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Ten Can’t Miss Sneaker News Headlines From January 8th To January 14th




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Though 2022 is only 14 days old, it’s already given us dozens of headlines to engage with.

NIKE, Inc. teased and confirmed handfuls of Air Jordan, Nike Dunk, Nike Air Force 1, and Kyrie Irving and LeBron James-backed pairs, but arguably no sneaker permeated the mainstream consciousness quite like news that the North American sportswear behemoth notified some corporate employees that they’d be fired on Saturday, January 15, for not complying to COVID-19 vaccination protocol did. Countless savvy and casual spectators alike took to social media to share their opinions on the decision — which makes room for religious or medial exemption — with some individuals criticizing the Swoosh for not severing ties with the aforementioned Irving, who’s vocalized his strong stance against the COVID-19 vaccine’s current form. Technically, the Brooklyn Nets guard, currently in his eighth signature basketball sneaker (Nike Kyrie Infinity), isn’t an official employee of the company; the thousands of factory and retail workers employed by the brand have also been excluded from the recently-enforced policy, though that may change given health and business concerns. Vans and Supreme’s parent company VF Corporation also announced a similar employment termination process for its corporate workforce, leading many non-complying individuals to ask the conglomerate, “What happened to ‘family’?”

adidas acquired Reebok in 2006, and sold it in mid-August 2021. While several spectators criticized the move, in particular because the Massachusetts-based brand sold for a price below what the Three Stripes had bought it for 16 years ago, others have praised the move as it will enable the United Kingdom-founded company to do its own thing. Half a year after the change in ownership, the vector-logo brand has shared handfuls of Reebok Question colorways, suggesting it’s going “all in” on Allen Iverson‘s legacy. Collaborations with the Eames Office, A$AP NAST and A BATHING APE have also assisted the century-old company from further modifying its identity for the current age. The Three Stripes continues to push mainline offerings like the Ultraboost 22 and adidas Forum, but no propositions continue to draw consumers to the German sportswear behemoth quite like adidas Yeezy. Ye – the being formerly known as “Kanye West” – hasn’t left the headlines since the tail-end of 2021 due to his romantic conquests, and in the sneaker space, divisive designs the likes of the Yeezy 450 and YZY NSLTD BT continue to garner attention for the 44-year-old. There’s no telling what the former-Mr.West will do between now and his appearance at Coachella in April (and up to the end of 2022), but the man is sure to give the world a lot to talk about.

For a look at all that and more, including an interview with Jordan Brand Chairman Larry Miller, check out our top headlines from January 8th to January 14th here below.

NIKE, Inc. To Fire Some Unvaccinated Corporate Employees

Effective Saturday, January 15th.

READ MORE: Nike Fires Unvaccinated Employees

Purple Patent Leather Appears On The Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT


READ MORE: Purple Patent Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT

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Mismatching Colorways Take Over The Nike Dunk

Remaining dominant.

READ MORE: Mismatch Safari Dunk Low

READ MORE: Rose Whisper Dunk Low

READ MORE: Pineapple SB Dunk High

READ MORE: Gold Silver Dunk Low

READ MORE: White Grey Dunk Low

READ MORE: Green Navy Dunk Low

READ MORE: Multicolor Dunk Low

READ MORE: Grey Barbershop Dunk Low

adidas Yeezy 450 “Cinder” Revealed

Ye continues making headlines.

READ MORE: Yeezy 450 Cinder

READ MORE: Blue Tint Yeezy 350


Kyrie Irving And Sneakerroom Extend Partnership With “Mother Nature”

Limited to under 2,600 pairs.

READ MORE: Sneakerroom Kyrie 7 Mother Nature

READ MORE: Black Green LeBron 19

READ MORE: GT Jump Space

The New Balance 550 Set To Release In White And Grey

As fresh today as it would’ve been in 1989.

READ MORE: White And Grey New Balance 550

Nike Unveils The Waffle Debut, A $70 Shoe

Budget-friendly and stylish.

READ MORE: Nike Waffle Debut

This Week In Reebok Questions

Ready to take over 2022.

READ MORE: Eggplant Reebok Question

READ MORE: Julius Erving Reebok Question

READ MORE: Alive With Color Reebok Question Low

READ MORE: The Answers Reebok Question Low

READ MORE: Reebok Solution Mid

Interview With Jordan Brand Chairman Larry Miller

A redemption story.

READ MORE: Jordan Brand Larry Miller

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This Black-and-White Nike Dunk Is Restocking Soon




Available in both men’s and women’s sizing.

After surfacing in the “Pale Ivory” iteration this week, we now have a look at another women’s exclusive style of the Nike Dunk coming in 2021.

Shared by Solebyjc on Instagram yesterday is a first look at the Dunk Low in the “White/Black/White” colorway. This pair keeps it simple with a white-based upper that’s paired with black overlays appearing along the toe box, heel counter and Swoosh logos. The contrasting color scheme also works its way onto the tooling with a white midsole and black outsole.

In addition to this shoe, there are more Nike Dunks reportedly releasing in 2021 including a handful of High colorways for women.

As of now, a release date for this women’s exclusive Nike Dunk Low has yet to be announced by the brand, but according to the leak account, this pair is slated to drop in early 2021. Stay tuned to Sole Collector for updates.

UPDATE (02/26/21): Nike has confirmed that the women’s exclusive “Black” Dunk Low is releasing on March 10 via SNKRS for $100. Grab a detailed look below.

UPDATE (01/20/22): After releasing several times since its official drop last March, the black and white colorway of the Dunk Low is restocking again in both men’s and women’s sizing on Feb. 2. Both versions of the shoe will be available at for $100 each. 

Nike Dunk Low 'Black/White' DD1503-101 Lateral
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Nike Dunk Low 'Black/White' DD1503-101 Medial
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Nike Dunk Low 'Black/White' DD1503-101 Top
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Nike Dunk Low 'Black/White' DD1503-101 Heel
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Nike Dunk Low 'Black/White' DD1503-101 Outsole
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Prada and Adidas Are Asking Fans to Help Create an NFT




Here’s how to participate.

Fresh off of their recent “Re-Nylon” Forum collection, Prada and Adidas Originals are dropping another collab soon, and this time it’s on an NFT.

The Three Stripes announced today that its latest project with the Italian luxury fashion label is an ambitious digital project that requires participation from 3,000 fans to create an NFT, which will be brought to life by renowned digital artist, Zach Lieberman. Starting on Jan. 24, fans can create a digital wallet at and create an NFT for a chance to be featured in this project. A total of 3,000 individual tiles will be used, compiled into one piece, and minted into a single NFT.

The final Prada x Adidas NFT will be auctioned off at digital art marketplace SuperRare from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31, with portions of the sale benefiting the climate-focused organizations Slow Factory and UNESCO Sea Beyond, with a portion of sales split between the creators of the tile artwork. All 3,000 fans who assisted in the creation of the NFT will be able to return to the aforementioned website and mint their photo contribution as an NFT for free.

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Only 19 Pairs Of This Air Jordan 5 “NFL Helmet” PEs Were Ever Made




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Every so often, there’s a sneaker so extremely rare it almost never sees the light of day. This Air Jordan 5 “NFL Helmet” PE is just one of those pairs, and only a select few — 19, to be exact — will ever see these in their collection at a time.

This Player Exclusive was only issued out to athletes affiliated with the brand. In colorway and design, the shoe is made to resemble a football helmet, whose gloss is mimicked by way of a white patent leather. What’s more, the protective gear’s warning label is also plastered on the shoe’s heel adjacent to the striped decal and “23” marking. The netting and tongue offer unique finishes as well, opting for a gradient-rich and iridescent treatment, respectively.

For a closer look, check out the imagery below, which was provided by sneaker collector @englishsole. This will likely be one of only a few times you’ll ever see detailed photos.

In other news, have you seen the hemp-constructed Air Max 95 Ironstone?

Photos: @englishsole

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