Year 2022 was lit with all the heat dropping left and right. From must cop collections to drama that had us shook, it was a non stop ride. But don't worry sneakerheads, January may be a chill month, but hold onto your hats as 2023 is about to be lit with even more fire kicks yet to be seen.
Here's a sneak peek of some of the hottest releases we're hyped for this year:
Air Jordan Reimagined "Black Toe" - Despite Jordan Brand exploring other iconic styles in Michael Jordan's collection of signature sneakers, they continue to release new versions of the Air Jordan 1. High-profile collaborations, such as Travis Scott, are set to move on from the 37-year-old design in 2023, but the subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. will not - at least not until they release the model in a “Black Toe Reimagined” version.
Currently, this is just a rumour from credible sneaker leaker @jfgrails, but it would not be surprising if the Swoosh conglomerate is looking to capitalise on the success of the Lost & Found retro from November. A similar “aged” Air Jordan 3 “White Cement” has already been confirmed as part of Jordan Brand’s Spring 2023 Retro Collection. The last proper “Black Toe” reissue took place in 2016, but there have been numerous non-High versions of Michael Jordan's first signature basketball sneaker that have been released with similar colour blocking since.
If the rumours of an Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe Reimagined” are true, the shoe is expected to feature the same “cracked” leather throughout the upper, with the most visible “wear” appearing at the collar. The midsoles will also likely have a slightly-yellowed finish to create a vintage aesthetic. It's important to note that the final product (if it is released) may follow a different concept, as the “Reimagined” series had a different meaning before the “Lost & Found” 1s. Nevertheless, a “Black Toe” retro would be warmly welcomed by the sneaker community.
Air Jordan 4 "Thunder" - Following the re-release of its 'Lightning' counterpart in 2021, the well-known Air Jordan 4 'Thunder' is scheduled to return in 2023. The "Thunder" and "Lightning" versions were first made available in 2012.
The pattern will be a mirror image of its partner this time. Its popularity grew as a result of earlier references to the initial release, such as the "Red Thunder" model that Michael Jordan himself was observed sporting. It is anticipated that the 2023 release of the Air Jordan 4 "Thunder" will delight fans of the original model.
Air Jordan 4 "SB" - Little is known about the upcoming Air Jordan 4 SB, but it's believed to be coming out in Spring with two colourways, triple black and green/white, according to zSneakerHeadsz
The design is expected to be similar to the classic Air Jordan 4 with additional cushioning, and will feature "Nike SB" on the heel instead of "Nike Air". If released, it's expected to be a strong contender for sneaker of the year.
Air Jordan 1 High OG “Celtics” - Jordan Brand is releasing a new version of the Air Jordan 1 High OG in a classic Celtics colourway. The shoe features quality leather construction and is said to be inspired by the Jordan 1 OG Celtics model from 2013. However, this version comes in Black, Lucky Green and White hues, without the Metallic Gold detailing.
The shoe features Nike Swoosh, Jumpman and Wings logos in Black and Lucky Green tints.
There's no official release date yet, stay tuned to Crepslocker and sign up to our coming soon page for release dates.
Air Jordan 1 High OG “University Blue” - A new hue of the Air Jordan 1 will be inspired by Michael Jordan's alma mater, the University of North Carolina.
The new shoe will include an OG-styled "Black Toe" colour blocking with a white, University Blue, and black colour scheme, according to leaker account @zSneakerheadz University Blue will be used for the heel counter, toe box, and outsole of the shoe, and "Nike Air" branding will be seen on the tongue tag.
Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Black Toe” - As we reflect on the year 2022, there have been many notable sneaker releases, including the re-release of the Air Jordan 3 Fire Red and the introduction of Tom Sachs' Nike General Purpose Shoe. However, there are still many exciting releases planned for the rest of November and December, such as the Air Jordan 1 Lost & Found and the Air Jordan 11 "Cherry." But, it seems that 2023 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for sneaker releases. Alongside new versions of classic styles, we can expect to see more attention given to the Air Jordan 1 Low OG. Rumours suggest that the Jumpman brand will be releasing a "Black Toe" colourway of the silhouette.
According to a mock-up that has been released, this upcoming Air Jordan 1 Low OG will closely resemble the original "Black Toe" design in terms of colour blocking. The pair will feature the same shades of red, black, and white, but with a lower profile. Overall, this release is sure to be a hit with fans of the classic style.
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