After an eventful summer full of exciting releases from just about every sneaker behemoth in the market, the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Pirate Black colorway may be the shoe to top off an incredible sneaker season. With the next biggest release from Adidas and Kanye West stealing much of the spotlight and conversation in the sneaker community, Modern Charmant takes a look, in no particular order, at 5 August releases that may have been overlooked amongst the Yeezy hype.
#5: ASICS Gel-Lyte V “Red Mamba”
The ASICS Gel-Lyte V “Red Mamba” is the third installation of ASICS’ “Mamba Pack”. The shoe, named after the dangerous and well-known Mamba snake, utilizes a snakeskin-like upper that adds a unique texture, pattern and look to the shoe. The ‘Red Mamba’ iteration is a tonal red, with everything from the upper, the sole and the laces adopting a deep, bold red silhouette. The upper is composed of mostly leather, with the signature ASICS vector utilizing a suede material. Just as noticeable as the Mamba snake itself, these are a killer sneaker that stands out above the rest of the competition, with all red sneakers becoming a truly popular look as of late. The ASICS Gel-Lyte V “Red Mamba” is Modern Charmant’s favourite sneaker from ASICS’ Mamba Pack, and is available now at select retailers.
Official Release Date: August 15th, 2015.
Retail Price: $130 USD.
#4: adidas Originals Hamburg ( Collegiate Navy)
With adidas‘ biggest release of the summer right around the corner, the adidas Originals Hamburg may have slipped right through the cracks. Named after the birthplace of adidas, the Hamburg utilizes the signature three stripes on both the lateral and medial sides of the sneaker, with the lateral side also donning the word ‘HAMBURG’ embossed in gold stitching. A hint of gold is also found on the tongue where the classic adidas symboling usually sits. The Hamburg also comes with a unique gum sole that sees a squared out pattern along with the adidas originals logo and calligraphy appearing along the sides and wrapping around the rear of the shoe. The shoe’s rear swaps out the usual adidas logo for a Hamburg castle. Collegiate Navy is the true standout, yet the shoe also comes in a Collegiate Burgundy colorway.
Official Release Date: August 11th, 2015.
Retail Price: $225 USD.
#3: Nike Air Flight Huarache “Black Croc Suede”
This summer, it has truly been the Triple White and Triple Black Nike Air Huaraches that have stolen the silhouette’s spotlight. However, the Nike Air Flight Huarache “Black Croc Suede” may just be the most impressive Huarache of the year thus far. As opposed to the Triple Black or Triple white silhouettes, the Black Croc Suede is a hightop, tonal black sneaker that incorporates a crocodile-skin imprint along the majority of the shoe’s upper, wrapping around the top of the ankle. Other than the look and texture change that comes along with the crocodile-skin alteration, the sneaker stays true to the original silhouette of the Air Flight Huarache. As tonal black sneakers will always be a safe and popular go-to, the Black Croc Suede Huarache makes for a more stylish and unique option than others.
Official Release Date: August 17th, 2015.
Retail Price: $170 USD.
#2: Air Jordan Son of Mars “Marvin The Martian”
It may seem a little surprising to see any Jordan-related shoe landing on this list. However, with the excitement around the Air Jordan 7 Retro “Marvin The Martian”, the Son of Mars silhouette flew, for the most part, well under the radar of many sneaker fans. Staying true to the recognizable Son of Mars silhouette, the Marvin the Martian is for the most part a cool, tonal black sneaker highlighted with bright green and red accents on both the sole, tongue and rear. A wolf grey tone makes its way into the shoe as well, just along the midsole. The Marvin the Martian colorway may be the most impressive Son of Mars colorway we’ll see this year.
Official Release Date: August 8th, 2015.
Retail Price: $160 USD.
#1: New Balance MT580 Elite ‘Pinball’
With exciting new designs, silhouettes and colorways coming out from New Balance every other day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with all of their impressive releases. The MT580 ‘Pinball’ is one New Balance trainer that cannot be overlooked. With most of the shoe’s upper consisting of a dark navy, the MT580 is quickly brought to life with soft red, gold and grey accents. The MT580 incorporates a handful of colours as well as textures, covertly paying homage to the many different components of an arcade pinball game. The NB 580 Elite Pinball may be one of New Balance’s standout offerings of not only August, but the entire year.
Official Release Date: August 1st, 2015.
Retail Price: $165 USD.