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Image via Nike

The whole “no wearing white after Labor Day” rule is pretty ridiculous, so let’s propose a new one: no more wearing those worn out sneaks that look like they could split apart at your next step. It’s time for an upgrade. Luckily, there’s a number of great performance kicks on the way this month, and plenty more are sure to be unveiled as September rolls on. Thus far, there are hoops shoes for the hardwood, trainers for the gym and gridiron, and a mysterious soccer boot all scheduled for drops throughout the month. For the full rundown, hit the jump and check out the 10 Performance Shoes To Watch For This September.

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Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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Nike Zoom Field General "Turbo Green"

Release date: September 4

Designed for quarterbacks, the Nike Zoom Field General is back with a leopard-printed design that is sure to make a statement. These turf trainers are equipped with supportive Flywire overlays and Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot and heel, while the molded upper features a cup from the heel to midfoot. The Zoom Field General is endorsed by pros like Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and Andrew Luck, so you already know it’s among the best in its class. Cop ‘em for $130 this Thursday.

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Nike Kobe IX EM Premium Pack

Release date: September 5

If you can’t get enough of the Kobe 9 EM, you’ll want to check out the Premium Pack slated for release this Friday. The Engineered Mesh-based variation of Bryant’s latest comes decked out in three new colorways, including Gorge Green/Metallic Silver-Electric Green makeup (pictured above), Gym Red/Metallic Silver-Bright Crimson, and Game Royal/Metallic Silver-Blue Hero. Each style will be available at Nike retailers for $170.

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Image via Kicks on Fire

adidas RG3 Energy Boost “Black/Pink/Blue”

Release date: September 5

RG3’s sig trainer gets a vibrant update this Friday, donning a black base with pink and blue accents. This Boost-powered trainer is one of our favorites, and with the NFL season getting underway, there’s no better time to drop a new look for the Washington QB. The Energy Boost Trainer is $140 and will be available at adidas.

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Image via Nike

Air Jordan XX9

Release date: September 6

This Saturday will see the official debut of the Air Jordan XX9, which touches down in “Team Orange” and “Gym Red” colorways. The XX9 carries on the legacy of the Jordan line with a first of its kind woven upper and revamped Flight Plate technology. As always, they’re also aesthetically striking, and design possibilities on the upper are seemingly limitless. Saturday seems so far away... we’re ready to drop our $225 on these bad boys!

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Nike LeBron 11 Low “Mystic Green”

Release date: September 6

The LeBron 11 was met with a lukewarm reaction from the King himself, but the Low variation seems to alleviate much of the fit issues by using less Hyperposite material in the toe area. With an unrestrictive low collar and super sturdy Air Max cushioning, this is an ideal choice for speedy mid-sized players like small forwards. The Mystic Green colorway hits Saturday for $170.

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Nike KD7 “Easy Money”

Release date: September 10

Now that it looks like Kevin Durant will be sticking with the Swoosh, we’re hyped to see what they do next, and first up is the “Easy Money” variation of the KD7. Although there most definitely wasn’t anything “Easy Money” about the negotiations that just went down, this colorway is one of the cleanest we’ve seen on the model thus far. You copping for $150 on the 10th?

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Nike LeBron 11 “What the LeBron”

Release date: September 13

The LeBron 11 isn’t done just yet, because the most anticipated colorway finally touches down mid-September. After much speculation and delay, the “What the LeBron” makeup will bring together 28 different elements of previous LeBron models and colorways. Cop ‘em for $250 from Nike and limited retailers, but good luck matching them with your team’s uniform!

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Image via Sole Collector

Nike Lunar TR1 “Black/Sport-Teal-White-Volt”

Release date: September 15

Inspired by one of the NFL’s best running backs, this Lunar TR1 LeSean McCoy colorway is officially set for September 15 at $120. These extra-sleek trainers are packed with ample Lunarlon cushioning, Flywire for lockdown, and a multi-surface outsole that will excel anywhere you need to hone your game.

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Image via Nike

Nike Hypervenom Phantom SE SG-Pro “White/White-Total Crimson-Black”

Release date: September 15

There aren't many details available pertaining to September 15th’s Hypervenom Phantom drop, but we do know that they’re soft ground specific and will come in a special edition white colorway. They’re also priced at $300, which is considerably higher than the standard $235 model, so we’re amped to see what exactly is going on with these. Be sure to check back for updates.

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Image via Titan 22

Nike KD Trey 5 II “China”

Release date: September 18

Better hit up your overseas connect now—word has it this crispy “China” rendition of KD’s latest takedown model will only be available in, you guessed in, China. We’re crossing our fingers that these get a stateside drop, but unfortunately the KD Trey 5 line has been pretty elusive over here thus far.

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