Sole Academy has quite the reputation for its sneaker releases. As far as lifestyle kicks go, it’s pretty hard to top their launches in terms of exclusivity. Sole Academy’s track record of #veryrare sneaker releases lists the Yeezy Boost 350s (in both Turtledove and Pirate Black), the collette x Asics Gel Lyte III, the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilators, and the Hypebeast x Puma Blaze of Glory "Siu Mai" Pack among them. It’s clear that their partnership with these big brands is pretty solid.
So as the Sole Academy Sneaker Carnival—no doubt their biggest event to date—draws closer, one can’t help but imagine what releases they have lined. Sole Academy is promising over 20 new and exclusive sneaker releases reserved for November 29, the day of the event. That means they’ve been holding back a lot of heat, and they’re ready to let it all burst out at the festivities.
So to prepare sneakerheads for the upcoming shoe cataclysm, SA has been dropping hints and outright announcements about their major drops. We’ve gathered what we know, and here’s what you can expect:
You can be certain that these sneakers are going to drop at the event, as Sole Academy’s social media accounts have either announced them or shown them in teasers that are fairly obvious to the trained eye.
New Balance 574 “Fresh Foam”
A lifestyle application of one of New Balance’s finest running technologies results in an incredibly comfortable pair of everyday retro runners.
New Balance MFL574PD “Polka Pack”
One of two polka dot pattern retro runners dropping at the event, both of which go great with preppier, cleaner outfits, and even suits.
New Balance MTL574PD “Polka Pack"
One-third of the New Balance Polka Pack, and an olive alternative to the navy MFL574PD that's also dropping at the Carnival.
Footpatrol x Asics Gel Lyte III
You can be sure that when British sneaker boutique Footpatrol collaborates with Asics, the result will catch fire. Last year's Footpatrol Asics Gel Kayanos were done up in olive suede for a military look, and this year, they've done the same with the Gel Lyte III.
Naked x Asics Gel Lyte V “Hafnia”
Danish women's sneaker shop NAKED joined forces with ASICS for a teal-toed, salmon-back Gel Lyte V that even the boys are going to want a piece of.
Stampd x Puma R698 “Desert Storm Pack”
LA Streetwear staple Stampd expertly applies off-white, grey, and black to the silhouette of the Puma R698, using premium suede, leather, and 3M detailing.
Limited Edt x Puma Blaze of Glory “SG50”
Singapore recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence, so Limited Edt decided to celebrate with a Puma collab. Inspired by no less than the Merlion, this Blaze of Glory is done up in scale- and fur-like materials, with huge hits of reflective 3M material.
ICNY x PUMA Trinomic R698 “X3M Pack"
Yet another Puma collab done up in generous reflective material, this pair of ICNY x Puma colorways have bright piping, which gives them a futuristic look.
Sneaker Politics x New Balance 999 “Case 999”
As if there weren't enough New Balance runners in ultra-premium materials, this Sneaker Politics collab comes along. The Boston-based sneaker shop paid homage to HBO's True Detective and the Louisiana police department with navy, brown, and red with paisely and stripe detailing.
Premier x New Balance M998 “PRMR”
Coming straight out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, skate and sneaker destination Premier partnered with New Balance for a pair of M998s that pay tribute to the Ford Model T, which rolled off the assembly line in Detroit.
Limited Edt x Asics Gel Lyte III “Vanda”
As yet another tribute to Singapore's 50th birthday, Limited Edt brought out an Asics colorway that's inspired by the country's national flower: the Vanda 'Miss Joaquim,' also known as the Singapore orchid.
adidas Pure Boost 2 Black
As the sequel to the widely successful and Kanye-cosigned adidas Pure Boost of 2014, the Pure Boost 2 does not disappoint, especially in simple colors.
Asics “Champagne Pack”
The Asics Champagne Pack is a pretty outrageous application of metallic colors on sneakers, with a Silver Gel Lyte III and a Gold Gel Lyte V that are both perfect for the holidays.
Reebok Ventilator “Gundam Pack” MS-06S Zaku II and RX 78-2 Gundam
If you're even remotely into Gundam, this pack should interest you. Reebok caps off a strong year for the Ventilator with two colorways inspired by the Zaku II and RX 78-2 Gundams.
If this teaser image is to be believed, then Sole Academy should also be dropping some Reebok Instapumps, some adidas Stan Smiths, some adidas ZX Fluxes, Puma Disc Blazes, some Nike Prestos, some adidas Tubulars, and the Nike Payaa at the Carnival.
At this point, these is pure speculation based on the teaser image, and the colorways are anyone's guess.
BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE:
Looks like Yeezy season is back for another round!
The Sole Academy Sneaker Carnival is happening this Sunday, November 29, at the SM MOA Concert Grounds. Gates open at 12 noon. Click here for more event details.
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