Without a shadow of a doubt, the past seven days have been some of the most hyped in the entire year. From the late and great Virgil Abloh to the iconic J. Balvin, the sneaker collaboration game was truly on point this week. Better yet, all of these colorways are available right now at Ox Street, so if you managed to take L then we've got your back. If you see any other pairs that you think should have been on this list, let us know over on Instagram and don't forget to follow us as well for the best content that the Asian sneaker community has to offer!
When the Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low "Brooklyn" was first teased earlier this year, the sneaker community completely froze over. One of the last sneakers that Virgil Abloh worked on before his untimely passing back in November, the special edition colorway released this week to celebrate the opening of the "Figures of Speech" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Painted in "Light Spark Green," this will no doubt be one of Abloh's most sought-after sneakers ever. Equipped with "Metallic Silver" Swooshes and all of the delightfully deconstructed details that we've all come to love, now is the time to secure your size as prices are only going to go up from here.
After dropping a multicolored Air Jordan 1 back in 2020, José Álvaro Osorio Balvín is back with another coveted Jumpman collaboration, this time with the J. Balvin x Air Jordan 2 Retro "Celestine Blue." While this pair definitely isn't as eye-catching as his AJ 1, it's fitted with a ton of unique details that we promise you won't find anywhere else. From the leather heel counter that's done up in cloud graphics to the LED winged basketball that's fitted onto the tongue, this is a one-of-a-kind collaboration that deserves a spot in every sneakerhead's collection.
If the first two sneakers are a bit too wild for you, then you should definitely consider the New Balance 650 "White Red." Inspired by the iconic 550 silhouette that debuted during the basketball boom of the '80s, this 650 colorway pays homage to one of the OGs. Dressed from heel to toe in leather, perforated panels feature across the laterals and medials, where you'll also find a bright red "N" logo. A plush nylon collar makes these insanely comfortable both on the court and on the street, and to round it all off, the Boston company's signature italicized brand mark is printed right on the back, finalizing the design.
If you're an old school sneakerhead, you'd probably recognize the Nike Air Max 1 "Crepe Hemp" from 2004. One of the silhouette's most-discussed colorways, it has officially made a comeback to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the AM 1. Featuring the exact same shape, structure, and colorway as the original pair from 18 years prior, it has also returned with the iconic hemp construction that we all know and love. A lime green Air bubble sits underfoot for added comfort, and it's all rounded off with a healthy dose of gum rubber for added traction with every step. Took a L back in 2004? Now's your chance.
And last but not least, we have another high heat shoe from the Massachusetts-based sportswear giant. Made in partnership with Carhartt WIP, the Carhartt WIP x New Balance 990v1 "Dark Navy" arrives in a dark blue fuzzy suede with co-branded detailing on the tongues and heels. An ENCAP midsole makes these insanely comfortable for everyday wear, and this all comes packaged within a special edition shoe box. Oh, did we mention that this 990v1 is part of NB's Made in USA line? That means that you're guaranteed a quality sneaker that will last for years to come.