October is a month of our favourite scents: pumpkin spice everything, falling leaves and, of course, whiffs of that new sneaker smell only a factory-fresh pair can provide. October was a great month for sneakerheads, especially with the release of a handful of new Nike LeBron 11s. However, for this sneaker update, we go beyond the ordinary for some really killer shoes. Get your hands on them while you can.
Nike Hyperdunk 2013 Mercury Grey/Metallic Silver
Adidas Originals GLC Black Gold
Reebok Pumpspective Omni Black/Blue/White
Air Jordan XX8 SE Bel-Air
We did what we could to keep this list from being dominated by all the new camouflage-print releases, but this one from Nike was too good not to mention. The Bel-Air’s multi-hued camo was released Oct. 5, sporting splotches of court purple, white, flash lime and gamma blue for a truly head-turning sneaker (the print even extends onto the bottom of the soles). Simple details like the heel tab, hidden eyelets and mesh panels make it a pair that doesn’t depend on a gimmick to sell.
Nike Air Flightposite Exposed
Oct. 26 saw the debut of the Flightposite Exposed, bringing back laces over the zipper closure other versions of the Flightposite have sported. However “classic” the colourway is, that zebra print is bugging us, and a transparent university red panel over it isn’t doing enough to hide it from our eyes, unfortunately. Some shoes seem to get textured prints right; others, such as this one, clearly don’t, ending up looking a lot more like a ski shoe than something meant to be worn on-court.
Nike Zoom Soldier 7 Laser Orange/Black/Court Purple/Gamma Blue
Reebok Shaqnosis GS Silver/Pink Snake
Peanut butter and jelly seems to be becoming a bit of an NBA favourite, so much so that Russell Westbrook recently was tweeted as having said that it’s what he misses most about playing basketball. Thus, we really wanted to shout out Nike’s KD 6 Peanut Butter and Jelly, which has its origins in one of Kevin Durant’s favourite kindergarten snacks. In a bit of sneaker news, we thought we’d also add that Grant Hill’s Olympic sneakers from the 1996 games have been recently inducted into Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, where they will be preserved from now until the end of time.