2014 continues to be rife with major headlines at every corner, and while the January, February, and March updates kept us on the edges of our seats, April has proved to be one of the most eventful month yet. The official unveiling of significant models like the Air Jordan XX9, the revelation of a two-pair Pack with Penny Hardaway’s name, and the confirmation of Nike Retro that sneaker enthusiasts have clamored for is just the hint of what went down over the last thirty days.
While there’s a ton more to give you a heads up on (like the Air Jordan 6 “Brazil” and the Nike KD 6 Elite “EYBL”), we’ve compiled the ten most important sneaker headlines right here. Some reveal a new and upcoming release, while others provide commentary on the state of the sneaker game (the Supreme Foamposite debacle proves that this shoe from ’97 is still a powerful force in the game). Without further ado, 10 Sneaker Headlines To Remember from April 2014 is just below.
The Nike “What The” LeBron 11 and KD 6 Is No April Fools Joke
Had it been a joke, it would’ve been a cruel one. But Nike was entirely serious when it unveiled the Nike “What The” Collection in the LeBron 11 and KD 6. The shoes will release on May 31st (LeBron) and June 7th (KD).
Nike Unveils The Kobe 9 Elite Low
Apparently, you can have the Kobe 9 in three ways; Nike unveiled the Kobe 9 Elite Low in four super-limited HTM renditions, but more wide releases are in the works for May.
Jordan Brand Unveils the Air Jordan XX9
The latest Jays is always headline news, and on April 17th, Jordan Brand delivered with the first look at the Air Jordan XX9.
The First Two-Pair Penny Pack
Nike will unleash the Nike Lil’ Penny Posite to U.S. consumers with the help of the Air Foamposite One. This limited “Shooting Stars” Pack is slated for a release on May 17th.
Air Jordan 11 “Columbia” For 2014
Not much of a surprise here, but always worth keeping on the radar; the Air Jordan 11 “Columbia” (aka Legend Blue) will hit stores later this year.
Jordan Restocks on Eastbay, Foot Locker, and Almost Nikestore
Eastbay and Foot Locker restock a mass collection of Air Jordan Retros in large sizes. Nikestore has one in the books as well, but it has since been postponed to a later date not yet confirmed.
The Latest in the Kanye West x adidas
Kanye West is the single reason why adidas has gained so much more attention from U.S. consumers. The latest updates tell us that Kanye’s works with adidas will first be revealed internally in June and will later release to the public in late 2014/early 2015.
Foamposite Madness Revisited, Courtesy of Supreme
The release of the Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One caused quite a stir in New York City and Los Angeles. It quickly reminded us of 2012’s Galaxy Foamposite release, which is the sole reason why Nike put a complete stop to late-night campouts.
Nike SB Presents The Air Jordan 1 By Lance Mountain
We knew it was coming, but we’re still astounded. Nike SB unveiled Lance Mountain’s vision of the Air Jordan 1; it consists of one “Bred” shoe and another “Royal”, with each pair painted in white or black.
The Command Force Is Coming Back
One of the most memorable Nike Basketball models in history is making a return in 2014. The first images tell us that it will be true to form, although the functionality of the air pump module is still undisclosed.