Sneakerheads are bombarded with news of upcoming releases on a daily basis. To save you some time from searching each and every site and leak account, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the onslaught and bring you a few noteworthy kicks that have captured our attention.
Today, PUMA has introduced an all-new sneaker franchise, referred to as PWRFrame. The first release from the series is the OP-1 PWRFrame, which will be arriving in just a matter of days. You can learn all about it below.
In other sneaker news, two staple footwear brands have teamed up to celebrate the great outdoors, as adidas and Vans have partnered with the National Park Foundation and Parks Project, respectively. The Parks Project x Vans project isn’t solely about product, however. This distinctive collaboration also includes a $250,000 donation.
Elsewhere, Nike is gearing up to deliver — you guessed it — another Dunk Low. You may be more interested in this one than most as of late, though, as the colorway references a past release.
Release Date: May 15
Where to Buy: PUMA.com, PUMA stores, and select retailers
Editor’s Notes: The OP-1 PWRFrame is an innovative silhouette blending street and vis-tech. While the sneaker stands out with its bold aesthetic, the underlying focus is functionality. The upper is constructed using more technical processes such as bonding and embroidery, paired with traditional overlay elements to deliver a streetwear focused design. The new tech utilized throughout the shoe is then highlighted by neon accents. Below, a continuous ring of support extends from the heel to the midfoot to provide the wearer with superior comfort and stability. Look for new colorways of the OP-1 PWRFrame to release throughout the summer.
Release Date: May 21 in Europe
Where to Buy: Nike and select retailers
Editor’s Notes: Nike is prepping the release of a new Dunk Low colorway that harkens back to the “Ugly Duckling” pack. This particular iteration is anything but (ugly), pairing a brown base with olive green overlays and gold-colored accents. Predominantly constructed from premium suede, the shoe is branded with the customary Dunk markings, including a Swoosh on the side, the Nike Sportswear logo on the tongue and footbed, and “NIKE” on the heel. A European release is being reported for May 21, with a stateside drop likely to follow.
Release Date: May 22 in Europe
Where to Buy: adidas and select retailers
Editor’s Notes: adidas has joined with the National Park Foundation for an intriguing collaboration centered around the ZX 10000 C. The thematic pair is a nod to one of the more breathtaking national parks in the US, Oregon’s Crater Lake. Showcased in an enticing color scheme, the collaborative ZX 10000 C is constructed from premium materials such as hairy suede, Cordura nylon, and leather, and branded with a Crater Lake National Park tongue patch and the National Park Foundation logo on the heel tab.
Release Date: TBC
Editor’s Notes: Vans’ latest joint foray is with national park outfitter, Parks Project, as the two have come together to show their appreciation for the great outdoors. The co-branded collection is comprised of apparel and footwear classics, emblazoned with Parks Project’s mission statement to “Leave It Better Than You Found It.” Led by the Slip-On and Sk8-Hi, the Parks Project x Vans collection is due to release very soon. As a part of the collab, the two brands will donate $250,000 to the National Parks Conservation Association.
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