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It’s the end of the work week, and that means a fresh batch of new sneaker drops is upon us. There are plenty of white-hot sneaker releases, including a collaboration between the biggest name in basketball and a GQ favorite designer. (That’d LeBron James and John Elliot, respectively.) There’s also a duo of shoes from the masters of hi-tech Salomon and Parisian retailer The Broken Arm. Plus, a pair of perfectly off-kilter sneakers from Converse and Takahiro Miyashita The Soloist. If you’re looking to add some fresh new kicks to your rotation for summer, now is the time to do it. Here are the three sneaker drops worth checking out.

Nike LeBron x John Elliott Icon

Nike LeBron x John Elliott Icon

Nike (releases May 25)


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The latest sneaker in the ongoing collaboration between basketball legend LeBron James and beloved designer John Elliott is finally here. This time, the shoe gets an all-black colorway, complete with the LeBron 8’s full-length Air tooling and a unique translucent upper featuring court-inspired embroidery. It’s a LeBron sneaker that’s a little low-key but will still look just as stylish on you as it does the man himself.

Salomon x The Broken Arm

Salomon x The Broken Arm Trail Pro

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Salomon, the Italian mountaineering brand behind the ultra-technical sneakers that have been widely embraced by menswear’s inner circle, has teamed up with the French boutique The Broken Arm yet again. The brand’s Trail Pro model gets a sleek colorway of brown and beige with pops of lime green. (A weird combination of colors that sounds odd on paper but looks excellent in execution.) The duo also teamed up on a version of Salomon’s RX Slide, a half-sneaker half-sandal that’s fashion-forward and dad-like in just the right ways.

Converse x Takahiro Miyashita The Soloist

Converse x TheSoloist Jack Purcell Zip Low Top

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This is the second collaborative collection from Converse and designer Takahiro Miyashita’s The Soloist. Miyashita has taken the sneaker brand’s iconic Jack Purcell and given it his trademark left-of-center touch. That means mismatched graphic patterns, vertical utility zippers, and asymmetrical lacing. All in, it’s the perfect mix of timeless and weird—just the type of sneaker that will be a worthy addition to any closet.

Article written by Tyler Watamanuk #GQ

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