There’s nothing worse than trying to cop a sneaker and being met with a big fat L. Luckily for us sneaker enthusiasts, we have aftermarkets like Flight Club to give us a second chance at getting our hands on the freshest models and collaborations. September has been a great month for sneaker releases, from the instant sell-out J Balvin x Air Jordan 3 Retro to the return of the YEEZY Boost 700 ‘Wave Runner’. In this round-up, we’ll be dishing out our Top Kicks this month that are available right now on Flight Club. Read on to indulge in the fire and get a second chance at copping some heat…
After an early preview in June, the J Balvin X Air Jordan 3 ‘Medellín Sunset’ is first up. Boasting a predominantly beige exterior, this AJ3 iteration draws inspiration from a personal angle, relating to the artist himself. The tonal rear gives visual reference to the sunsets in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. Expressed in a spectrum of purple, orange and yellow hues, this eye-catching element brings a dynamic persona to the kicks – common within a J Balvin iteration. These sneakers are hyped for a reason.
With a backstory dating all the way back to 2005, sneaker connoisseurs are finally able to get their hands on the Terror Squad x Air Force 1 Low QS ‘Loyalty’. Originally created by Nike exclusively for rapper Fat Joe’s inner circle, a retail edition is finally available to buy almost 2 decades after its debut. The sneaker’s upper and midsole flaunts a crisp white base, adorned with baby blue accents within the heel, back tab, Swoosh and translucent outsole. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Terror Squad iteration without its signature branding. The ‘TS’ logo sits proudly on the lateral heel, whilst an embroidered ‘JC’ embellishes the back tab.
The Supreme x Dunk SB ‘Rammellzee’ lands as the latest collaborative endeavour between the global streetwear label and Swoosh enterprise. Utilising the Nike SB Dunk High and Low, the alliance centre the capsule around the late 80s artist Rammellzee, incorporating bold graphics from the creative himself. Visualised as vibrant artwork based on an off-white canvas upper, neutral tones throughout the Swoosh, eyestay and forefoot overlays provide the perfect complimentary exterior. As well as the Nike SB tag within the padded mesh tongue, the iteration is finished off with a gold ‘SUPREME’ dubrae ornamented on the laces.
Opting for an opposing colour scheme than its high top counterpart, the Dunk Low SB ‘Rammellzee’ presents a midnight black hue within the upper. Providing the perfect contrast to make the graffiti artwork pop, the black detailing sits above a gum rubber outsole. Additional to the dynamic steeze of the ‘Rammellzee’ capsule, both pairs arrive with the Supreme x Nike ‘WORLD FAMOUS’ hang tag.
Born and bred in a neighbourhood in Tokyo, Yuto Horigome is one of the greatest professional skaters of his generation. So, it’s safe to say that these Dunk Low SB’s are a true descent from greatness. Taking on a seamlessly muted palette of blues, browns and whites, the iteration maintains a white leather base. A buttery-soft brown suede graces the heel in conjunction with the outsole, complimenting blue-ish grey leather overlays. Following the theme of a neutral colouring, a cement grey Swoosh grounds the sneaker, differentiating the other shades. Setting this shoe apart from the average Dunk Low SB is Horigome’s cross-feather emblem, which sits triumphantly on both the lateral and medial sidewalls.
Arriving as part of adidas YEEZY’s final year in business following the Ye controversy, the partnership resurrects an iconic model from 2017. Following a handful of re-releases over the years, we now have a 2023 edition of the ‘Wave Runner’ colourway, much to the delight of people who rate the ‘dad shoe’ movement. The model expresses a plethora of fabrics including leather, mesh and suede, creating a textural experience that feels refreshingly contemporary.
Partnering with the renowned sneaker boutique Corporate, the Jordan Air Ship undergoes a vibrant Cincinnati-inspired reimagining. Paying homage to the location in which the retailer’s founder, Matt-Tomamichel, established his first store, ‘For The City’ proudly adorns the inner collar. The collaborative Air Ship exhibits a striking teal shade throughout the upper. The distressed base perfectly complements smooth leather overlays within the Swoosh, collar and forefoot making use of the head-turning hue. Equipped with the shop’s classic ‘GOT EM’ branding embroidered onto the heed and Corporate branding, this iteration is for the brave.
After 20 years of visionary collaborative endeavours, Clot and Nike unite one last time for the Clot x Nike Dunk Low ‘What The’. If you were to take a glance at this shoe without context, it’s likely that your reaction would be similar to the model’s title. However, with a closer look you’ll find elements of the Air Force 1 ‘1World‘, Air Max 1 ‘Kiss of Death’, Air Jordan 13 Low ‘Low Terracotta’, and the Dunk High ‘Flux‘, all shook up and spat out to give us a beautifully chaotic pair of kicks. The sneaker flaunts a mismatched plethora of textiles, hues and finishes that join forces to tell the story of Clot x Nike’s reigning history of innovative silhouettes. And if that wasn’t enough, the iteration is carefully packaged in a limited edition box for sneakerheads to reminisce as they adjust to a life without Clot x Nike collabs.
Created in partnership with Tobias McIntosh’s Crenshaw Skate Club, Nike brings a collective flair to their skate-centred Dunk Low SB. Inundated with attention to detail, the sneaker’s leather panelling references the palm trees of Los Angeles, a nod to McIntosh’s hometown. Palm trees aside – the generally light-toned palette creates a pleasant persona, coordinating the baby blue Swoosh to the translucent outsole and heel badge. Beneath the Nike Zoom Air Midsole and within the interior you can find a graphic of blue skies and a palm tree, as well as three boys playing with building blocks that spell out ‘CSC’. Not only does this sneaker bring the heat, but also gives flowers to a Black-owned brand that rightfully deserves them.
Make way for the A Ma Maniére x Jordan Air Ship “White/Black”, an effortlessly cool model that draws visual reference to the iconic basketball silhouettes of the 80s. The colourway of these timeless kicks does exactly what it says on the tin. Drawing inspiration from the golden era of basketball sneakers, the iteration reveals a pristine “White” leather base, abruptly contrasted by consistent “Black” accents throughout. The jet black detailing adopts the Swoosh, collar panel, tongue, heel tab and outsole, giving the model a timeless edge that’s extremely hard to dislike. A Ma Maniére branding sits proudly on the heel, whilst a branded silver tongue tag gives a premium finishing touch. And of course, conventional Nike Air branding doesn’t go a miss, additionally landing on the tongue and heel tab.
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