July was a very good month for sneaker fans. As summer got into full swing, the heat index of the sneaker releases rose as well. Nike, Jordan, and adidas each released shoes that not only captured the moment but also had a style that will endure for months to come. We combed through all the sneakers that came out to find the best of the best. These are the top 5 sneaker releases of July 2018.
If you are a fan of the Yeezy 500, then you were definitely excited to see the silhouette come out in a tonal black color. The Yeezy 500 is one of the finest examples of the chunky shoe trend in sneakers right now, and the dusty black color looked excellent on the suede and mesh upper.
In a sign of just how much overlap there is between the worlds of high fashion and streetwear, Vogue collaborated with Jordan Brand on this women's version of the Air Jordan 1. The sneaker's "AWOK" nickname comes from the acronym for "Anna Wintour OK," which is how the editor in chief of the fashion bible signs off on the stories that make it into each issue. This edition of the Jordan 1 has a zipper up the front in place of laces. But what really stands out about the Vogue x Air Jordan 1 is the quality of the leather on the upper. It has a richness and a texture that jumps out as soon as you touch the shoes.
Off-White mastermind Virgil Abloh returned to the Air Presto silhouette, with the release of the "Polar Opposites" pack consisting of a black and white pair of the deconstructed sneakers. (The black pair released in July, while the white Prestos came out in August, which is why they were not included in this list.) The dark colorway of the Off-White x Nike Presto really draws you in and forces you to take notice of all of the unique details that Abloh applied to the sneaker, down to the size of the stitching and the pattern on the mesh.
The Nike React Element is proof that a sneaker doesn't need to have a high-profile collaborator attached in order to generate excitement among sneaker enthusiasts. Sometimes all it takes is an innovative design that captures the moment. The Nike React Element 87 has a futuristic look with its translucent panels and textured midsole. But, with its cork insoles, the Nike shoes are also highly wearable and look good with just about anything.
Whenever Parra collaborates on a Nike Air Max 1 it is a big deal. And the Dutch artist's 2018 edition of the Air Max 1 is certainly no exception. With bold diagonal stripes and polka dot patterns tastefully placed across the shoe, Parra created a version of the runner that brings to mind both the city and countryside. The 2018 Parra x Nike Air Max 1 is destined to be one of the best sneaker releases of the year.