Recap on Hype Sneaker Releases — November 2017

As the holiday season approaches, companies have begun to drop their most anticipated sneakers of the year. A ton of heat was dropped in November, so here are my thoughts some of the sneakers that recently released:

NIKE X OFF-WHITE “THE TEN” COLLECTION

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One of Nike’s best decisions this year was collaborating with Virgil Abloh and his brand Off-White . This collection is FIRE. It takes several classic silhouettes and applied the “Off-white” aesthetic onto each shoe, giving each model an innovative and unique look.

I personally feel they didn’t have to give the Vapormax the “Off-white” treatment; it’s a fairly recent model so it already has that modern look and style, unlike the other classics which dated back into the 80’s. My favourite of the 10 models would be the Air Presto, as it’s one of the only silhouettes I feel I could wear with any outfit and they wouldn’t get dirty as quickly as the other white pairs. Resell prices vary on each pair; but it’s pretty high especially for Canadians as we never receive as much stock as the US does.


ADIDAS YEEZY 350 V2 BOOST: SEMI FROZEN YELLOW AND BELUGA 2.0

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Anything that is associated with Kanye West is automatically going to be extremely valued by consumers, especially his own sneaker collection with Adidas. Familiar by many streetwear enthusiasts, the Yeezy 350 V2 Boost had two different colourways drop this November; Semi Frozen Yellow and Beluga 2.0.

The Semi Frozen Yellow is one of the more… interesting colourways released for this specific silhouette, but also one of the most limited in quantity. There weren’t many places you could grab a pair, and if you wanted a pair to wear you probably had to cop from a reseller. I personally would never wear that specific colour, but I understand that the bright colours are beginning to trend and it’s not the last time we’ll see them.

The Beluga 2.0 release was much different. This release probably had the most pairs available for people to purchases, and several boutiques and stores were selling them. People who really wanted a pair were able to purchase, and resell price on them is much lower than the SFY. I would definitely wear this colourway of the sneaker, but I would probably never purchase them as I don’t consider myself a big enough fan of Kanye to be able to rock them.


AIR JORDAN 11 “WIN LIKE 82”

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Jordan brand goes back to Michael Jordan’s UNC days and drew inspiration from his game-winning shot in the NCAA Finals when making this sneaker. The Jordan 11 is one of the most iconic and recognized models from the Jordan line and I think Jordan brand did an awesome job with the colourway. However, this is the first time I’ve seen an Air Jordan 11 sit on shelves at stores and boutiques since I’ve started following the sneaker game. For anyone still looking for a pair of these, I’d check out your local boutiques to see if they still have any pairs. Resell prices on these are barely above retail, so if you really want a pair it’s definitely a viable option. The counterpart to this pair, the “Win Like 96” comes out this December and I’m highly anticipating this colourway.


PHARRELL X ADIDAS HU NMD TR COLLECTION

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Similar to Kanye, Anything that adidas releases that is associated with Pharrell Williams is surrounded by a ton of hype. For this release, Adidas incorporated a outsole designed for trail running on several different colourways with different text on each shoe. The stock for Canadians was extremely low on the Adidas website, so the resell value for these is quite high due to the scarcity of pairs. I personally am not a fan of this collection; the colourways are not my style and the outsole is something I can’t seem to get used to even after seeing it on a few models prior to this release. Hopefully Adidas and Pharrell will re-release different colourways of the original silhouette of the NMD that released sometime in 2016.


FEAR OF GOD X VANS COLLECTION

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A reoccurring theme in this month’s releases seems to be that there were several collaborations. Fear of God is a brand that has blown up in the past two years and with their mainline collection retailing into the thousands of dollars, it’s nice to see that this collection starts at about $120 CAD. Jerry Lorenzo is a mastermind designer and huge icon in streetwear fashion right now, making anything Fear of God extremely sought after. These were BARELY available in Canada, only releasing at very select boutiques across the country. Chances are you’ll have to pay extremely high resell prices on these pairs, and I would personally recommend against doing so unless you REALLY like the sneakers. I believe that you shouldn’t pay high resell prices for a sneaker that’s made of canvas and rubber that will eventually fall apart if you wear them enough. However, I understand that if you’re a collector and a huge fan of Fear of God you can easily make an argument for why you’d want to cop these for aftermarket value.


To conclude, those were just some of the more sought after releases this November; a month of several collaborations and naturally a ton of hype surrounding them. It’s only going to get crazier from here on as the year draws to an end, so stay tuned for what’s to come!

What are your thoughts on this month’s releases? Be sure to leave a comment about what you think about Novembers drops!