We’ve made it—we’re officially a quarter of the way through 2020. The first few months of the year in sneaker culture have been defined by hyped collaborations and a resurgence of a certain skate-leaning shoe that has everyone from Virgil Abloh to Travis Scott lining up to reconfigure its timeless design. Follow along as we take a quick look back at 10 of our favorite releases of 2020 so far (in no particular order). As always, Stadium Goods has all of these models and more in stock and ready to ship.
It felt like we were waiting in anticipation for Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection with adidas forever. To the surprise of absolutely no one, nearly every item within the range sold out within minutes of its release, including an Ultra Boost, two colorways of the Nite Jogger, and a Super Sleek 72 all decked out in the collections’ maroon and orange color scheme. In a bout of indecisiveness, we’ve decided to include all four shoes here because they’re just that great.
We’ve spoken at length about why the Air Jordan “UNC” colorway is one the greatest sneaker colorways ever—in case there was any doubt about such a notion, the Jordan 3 “UNC” puts all of that to rest. A variation of the shoe first appeared on-court during the 2018 NCAA Men’s March Madness Tournament as a player exclusive colorway for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
Sacai and Nike ran it back earlier this year, releasing two worthy follow-ups to 2019’s successful run of LDWaffles. Both the “Black Nylon” and “White Nylon” are more subdued than earlier versions, but still pack a powerful punch and continue the “doubled up” mantra of doing everything in pairs: two Swooshes, two tongues, two sets of laces, and two soles.
Following a plethora of great adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 colorways, Kanye swooped in and dropped the next phase of the series, the Yeezy Boost 380, to keep us on our toes. Originally thought to be the successor to the 350 V2, the shoe was actually rebranded as the 380 instead of the Yeezy Boost 350 V3. Both the “Alien” and “Mist” design carry an extraterrestrial aura thanks to a patterned Primeknit upper that resembles the surface of a planet in another galaxy far, far away.
You can stop digging through musty thrift shops for Air Jordan 1s from the ‘80s. The Jordan 1 ‘85 “Varsity Red” might as well have been brought into 2020 in a time machine. The shoe is equipped with upgraded materials, correct panel shapes, and a higher cut for true-to-original authenticity.
Nike decided the timing was right to bring back two colorways of the original “Be True to Your School” pack of Dunks from 1985 as part of the shoe’s revival in 2020. Dedicated to two of the more famous programs in college basketball, the “Syracuse” and “Kentucky” colorways take us back to the 1980s when New York City hoops legend Pearl Washington was rocking the same white and orange Dunk Low on court as an Orangeman.
A restless creative, Kanye West has made a habit of tinkering with various aspects of his work until he’s content. His adidas Yeezy 700 MNVN is the result of such efforts, as it breaks away from the suede and mesh construction of previous iterations in favor of an all-new formula that welcomes additions like large reflective branding and a nylon upper.
Why are we big fans of the Off-White x Air Jordan 5? Well, it’s a combination of that sweet OG “Nike Air” branding on the heel, the shoutout to the Jordan 2010’s clear windows, and that yellowed sole, the latter which effectively tells the world that sneakers are meant to be worn.
There are two things we know Travis Scott is fond of: Nike Dunks and amusement parks. After bringing his madhouse of fun on tour throughout 2018 and 2019, he dropped off an eccentric, skateable Dunk earlier this year that still has the sneaker world buzzing. Scott even appeared in a grainy promotional video for the shoe ahead of its release to help stoke excitement, not that we needed any more reasons to be hyped for a collaboration of this magnitude.
An early contender for sleeper collaboration of the year, the Joe Freshgoods x New Balance OMN1S gives everyone’s favorite fun guy Kawhi Leonard’s signature its first collaboration and boldest look as part of the “No Emotions” collection.