The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Review of the Latest Sneaker Releases

Sneaker culture has exploded recently, with new releases dropping left and right. Keeping up with the latest trends and deciding which pairs are worth the investment can be challenging for sneakerheads. However, you have come to the right place. We have scoured the market to bring you an honest and comprehensive review of the latest sneaker releases, separating the game-changers from the disappointments.

Whether you’re looking for a fresh pair of kicks to add to your collection or want to stay in the know, this article covers you. So sit back, relax, and get ready to dive into the world of the newest sneaker releases.

Latest Sneakers At a Glance:

Product Name
Customer Ratings
Nike Kobe 6 Mambacita
Nike Kobe 6 Mambacita sneakers
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Currently Unavailable
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In Stock
4.5 out of 5
AUD332.94 – AUD363.34
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In Stock
5.0 out of 5
Balenciaga and Adidas Triple S
Balenciaga and Adidas Triple S sneakers
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Balenciaga and Adidas
Air Jordan 3 “Muzlin”
Air Jordan 3 “Muzlin” sneakers
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In Stock
5.0 out of 5
AUD589.34 – AUD612.30
Converse Sponge Graters
Converse Sponge Graters sneakers
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Maison Margiela X Reebok Tabi Split Toe
Maison Margiela X Reebok Tabi Split Toe sneakers
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Balenciaga Paris High
Balenciaga Paris High sneakers
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The Good 

  1. Nike Kobe 6 Mambacita

Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the late Kobe Bryant, made headlines in 2021 when she decided to let her husband’s deal with Nike expire due to the company’s inability to agree on new conditions for renewal. However, in March 2022, the Bryant estate and Nike announced a new partnership to increase production volumes and focus on outreach to young basketball players. The first sneaker released as part of this new collaboration was the Kobe 6 Protro “Mambacita,” a colorway designed to pay tribute to Kobe and Vanessa’s late daughter GiGi.

The Mambacita sneaker is a popular Kobe style, featuring a simple black-and-white color scheme with accents that pay tribute to both Kobe and GiGi. The Bryant family established the Mambacita Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting underprivileged athletes. All proceeds from the Mambacita sneakers were directed towards this organization.

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In 2022, JJJJound proved that the dad shoe trend is still relevant in the sneaker industry. They collaborated with the most significant running shoe company, making hype beasts clamor for a reflective mesh runner. The brand’s take on the ASICS Gel-Kayano 14 was one of the most popular releases of 2022 and is typically worn by people who don’t give their footwear any thought. Critics pointed out that JJJound’s version forced customers to pay high resale prices for a shoe that they could have bought for less than $100 on the ASICS website. However, creating a shoe that stands out in an overcrowded market is still impressive.

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At the end of the year, the best sneakers are typically recognized, but nothing compares to a retro release of the most fabulous shoe of all time by Jordan Brand. Even the most vocal celebrity designers who create their own interpretations of Michael Jackson’s sneakers cannot match the enduring popularity of Jordan’s iconic designs. The latest rendition of the Chicago 1, which has not seen a proper retro release since 2015, features intricately cracked leather and yellowed soles that provide a vintage feel, as if the sneakers were discovered in the basement of a mom-and-pop sporting goods store. The Chicago 1 has always been a fan favorite, and this new interpretation is no exception.

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The Bad 

  1. Balenciaga and Adidas Triple S

The Balenciaga x Adidas Triple S collaboration was released in November 2022 and quickly gained popularity, helping to spark the trend of chunky “dad” sneakers. However, the trend has shifted towards sleeker, more minimalist designs, making the Triple S feel outdated and bulky. The shoe’s exaggerated, 3-layered outsole has people comparing it to horse hooves, leading some to question the aesthetic appeal of the shoe. In addition to the design, the price point of the Triple S has also been a point of criticism. Priced at more than USD 1000, the shoe is generally considered expensive, which can be excessive given the trend towards more affordable and sustainable fashion.

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  1. Air Jordan 3 “Muzlin”

The Air Jordan 3 “Muslin” has garnered attention, as some have dubbed it the “poor man’s Ma Maniere 3.” However, such comparisons are unfair, as the sneaker’s canvas material feels noticeably cheap and lacks the premium quality of its more expensive counterpart. While some may find ways to customize the shoe and make it look better, it’s unlikely to become popular among sneaker enthusiasts. Ultimately, the Air Jordan 3 “Muslin” fails to deliver the quality and style expected from a brand with such a prestigious reputation. It is not likely to attract many fans unless significant improvements are made to its construction and design.

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  1. Converse Sponge Graters

The new Converse Sponge Crater sneaker is a surprising departure from the company’s iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars, renowned for their timeless, low-tech canvas basketball shoes. This mule-cut sneaker features a moulded foam body and an upper that resembles knit socks, showcasing cutting-edge, high-tech materials. 

However, while this sneaker may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it is a bold move by Converse to incorporate such innovative materials and design elements into its lineup. Its unique style is turning heads and pushing the boundaries of what we expect from a sneaker; people seem unhappy with them.

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The Ugly 

  1. Maison Margiela X Reebok Tabi Split Toe 

The Maison Margiela x Reebok sneaker collaboration is one of the most obscene shoes we’ve seen. While it’s not the ugliest, it’s undoubtedly the most inappropriate.

Take a moment to look at these sneakers. They look like what most people refer to as the “butt-crack sneaker.” Reebok must have thought this was their big break at “cracking” their way to the top, but it’s hard to see how anyone could take these shoes seriously.

While we appreciate artistic expression and unique design, this collaboration missed the mark. The butt-crack sneaker is simply vulgar and offensive, and it’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to wear them in public. And, we hope both brands will think twice before releasing something so tasteless.

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  1. Balenciaga Paris High 

While some controversial shoe designs are out there, the Balenciaga “pre-distressed” sneakers take the cake for being one of the worst shoes ever. These sneakers have so many things wrong with them that it’s hard to find anything suitable.

First off, the appearance is just plain offensive on so many levels. Balenciaga has always pushed boundaries, but this shoe is a step too far. While pre-distressed sneakers have been around for a while, there’s a vast difference between pre-distressed and destroyed. These shoes look like they’ve been run over by a truck!

The worst part is the price tag: a whopping $1,850! It’s hard to imagine anyone paying that much for a shoe that offers no durability, style, or comfort. It’s a shame that Balenciaga would even release such a poorly designed, overpriced shoe.

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Some of the latest sneaker releases have been innovative, comfortable, and stylish, while others have been underwhelming and lacking in creativity but the good news is that everything is for everyone, from classic designs to cutting-edge technology. It is up to the individual to decide what works for them and what doesn’t. As always, it is essential to do research before purchasing to be confident that you are getting a product that meets your needs and expectations. The future of the sneaker industry looks bright, and we can’t wait to see what the subsequent releases will bring.

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