15 Must-Have Sneakers for Men and Women [Released May 2019]
Fashion trends are always on the move, and so are the new releases! We’re back with the latest on footwear fads of May 2019. If you’re a sneaker lover, be sure to keep scrolling to see our updates on all the gorgeous kicks.
As always, leading global brands are competing for your cash by putting out ingenious designs and features. Collaborations with creative superstars bring us stunning limited editions, and new product lines showcase the best of the brands’ innovative ideas. Each model is ground-breaking in its own way.
To spare you from too many choices, we’ve listed 15 of our best picks for May 2019 down below. Let’s see if any of these sneakers would catch your eyes!
1. VANS X HARRY POTTER COLLECTION
Wingardium Leviosa! Fly off into the magical world with the streetwear brand VANS and its enchanting VANS x Harry Potter collection. There are four models available: SK8 Hi, Old Skool, Authentic, and Slip-on.
The shoes feature house colors and emblems from the Harry Potter series. Get yourself sorted into Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin; you’ll feel like stepping right into the Hogwarts castle. Need we say more, Potterheads?
2. NIKE AIR JORDAN 1 HIGH OG X TRAVIS SCOTT
Nike Air Jordan works with Travis Scott, a famous American rapper, to bring you Nike Air Jordan 1 High OG X Travis Scott. The classic model is getting a makeover and a spanking-new iconic look.
The brown suede gives the shoes an original twist; there are also other sneaky details such as the reversed swoosh and hidden pockets where you can stash secret goodies. All these gimmicks make the model one of the most coveted items among international sneakerheads!
The price for Nike Air Jordan 1 High OG X Travis Scott is set at 175 USD (5,600 THB).
3. J.CREW X NIKE KILLSHOT “SAIL GREEN”
J.Crew, an American clothing brand, works with Nike on J.Crew X Nike Killshot “Sail Green”. These kicks are inspired by old-fashioned tennis shoes, as you can tell from the unmistakable yellow rubber outsole.
This iteration is a new release of the classic green colorway (after the brand has previously released blue and red tones). With these sneakers, you certainly go for a stylish vintage look. J.Crew X Nike Killshot “Sail Green is available for 90 USD (2,900 THB).
4. ADIDAS YEEZYBOOST 350V.2 GLOW IN THE DARK
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350V.2 “Glow in the Dark” is a brand-new model from the Yeezy line and one of the most anticipated kicks from earlier this year. This is because the shoes have a unique glow-in-the-dark technology. These phosphorescent kicks are sought after by many sneaker lovers even before their official release.
A collaboration between Kanye West and Adidas, the collection comes in striking neon green. Another highlight is the glow-in-the-dark outsole technology, which will let you carve your own path on your creative journey. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350V.2 “Glow in the Dark” is currently available for 250 USD (7,900 THB).
5. PUMA “CALIFORNIA DREAMING” COLLECTION
Puma and Diamond Supply Co., an LA-based skateboard and streetwear brand, are back together on another trendsetting project: California Dreaming.
Inspired by the beauty of California beaches, the aesthetic is channeled through four models: Classic, Clyde, Suede, and Cali-O. All four colorways - grey, black, ocean blue, and white - feature elegant and minimalist details on the genuine bleached leather.
The California Dreaming collection is available in adult and children’s sizes, so the whole family can have matching footwears for every breezy summer day.
6. Nike React Element 55 France Womens
Here’s one for the ladies! Nike React Element 55 France Women’s comes in French tri-colorway with cute details like navy polka dots on the toebox and tongue for a feminine, sporty look.
The tongue also features a large number ‘5’ to represent the model’s name - Element 55. The reflective Nike Swoosh will illuminate your every step even in the dark night.
But the real highlight is the famous French quote “Nos Differences Nous Unissent” (Our differences unite us) screened on the outer side. The quote was seen on the shirts of the French football team during the 2018 World Cup. Nike React Element 55 France Women’s sells for 130 USD (4,200 THB).
7. FRIENDS X NIKE KYRIE 5
Kyrie Irving’s love for the ‘90s series “Friends” translates into bright and colorful sneakers that embody the characters of the NBA star’s favorite series.
The shoes have a new shock-absorbing system nestled in the curve of the outsole. With this technology, you can enjoy any extreme activities at every step of the way. Nike Air Zoom Turbo is available on Nike.com at 4,600 THB.
8.THE CACTUS PLANT FLEA MARKET X NIKE AIR VAPORMAX 2019
This unique model is born from the collaborative effort of Nike and Cactus Plant Flea Market (CPFM). The latter is a streetwear brand known for its hip ‘DIY’ fashion. Together, they’ve recreated Nike Air VaporMax by adding some distinctive designs.
The upper is greenish grey/black with new details like the turquoise Nike Swoosh that reminds us of LED neon flex. This bright tone is matched by the green & red outsole, giving the shoes stunning futuristic vibes.
The sneakers also feature other original details such as the “Just Do It” slogan and a smiley face emoji on the heel, which provides a playful touch. The good news is Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike Air VaporMax 2019 is available right now for 8,500 THB. The bad news? They only come in women’s sizes. (Don’t feel too bad about it, boys.)
9. Adidas Consortium Ultra Boost 2019 Collection
Adidas Consortium Ultra Boost 19 is one of the brand’s most recent collections in 2019. Coming in three colorways for Asian, European, and US markets, these kicks are inspired by Adidas’ vintage running shoes. This time, the classic silhouettes are brought back with a full range of new technologies.
The single-molded Boost foam outsole means these shoes can absorb more impact and provide you with superior comfort whether you’re running marathons or strolling down the street. The upper uses Primeknit technology, which makes it flexible and fit snugly on your feet.
Adidas Consortium Ultra Boost 19 sells for 220 USD (7,000 THB).
10. NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LOW “IVORY SNAKE”
Another one of Nike’s classic sneakers, AIR FORCE 1 LOW “IVORY SNAKE”, returns just in time for its 23rd anniversary.
Also known as Nike AF1 Python Snake, this special edition is available only in Asia after its initial launch in 1996. The shoes still feature the classic white NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LOW look, contrasted by the snakeskin print on the Nike Swoosh as well as the heel counter.
The kicks come with matching socks, so you can walk around town while looking extra fine and fresh. You might need to hurry if you want one of these bad boys, though. The limited edition is up for grabs now at 160 USD (5,100 THB).
11. SACAI X NIKE “LD WAFFLE”
After leaked images from Paris Fashion Week circled around the media, Sacai X Nike “LD Waffle” has become the topic on the lips of every sneakerhead around the world. The cutting-edge design is a joint effort of Nike and Sacai, a Japanese high-end brand and Nike’s creative partner.
The collection is a result of the brands’ reimagination of their classic models. Expected to be a hit in the 2019 sneaker scene, Sacai X Nike “LD Waffle” combines the silhouettes of the ‘70s running shoes such as Nike Waffle Daybreak and Nike LDV.
The unconventional double Nike Swoosh and tongue add a dash of modern style, while the mainstay ‘Waffle’ outsole provides extra grip on the ground. This particular model is available in two colorways - Varsity Blue/Del Sol and Green Gusto/Safety Orange - for 180 USD (5,800 THB).
12. ADIDAS ZX 4000 4D “BLACK ONIX”
Adidas Originals ZX 4000 4D takes the ZX line from the ‘80s and combines it with Adidas’ most recent and advanced technologies. These include the flexible and ultra-light Primeknit and the digitally-printed 4D midsole, which helps distribute the force and absorbs impact.
The stylish Black Onyx upper is a great balance against the grey accent and red tongue. A pair of Adidas Originals ZX 4000 4D can set you back 350 USD (12,000 THB).
13. NIKE AIR JORDAN 1 X NIKE SB ”LAKERS”
Air Jordan 1 joins with Nike SB to bring you the much-hyped, color-changing model. When scratched or bruised, the exterior paint will chip away and reveal the inner layer. These kicks come in Lakers Purple and Light Bone, with the Lakers Purple shifting into red/purple and Light Bone going from grey to pink/red.
Nike is inspired by the skateboard culture during the ‘80s - a time when Air Jordan 1 was all the rage among the skateboarders. As you can imagine, those kicks saw much wear and tear from the owner’s active lifestyle.
That’s why this edition features the ‘worn-away’ paint, which isn’t a defect or blemish, but rather a gimmick to make the shoes extra special. (However, this isn’t Nike’s first run with color-changing sneakers. The brand had released the chameleonic Lance Mountain Air Jordan in 2014.)
Nike Air Jordan 1 X Nike SB “Lakers” is currently available for 175 USD (5,600 THB).
14. AAPE+ by A Bathing Ape Spring/Summer Footwear Collection
A Bathing Ape, a line from the hip Japanese streetwear brand BAPE, releases a new collection of sock sneakers: AAPE+ Awakening EX (EX stands for “Element X”).
The silhouette closely resembles Balenciaga’s Speed Trainer, save for the adjustable strap around the ankle for better fit and comfort. Wearers with different foot anatomy can adjust the tightness to their personal preference.
The upper is made with ultra-light and super breathable fabric, which uses advanced textile technology. If sock sneakers are your thing, you should try slipping into these. AAPE+ Awakening EX sells for 150 USD (4,800 THB).
15.Nike Adapt BB Colorway
Nike Adapt BB offers cutting-edge technology that can be controlled from your smartphone. Returning this month with a brighter colorway, the collection is compatible with the Nike Adapt app on iOS and Android. The app lets you adjust the tightness and the LED colors, which makes the model stand out from other Nike shoes.
For a pair of these sneakers right out of Back to the Future, you’ll need to drop 350 USD (11,000 THB).
What do you think about our list of eye-catching kicks released in May? We hope you like at least a couple of them. Whether you’re buying them as a present for yourself or as an investment, just get out there and grab ‘em ASAP. We’ll be seeing you in next month’s edition of the recently released sneakers list. Until then, don’t forget to save up some bucks!