2019 is already off to a pretty dope start in the sneaker release market that is. While our elected officials fight over a government shutdown, Nike and adidas seem to be ramping up their competition. By the looks of it, we are in from some awesome treats this coming year. Sure, there is lots of talk about who high fashion needs to move on from sneakers, but something tells us that will not happen. Here are some of 2019’s earliest releases that have us pumped (and yes we expect some Reebok Pumps to come back) for what’s to come this year.
 adidas Originals Lexicon Future
The sneakers that Jonah Hill made famous have an official launch date. Expect these mesh upper with a chunky adiPRENE midsole are expected to drop January 26th. We prefer the tan, active purple-shock with red lacing colorway. Sure they feel a bit Miami Vice, but that’s a good thing right? These, in both color ways, will retail for $120. Find them at adidas.
 A-COLD-WALL* x Nike Zoom Vomero +5s
The new colorways of the A-COLD-WALL* x Nike Zoom Vomero not only compliment the monochromatic versions that launched late last year but in our opinion heighten the silhouette. We dig the pre-distressed look and love the black, white and chocolate colorway. There is no release date yet but keep checking Nike Lab for updates.
 sacai x Nike Blazer Mid
First seen during the Japanese brand’s SS19 Paris Fashion Week, the sacai x Nike Blazer Mids look to come in two colorways, yellow/white/red/black and blue/black/white. They feature 2 of everything, because why not? Two laces, two doubled padded tongues, two Nike swooshes, and two midsole mudguards. Rumors have it that these are expected to drop mid-February. Keep checking Nike Lab for updates.
 adidas Originals SC Premiere
The adidas Originals SC Premiere is a modern version of old school Tennis sneakers. If you are a Stan Smith kind of person but want to up your game a bit, these are perfect for you. They are clean, crisp and subtle. Expect these to drop January 24th at adidas.
 Nike Air Max2 Light ‘University Gold’
There is something about the Nike Air Max2 Light that feels like childhood. Yes, Nike is continuously putting out new retro colorways on old, and yes, that can be boring. But this rendition is anything but boring. You can find these at StockX starting at $169.
 Air Jordan Why Not ZerO.2 Russell Westbrook
Much like everything else about Russell Westbrook the Air Jordan’s should not work but do. Unlike other Jordan’s that tend not to fit a player’s brand, the Not Zer0.2 are very much so Russell Westbrook. They are multi-colored, multi-textured, multi-everything. They are undoubtedly welcome on any court and add a little something more for us fans to look at while watching a game. Find these over a Nike.
 Nike M2K Tekno Rich Olive
A 2018 silhouette we are not yet tired of, in a colorway we don’t think we will ever get tired of. A chunky dad shoe that feels light on the foot, that nails the current winter color trend. Expect these to drop January 17th at Nike.
Last’s years collaboration made it into our Best Sneakers of 2018 list. And we are pretty convinced that the latest that we saw grace the Kiko Kostadinov FW19 Fashion show will make it into this coming year’s list. No drop date yet, but we are pumped for these.
[9 +10] Sankuanz x PUMA SS19
During their SS 2019 Paris Fashion Show, Sankuanz unveiled it’s latest collaboration with a nostalgic color scheme. We dig the neon green accents with the pop of blue. Expect the Sankuanz x Puma capsule collection to drop February 2nd at Puma.
 Jerry Lorenzo’s “Likght Bone” Nike Fear of God
You might not love them. Hell, you might find the Nike Air Fear of God 1 weird, but you got to give Fear of God and Nike some credit for not only coming up with a brand new silhouette in an abyss of the same ol’ recycled color kicks we have become accustomed to. We love the bone color and expect to see a lot more bone this coming spring and summer. Perhaps you can say we got a boner for some bone colored sneakers? These are sold out but you can find them at stockX for the starting price of $829.
 Virgil Abloh x Louis Vuitton
There has been a lot of talk about the new Vigil Abloh LV sneakers. Most of which goes along with “we expected more.” We don’t disagree. However, think about the brand he is designing for. Changing a nearly 200-year-old brand is hard. With that in mind, we are excited for these and where this leads the brand in 2019. Remember this is Abloh’s first big sneaker as the creative director of the brand. There will be more. Keep an eye out!