2020 has been a year of constant delays and canceled releases, leading to many disappointments and unwanted refunds. This year, however, sneaker manufacturers are making a solid comeback which has gifted us with arrays of hyped sneaker releases and May is definitely among the best in 2021. Today, we go through our picks for the Best Sneakers of May 2021!
We’ve got some ground to cover so without further adieu, let’s get right to it!
Air Jordan 11 Low Legend Blue
Released on May 7th for $185, the Air Jordan 11 Low Legend Blue released as a retro to one of the most sought-after Jordan 11s in existence.
Originally released in 1996 for the NBA All-Star game. The Air Jordan 11 “Columbia” or Legend Blue was on the feet of Michael Jordan when he won the MVP award, however, that was a controversial decision which is a story for another time.
First re-released in 2014, the Air Jordan 11 Legend Blue sold out instantly and was highly sought after. The 2021 version saw a very similar release, having been sold out everywhere within minutes.
This Air Jordan 11 sports a duel-leather construction in crisp white shades. The top-half features perforated side stripes while scuff-guards and mudguards feature smooth patent leather. The likes of which also extend all the way to the heels.
White throats enveloped in clean white laces is only contrasted by ice-blue “Jordan” tags. Going up, the plain white tongues are contrasted by black sock liners. White midsoles and ice-blue translucent outsoles complete the design.
They sneakers dropped via select retailers and Nike SNKRS on May 7th.
Adidas Yeezy 500 Enflame
Debuted in 2017, the Yeezy 500 proved that Kanye can even make “Dad Shoes” look cool. That didn’t stop these from becoming the butt of the joke, however, they still sold out with people willing to pay hefty price premiums for a pair.
The Adidas Yeezy 500 High Enflame had a delayed release date from April to May and sold out instantly. That might be due to the divergence of color tones used for this model.
Uppers consist of a mixed match of materials including premium suede, leather, and mesh. Chocolaty brown mesh covers the underlays, providing a regal background for the navy overlays. Overlays feature blue and washed suede eyelet panels while toes rock a light tan suede material.
Midsoles are elevated by adiPrene technology while vibrant orange outsoles finish off the design.
These sought-after Yeezys released on May 8th for $200 Via select retailers and adidas.com/Yeezy.
Stingwater x Nike SB Dunk Low Magic Mushroom
The Stingwater x Nike SB Dunk Low introduced Stingwater’s founder, Daniel Kim, to the world of sneakers.
This SB Dunk Low has a fitting moniker, magic mushroom, which nods at a certain red and white mushroom with its bold appearance. Uppers feature bright red overlays with white polka dots, highly reminiscent of a typical “Fly Mushroom”.
Underlays, on the other hand, feature red leather with jeweled Swooshes on the sides. Coupled with the jeweled Swooshes are dripping “stingwater” texts that add another layer of detail.
Mushroom grills-inspired sock liners and translucent soles finish off the look. These SB Dunks dropped Via Nike SNKRS on May 10th for $125.
Air Jordan 1 High OG 2.0 Shadow
The Air Jordan 1 High “Shadow” debuted as an OG colorway in 1985 however, re-released in 2009 for the first time.
Then after 4 iterations, Jordan Brand dropped the Air Jordan 1 High OG 2.0. Which is a more lifestyle sneaker relative to its earlier counterparts.
Uppers feature a leather and suede construction. The former is shrouded in jet black that covers the side panels, toe boxes, and throats. These lead up to nylon tongues with grey “Nike Air” branding.
The latter is featured on the scuff-guards, Swooshes, rears, and collars. Crisp white midsoles and black outsoles finish off the design.
These Jordan 1 Highs dropped via Nike SNKRS on May 15th for $170. You’ll likely find these on anyone’s list of Best Sneaker Releases of May 2021.
Undefeated x Nike Kobe 5 “Hall OF Fame”
In celebration of the late Kobe Bryant’s induction into the hall of fame, Nike and Undefeated partnered up for a fitting tribute to the NBA legend.
These sneakers feature metallic golden uppers. Likely a nod at the championships under the Mamba’s name. Golden laces cover royal purple throats and charcoal tongues with matching branding.
Crimson Swooshes, metallic golden midsoles and purple outsoles complete the look.
This hyped sneaker dropped on May 15th Via SNKRS for $190 per pair.
Ambush x Nike Dunk High Deep Blue
Ambush and Nike came together once again for an explosive collaboration on the Nike Dunk High.
Following the Lethal Pink and Black/White colorways, the deep blue separates itself well. Smooth leather side panels and perforated toe boxes lead up to a pair of white throats.
Overlays feature the titular “Deep Blue” on the scuff-guards, eye stays, rears, and collars.
Throats are wrapped in black laces while blue nylon tongues with “Ambush” branding provide contrast. The signature detail is perhaps the hyperextended black Swooshes that seem detached at both ends.
White midsoles and deep blue outsoles complete the design. This exciting collaboration released on May 18th via SNKRS for $180. If you missed out on copying a pair, don’t worry! They release stateside on June 15th.
Nike Dunk Low Lemon Drop
Among the barrage of Nike Dunk Lows, non have a more peculiar inspiration that the Dunk Low Lemon Drop.
This Life-Style Nike Dunk Low features tumbled leather underlays. Meanwhile, premium suede overlays in a citrus-inspired hue cover the toes, eye stays, and rears. Near the rear quarters, an embroidered lemon sits peacefully below the lemon-textured Swooshes.
White midsoles and tan rubber outsoles add the finishing touches. These highly anticipated sneakers dropped on May 20th for $100 in women’s exclusive sizing.
Nike SB Dunk Low What The P-Rod
The Nike SB Dunk Low What The P-Rod, as the name suggest, pays homage to Mr. P-Rod himself. Paul Rodriguez!
This SB Dunk Low takes design elements from the duo’s collaborative history together. Both sneakers feature mismatched color tones and textures, giving off a “What The” vibe. Similar to the Nike SB Dunk Low “What The” (2007).
Both sneakers feature hints at past collaborations. Such as the Championship lace ornament from 2020’s PR Nike Dunk High. Mismatched midsoles and outsoles finish off this wild design.
With that, we finish off our list on the Best Sneaker Releases of May 2021! Stay tuned for more monthly lists on the most highly anticipated sneakers and a lot more!
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