Welcome back to GRM’s Top Tier Trainers, our guide to the coldest creps dropping each month!
As if this years summer sneaker schedule hadn’t given us enough gems already, September is shaping up to be a standout month for cold creps and steezy sneakers.
Highlights from this month’s collections include a revival of a beloved Jordan 4 colourway, the unveiling of a brand new Jordan 1 KO, the revolutionising of a classic Tinker Hatfield era design and an honourary crep to commemorate the founding of the NBA 75 years ago.
With festival season in full swing, cop yourself some standout creps to perfect that festival fit with our curated selection of jealousy-inducing trainers dropping this September!
2ND SEPTEMBER – NIKE AIR MAX FURYOSA RATTAN OBSIDIAN
In recent months, Nike has continued to push the boundaries on new-age unconventional silhouettes that appear futuristic and nostalgic at the same time. The Nike Air Max Furyosa was first unveiled in May to the delight of sneakerheads and officially drops on the Nike SNKRS app across Europe on the 2nd of September.
This rainbow rendition ditched the previously seen greyscale monochromatic look and instead leans toward a vibrant mix of bright yet tonally cohesive hues. A crisp “Summit White” base with a “Rattan” tan upper is brought to life by the fresh accenting of “Obsidian” texture on the toecap and “Mustard” laces comparable to the Air Max Viva wrapping around the entirety of the shoe.
3RD SEPTEMBER – AIR JORDAN 4 ‘SHIMMER’
Don’t be fooled because although the Air Jordan 4 ‘Shimmer’ may at first glance appear unchanged from Off White’s own rendition of the classic silhouette, it is in fact Nike’s own interpretation of the highly collectable colourway.
This is a strong contented for hottest women’s exclusive crep of the month as fans have been religiously waiting for Nike to circle back around to the ‘Shimmer’ aesthetic. All through the ‘make-up’ inspiration for this design is a little subtler on this version, the entire upper still hints at neutral make-up palettes whilst the soft burnished browns of quality bronzer still incorporate a sleek make-up inspired theme. The addition of a mirror-polished Jumpman logo adds a touch of sophistication to an already well-rounded design concept.
4TH SEPTEMBER – AIR JORDAN 1 KO ‘STORM BLUE’
Ahead of the release of Billie Eilish’s upcoming ‘Volt Green’ versions of the Jordan 1 KO, Nike is testing the waters with the ‘storm blue’ colourway of the sought after silhouette. After enjoying a fruitful re-release earlier in the year, the Air Jordan 1 KO is now a welcome addition to the official Jumpan collection rotation.
The design approach on this version is very similar to the colour blocking on the Chicago colourway released earlier in the year but instead swaps out the crimson red for a deep ‘storm blue’. The signature material used on the KO is used around the entirety of the shoe, only being disrupted by the dark black leather hues of the contrasting Swoosh and heel.
4TH SEPTEMBER – AIR JORDAN 6 ‘BORDEAUX’
This may not look like the Bordeaux Jordan that you have grown to love over the years, nonetheless, this rendition is the spiritual successor of the authentic ‘Bordeaux’. After becoming a standout colourway of the Jordan 7 re-release, Nike has crafted this nostalgia-inducing retro colourway that could have come right off the set of Back To The Future II.
Dropping in just a few days, the design features steezy black-textured overlays and a luxurious grey suede base that creates a perfect platform for the satin ‘Bordeaux’ tongue to dance across an otherwise ordinary design. The addition of a solid neutral colour blocking, although different to the familiar multi-colour blocking on the AJ7, adds a more contemporary and stylable twist to an already unexpectedly cold design.
13TH SEPTEMBER – YEEZY BOOST 700 MNVN ‘HONEY FLUX’
The last two months have seen a slew of new signature Yeezy styles and colourways unveiled as the brand continues to varnish some of its most iconic shapes with never before seen colour combinations. Similar in many ways to its contemporaries, the MNVN Honey Flux uses a uniform bright neon colour blocking of ‘Orange’ and ‘Phosphor’ to creatively craft a crisp eye-catching design that radiates summer.
The staple addition of an inverted reflective ‘700’, as well as the shimmering detailing on the toecap and heel mudguard, add a clear Yeezy futuristic feel, a decorative addition that has become synonymous with the 700.
17TH SEPTEMBER – NIKE AIR FORCE 1 ‘DO YOU’
You cant have a quality ‘Top Tier Trainers’ guide without the obligatory pair of AF1’s. This latest offering is the first edition to bear the new inclusive slogan of “Do You” instead of the more insular moniker of “Just Do It”. As Nike continues to incorporate a new audience of social conscious sneakerheads with ranges like its Eco inspired 97’s or the infamous Space Hippie series, they have now turned their attentions to the AF1 to be the bearer of their new way of thinking.
A blacked out leather upper creates an abyss of space to encourage the lime green tag and heel to disrupt an otherwise familiar design concept. White piping along the Swoosh and a simple pink heel tag that reads ‘Do You’ creates a vivid pop of much-needed colour that will send this silhouette flying off the shelves.
24TH SEPTEMBER – NIKE AIR MAX BW ULTRA SE ‘PERSIAN VIOLET’
After a massive five-year hiatus, the previously named ‘Nike Air Classic BW’ is making a celebrated return under the much simpler moniker Air Max BW. Not only that, but it is also returning to stores in its original 2016 ‘Persian Violet’ colourway.
This staple silhouette was first released in 1991 and was designed by non-other than Nike head honcho Tinker Hatfield. The Air Max BW became infamous for its unusually large Air Max unit on the base of the shoe, earning the endearing title of ‘Big Window (BW)’ from its creator. This design quickly became synonymous with Tinker’s residence at Nike and, therefore, has resurfaced in a number of legacy packs over the years, non more recent than Skepta’s collaboration with Nike that took the BW upper and added a classic 97 sole.
This design really is a sight for sore eyes and will be a welcome addition for any sneakerhead that loved the Tinker Hatfield era of crep design.
RUMOURED – SACAI X NIKE VAPORWAFFLE ‘WHITE SAIL’
One of the most favoured branches of the ever-extending Nike family, Sacai has kept our attention firmly fixed on its release calendar with a new surprising collab arriving every month. September brings us the ‘White Sail’ colourway of their highly touted VaporWaffle silhouette.
Both to the touch and to the eye these effortlessly stylable creps resemble the LDWaffle release as Nylon textures and sued detailing create a muted and subtle base for the ‘Sail’ design that radiates out from the toecap. If the previously seen Sacai Blazer is anything to judge by, these VaporWaffles should be a true fan favourite from this months release schedule.
RUMOURED – NBA X NIKE DUNK LOW ‘DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY’
75 years ago the NBA officially came into existence as the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) merged to form one unprecedented league. In celebration of this momentous merger, Nike has crafted a very special version of the Dunk Low to honour the history of the league.
The design aims to mirror the colours and textures of the institution’s logo as the reddish hues of its backdrop merge the simple black and white accenting of the logo lettering to create a basic but timeless look. A commemorative tongue tag that bears the mark of the league makes this a highly collectable piece of sneaker history.