Between the sold-out releases of the Nike x Sacai Vaporwaffle and Travis Scott’s Air Jordan 6 collaboration, the past couple weeks have probably been agonising for sneakerheads.

Still, there’s always another pair of limited-edition kicks to cop. This May, some of the exciting new sneakers up for grabs are from collaborations with Commes Des Garçons, A Bathing Ape, and even Rick Owens. There’s also a couple of Air Jordan releases worth keeping an eye on, especially if you’re a serious collector.

For fitness buffs looking for high-performance shoes that will take their running to the next level, Adidas has refreshed its Ultraboost sneakers in vibrant new colours that will pop right off the track. But if you’re just shopping for something that looks fresh, maybe even get you a couple of compliments, Converse has just the thing.

Read on for all the new sneakers you need to get your hands on this May 2021.

Nike x Comme des Garçons Air Carnivore

For Spring/Summer 2021, Commes des Garçons unveiled its latest Nike collaboration: A refreshed take on the latter’s 1993 Air Carnivore sneakers. The Japanese label has stripped it of its colours, offering the mid-top sneakers in black and white versions that sport reflective 3M elements. Aside from the Nike-branded strap that featured on the original Air Carnivores, designer Rei Kawakubo has also included her label’s branding on the heel. The shoes aren’t exactly new — they were released in Tokyo last year — but now you’ll get the chance to own a pair at Dover Street Market Singapore and Comme des Garçons Hilton.

Price: S$500

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Converse x Beyond Retro Chuck 70 “Tropical Shirt”

Love Hawaiian shirts? Now, you can sport them even on your feet thanks to Converse’s latest collaboration with Beyond Retro, a European vintage clothing retailer. Using second-hand Hawaiian shirts sourced from across America, Converse has created tropical-themed uppers for its beloved Chuck 70s sneakers. The upcycled nature of the collection means that no two pairs are alike, but rest assured they’ll all feature a distinctive pattern of leaves and florals. The rest of the shoe is just as green: the laces are made entirely from recycled materials, while the outsoles, tongues and heels are partially crafted with recycled waste, polyester and cotton. Get yourself a summery pair online, or at Converse’s equally eco-friendly flagship store at Jewel Changi Airport.

Price: S$129.90 (low cut) and $139.90 (high cut)

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Adidas x A Bathing Ape Superstar

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Adidas x A Bathing Ape Superstar. (Image: Adidas)

Streetwear legend A Bathing Ape is bringing its beloved camouflage print back in a whole new way: Through a pair of Adidas Superstars. Besides its military-inspired pattern, Bape had made its mark on the cult-favourite sneakers with branding on the heel, the side, the laces and in the form of an ape graphic in gold foil on the tongue. For a sneaker collaboration that feels pretty nostalgic, this pair will surely be much sought-after for years to come. All pairs have been snapped up since their release on 7 May, but you can try hitting up StockX.

Price: S$270

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Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago”

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Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago”. (Image: Nike)

Speaking of nostalgia, remember the Air Jordan 1 KO? The sneakers, which were basically a canvas version of the leather AJ1s, first debuted in 1986, and were later re-released in 2010 and 2014. If you didn’t manage to snag a pair of the striking red, white and black high-tops in any of those years, you will now get another chance. Nike reissued them in its iconic “Chicago” colourway on its SNKRS app on 12 May, and the shoes are all sold out. You can, however, try to cop a pair via StockX.

Price: US$140 (S$186)

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Rick Owens x Veja Runner trainers

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Rick Owens x Veja Runner trainers. (Image: Mr Porter)

It’s a year of collaborations for Rick Owens, with the Paris-based designer teaming up with everyone from Dr. Martens to sportswear brand Champion over the last few months. Now, Owens continues his winning streak with sneaker label Veja with their fourth collection. This time, the two brands have updated Veja’s Runner Style 2 shoes in four new colours and sustainable materials: Recycled polyester for the upper, and a mix of sugar cane, banana oil, Amazonian rubber and rice waste on the midsole.

Price: S$370

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Reebok x Maison Margiela Tabi Instapump Fury Oxford

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Reebok x Maison Margiela Tabi Instapump Fury Oxford. (Image: Reebok)

Following iterations of Reebok’s Instapump Fury high-tops and Club C sneakers, Maison Margiela continues its partnership with the sportswear brand with the brand new Tabi Instapump Fury Oxford. As the name suggests, the shoes feature a Derby-inspired upper that’s split at the toe — a nod to the iconic Tabis. The shoes are also given a boost with a heeled boot design borrowed from the Instapump Fury. And they’re made all the more striking with three colourways: white, black and yellow/red.

Price: US$995 ($1,321.61)

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Adidas Ultraboost 1.0 DNA “ZX” pack

In terms of appearance, Adidas’ high-performance Ultraboost runners have not been the most adventurous. The sportswear giant is changing that with a new collection, fittingly inspired by its vibrant ZX sneakers that were staples of the ’80s acid house rave scene. The Ultraboost 1.0 DNA sneakers have been reworked into three new colour combinations: “Aqua” is almost entirely in light blue, down to the soles, with neon yellow accents; “Turquoise” has mint green uppers that are contrasted with a red sockliner, and “Cream White” features the most colourful stripes of all three. We don’t know a more motivating way to hit the track than by putting on a pair to show off to everyone else. The shoes are sold out, but you can snag a pair off eBay.

Price: S$265

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Air Jordan 11 Low “Legend Blue”

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Air Jordan 11 Low “Legend Blue”. (Image: Nike)

Nike has just rolled out the freshest pair of Air Jordan 11s you’ve ever laid your eyes on. Basically a rebranding of the “Columbia” colourway that was first unveiled in 1996, the new “Legend Blue” Jordans boasts a clean look consisting of a full white upper, black sockliners, and icy blue soles. The low-cut sneakers are also numbered on the insole with “25”, referencing the 25th anniversary of the colourway. If you missed the drop on Nike’s SNKRS app, try your luck on eBay.

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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore

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