New Year, New Sneakers: A Release Date Guide for 2021’s First Quarter

Air Jordan 1 Volt Gold

This fresh take on the classic Air Jordan 1 draws design cues from previous AJ1 colourways that left a cultural mark. The tongue features exposed foam and a transparent, reversed tag for a deconstructed feel, while tri-tonal colour blocking in Volt, Sail and University Gold adds a burst of bright energy to the timeless silhouette.

Release Date: January 16, 2021

Available from: SNKRS

Price: R2,799.95

PUMA x Peanuts

Teaming up with one of the most beloved comic strips of all time, PUMA has created a collection that’s as playful as it is iconic. They’re bringing the Peanuts into the here and now for this Ralph Sampson and Future Rider collab, featuring nostalgic graphics at the Formstrip and signature Peanuts’ colours.

Release date: January 20, 2021

Available from: PUMA.com, Archive, Shelflife

Air Max 95 NDSTRKT

Taking inspiration from the human body and Nike’s running DNA, the Air Max 95 NDSTRKT blends unbelievable comfort with head-turning style and street-ready toughness. The shoe’s name references its “indestructible” features, like updated “ribs” with durable webbing and a reflective design, and a TPU cage forged around the upper. Visible Air in the heel and forefoot nods to ’90s innovation and cushions with every step.

Release date: January 20, 2021

Available from: SNKRS, Jack Lemkus, Shelflife

Price: R3,499.95

Air Jordan 4 Starfish

Taking inspiration from space exploration, this style showcases the strength and beauty of the technical materials used in spacesuits. The upper is made from metallic mesh in black and Starfish Orange, complemented by matte TPU heel tabs and wings. Black mesh netting on the quarter panel and tongue bottom lead to a raw-edge construction on the tongue upper, exposing the foam material underneath. Hints of orange on the toe and heel of the rubber outsole complete the look.

Release date: January 21, 2021

Available from: SNKRS

Price: R3,499.95

Nike Waffle Racer Crater

Putting a fresh twist on the 1977 OG, the Nike Waffle Racer Crater combines super-plush Crater Foam with Nike Grind rubber details for a rugged, athletics-inspired look, weighing in with at least 20% recycled materials. The Crater Foam midsole is made from a spacey mix of 10% Nike Grind rubber and foam materials, while the speckled Waffle outsole is made from 15% Nike Grind rubber, making each pair unique and durable.

Release date: January 21, 2021

Available from: Archive, Jack Lemkus, Shelflife, Shesha

Price: R1,999..95

YEEZY BOOST 700 Sun

The YEEZY BOOST 700 features an upper composed of suede overlays and premium leather with mesh underlays and reflective heel and Three Stripe details. The full-length drop in boost midsole provides comfort and stability. The new “Sun” colourway has black, turquoise, and bright yellow panels atop a bright orange midsole.

Release date: January 23, 2021

Available from: adidas.com, Shelflife

Price: R4,499

Air Jordan 1 Low Gym Red

Inspired by the original that debuted in 1985, the Air Jordan 1 Low offers a clean, classic look that’s familiar yet always fresh. It’s made for casual mode, with an iconic design that goes with everything and never goes out of style. An encapsulated Air-Sole unit provides lightweight cushioning. Genuine leather in the upper offers durability and a premium look. A solid-rubber outsole enhances traction on a variety of surfaces.

Release date: January 23, 2021

Available from: Archive, Jack Lemkus, Shesha, The Cross Trainer

Price: R1,999.95

Nike Dunk Low UNLV, Sail, Black/White

Originally created for the hardwood, the Dunk later took to the streets—and as they say, the rest is history. More than 35 years after its debut, the silhouette still delivers bold, defiant style and remains a coveted look for crews across both sport and culture. The first three new colourways arrive in January for the Dunk Low — black/white, red/grey and sail/coast — and will bring new perspective to the Dunk’s iconic colour-blocking. The black/white comes in men, women and kid’s sizes; red/grey in men and kid’s sizes; sail/coast will be available exclusively in women’s sizing.

Release Date: January 23, 2021

Available from: Shelflife, Jack Lemkus, Shesha

Price: R1,799.00

Air Jordan 1 Low Purple Magenta

This offering of the low-top Air Jordan 1 features a mismatched look on the left and right shoe. In addition, the two use shades of Purple and magenta on the toe, Swoosh, and ankle. Navy leather covers the overlays and laces while White hits the panels and midsole. Lastly, a pale Yellow appears on the liner and insole on the left shoe while Light Pink hits the right shoe.

Release Date: January 25, 2021

Available from: Archive, Jack Lemkus

Price: R2,099.95

Nike Dunk Low Street Hawker

Despite its regional roots, Chinese food is cherished all over the world—and this delicious Dunk celebrates the beloved cuisine with a mismatched make-up representing half a dozen dishes that are sure to have your stomach rumbling. Watercolour graphics bring each meal to life, while a host of other deliberate details—including Chinese characters on each heel and an embroidered copper coin—nod to surrounding aspects of Eastern culinary culture. Feed your need for SB’s latest appetising creation before our kitchen closes for the night.

Release Date: January 30, 2021

Available from: SNKRS

Price: R1,999.95

Air Jordan 1 Mid University Gold

Dressed in a White, University Gold, and Black colour scheme. This Air Jordan 1 Mid features Gold on the perforated toe box, upper eyelets, ankle flap, Swooshes logos, heels, and branded insoles. White overlays and midsole with Black mesh tongues, matching-coloured laces, leather ankle collar, Wings logos, insoles, and rubber outsole completes the design.

Release Date: January 30, 2021

Available from: Cross Trainer, Jack Lemkus, Shesha

Price: R2,099.95

Nike Dunk Low Disrupt Copa

Recent times have seen a spotlight focused on the Dunk, with the silhouette appearing in a plethora of make-ups, ranging from groundbreaking collaborations to heritage-inspired retros. To extend the look’s legacy, we’ve built the Dunk Low Disrupt—a ladies-only, modern take on the design, which uses a platform stance and exaggerated proportions to create a unique feel. Extra dimension around the outsole and upper adds new energy to the shoe’s enduring design lines, while familiar details, like a low-cut, padded collar, support everyday wearability.

Release Date: January 30, 2021

Available from: SNKRS, Archive, Jack Lemkus, Shesha

Price: R2,099.95

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Ash Blue, Ash Pearl, Ash Stone

adidas Originals and Kanye West will be releasing a few new Yeezy Boost 350 V2 colourways during the early months of 2021. The trio offering of Ash Stone, Ash Blue, and Ash Pearl features a Primeknit upper in varying shades with a stripe going through the midfoot section. A two-tone Boost cushioned sole finishes off the design.

Release date: February 2021

Available from: adidas.com

Air Jordan 1 Mid Particle Beige

Dressed in a Particle Beige, Black, and Metallic Red Bronze colour scheme. This mid-top Air Jordan 1 features a Red Bronze tumbled leather upper with smooth Beige overlays paired with Black Swooshes and ankle collar. Wheat suede ankle flaps with White laces and midsole atop a Beige rubber outsole completes the design.

Release Date: February 02, 2021

Available from: Archive, Jack Lemkus, Shesha, Cross Trainer

Price: R2,299.95

Air Jordan 1 Mid Hyper Royal

The Air Jordan I arrived in 1985, immediately redefining what a basketball shoe could be. This model truly started it all—and we’re showing love with an updated drop featuring premium materials and a mid-top collar. A black base is combined with hits of Hyper Royal and white to form an understated, modern look that retains a classic feel.

Release Date: February 02, 2021

Available from: Archive, Jack Lemkus, Shesha, Cross Trainer

Price: R2,099.95

Nike Dunk High x AMBUSH Cosmic Fuschia

After making an appearance on the runway in New York earlier this year, this collaboration with Tokyo-based fashion label AMBUSH is finally set to be released. As the first female designer to partner with Nike and the National Basketball Association (NBA), AMBUSH® founder Yoon Ahn delivers a vibrant creation defined by signature, co-branded detailing and basketball-inspired aesthetics. In recognition of Japanese bike, car and truck culture, the Dunk’s original proportions are re-imagined, with Swooshes extending beyond the heel like bike pipes. “I thought, ‘How can I make the shoes almost look like this moving thing?'”, says Ahn. A prominent heel counter showcases an embossed wordmark on the shoe’s rear, with co-branded sockliners and tongue tags providing an additional, subtle twist on classic features.

Release date: February 4, 2021

Available from: SNKRS

Price: R3,199.95

Women’s Air Jordan I Silver Toe

This women’s release offers a twist on the Air Jordan I Gold Toe, switching out the patent gold from that model for “crinkle” silver — inspired by space innovation and the future of flight. The shoe’s colour blocking balances genuine black leather overlays on the toe, tongue and collar, a white quarter panel and midsole, and crinkle silver details on the ankle, heel and toe box. This model comes in extended sizing (women’s 5 up to women’s 16.5/ men’s 3.5 up to men’s 15).

Release Date: February 12, 2021

Available from: Jack Lemkus, Shesha

Air Jordan I University Blue

Familiar colours applied with a fresh colour-blocking scheme characterise this Air Jordan I Retro HI OG. The shoe brings genuine University Blue leather to the ankle, heel, toe and outsole, black on the Swoosh and collar and contrasts it with a white quarter panel, midsole, tongue and toe box. A black Wings logo with University Blue branding on the tongue finish off the model’s clean and classic detailing. 

Release Date: February 20, 2021

Available from: Jack Lemkus, Shesha

WMNS Air Jordan 1 Mid University Gold

Similar to the men’s release in January, the WMNS Jordan 1 plays on the black, white, and university gold colours throughout the shoe. This particular edition, however, has perforated leather uppers atop the white base, with the toe, ankle flaps, and mesh tongue in the university gold colour.

Release Date: March 15, 2021

Available from: Shesha

Nike Dunk High Syracuse

Last released in 2016 as part of the “Be True To Your School” pack of Dunk Highs, the Syracuse colourway makes a return this year, Dressed in a White and Orange Blaze colour scheme. This Nike Dunk High will look exactly like the original featuring an all-leather design decked out in the New York University’s team colours with a White base, Orange overlays and rubber outsole.

Release Date: March 19, 2021

Available from: Shesha

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