Balenciaga Phantom, Prada x adidas and other new cop sneakers

There are red-hued styles in this to-cop sneaker list, just in case you’re building a whole new Chinese New Year wardrobe.

We know you’re busy shopping for cuts in CNY, but you don’t want to miss all the sneakers releasing this week. Instead of Nike and Air Jordan, the most exciting shoe releases actually come from luxury brands like Balenciaga and Prada. The former unveiled an all-new silhouette that may well become the Triple S of the 2020s, while Prada and adidas are taking it back to the 80s with their minimal versions of the Forum sneakers.

Line up your shoe collection with these styles and more of our other favorites, which we highlight below.

This new smell of sneakers:

Adidas Forum 84 Low “Team Power Red”

(Photo credit: Adidas)

When: Available now


Like Michael Jordan, we are big fans of the Adidas Forum. If you haven’t picked up a pair of iconic basketball sneakers yet, now is your chance. Three Stripes unveiled the shoes in a simple yet striking colourway of red accents against white suede and leather overlays. The midsoles, meanwhile, come in a cream hue that nods to vintage trainers. Talk about timeless.

11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi x Salomon Bamba 2

11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi x Salomon Bamba2 Low sneakers
(Photo credit: SSENSE)

When: Available now


These aren’t exactly new – they’re part of the 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi Spring/Summer 2021 collection – but they’re pretty hard to get your hands on. Fortunately, SSENSE has just restocked the German cult brand’s full range of shoes made in collaboration with Salomon, meaning these Bamba 2 beauties can finally be yours. The only problem is choosing between the high and low styles (see above), as well as the many colors available like purple, pink and blue-black. Each pair is crafted from mesh, leather and the much-loved GoreTex, plus they’re hand-dyed with BBS’ signature grungy technique. In other words, no two pairs are the same.

Balenciaga Phantom “Cities Series”

Balenciaga Phantom sneakers in faded pink
(Photo credit: Balenciaga)

When: Available now

Or: Balenciaga, Farfetch

Is it still possible for Balenciaga to excite us with sneakers? The answer is an obvious yes, following the release by the luxury brand of its new Phantom silhouette. Unveiled as part of the Balenciaga Cities collection, the shoes resemble classic ’90s runners and come in a range of colors from faded gray to neon green and even pink (seen above). Buy yourself a pair before Kim and Ye make it nearly impossible to do so.

Prada x adidas Forum “Re-Nylon”

Prada x Adidas Forum
(Photo credit: Prada)

When: Available now

Or: Prada, Adidas

As part of their Re-Nylon collection, Prada and adidas release the iconic Forum sneakers in Prada’s signature recyclable nylon fabric. The limited-edition shoes will be available in high-top and low-top styles, with a choice of refreshing all-black and all-white colorways. We’d invest in a high-top pair like the one above, as these shoes resemble the adidas OG basketball silhouette while featuring a removable pouch that nods to Prada’s signature nylon bag. Complete the look with athleisure pieces from the rest of the collab.

New Balance 990v4 “Made in USA”

(Photo credit: New Balance)

When: January 14

Or: TO FINISH. Clothes

Why waste a good thing? New Balance celebrates the 40th anniversary of its iconic 990 shoes with this new release. Offered in the classic all-grey colourway, the sneakers look a lot like the original 990s that Steve Jobs wore. They’ve also been crafted with premium mesh and suede, so they’ll be with you for another 40 years.

Header photo courtesy of Balenciaga
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