s are an extension of Eddie Murphy’s McDowell’s restaurant uniform from “Coming to America,” and Nike teamed up with revered streetwear designer Don C to salute the City of Chicago with the KD 12. Nike nailed all of these.

Off-White x Air Jordan 5

Photo via: Nike.com
Release Date: Feb. 15, 2020
Retail: $225.00
Where to buy: SNKRS App

Off-White founder Virgil Abloh struck gold when he re-purposed the Air Jordan 1 in 2017, and he’s been enlisted to yet again remix another JB silhouette, this time re-imaging the Jordan 5. This 5 retains the Black Metallic base throughout but is really brought to life by Abloh’s typical creative Off-White flair.

Nike Adapt BB 2.0

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Release Date: Feb. 16, 2020
Retail: $400.00
Where to buy: Nike.com

A continuation of the innovative, self-lacing Nike Adapt BB 1.0, the 2.0 was debuted by Memphis Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant at the end of January, and they’re currently slated for an NBA All-Star weekend release. Stretchable ballistic mesh construction and Air Zoom cushioning in the forefront of the midsole should make this a comfy, albeit expensive basketball sneaker.

Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low

Photo via: @mic (Instagram)
Release Date: Feb. 29, 2020
Retail: $150.00
Where to buy: TBA

Hip-hop superstar Travis Scott has enjoyed an enormous amount of success in his dealings with both Nike and Jordan Brand and it appears as if Scott’s collaborative efforts with the Swoosh will resume this month with the release of this paisley-patterned SB Dunk Low. Not only can Scott be seen rocking the kicks in the music video for “Jackboys,” but he also teased a picture on his Instagram page.

Just as Scott’s previous releases, expect these to be a hot commodity, especially as sneakerheads look to get their rotations right for the spring.

 

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