Here were five of the best and five of the worst we saw in the month of June. It wasn’t a slow month by any measure, but there wasn’t anything like the frenzy that came back in May when Jordan dropped the Grape V’s. That doesn’t mean it was a slow month though. Here’s what dropped, and what you had to cop.
Nike Kobe 8 Elite Black / Metallic Gold
Black Mamba strikes again, with these Kobe 8 Elites in an absolutely sinister black and metallic gold colourway. An easy cop if you love Kobes, these are on track to be some of the most evil 8s yet. The perfect finish for an all-black everything look, it’s hard to hold ourselves back when we’re talking about these 8s. See the low profile! Look at that gold logo on the heel. Mmm!
Nike Barkley Posite Max in Gamma Blue
Chuck may not be a role model, but his shoe collection is worth looking up to. The man has worn some fine shoes in his time (the CB34’s being a personal favourite), but it’s hard to dispute how fly these Posite Maxes look. Top it off with a futuristic silver and blue colourway, and you’re definitely regretting not picking up these.
Air Jordan XI White/Black-True Red
The XI still remains one of the freshest shoes of all time. We won’t be seeing retros on the Concords, Space Jams or Columbias anytime soon, but this near-bred colourway helped us out with our XI addiction this month.
Adidas Originals Hackmore Blue / Purple – Black – White
Sometimes it can be hard to mess with three stripes. Everyone’s got at least one pair of shell toes, but some of their Jeremy Scott stuff has been just plain dumb looking. It’s really hit or miss. So these Hackmores in a wild throwback colourway has been a huge hit in our opinion. Love the strap, love the icy soles. Only complaint? What’s up with the oversized trefoil? Downsize the adidas logo and it becomes a must-cop.
SneakersNStuff x Reebok Kamikaze II – Polkagris
Alright, this is a bit of a cop out – this limited release only came out at Swedish sneaker joint SneakersNStuff, but it’s been awhile since there’s been a pair of Reebok’s this nice. The crsip colourway is based on Sweden’s famous polkagris hard candy. For the rest of us, we might as well just call ‘em candy canes. With the Shaqnosis drop date being pushed back, those looking for your Reebok fix might have to head to Stockholm. Or just pick em up online.
Nike Kobe 8 NSW Lifestyle “Mexican Blanket”
You should generally avoid making your shoes look like something your dog has been sleeping and pissing on for like, a month. Dogs love to bite the hell out of our shoes already. They don’t need any more encouragement.
Air Jordan XX8 Black / Bright Citrus – Cool Grey
Nike Kobe 8 System Challenge Red
Nike definitely drops a few colourways that are just reek of laziness. It’s not that the Kobe 8 is a weak shoe by any means – but there’s definitely the impression that sometimes, the guys at Beaverton like to go home early.
Don’t believe the hype.
Things to Look Out For in July
Reebok’s Shaqnosis Retro and the Jordan 4 Toro Bravo means nobody’s sleeping this July. Get your preorders in early on the Shaqnosis in particular.