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Dope Sneakers Designed by Female Pop Stars

It was once unfathomable to walk in the shoes of world renowned pop stars like Billie Eilish. Things have changed, however. The average fan can now not only picture themselves in Billie’s kicks, they can now actually rock them. The Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling international singer-songwriter just released her second sneaker collab. The limited-edition Billie Eilish x Nike AF 1 Highs — which retail at $170 — come in cream-ish colorway and feature eco-friendly materials. The vegan kicks that were first previewed late last year dropped alongside a matching clothing collection consisting of t-shirt, a hoodie and pants.

The Happier Than Ever singer had goals for her latest sneaker design. While using the iconic Air Force Ones as her canvas, she wanted to “respect the originals,” but still create something unique. “It was also important for me to mix in environmentally preferred materials where we could and present them in a way that felt fresh,” she explained.

Billie isn’t the only woman pop star to step outside of the booth and into the sneaker game. Some of the biggest names in music have also proven that they are big steppers with their sneaker creations. Allowing their creative juices to flow, these leading ladies have cooked up dope silhouettes featuring unique design patterns, luxury materials and eye-catching color ways for both women and men looking for style and comfort. There are several sneakers designed by female pop stars that are worth revisiting. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Missy Elliot’s Respect M.E. Collection
Released: 2004
adidas

Missy Elliot is one of the G.O.A.T. female rappers. She’s also an OG sneakerhead. It was a match made in sneaker heaven when the Grammy Award winner partnered with adidas for her Respect M.E. sneaker and apparel collection. Known to dress from head to toe in adidas gear, the singer-songwriter designed a set of 3-striped-branded kicks, track jackets, hoodies, pants and accessories with her signature flare.

Teyana Taylor’s Teyana Taylor X GLC Promo ‘Harlem’
Released: 2013
adidas

It’s been almost 10 years since Teyana Taylor dropped her first sneaker collab. Back in 2013, the G.O.O.D. Music singer teamed up with adidas Originals to deliver the Teyana Taylor X GLC Promo ‘Harlem.’ Inspired by Taylor’s streetwear centric athletics, the high top kicks made a minor splash following their debut during that year’s NBA All-Star weekend.

Rihanna’s Puma Fenty Creepers
Released: 2015
Puma

Rihanna’s PUMA creepers sneakers were a huge hit when they were introduced in 2015. The must-have shoe sold out within hours of its pre-sale launch. The platformed version of the classic Puma Suede silhouette was worn by women and men and helped establish the Anti singer as a formidable presence in the fashion world. 

Beyoncé’s adidas Sleek Super 72 Beyonce Ivy Park
Released: 2020
adidas

Although Beyoncé didn’t quite put her best foot forth with her first foray into fashion (remember House of Deréon?), she surely redeemed herself with Ivy Park. The athletic brand was first introduced in 2016 and then relaunched a few years later in partnership with adidas. King B’s debut Ivy Park collection featured several pairs of kicks, including the Ultra Boost, the Nite Jogger and the Sleek Super 72, which resembles adidas’ classic Samba model.

Chika’s Vans Old Skool
Released: 2021
Vans

A lot can change over the course of a few years. Ask rapper Chika. She went from a viral sensation to a Grammy nominated artist who designs sneakers within a few years. With the Vans Old Skool as her backdrop, the Alabama native delivered an astrology-inspired pair of kicks.

Cardi B’s Club C Cardi
Released: 2020
Reebok

The Club C Cardi was the first sneaker designed under the direction of Cardi B. A remix of Reebok’s classic Club C silhouette, the shoe was announced in 2020 and was released in a limited run soon after. The athletic shoe was a part of Reebok x Cardi Footwear Collection.

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The Balaclava is Dominating Winter 2022

As the cold weather began to rear its head a few months ago, tastemakers searched for winter headwear to join–and potentially dethrone–the beanie. Ultimately, the balaclava proved itself to be this year’s contender for the hottest winter accessory on the market, with Google trends indicating that the search volume for them is at least double that of previous years.

What is a Balaclava?

Balaclavas are a versatile headpiece, capable of being worn a number of ways. Typically they cover the entire head and neck, leaving only the eyes exposed, but recent designs have pushed the definition of the balaclava somewhere into the realm of detached hoods as well. Often one can now see balaclava-adjacent designs that leave the entire face exposed, but we see no reason to distinguish them from others. 

The balaclava trend has manifested itself in a multitude of ways, with the hood-like version being more popular with women and the full face mask being more popular with men. It should be noted, however, that neither style has been entirely exclusive to any gender. Traditional use cases for balaclavas typically surround themes of safety, warmth, or concealing one’s identity–an ever increasing desire in today’s society. Celebrities like Kanye West have been big proponents of mask-wearing as of late, and no doubt contributed to the modern trend.

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Additionally, rappers like Pooh Shiesty and Playboi Carti have been photographed frequently with balaclavas, increasing their presence among youths and counterculture communities. Additionally, quarantine has led to a massive increase in homemade goods, with folks knitting and crocheting during the extended periods we have spent indoors the past few years. Aside from hats and scarves, masks and hoods seem to be logical subject matter for avid makers. Naturally, this has led to brands following suit, and the most reason winter collections are chock full of hand-knit (or what appears to be such) pieces of headwear and clothing.

The History of the Balaclava

The balaclava’s history is somewhat nebulous, but the name can be traced back to the Battle of Balaclava in 1954, during the Crimean War. During this time, British soldiers wore hand-knitted headpieces to keep warm during the frigid winters. Similar items from this era include the Uhlan cap, worn by Polish cavalry during the 17th and 18th centuries. Oddly, however, images of these garments bear little resemblance to the modern definition of the balaclava. Similar headwear has been worn for centuries, though. Knights and other warriors of the middle ages frequently wore a version of a coif, made of chainmail, underneath their armor for added protection. In terms of design, this looks closest to what we know today. As mentioned previously, the balaclava is typically used as a means to protect its wearer, whether it be from temperature or identity theft. Skiers, mountaineers, and others operating in cold conditions frequently wear them for warmth, while firefighters and race car drivers wear balaclavas made of fire retardant material for safety. Specialized police forces and military personnel can often be seen wearing balaclavas, presumably to protect their identities from those with malicious intent. 

However, our intentions are pure. We would simply like to share our favorite balaclavas we’ve found for this winter and beyond, as we don’t think that the trend will be going anywhere. Without further ado, here are some of the best ones.

1. Arc’teryx Motus Balaclava
Amazon

Feeling shiesty? We got you. Arc’teryx not only perfected the basic beanie, but they also have the black balaclava on lock. There’s nothing extraneous here, and it does exactly what you need it to. It’s also a great option for layering with other headwear and neckwear due to its minimalist aesthetic.

Shop Now at Amazon – $35
https://amzn.to/3fk7hrr
2. Carhartt Fleece Balaclava
Rugged Outfitters

This awesome balaclava from Carhartt is made of a super soft fleece, and the cord toggle lets you decide how tight you want the hood to sit around your face. This is an especially solid option for the colder climates.

Shop Now at Rugged Outfitters – $49.99
https://ruggedoutfitters.com/collections/mens-face-mask/products/carhartt-mens-fleece-balaclava
3. COS Hooded Mock Collar
COS

We’re not quite sure where this piece fits in within the balaclava and hood realm, but its way too cool to pass up. It features a large padded hood with a zip-up mock collar to make for an accessory that we promise nobody else has right now. The COS option is a good example of this new era of neckwear that blurs the lines between scarf, balaclava and hood.

Shop Now at COS – $89
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cosstores.com%2Fen_usd%2Fwomen%2Faccessories%2Fhats-scarves-and-gloves%2Foutdoor-layers%2Fproduct.hooded-mock-collar-blue.0700369002.html%3Fgclid%3DCjwKCAiAzrWOBhBjEiwAq85QZyoIusZUCuqttpEG5TTxDBBEfgI35XQrjb3j9YRQEyyxyVlK875IuBoC9tMQAvD_BwE
4. Adidas Balaclava
Hibbett

This entry from Adidas is essentially a beanie-neck warmer combo, and makes a great choice for traditional streetwear aficionados. At just $30, you can’t go wrong with this one and its muted black colorway will allow it to mesh with a wide array of different winter outfits.

Buy Now from hibbett – $30
https://www.hibbett.com/adidas-originals-balaclava/41798265.html?gclid=CjwKCAiAlfqOBhAeEiwAYi43FwYFuEwpE0c2DSuinHJZmaZQ20cT9YKH5Fr8iyb4R3jJEgjKsdIAJhoCXhwQAvD_BwE
Designer Balaclavas:

If you’re looking to spend a little more on something a bit more upscale, there are a lot of high end designers who have put their own spin on the neckwear. Knit balaclavas have been having a special moment this year, and entries from brands like Philip Lim, Aries and more have good options for really escalating your winter look.

5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Chunky Knit Balaclava
3.1 Phillip Lim

This phenomenal knit hood from Philip Lim is huge, ensuring that there is absolutely no chance you get cold this winter. Coming in a beautiful mix of brown and white, the knit pattern feels beautifully crafted and homemade. It even features a sort of bib that goes down over your chest and back.

Shop Now at 3.1 Phillip Lim – $195
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.31philliplim.com%2Fshopping%2Fchunky-knit-balaclava-16606193
6. Greater Goods Hand-Knitted Balaclava
Greater Goods

Unfortunately, these balaclavas can be a little tough to get your hands on, as they are each hand made and thus limited in their release. However, they are simply so beautiful that we need to keep them in this list. Each balaclava is completely unique, so you know you’re getting a special and personal item. If you really want one now, they do pop up on the secondhand market from time to time.

Shop Now at Greater Goods – $201.14
https://www.greatergoods.online/products/hand-knitted-balaclava-165?variant=39560116863036
7. Marine Serre Black and Grey Textured Knit Moon Lozenge Balaclava
SSENSE

Marine Serre twists the classic all-black balaclava with her iconic moon print littered across the garment’s top surface. It’s subtle, but adds a lot to an otherwise simple piece.

Shop Now at SSENSE – $221
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ssense.com%2Fen-us%2Fmen%2Fproduct%2Fmarine-serre%2Fblack-and-grey-textured-knit-moon-lozenge-balaclava%2F7634031
8. Stone Island N08C8 Pure Wool with Nylon Details
Stone Island

Stone Island’s knit balaclava does just enough with its subtle brim and nylon detailing, giving an outdoor edge to any winter outfit this season.

Shop Now at Stone Island – $245
https://www.stoneisland.com/us/stone-island/balaclava_cod46749794wl.html#dept=StnslndD
9. ARIES Purple & Yellow ‘No Problemo’ Balaclava
SSENSE

This colorful option from Aries is a fun play on the growing knitwear trend, incorporating a wide array of colors which culminate in a pseudo-pastel look. It’s of course a bit pricier than the sportswear brands we mentioned earlier, but when there’s a good sale on SSENSE, you can get lucky.

shop now at ssense – $140
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ssense.com%2Fen-us%2Fmen%2Fproduct%2Faries%2Fpurple-and-yellow-no-problemo-balaclava%2F7858551%3Fgclid%3DCjwKCAiAlfqOBhAeEiwAYi43F0QJd_MX_C1btQRnjRusO90dmg4W2BUq8f9O27VjFUhHJuev5EuldRoCnlAQAvD_BwE
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The 25 Best High Top Sneakers to Buy Right Now

Whether you’ve cleaned your apartment to within an inch of its life or smoked all of your weed in the first week, the walls are certainly starting to close in as quarantine goes full tilt. And despite all of the Zoom virtual happy hours that help you cling to your sanity, keep in mind that maybe for the first time ever, shopping from your couch has you in the running to be a quarantine hero. 

Use this time to stock up on incense, wear your sweatpants to “work” and finally pull the trigger on some excellent high top sneakers. From once-in-a-lifetime grails to standard picks for any rotation, ONE37pm took the liberty of assembling the 20 best high top sneakers and where you can buy them right now (from the couch, pajama bottoms optional).

1. Air Jordan 1
Fight Club

Surrounded in folklore, there’s hardly a high top sneaker, even a sneaker in general, with greater cultural importance than the Air Jordan 1. The genesis of Nike’s most legendary footwear line, the AJ1’s long lineage from its athletic beginnings to its transcendence in modern culture, skateboarding and footwear in general has cemented the high top silhouette as not only an on-court staple but a streetwear icon regaled by top athletes and influencers alike. The sneaker is one of the most recognizable designs ever and one of the only models to continually be retro-ed on an almost yearly basis since its original debut in 1985.  Best colorways include the Chicago, first Off-White collab, Pine Green and All-Star 2017.

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https://www.flightclub.com/air-jordan-1-retro-white-black-varsity-red-011677
2. Supra Skytop
Supra

Of high top sneakers to make this list, I think the Supra Skytop is one of my favorites, with the potential to be top five. Based on pure historical context, the Supra Skytop was the ugly sneaker sweeping the nation before the phrase “Triple S” or “Arclight” meant anything to Balenciaga or LV. Straight from the IG mood boards of 2008, a bygone era of horrendous style, the Supra Skytop was one of the forefathers of the hyperbolically designed high top fashion-forward sneakers of the current era. Designed partially by Chad Muska, (famous for his stash pocket on other skate sneakers), the model is a living testament to the duality of footwear. Just athletic and functional enough to be passed off as a skate silhouette but easy enough to moonlight as a glossy, fancy shoe fit for a celebrity on the red carpet.

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https://suprafootwear.com/collections/skytop
3. Converse Chuck Taylor
StockX

Whether you’re an ancient basketball player, streetwear enthusiast, or scene kid from 2010, the Converse Chuck Taylor probably holds a special place in your heart. The sneaker’s simple canvas upper and rubber midsole was fascinating technology for turn-of-the-century athletics but the simply designed high top has created a near-perfect template to open the door for collaborations. With an unmistakable silhouette, the brand can introduce and highlight almost any fabric restructuring and colorways due to the strength of the sneaker’s simple shape. With plain canvas and mostly tonal color schemes the sneaker also inadvertently invites the personal modification and collaboration with the wearer, just ask someone shopping for an “Asking Alexandria” t-shirt in Hot Topic. My favorite collaborations: Brain Dead, J.W. Anderson, Kith, and my sister during her goth phase.

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https://stockx.com/converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70s-hi-brain-dead
4. Nike SB Dunk High
Fight Club

Nike’s foray into the world of skateboarding was nothing short of controversial and iconoclastic, but no matter how you feel about the Swoosh’s place in skating, most skaters would show love to the Nike SB Dunk High. Almost as famous as its low counterpart, the Nike SB Dunk is high on the list of Nike’s best silhouettes. As circumstances would have it, a sneaker that was originally rejected by its target demographic took on a secondary role as a coveted commodity for sneakerheads looking to collect different colorways of their favorite dunk models. The most famous moment in all of sneaker history even had to do with a dunk sneaker: the “Pigeon” dunk release which landed sneakerheads on the cover of the NY Post and the Nike Dunk at the forefront of sneakerhead’s minds. Best colorways: Sea Crystal, California, Skunk and De La Soul.

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https://www.flightclub.com/nike/nike-skateboarding/dunk-sb-high
5. Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi 2
Bodega

Hoka One One (look up the pronunciation) has been on the up and up since the end of 2019, producing eye-catching silhouettes with a high emphasis on materials and functionality. Their utilitarian vibe corresponds with current styles as hiking and outdoorsy silhouettes from brands like Salomon have been enjoying a long stride as a footwear favorite with everyone from actual hikers to SoHo socialites. Hoka One One’s Tor Ultra Hi 2, like most of the brand’s sneakers, features a bulky and built out silhouette with a neutral set of colors, giving off the aesthetic of a military boot. Despite their obtuse shape, the sneaker is incredibly light. Hoka must-haves: collaboration with Engineered Garments.

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https://bdgastore.com/products/tor-ultra-hi-2-wp-1?variant=31084694503498
6. Vans Sk8-Hi
Vans

It’s the Air Jordan 1, but for skateboarders. A confirmed classic, timeless, iconic and evergreen. The Vans Sk8-Hi originally debuted in 1978, and ever since it’s been an iconic silhouette for skating performance as well as lifestyle. The sneaker features a matchup of both suede and leather overlays with a padded ankle collar and staple rubber waffle print outsole. Skaters were originally drawn to the added protection of the high collar as well as the all-over stylish design and jazz stripe, a white banner that now graces most Vans styles was first seen on the Sk8-Hi. Classic colorway: Stick with the OG black/white colorway for a vintage dash of timeless style and performance.

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https://www.vans.com/shop/sk8-hi-black-black-white
7. Adidas Rivalry Hi
Adidas

The brand with the Three Stripes is not necessarily known for its relevance or prevalence on the basketball court, but the time-tested brand does have some heat still tucked away in the archives. The Adidas Rivalry Hi launched initially to some hype thanks to Patrick Ewing and features its most notable “Knicks” colorway which sees the silhouette in a mostly white colorway with blue and orange accents throughout. Since then, the sneaker has had some help from the likes of Eric Emmanuel and Keith Haring, two recent drops that have brought some attention to the archival silhouette. Three Stripes for the court: Keith Haring or Eric Emmanuel.

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https://www.adidas.com/us/rivalry-high_tops
8. Nike AF1 High
Nike

The Nike Air Force 1 High features one of the brand’s best selling sneakers in a high top format. The low silhouette has garnered a reputation as a sneakerhead’s ultimate go-to, a “buy one pair every six months” type of sneaker which speaks to the reliability sneakerheads have come to enjoy over the years since the sneaker’s late ‘80s debut on the court for Nike. The high top iteration of the silhouette includes a high ankle collar with an adjustable strap that crosses in front of the tongue. Best colorway: All except for all-black, collaborations with OBJ, and yours—make your own in NikeID.

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https://www.nike.com/w/air-force-1-high-top-shoes-5sj3yz6lqy0zy7ok
9. Balenciaga Speed Trainer
Balenciaga

As easy as it might be to stay away from high-end designer sneakers, it’s time to give the Balenciaga Speed Trainer its due. As a high top sneaker, the sock-like design separated it from other sneakers—sock-like design seemed to rule sneakers for a moment, most notably the Reebok x Vetements sock sneakers…which I still see in my nightmares. In short, Balenciaga, for all of their lack of sneaker savvy or sneaker cultural relevance, did a good job capitalizing on the sock sneaker moment and created one of the better high tops from that weird moment in sneaker history. Best of Balenci: Keep it classic in the black/white colorway and, for the love of God, stay away from the ones with the laces.

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https://www.balenciaga.com/us/speed-sneakers_cod11153244ma.html
10. Nike Air Yeezy
StockX

Straight out of the mythology of Nike is their uber-famous time spent with Kanye West, who is proving to be, perhaps, the most interesting designer of the last decade. Whether you remember Ye’s work with the Swoosh or if you can only recall the 350 Turtle Dove (probably depends on your age), the product of Nike x Kanye was the stuff of instant legend. The Nike Air Yeezy was a confirmed classic when it dropped in 2009 and only went on to more fame and circumstance with the fans when the Nike Air Yeezy 2 dropped in 2012, continuing to stroke the flame of Ye’s popularity at Nike. Want to feel like Pablo? Pick up the “Red Octobers.”

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https://stockx.com/air-yeezy-2-red-october
11. Adidas Yeezy 750
StockX

Starting out hot from his switch to Adidas, Kanye blessed us with the Yeezy 750—the first of countless numbers of silhouettes and versions to come from the collaborative efforts of West and members of the brand with the three stripes. Hyped up off the anticipation of West’s first move since Nike, the 750 was hailed for its high top style and its high top price point, coming in at around $220. The drop was an expensive but accurate representation of what the two had cooking. Return to the start of West x Adidas with the “Grey” 750 that launched the partnership.

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https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-750-light-brown
12. Common Projects Tournament Leather High Top
Neiman Marcus

No matter your feelings about the brand Common Projects, their ability to produce a clean, high-end silhouette is far from arguable. Their simple design mixed with super high-quality materials has made them the clean and classic go-to of the designer sneaker world. (A similar case might be made for Golden Goose, but that’s for another time.) Common Projects takes a super basic sneaker design and elevates it past the point of functionality by adding a serving of extra luxe to make it something worth bragging about. The Tournament Leather sees a classic high top sneaker in a variety of simple colorways with gold foil accenting and high-quality grade leather which covers the upper. A nice detail is a zipper on the heel with both stylistic and functional design. Sometimes all-white or black isn’t a bad thing.

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https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/common-projects-tournament-leather-high-top-sneakers-prod190790035
13. Nike Air Mowabb
StockX

At the heart of Nike is one of their lesser-known lines, All Conditions Gear—better known as ACG. Among these outdoorsy and hiking-focused silhouettes is the Nike Air Mowabb, a sleeper pick from deep in the archives that carries the energy of an @organic.zip IG story and some of the biggest IYKYK vibes ever. The sneaker is bulky, busy, and features a variety of design components like a huarache ankle collar, sock liner and upper with premium materials. The Air Mowabb stands out for a couple of reasons, primarily it looks the best in the colorway of “RATTAN/BRIGHT MANDARIN-BIRCH” which is now widely referred to as “Mowabb.” Additionally the Air Mowabb clashed with the creative designers from Comme des Garcons, another three-lettered acronym brand that subtly replaced the “ACG” branding hit on ankle collar of the Mowabb with “CDG” a perfect detail that makes the simple black and white collab all that better. Outdoors and high fashion. Who would’ve thought?

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https://stockx.com/air-mowabb-acg-rattan-birch-2015
14. 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi x Salomon Edition Bamba 3
SSENSE

If you’re tickled fancy by outdoorsy sneakers, trail-running, and super treaded outsoles then Salomon is a brand you’re probably familiar with. If not, it’s probably worth warming up to—with recent collaborations with streetwear juggernaut Palace, the brand’s Xt-6 and S-Lab sneakers are some of the hottest streetwear accessories right now. The high top versions of the Salomons are just as high-tech, incredibly durable, and somehow incredibly attractive to non-hiking sneakerheads looking to give their style a more technical edge without shelling out for ACRONYM and other brands hawking high tech for a high price. Get extra dirty with Salomon’s collaboration with 11 by Boris Sidjan Saberi.

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https://www.ssense.com/en-us/men/product/11-by-boris-bidjan-saberi/grey-salomon-edition-bamba-3-sneakers/4785791?gclid=Cj0KCQjwybD0BRDyARIsACyS8mv6pqR7p3V15lfesJxUKL0XsQkQbbhaA8DuQf0XlgPu1gv7Kv9b4CwaAjToEALw_wcB
15. Reebok Shaqnosis
Reebok

The Reebok Shaqnosis was a no-brainer. The brand doesn’t have much to offer in terms of palatable high top sneakers, but this wavy design from ‘96 plus the cosign from the big man is certainly enough for real heads to recognize the legitimacy and impact of the Shaqnosis. Taking an interesting concept to fruition and using a simple black and white color scheme are just some of the attributes that make this sneaker a winner. The seamless transition of the graphic from the upper to the midsole and also considering that 1996 was the first year of Shaq’s long-reigning tenure as a Los Angeles Laker are just a few additional details that round out the shoe as a successful concept. Yes, they’re still available, you just need to know where to look.

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https://www.reebok.com/gr/shaqnosis-shoes/EF3069.html
16. John Geiger 002 High
John Geiger

Maybe the only non-major brand high top sneaker to be included in the list, the John Geiger 002 is a clean and classic high top sneaker that features a unique lacing system to help the silhouette stand out from other minimalistic, designer sneakers out there. If you haven’t heard about John Geiger, well now’s your chance to tune in—the Pittsburgh creative has had “big things coming” for the past few years and has yet to fail in delivering a well thought out and fantastically designed project. Gieger has some hot colorways out there but opt for the “Bred” version—that is, if you can track one down for a reasonable price.

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https://johngeigerco.com/products/002-by-john-geiger-black-black-red
17. Dior B23
Dior

All prejudice from the Dior x Air Jordan 1 collaboration aside, the Dior B23 high top sneaker is not only a good model but a successful execution of repeating patterns and the use of translucent materials on footwear. The sneaker looks like the Off-White x Converse Chuck Taylor but less translucent (smart) and more high end (something Off-White also failed to do), so let’s hear it for Dior one time. The sneaker features a Dior logo repeating pattern with other versions featuring floral arrangements and even dinosaurs. The price is a little too spicy but if you got it like that then this is the sneaker to spend it on.

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https://www.dior.com/en_us/products/couture-3SH118YJP_H069-b23-high-top-sneakers-in-dior-oblique
18. Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard Overshoe
StockX

Quite possibly the weirdest high top sneaker of the last decade has been the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard Overshoe. As a follow up to the equally expensive and hard to get Mars Yard 2.0 sneakers from 2017, Tom went overboard, taking the sneaker and affixing it with a large white bag and new outsole made from thick rubber with two lockdown straps over the forefoot. Drawing style inspiration from space, the price followed suit, the sneaker sits around the $500 mark on reselling platform StockX.com. The best thing about this sneaker is what creatives did once they bought it, slashing away the white plastic covering the sneaker, a Mars Yard 2.0 can be found at the core of the silhouette. Get DIY with it and slash away until the Tom Sachs Mars Yard 2.0 (or some version of it) is finally yours.

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https://stockx.com/nike-mars-yard-overshoe-tom-sachs
19. Yeezy 500 High
StockX

The Yeezy line has a lot going on at the current moment, but don’t worry about trying to keep up with the avalanche of 350 releases. Turn your focus to the 500—undoubtedly a top Yeezy of all time. From the clash of neoprene, suede, and leather, the silhouette seems to channel comfort on every twist and turn of the sneaker. The 500 recently saw a high top iteration of the model and overall it looks great. The sneaker is an excellent go-between having to opt for a Yeezy boot (900, I think) or return to the 750 to get a high top style from the YZY line. The 500 high only came out in 2019, but with no new colorways to speak of, perhaps the creative team has moved onto other models and colorways. Either way, the 500 High is a sleeper pick from the oversaturated world of Adidas x Yeezy and offers the incredible comfort of the 500 plus the added lockdown and feel of an athletic high top sneaker. Personal advice: Don’t sleep too hard on these.

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https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-500-high-slate
20. Nike Mag
StockX

The Nike Mag (famously mislabeled as Nike Air Mag) is the granddaddy of maybe all sneakers but most certainly high tops. A futuristic spin on what “sneakers are supposed to look like in the future” courtesy of Back to the Future Pt. II, the sneaker saw an initial release in 2011. Following up in 2016 Nike reintroduced the silhouette, this time with self-lacing, an opportunity to bring the sneaker from the film to life and for Nike to introduce their E.A.R.L. (Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing) technology to the sneaker world. For most, the Mag is the grail of grails and if it isn’t then you probably don’t care about sneakers too much. If you’re going to take the dive, go all the way in and get the self-lacing iteration which included a super limited release of 89 pairs.

Buy Now
https://stockx.com/nike-air-mag-back-to-the-future-bttf-2016
21. Chanel CC High Sneaker ‘Navy’
GOAT
Chanel CC High Sneaker ‘Navy’

It’s Chanel baby. This sneaker is a literally a purse in the form of a shoe. It’s luxurious with a rich quality that instantly catches your attention. Again, not surprising since it’s Chanel.

BUY NOW, $TBA
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goat.com%2Fsneakers%2Fchanel-cc-high-sneaker-navy-g31762-y50578-0f329
22. Top Ten High ‘Blue’
GOAT
Top Ten High ‘Blue’

Who doesn’t love a blue high top? Adidas always has us covered in this regard, and they just recently dropped their latest iteration this past week. Make sure you check it out!

BUY NOW, $120
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goat.com%2Fsneakers%2Ftop-ten-high-blue-g17746
23. ESPN x Top Ten High ‘SportsCenter’
GOAT
ESPN x Top Ten High ‘SportsCenter’

Don’t you just love a nice classic shoe? We know we do. This ESPN x Top Ten collab gives us major 1990s Stuart Scott ESPN vibes, and we’re absolutely here for it.

BUY NOW, $120-$145
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goat.com%2Fsneakers%2Fespn-x-top-ten-high-sportscenter-gz1072
24. Air Jordan 1 Mid ‘Crimson Tint’
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Air Jordan 1 Mid ‘Crimson Tint’

These created a heavy stir on SNKRS. While not the most dynamic 1s we’ve ever seen, this version was a unique take from what we are normally used to seeing from 1s design wise.

BUY NOW, $183
5. Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG PS ‘Seafoam’
GOAT
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG PS ‘Seafoam’

Look at the material. The neutral cream upper, the suede grey overlays, and the laces make these 1s the perfect eye candy material. Plus the shoe offers a lot of versatility in terms of lace swaps, so you can really create loads of different looks from this one.

BUY NOW, $85
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goat.com%2Fsneakers%2Fair-jordan-1-retro-high-og-ps-seafoam-cu0449-002
25. Air Jordan 1 Mid ‘Black Gym Red’
GOAT
Air Jordan 1 Mid ‘Black Gym Red’

Red, white, and black colorways will always be heavy hitters. There’s no ifs, ands, or butts, about it. You can thank Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls for that.

BUY NOW, $190
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goat.com%2Fsneakers%2Fair-jordan-1-mid-metallic-red-554724-122
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Fashion NFT

Adidas Continues to Innovate into Web3 with NFT Collaborations

In the last week, Adidas has been extremely busy innovating in the web3 space.

The popular apparel brand has partnered with Coinbase, launched their very own POAP NFT, created their own space in The Sandbox, and are now teaming up with two of the most prominent brands in the NFT space—Bored Ape Yacht Club and PUNKS Comic—as well as NFT investor and influencer, Gmoney.

The official announcement of the Adidas, BAYC, Pixel Vault’s PUNKS Comic, and Gmoney collaboration was announced early this morning by said collaborators on Instagram and Twitter. 

This recent stream of collaborations has many excited, including members of the NFT space as well as people who aren’t quite as acclimated to the space. One glance at social posts displays an enormous amount of support from nearly everyone who is aware of these brands and their significance in the space.

Adidas provided just a bit of insight referencing their involvement in the metaverse within the description of their recently released POAP NFT:

Adidas

This is the first step in our journey to empower the creators of tomorrow to thrive in the Metaverse. A place where anyone can express their most original ideas and be their most authentic selves. It will take some learning, some building and a leap of faith. If you’re already here, show us the way. If you’re new, come and join us. We can’t wait to see what we do together.

I believe that this is just the beginning of something spectacular, not only for the brands involved in this specific collaboration, but for the entire web3 community and the metaverse in its entirety. 

Things tend to move at a very quick rate in the web3 space, so please be on the lookout for more information regarding this awesome collaboration and many more.

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Sneakers Style

13 Halloween Sneakers to Buy This Spooky Season

The end of October is all about one thing: Halloween. The holiday is the manifestation of fears, with costumes and celebrations yearning to stand out from the crowd or the ordinary. Whether you’re pulling up to a haunted house or frantically trying to find an outfit for your company’s Halloween party, we got you covered on the best sneakers to wear for Halloween.

From classic Air Jordan 1s to OG Nike SB Dunks, take a look at the 13 best sneakers to get your spook on.

1. Nike SB Dunk Low “Freddy Krueger”
StockX

The Nike SB Dunk Low was the embodiment of the mid- to late 2000s sneaker craze. The Nightmare on Elm Street homage continues to be one of the rarest sneakers to exist. Splattered blood. Striped upper. Metallic Swoosh. This pair is to die for—literally.

StockX, $12,851
https://stockx.com/nike-dunk-sb-low-freddy-krueger
2. Air Jordan 1 “Satin Shattered Backboard”
GOAT

The Air Jordan 1 is a certified classic. The sneaker, popularized by the one and only Michael Jordan, gets dipped in Halloween hues. Although the pair is a women’s exclusive, the shoe is a must-have for anyone. Whether trick-or-treating or pumpkin hunting, this AJ1 is perfect for the holiday.

GOAT, $685
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/wmns-air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-satin-shattered-backboard-av3725-010
3. OFF-WHITE x Nike Blazer Mid “All Hallows Eve”
Nike

Virgil Abloh and OFF-WHITE continue to co-create on the best shoes on the market. Abloh deconstructs the Nike Blazer Mid and brings it back to life with a vanilla upper and orange complements. The extended perforated tongue is all about comfort. Simplistic by Abloh’s standards, this Blazer is a Halloween must.

GOAT, $750
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/off-white-x-blazer-studio-mid-pale-vanilla-aa3832-700
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas x Vans Sk8-Hi “Jack’s Lament”
Vans

You can never go wrong with a Vans Sk8-Hi. Especially if it’s based on The Nightmare Before Christmas. The collaboration with Disney brings Jack Skellington back to life across the upper. The pair captures his famous “Jack Lament’s” scene in one of Disney’s spookiest animated movies. The pair also glows in the dark. *Add to cart.*

Vans, $75
https://www.vans.com/shop/disney-x-vans-sk8-hi-the-nightmare-before-christmas-jacks-lament#hero=0
5. Nike Air Force 1 Low “Skeleton”
Nike

A white-on-white Air Force 1 is great for any occasion. When it comes to Halloween, the Swoosh is always bringing treats on top of the iconic silhouette. This AF1 definitely ensures that there’s heat on your feet. From its glow-in-the-dark outsole to the bones on the side panels that wrap around the upper, this pair is bad to the bone.

GOAT, $235
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-force-1-low-qs-skeleton-af1-skeleton
6. Nike SB Dunk Low “Day of the Dead”
Nike

You can’t have a Halloween sneakers list without the fan-favorite Nike SB Dunk Low “Day of the Dead.” Although the pair is not as limited as the “Freddy Krueger” iteration, this Nike SB Dunk Low captures the essence of the holiday to the same degree. From the skeletons to the color palette, we’re screaming for Nike to re-release these.

GOAT, $3,750
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/dunk-low-premium-sb-day-of-the-dead-313170-801
7. Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”
Jordan Brand

In case you’re not a fan of the satin iteration, the Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard” OG is just for you. Arguably one of the best colorways his Airness never wore, the AJ1 “Shattered Backboard” is the perfect substitute for a costume. As scary as the price tag may seem, this Halloween-certified colorway is a staple in your wardrobe.

GOAT, $890
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-shattered-backboard-555088-005
8. Supreme x Vans Sk8-Hi “Glow-in-the-Dark Skull Pile”
Vans

Supreme and Vans joined forces on a menacing Vans Sk8-Hi. The skull pile graphic not only looks deep into your soul but also glows in the dark. Whether you’re a hypebeast or not, this is a relatively inexpensive flex to have in your sneaker rotation.

GOAT, $230
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/supreme-x-sk8-hi-glow-in-the-dark-skull-pile
9. Puma Clyde Court Disrupt “X-RAY”
Puma

Puma Basketball has risen back from the depths of its history to become a relevant basketball performance brand once again. The PUMA Clyde Court Disrupt “X-RAY” gives you an extremely in-depth look at what’s on your feet. Topped off with orange laces, this pair is great for both and off the court.

GOAT, $170
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/clyde-court-x-ray-191895-01
10. Nike Air Max 90 “Ice Halloween”
GOAT

The Nike Air Max 90 “Ice Halloween” perfectly lives up to its name. The iced-out bottom in combination with a fiery orange finish across the entirety of the shoe is pure money. A mashup of leather and suede on the upper really makes the pair stand out in a haunting fashion.

GOAT, $600
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-max-90-ice-hw-qs-717942-006
11. Dunk Low SB ‘Mummy’
GOAT
Nike SB “Mummy”

Dunks have been one of the top sellers of 2021, so perhaps consider picking up the Nike SB “Mummy” lows for the spooky season. Crafted to look like a literal mummy with its rugged design, this shoe gets you right into the spirit. It is a little on the pricey side, however, it could be a great investment down the line.

BUY NOW, $825
12. Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘Halloween’ Mens Sneakers
GOAT
Nike Foams

Very Halloween-esque if you ask us. It’s very much giving haunted house and cornfield maze vibes. Also, this is still considered a newer sneaker as it was only released last fall, meaning that it doesn’t have an “outdated” look.

BUY NOW, $229
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goat.com%2Fsneakers%2Fair-foamposite-pro-halloween-ct2286-001
13. Vans Halloween
Vans
Vans Sneaker Collection

Since you kind of need to have Halloween sneakers before Halloween, we’ll include an upcoming release. Vans and Warner Bros. Consumer Products are continuing their celebration of spooky classics with exclusive prints and patterns available only on the Vans’ Customs platform. There’s plenty of option here as there are tons to choose from, so make sure you snag your pair at Vans.com.

BUY NOW, $TBA
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vans.com%2F
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Sneakers Style

The 20 Adidas Sneakers Every Collector Should Own

In this new series from ONE37pm, we list the definitive sneakers from each of the world’s leading sportswear brands.

For all its importance and cultural transcendence, Run DMC’s pivotal song “My Adidas” wasn’t the beginning of the German sportswear brand. First conceptualized by brothers Adolf “Adi” Dassler and Rudolf Dassler under the name Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik in 1924, the company was officially deemed Adidas in 1949, owned and operated solely by Adi Dassler after a fight severed the brothers’ working relationship. Rudolf Dassler, however, would go on to form the rivaling brand, PUMA. 

Adidas began to thrive almost immediately, moving beyond creating industry best track spikes for Olympic hero Jesse Owens under its old moniker, to producing a groundbreaking indoor soccer shoe dubbed the Samba. They would quickly conquer another sport with the introduction of the Adidas Superstar in 1969, a performance basketball sneaker that impressed with its protective shell toe and formidable leather coat whose durability helped prevent ankle injuries. Two years later, Adidas proved their dominance with the iconic Stan Smith for the eponymous 6’4” American tennis champion.  

By the time the ‘80s arrived, rich in cultural resonance thanks to the emergence of hip hop and graffiti, Adidas was near the height of its powers. A talented rap trio from Queens would nudge them over the top, showering Adidas with praise in adoration for the shell-toe sneaker they famously wore without laces.

Breaking ground aesthetically and moving past the technological boundaries of their time with its Equipment “EQT” series, Adidas was no longer the scrappy upstart but a powerhouse shifting culture. Here, we list the 20 definitive Adidas sneakers that every sneakerhead should own, with a bit of history of each pair.

Adidas Futurecraft 4D
Adidas

On the forefront of sneaker innovation and sustainability, Adidas, with its 4D printing at its robotics-driven Speedfactory facility, very literally set the course of the industry’s future with this progressive design.

Buy Now, $300
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-B75942-Futurecraft-4D/dp/B07FCVJJR3
Adidas The Kobe
Nick Kicks

Originally released as a Kobe Bryant signature sneaker in 2000, the newly reborn Crazy 1 ADV was first—and famously known—as Adidas The Kobe. Polarizing and precise, just like the Black Mamba’s game, this design was inspired by the Audi TT, another fine German-engineered masterpiece.

Buy Now, $125
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Crazy-Athletic-Sneakers-Black/dp/B07HGHM2JF/ref=pd_sbs_309_4/140-5931586-0762960?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07HGHM2JF&pd_rd_r=1784ba25-a3f5-11e9-ae12-fbad7273ae80&pd_rd_w=UMNWU&pd_rd_wg=UsalR&pf_rd_p=588939de-d3f8-42f1-a3d8-d556
Adidas Rod Laver
Sneakerhead

Following two historic Grand Slam victories, an Australian-born tennis pro named Rod Laver was gifted a signature sneaker by Adidas in 1970. Taking his name as its moniker the modern-day low-cut tennis shoe is somewhat unsung. While not nearly as iconic as what the Stan Smith has grown to be, the Laver still ranks among the best tennis signature models of all time.

Buy Now, $65
https://www.adidas.com/us/rod-laver-super-primeknit-shoes/BY4356.html
Adidas Powerphase
Fight Club

Basking in a new light after recieving a Kanye West co-sign, the vintage Adidas Powerphase is in the midst of a promising renaissance. Re-released in 2017 under West’s “Calabasas” label, the Powerphase is the focus of ‘80s nostalgia now at the forefront of contemporary sneaker culture.

Buy Now, $110
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BRFS361/ref=sspa_dk_detail_1?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07BRFS361&pd_rd_w=vcxu8&pf_rd_p=8a8f3917-7900-4ce8-ad90-adf0d53c0985&pd_rd_wg=wsHnx&pf_rd_r=FF9EN6DQTA6J1M915BGW&pd_rd_r=79a83c31-a3fe-11e9-888e-11c74a3a8f49
Adidas Yeezy 750
StockX

Kanye West recently (and affectionately) labeled himself “a product guy.” His truth is in the work, as his six-year influential run with Adidas has been nothing short of brilliant. West’s first official release with the three stripes back in 2015 was the Yeezy Boost 750. A towering design that marks one of his most avant-garde outings to date, West offered sneaker purists both a foundational design and showed them how to style it. The latter undeniably serves as one of his greatest powers.

Buy Now, $350
https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-750-light-brown
Adidas Campus
Zappos

First released in the early years of the 1970s as the Tournament, the Adidas Campus would take its final name and find residence at the skatepark in the decade that would follow. Dipping in and around empty swimming pools given its thick vulcanized sole unit, the Campus today serves both as a tried-and-true skater and an everyday lifestyle sneaker.

Buy Now, $60
https://www.zappos.com/p/adidas-originals-campus-dark-blue-white-chalk-white/product/8894455/color/695433?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pla_g&utm_campaign=937040151&utm_term=pla-__iv_p_1_g_46131003549_c_222982378769_n_g_d_c_v__l__t__r_1o5_x_pla_y_15872_f_o
Adidas ZX 1000c
Hanon

While the pioneering technologies of the Adidas ZX series have evolved with modern footwear advancements, the rich design language this dense series offered in the ‘80s has not been outmatched by any new or trending ideas. In fact, one of the best of the bunch—the ZX 1000c—has been updated with the innovations of today, now serving as both genre relic and as a piece of wearable history.

Buy Now, $130
https://stockx.com/adidas-zx-10-000c-supercolor
Adidas Pro Model
Fight Club

While sharing the shell-toe of the Superstar, the mid-top Adidas Pro Model released long before its high-profile sibling. A prominent basketball shoe, thanks in large to its premium leather makeup, the silhouette was a breath of fresh air to basketball players that had grown weary of canvas sneakers. NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, became the face of the Pro Model after signing an endorsement deal with the brand in 1976.

Buy Now, $90
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Originals-Pro-Fashion-Sneaker/dp/B004WI2OJQ/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_309_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=SM3BKKTVMBBJ0B8DFWJT
Adidas Top Ten
House of Heat

There was the Adidas Rivalry High and the Adidas Top Ten. Both high-top basketball sneakers similar in style and frame, and both predominantly produced in leather. The latter, released in 1979, originally served to outfit the top ten basketball players in the NBA—Doug Collins, Marques Johnson, Kermit Washington, Adrian Dantley, Bob Lanier, Bobby Jones, Billy Knight, Sidney Wicks, Mitch Kupchak and Kevin Grevey. Another NBA legend, Rick Barry, helped Adidas create the shoe and served as the face of the sneakers ad campaign.

Buy Now, $90
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Sneakers-Navy-White-D65161/dp/B00I0XDA10/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=adidas+top+ten&qid=1562870339&s=apparel&sr=1-2
Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego
StockX

Designer collaborations in sneaker culture are as common as laces and soles. Adidas, working with the likes of Stella McCartney, Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto, found their most popular union with Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons. While repurposing the Stan Smith and vintage canvas gems like the Nizza, Simons’ Ozweego interpretation is his most ambitious and, equally, his most triumphant.

Buy Now, $400
https://needsupply.com/mens/brands/adidas-x-raf-simons/rs-ozweego-sneaker-in-white.html
Adidas NMD
Fight Club

In what is realistically the second-coming of the ZX Flux, the Adidas NMD (or Adidas Nomad) quickly became culturally ubiquitous its release in December 2015. Despite some homogeneity, the NMD is a best-seller for a reason. And with new iterations from Pharrell Williams that continue to push the series forward, its upwards trend stands as a defining moment in Adidas’ brand history.

Buy Now, $130
https://www.zappos.com/adidas-nmd
Adidas Crazy 8
Fight Club

Initially released in 1997 as the Adidas KB8, Kobe Bryant’s first signature sneaker now called the Crazy 8 ranks high among the prolific and influential ‘90s-era time-honored basketball sneaker designs. Now more than 20 years old, Bryant notably wore the sneaker in the 1997 NBA Dunk Contest where he was victorious.

Buy Now, $110
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Performance-Mens-Crazy-Basketball/dp/B019YALYLA?th=1
Adidas Gazelle
SNS

A representation of simple beauty, the Adidas Gazelle, first introduced as a track spike worn by the legendary Wilma Rudolph in the early 1960s, still stands as one of the brand’s most-worn sneakers to date. The very first Adidas shoe produced in suede or, in its earliest iterations, kangaroo velour, has managed to move through space and time without losing its intangible allure. Recently reissued in the US, the Gazelle enjoyed popularity in abundance in the UK in the 1980s and ‘90s.

Buy Now, $90
https://needsupply.com/mens/brands/adidas/have-a-good-time-gazelle-super-sneaker.html
Adidas EQT Running Support
Adidas

“Everything that’s essential. Nothing that’s not.” Those are the words of famed designer Peter Moore, who came to Adidas and worked on its Equipment series after designing the Air Jordan 1 for Nike. His work in the early ‘90s all but saved Adidas which was on the brink of bankruptcy shortly before his arrival. The Equipment series, by in large, was the company’s grand repositioning in the sneaker landscape. Moreover, the EQT Running Support, released in 1993, was a marketable and stylish runner with cross-training duality. A status symbol overseas, the EQT line slowly rose to fame in the States. Today, the Running Support and the series as a whole serve as a prime collaborative canvas for the likes of Adidas’ creative partner, Pusha T.

Buy Now, $140
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Equipment-Running-Support-Mens/dp/B015TQM7C8
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2
StockX

When Kanye West first released his indomitable Yeezy Boost 350 in September 2016, securing a pair was undeniably the most difficult task in sneakers. Fast forward three years, and in the midst of the cultural saturation of its successor—the Yeezy Boost 350 V2—getting your hands on the Boost-laden silhouette is far easier. This is based on a promise West made years ago, stating that one day everyone that wanted Yeezy’s would soon have a pair. Increasing production, yet careful to not overpopulate a shoe—thus devaluing its cultural capital—is a strategic and tedious process. Brands like Adidas have mastered it to their benefit.

Buy Now, $220
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Yeezy-Boost-Butter-Woven/dp/B07F8FKG62/ref=pd_cp_309_1?pd_rd_w=0inbr&pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&pf_rd_r=HB8EVD8T70VWBFY9453Y&pd_rd_r=21371348-a42a-11e9-86f6-a19ddd3ac577&pd_rd_wg=bIaQY&pd_rd_i=B07F8FKG62&psc
Adidas Micropacer
StockX

The history of smart sneakers isn’t as long nor as polished as one might think. In 1984, however, Adidas broke new ground with its revolutionary Micropacer. Centralized by an integrated computing system set to record running distance, running pace and calorie intake, the Micropacer was the very first of its kind. Released in accordance with the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the sneaker earned a place at the Computer Museum History Centre in Boston for its groundbreaking contributions to the industry. In 2014 to celebrate its 30th anniversary, a retro of the original colorway and new styles were released.

Buy Now, $150
https://stockx.com/adidas-micropacer-og-2014
Adidas Samba
Oneness

Widely recognized as the first official sneaker that Adidas released in 1949, the performance-focused Adidas Samba is an indoor soccer shoe that helped players train on icy and unforgiving terrain. Given its soccer origins, the Samba—like the Spezial and ZX series—has always been far more popular in Europe than in America. The brand’s second best-selling sneaker of all time behind the Stan Smith, the Samba, along with many other firsts, helped debut the trefoil logo and the iconic three stripes on the shoe’s lateral and medial siding. Over the years, this low-cut soccer trainer released in many special editions. It’s still worn by soccer players globally today.

Buy Now, $80
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Performance-Classic-Indoor-Soccer/dp/B0007QCNGG
Adidas Ultra Boost
StockX

There hasn’t been an Adidas running sneaker more important in the last 30 years than the Ultra Boost. When it was released in 2015 on the front-end of the brand’s renaissance, the shoe came with a considerable amount of controversy. In the initial marketing campaign, Adidas boldly proclaimed that the Ultraboost was the best running sneaker ever. On its face, the stance was both boisterous and incredulous. Now, though, looking back, the move proved to be extremely effective. Now in its fifth iteration, the Ultra Boost remains a brand best-seller and the most-worn new Adidas silhouette.

Buy Now, $180
https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adidas-ultraboost-19-pride-running-shoe-men/5183544?origin=coordinating-5183544-0-2-PDP_1_INSIZE-recbot-also_viewed&recs_placement=PDP_1_INSIZE&recs_strategy=also_viewed&recs_source=recbot&recs_page_type=product&recs_seed=3845
Adidas Stan Smith
Grailed

Adidas’ all-time best selling sneaker, the Stan Smith, wasn’t always the Stan Smith. Initially, in 1965, the shoe was dubbed the Adidas Robert Haillet, a signature model for the French tennis pro of the same name. Horst Dassler, the son of Adolph Dassler, both conceptualized and produced the shoe. It was the first leather tennis sneaker when all others were manufactured in canvas. It wasn’t until his US Open win in 1971 and a subsequent Wimbledon victory in 1972 that Adidas passed on the shoe to Stan Smith following Haillet’s retirement. However, the shoe’s title didn’t officially change to the Adidas Stan Smith until 1978. Adidas has reissued the Stan several times since the late ‘80s, and it serves as one of the best lifestyle sneakers from any brand.

Buy Now, $80
https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/adidas-mens-stan-smith-leather-low-top-sneakers?ID=2603223&CategoryID=1000054
Adidas Superstar
StockX

A very hard truth that few mentions when narrating the history of the Adidas Superstar is that this shoe was dead in the water before RUN DMC and the emergence of hip-hop in the late ‘80s. Financially, Adidas was on its last leg and in dire need of a win. Rev Run, DMC and Jam Master Jay were the lifeline the brand desperately needed but never knew they’d get. To that end, so was Gerald Deas, a member of the alt-rap group Creative Funk, who in 1985 released the song “Felon Sneakers.” The anti-sneaker rap song was against groups like RUN DMC wearing so-called “d-boy sneakers”—specifically, wearing them without laces which prison inmates often did as laces (on the inside) were considered makeshift weapons. In response, RUN DMC released “My Adidas” in 1986 to critical and cultural acclaim. It was the turning point Adidas needed and can’t be overstated as a seminal moment in not just Adidas history but in sneaker culture as a whole.

Buy Now, $80
https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adidas-superstar-foundation-sneaker/3846550?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FMen%2FShoes%2FSneakers%20%26%20Athletic&color=white%2F%20black
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Sneakers Style

20 Best High Top Sneakers

Whether you’ve cleaned your apartment to within an inch of its life or smoked all of your weed in the first week, the walls are certainly starting to close in as quarantine goes full tilt. And despite all of the Zoom virtual happy hours that help you cling to your sanity, keep in mind that maybe for the first time ever, shopping from your couch has you in the running to be a quarantine hero. 

Use this time to stock up on incense, wear your sweatpants to “work” and finally pull the trigger on some excellent high top sneakers. From once-in-a-lifetime grails to standard picks for any rotation, ONE37pm took the liberty of assembling the 20 best high top sneakers and where you can buy them right now (from the couch, pajama bottoms optional).

1. Air Jordan 1
Fight Club

Surrounded in folklore, there’s hardly a high top sneaker, even a sneaker in general, with greater cultural importance than the Air Jordan 1. The genesis of Nike’s most legendary footwear line, the AJ1’s long lineage from its athletic beginnings to its transcendence in modern culture, skateboarding and footwear in general has cemented the high top silhouette as not only an on-court staple but a streetwear icon regaled by top athletes and influencers alike. The sneaker is one of the most recognizable designs ever and one of the only models to continually be retro-ed on an almost yearly basis since its original debut in 1985.  Best colorways include the Chicago, first Off-White collab, Pine Green and All-Star 2017.

Buy Now
https://www.flightclub.com/air-jordan-1-retro-white-black-varsity-red-011677
2. Supra Skytop
Supra

Of high top sneakers to make this list, I think the Supra Skytop is one of my favorites, with the potential to be top five. Based on pure historical context, the Supra Skytop was the ugly sneaker sweeping the nation before the phrase “Triple S” or “Arclight” meant anything to Balenciaga or LV. Straight from the IG mood boards of 2008, a bygone era of horrendous style, the Supra Skytop was one of the forefathers of the hyperbolically designed high top fashion-forward sneakers of the current era. Designed partially by Chad Muska, (famous for his stash pocket on other skate sneakers), the model is a living testament to the duality of footwear. Just athletic and functional enough to be passed off as a skate silhouette but easy enough to moonlight as a glossy, fancy shoe fit for a celebrity on the red carpet.

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https://suprafootwear.com/collections/skytop
3. Converse Chuck Taylor
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Whether you’re an ancient basketball player, streetwear enthusiast, or scene kid from 2010, the Converse Chuck Taylor probably holds a special place in your heart. The sneaker’s simple canvas upper and rubber midsole was fascinating technology for turn-of-the-century athletics but the simply designed high top has created a near-perfect template to open the door for collaborations. With an unmistakable silhouette, the brand can introduce and highlight almost any fabric restructuring and colorways due to the strength of the sneaker’s simple shape. With plain canvas and mostly tonal color schemes the sneaker also inadvertently invites the personal modification and collaboration with the wearer, just ask someone shopping for an “Asking Alexandria” t-shirt in Hot Topic. My favorite collaborations: Brain Dead, J.W. Anderson, Kith, and my sister during her goth phase.

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https://stockx.com/converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70s-hi-brain-dead
4. Nike SB Dunk High
Fight Club

Nike’s foray into the world of skateboarding was nothing short of controversial and iconoclastic, but no matter how you feel about the Swoosh’s place in skating, most skaters would show love to the Nike SB Dunk High. Almost as famous as its low counterpart, the Nike SB Dunk is high on the list of Nike’s best silhouettes. As circumstances would have it, a sneaker that was originally rejected by its target demographic took on a secondary role as a coveted commodity for sneakerheads looking to collect different colorways of their favorite dunk models. The most famous moment in all of sneaker history even had to do with a dunk sneaker: the “Pigeon” dunk release which landed sneakerheads on the cover of the NY Post and the Nike Dunk at the forefront of sneakerhead’s minds. Best colorways: Sea Crystal, California, Skunk and De La Soul.

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https://www.flightclub.com/nike/nike-skateboarding/dunk-sb-high
5. Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi 2
Bodega

Hoka One One (look up the pronunciation) has been on the up and up since the end of 2019, producing eye-catching silhouettes with a high emphasis on materials and functionality. Their utilitarian vibe corresponds with current styles as hiking and outdoorsy silhouettes from brands like Salomon have been enjoying a long stride as a footwear favorite with everyone from actual hikers to SoHo socialites. Hoka One One’s Tor Ultra Hi 2, like most of the brand’s sneakers, features a bulky and built out silhouette with a neutral set of colors, giving off the aesthetic of a military boot. Despite their obtuse shape, the sneaker is incredibly light. Hoka must-haves: collaboration with Engineered Garments.

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https://bdgastore.com/products/tor-ultra-hi-2-wp-1?variant=31084694503498
6. Vans Sk8-Hi
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It’s the Air Jordan 1, but for skateboarders. A confirmed classic, timeless, iconic and evergreen. The Vans Sk8-Hi originally debuted in 1978, and ever since it’s been an iconic silhouette for skating performance as well as lifestyle. The sneaker features a matchup of both suede and leather overlays with a padded ankle collar and staple rubber waffle print outsole. Skaters were originally drawn to the added protection of the high collar as well as the all-over stylish design and jazz stripe, a white banner that now graces most Vans styles was first seen on the Sk8-Hi. Classic colorway: Stick with the OG black/white colorway for a vintage dash of timeless style and performance.

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https://www.vans.com/shop/sk8-hi-black-black-white
7. Adidas Rivalry Hi
Adidas

The brand with the Three Stripes is not necessarily known for its relevance or prevalence on the basketball court, but the time-tested brand does have some heat still tucked away in the archives. The Adidas Rivalry Hi launched initially to some hype thanks to Patrick Ewing and features its most notable “Knicks” colorway which sees the silhouette in a mostly white colorway with blue and orange accents throughout. Since then, the sneaker has had some help from the likes of Eric Emmanuel and Keith Haring, two recent drops that have brought some attention to the archival silhouette. Three Stripes for the court: Keith Haring or Eric Emmanuel.

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https://www.adidas.com/us/rivalry-high_tops
8. Nike AF1 High
Nike

The Nike Air Force 1 High features one of the brand’s best selling sneakers in a high top format. The low silhouette has garnered a reputation as a sneakerhead’s ultimate go-to, a “buy one pair every six months” type of sneaker which speaks to the reliability sneakerheads have come to enjoy over the years since the sneaker’s late ‘80s debut on the court for Nike. The high top iteration of the silhouette includes a high ankle collar with an adjustable strap that crosses in front of the tongue. Best colorway: All except for all-black, collaborations with OBJ, and yours—make your own in NikeID.

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https://www.nike.com/w/air-force-1-high-top-shoes-5sj3yz6lqy0zy7ok
9. Balenciaga Speed Trainer
Balenciaga

As easy as it might be to stay away from high-end designer sneakers, it’s time to give the Balenciaga Speed Trainer its due. As a high top sneaker, the sock-like design separated it from other sneakers—sock-like design seemed to rule sneakers for a moment, most notably the Reebok x Vetements sock sneakers…which I still see in my nightmares. In short, Balenciaga, for all of their lack of sneaker savvy or sneaker cultural relevance, did a good job capitalizing on the sock sneaker moment and created one of the better high tops from that weird moment in sneaker history. Best of Balenci: Keep it classic in the black/white colorway and, for the love of God, stay away from the ones with the laces.

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https://www.balenciaga.com/us/speed-sneakers_cod11153244ma.html
10. Nike Air Yeezy
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Straight out of the mythology of Nike is their uber-famous time spent with Kanye West, who is proving to be, perhaps, the most interesting designer of the last decade. Whether you remember Ye’s work with the Swoosh or if you can only recall the 350 Turtle Dove (probably depends on your age), the product of Nike x Kanye was the stuff of instant legend. The Nike Air Yeezy was a confirmed classic when it dropped in 2009 and only went on to more fame and circumstance with the fans when the Nike Air Yeezy 2 dropped in 2012, continuing to stroke the flame of Ye’s popularity at Nike. Want to feel like Pablo? Pick up the “Red Octobers.”

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11. Adidas Yeezy 750
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Starting out hot from his switch to Adidas, Kanye blessed us with the Yeezy 750—the first of countless numbers of silhouettes and versions to come from the collaborative efforts of West and members of the brand with the three stripes. Hyped up off the anticipation of West’s first move since Nike, the 750 was hailed for its high top style and its high top price point, coming in at around $220. The drop was an expensive but accurate representation of what the two had cooking. Return to the start of West x Adidas with the “Grey” 750 that launched the partnership.

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https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-750-light-brown
12. Common Projects Tournament Leather High Top
Neiman Marcus

No matter your feelings about the brand Common Projects, their ability to produce a clean, high-end silhouette is far from arguable. Their simple design mixed with super high-quality materials has made them the clean and classic go-to of the designer sneaker world. (A similar case might be made for Golden Goose, but that’s for another time.) Common Projects takes a super basic sneaker design and elevates it past the point of functionality by adding a serving of extra luxe to make it something worth bragging about. The Tournament Leather sees a classic high top sneaker in a variety of simple colorways with gold foil accenting and high-quality grade leather which covers the upper. A nice detail is a zipper on the heel with both stylistic and functional design. Sometimes all-white or black isn’t a bad thing.

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https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/common-projects-tournament-leather-high-top-sneakers-prod190790035
13. Nike Air Mowabb
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At the heart of Nike is one of their lesser-known lines, All Conditions Gear—better known as ACG. Among these outdoorsy and hiking-focused silhouettes is the Nike Air Mowabb, a sleeper pick from deep in the archives that carries the energy of an @organic.zip IG story and some of the biggest IYKYK vibes ever. The sneaker is bulky, busy, and features a variety of design components like a huarache ankle collar, sock liner and upper with premium materials. The Air Mowabb stands out for a couple of reasons, primarily it looks the best in the colorway of “RATTAN/BRIGHT MANDARIN-BIRCH” which is now widely referred to as “Mowabb.” Additionally the Air Mowabb clashed with the creative designers from Comme des Garcons, another three-lettered acronym brand that subtly replaced the “ACG” branding hit on ankle collar of the Mowabb with “CDG” a perfect detail that makes the simple black and white collab all that better. Outdoors and high fashion. Who would’ve thought?

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https://stockx.com/air-mowabb-acg-rattan-birch-2015
14. 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi x Salomon Edition Bamba 3
SSENSE

If you’re tickled fancy by outdoorsy sneakers, trail-running, and super treaded outsoles then Salomon is a brand you’re probably familiar with. If not, it’s probably worth warming up to—with recent collaborations with streetwear juggernaut Palace, the brand’s Xt-6 and S-Lab sneakers are some of the hottest streetwear accessories right now. The high top versions of the Salomons are just as high-tech, incredibly durable, and somehow incredibly attractive to non-hiking sneakerheads looking to give their style a more technical edge without shelling out for ACRONYM and other brands hawking high tech for a high price. Get extra dirty with Salomon’s collaboration with 11 by Boris Sidjan Saberi.

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https://www.ssense.com/en-us/men/product/11-by-boris-bidjan-saberi/grey-salomon-edition-bamba-3-sneakers/4785791?gclid=Cj0KCQjwybD0BRDyARIsACyS8mv6pqR7p3V15lfesJxUKL0XsQkQbbhaA8DuQf0XlgPu1gv7Kv9b4CwaAjToEALw_wcB
15. Reebok Shaqnosis
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The Reebok Shaqnosis was a no-brainer. The brand doesn’t have much to offer in terms of palatable high top sneakers, but this wavy design from ‘96 plus the cosign from the big man is certainly enough for real heads to recognize the legitimacy and impact of the Shaqnosis. Taking an interesting concept to fruition and using a simple black and white color scheme are just some of the attributes that make this sneaker a winner. The seamless transition of the graphic from the upper to the midsole and also considering that 1996 was the first year of Shaq’s long-reigning tenure as a Los Angeles Laker are just a few additional details that round out the shoe as a successful concept. Yes, they’re still available, you just need to know where to look.

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https://www.reebok.com/gr/shaqnosis-shoes/EF3069.html
16. John Geiger 002 High
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Maybe the only non-major brand high top sneaker to be included in the list, the John Geiger 002 is a clean and classic high top sneaker that features a unique lacing system to help the silhouette stand out from other minimalistic, designer sneakers out there. If you haven’t heard about John Geiger, well now’s your chance to tune in—the Pittsburgh creative has had “big things coming” for the past few years and has yet to fail in delivering a well thought out and fantastically designed project. Gieger has some hot colorways out there but opt for the “Bred” version—that is, if you can track one down for a reasonable price.

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https://johngeigerco.com/products/002-by-john-geiger-black-black-red
17. Dior B23
Dior

All prejudice from the Dior x Air Jordan 1 collaboration aside, the Dior B23 high top sneaker is not only a good model but a successful execution of repeating patterns and the use of translucent materials on footwear. The sneaker looks like the Off-White x Converse Chuck Taylor but less translucent (smart) and more high end (something Off-White also failed to do), so let’s hear it for Dior one time. The sneaker features a Dior logo repeating pattern with other versions featuring floral arrangements and even dinosaurs. The price is a little too spicy but if you got it like that then this is the sneaker to spend it on.

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https://www.dior.com/en_us/products/couture-3SH118YJP_H069-b23-high-top-sneakers-in-dior-oblique
18. Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard Overshoe
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Quite possibly the weirdest high top sneaker of the last decade has been the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard Overshoe. As a follow up to the equally expensive and hard to get Mars Yard 2.0 sneakers from 2017, Tom went overboard, taking the sneaker and affixing it with a large white bag and new outsole made from thick rubber with two lockdown straps over the forefoot. Drawing style inspiration from space, the price followed suit, the sneaker sits around the $500 mark on reselling platform StockX.com. The best thing about this sneaker is what creatives did once they bought it, slashing away the white plastic covering the sneaker, a Mars Yard 2.0 can be found at the core of the silhouette. Get DIY with it and slash away until the Tom Sachs Mars Yard 2.0 (or some version of it) is finally yours.

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https://stockx.com/nike-mars-yard-overshoe-tom-sachs
19. Yeezy 500 High
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The Yeezy line has a lot going on at the current moment, but don’t worry about trying to keep up with the avalanche of 350 releases. Turn your focus to the 500—undoubtedly a top Yeezy of all time. From the clash of neoprene, suede, and leather, the silhouette seems to channel comfort on every twist and turn of the sneaker. The 500 recently saw a high top iteration of the model and overall it looks great. The sneaker is an excellent go-between having to opt for a Yeezy boot (900, I think) or return to the 750 to get a high top style from the YZY line. The 500 high only came out in 2019, but with no new colorways to speak of, perhaps the creative team has moved onto other models and colorways. Either way, the 500 High is a sleeper pick from the oversaturated world of Adidas x Yeezy and offers the incredible comfort of the 500 plus the added lockdown and feel of an athletic high top sneaker. Personal advice: Don’t sleep too hard on these.

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https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-500-high-slate
20. Nike Mag
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The Nike Mag (famously mislabeled as Nike Air Mag) is the granddaddy of maybe all sneakers but most certainly high tops. A futuristic spin on what “sneakers are supposed to look like in the future” courtesy of Back to the Future Pt. II, the sneaker saw an initial release in 2011. Following up in 2016 Nike reintroduced the silhouette, this time with self-lacing, an opportunity to bring the sneaker from the film to life and for Nike to introduce their E.A.R.L. (Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing) technology to the sneaker world. For most, the Mag is the grail of grails and if it isn’t then you probably don’t care about sneakers too much. If you’re going to take the dive, go all the way in and get the self-lacing iteration which included a super limited release of 89 pairs.

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https://stockx.com/nike-air-mag-back-to-the-future-bttf-2016
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7 New Balance Collabs We Love

Since its inception in 2014, Aimé Leon Dore has become a beacon of simplicity and quality. Based in Queens, New York, ALD (as the brand is often abbreviated) has crept into the streetwear world due, in part, to their commitment to minimalism, undeniable quality and partnership efforts. ALD’s recent collaborations with New Balance have allowed the retailer to spread its name into the sneaker world like wildfire.

Recently, ALD teased its upcoming collaborative New Balance 990v2. As a release date looms, the hype for the latest Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance sneaker is astronomical—and for a good reason. The color blocking of the silhouette is perfect for ALD to strut their quality and range of colors.

Inspired by the upcoming ALD x New Balance 990v2, we’re taking a look at the seven best New Balance sneaker collabs. Take a look.

1. Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 997 “Yellow Tongue”
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Again, New Balance showcases why its 997 is the perfect model for collaborations. The silhouette is classic as it resonates with the on-going “dad shoe” trend, thanks to its enlarged midsole. Unlike most chunky shoes in the market, the New Balance 997 is extremely light and a cool beater shoe. 

ALD provides a Midas touch by staying true to its simple yet effective touch-ups. The use of light, pastel colors contrasts with the dark and dull grays. The yellow tongue is the perfect pop of color to keep you fresh while staying comfortable.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-997-aime-leon-dore
2. Bodega x New Balance 997 Sport “No Bad Days”
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New Balance linked up with another retailer from Tile Town for this 997 Sport. The Bodega x New Balance 997S brings a lot of personalities. The array of hues alone makes this shoe stand out more than any other New Balance collaboration. The 997 Sport features an extended and stacked ENCAP midsole for the perfect amount of comfort. The silhouette includes suede, mesh and rubber for a culmination of quality that is second to none.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-997s-bodega-no-bad-days
3. Kith x New Balance 997 “United Arrows and Sons”
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New York-based retailer Kith is at the epicenter of collaborations. Whether it be apparel or sneakers, a Kith collab is always in the spotlight. The New Balance 997 is a lightweight sneaker that is great for everyday wear with a breathable mesh upper. The combination of gray, purple, pink and cream come together perfectly as it toes the line between subtlety and vibrancy.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-997-og-kith-united-arrows-and-sons
4. Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 530 “Central Park”
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Whether it’s a Ronnie Fieg or a Kith collaboration, you can always rely on a New York story from Queens’ very own. The colorway is inspired by Central Park in the fall, as the 530 silhouette uses hints of yellow, gold, red and burgundy that perfectly sum up the season. 

The 530 silhouette features a quilted upper paired with a quilted inner tongue that differentiates itself from other New Balance models while focusing on luxury and comfort the NB way.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-530-ronnie-fieg-central-park
5. Concepts x New Balance 997 Sport “ERSUC”
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Concepts dives deep into Boston’s history on another New Balance collaboration. The Concepts x New Balance 997 Sport “ESRUC” was inspired by the Curse of the Bambino. For those unfamiliar with the tale, the infamous moment in Boston sports history is traced back to the Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, creating an 86-year-old championship drought.

Aside from the great history lesson, the colorway is genuinely a work of art. The magenta pigskin suede is so vivid that you can sense it through pictures. The hints of pink across the upper and the combination of orange and gray on the outsole provides the perfect amount of chaos.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-997s-concepts-esruc
6. PHANTACi x New Balance 997.5
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This collaboration celebrates the Taiwanese streetwear store’s 10th anniversary. The collaborative 997.5 took a more creative direction by changing up the color blocking scheme and separating it into three different sections of black, white and vivid pink. The back heel tab features a perforated cloth that makes PHANTACi’s collab stand out from any other 997 models. 

There’s more comfort with its REVlite outsole, which contains 30 percent more foam. The simplicity of the color scheme and extra foam makes this shoe a great one to have in your rotation.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-997pt5-phantaci
7. HANON x New Balance 1500 “Chosen Few”
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Since 1993, HANON has been serving Scotland as a premium retailer that has grown exponentially in Europe and the United States. Using the New Balance 1500 as the base model, the silhouette features lots of suede with a mesh toe box like most New Balances. However, the sleek design of the midsole is impactful. The use of royal blue, light blue and deep navy are the perfect trifecta.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-1500-hanon-chosen-few
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10 Top Sneaker Collabs (From Brands That Aren’t Nike or Adidas)

Partnerships and collaborations are becoming more and more critical for footwear brands. Access to the high-profile networks of artists, designers and notable industry brands is paramount to maintain a sense of freshness. 

Sneaker collaborations represent the epitome of what culture and fashion could be. Within the sneaker community, a partnership is a nod of respect from one company to another. The community’s intertwined legacy becomes cemented. 

We all know behemoth brands like Nike and Adidas secure some of culture’s leading movers and shakers. Kanye West has transformed Adidas, and Travis Scott’s Nike collab is pushing boundaries. But what about the underdogs?

Here are the ten best sneaker collabs from unsung hero brands like New Balance, Asics, Reebok and Saucony. Take a look.

1. Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toes”
https://stockx.com/asics-gel-lyte-iii-ronnie-fieg-salmon-toes?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=gel-lyte-3-salmon-toes&utm_source=one37pm
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If you’re into sneakers and streetwear, the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toes” is a staple. For years, the shoe is considered a must-have in anyone’s sneaker collection. The collaboration courtesy of Ronnie Fieg took his street credentials to an elevated level as the shoe—and his creative design on a classic silhouette—was beloved by many and attained by the fortunate few. The last size eight sold for $1,500 on StockX.

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2. Bodega x New Balance 997 Sport “No Bad Days”
https://stockx.com/new-balance-997s-bodega-no-bad-days?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=new-balance-no-bad-days&utm_source=one37pm
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New Balance linked up with another retailer from Tile Town for this 997 Sport. The Bodega x New Balance 997S brings a lot of personalities. The array of hues alone makes this shoe stand out more than any other New Balance collaboration. The 997 Sport features an extended and stacked ENCAP midsole for the perfect amount of comfort. The silhouette includes suede, mesh and rubber for a culmination of quality that is second to none.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-997s-bodega-no-bad-days?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=new-balance-no-bad-days&utm_source=one37pm
3. Pyer Moss x Reebok Mobius Experiment 3 “Pink”
https://stockx.com/reebok-mobius-experiment-3-pyer-moss-pink?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=reebok-pyer-moss&utm_source=one37pm
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Reebok is making a statement in the world of streetwear with its Pyer Moss collaborations. The Reebok Mobius Experiment 3 perfectly blended the deep history of Reebok and the creative power of Pyer Moss. The hightop has a gum bottom that spreads into the black midsole. The combination of pink suede and leather puts this shoe in a league of its own.

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https://stockx.com/reebok-mobius-experiment-3-pyer-moss-pink?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=reebok-pyer-moss&utm_source=one37pm
4. Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 530 “Central Park”
https://stockx.com/new-balance-530-ronnie-fieg-central-park?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=new-balance-central-park&utm_source=one37pm
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Whether it’s a Ronnie Fieg or a Kith collaboration, you can always rely on a New York story from Queens’ very own. The colorway is inspired by Central Park in the fall, as the 530 silhouette uses hints of yellow, gold, red and burgundy that perfectly sum up the season. 

The 530 silhouette features a quilted upper paired with a quilted inner tongue that differentiates itself from other New Balance models while focusing on luxury and comfort the NB way.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-530-ronnie-fieg-central-park?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=new-balance-central-park&utm_source=one37pm
5. Sneaker Politics x Cafe Du Monde x Saucony Shadow 5000 “White”
https://stockx.com/saucony-shadow-5000-politics-cafe-du-monde-white?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=saucony-cafe-du-monde&utm_source=one37pm
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Sneaker Politics joined New Orleans’ Cafe Du Monde for a tasty treat. The beignet sugar-inspired sneaker draws from NOLA’s French roots and celebrates the Sneaker Politics store in the south. Elegant in its simplicity, the white upper and midsole are interrupted by a beautiful brown sprinkled with white—emulating sugar on a beignet dessert. 

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https://stockx.com/saucony-shadow-5000-politics-cafe-du-monde-white?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=saucony-cafe-du-monde&utm_source=one37pm
6. Vivienne Westwood x ASICS Hyper GEL-Lyte
https://stockx.com/asics-hyper-gel-lyte-vivienne-westwood?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=asics-vivienne-westwood&utm_source=one37pm
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For the second time, Vivienne Westwood and ASICS came together for a one-of-a-kind creation that will keep you fresh and stand out from any other sneaker in the game. Using the Hyper GEL-Lyte for its sleek design and undeniable comfort, Westwood created a masterpiece. The collaboration and design are the epitomai of the intersection of sneakers and fashion for today—a luxurious runner that is wearable for everyday life. 

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https://stockx.com/asics-hyper-gel-lyte-vivienne-westwood?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=asics-vivienne-westwood&utm_source=one37pm
7. Atmos x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Green Camo”
https://stockx.com/asics-gel-lyte-iii-atmos-green-camo?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=asics-gel-lyte-3-atmos-camo&utm_source=one37pm
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Atmos, the famous retailer out of Japan known for its collaborations, kept it simple with a green and black combo featuring hints of red. What makes this collab worthwhile is the use of the ASICS GEL-Lyte III with a dipped collar and a classic “dad shoe” aesthetic.

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https://stockx.com/asics-gel-lyte-iii-atmos-green-camo?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=asics-gel-lyte-3-atmos-camo&utm_source=one37pm
8. Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”
https://stockx.com/new-balance-1600-ronnie-fieg-daytona?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=new-balance-ronnie-fieg-daytona&utm_source=one37pm
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Ronnie Fieg’s selection of New Balance models always seems to be on point. Whether it’s a classic 997 or something out of the vault, like a 1600, the model captures Fieg’s creative ambition and New Balance’s identity of premium everyday wear.

The blend of blue, pink, cream and gray create a colorful shoe, and the details of the old-school New Balance “N” are a thoughtful touch. The smooth midsole construction is paired well with the traditional runner 1600 silhouette.

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-1600-ronnie-fieg-daytona?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=new-balance-ronnie-fieg-daytona&utm_source=one37pm
9. Cam’ron x Reebok Question Mid
https://stockx.com/reebok-question-mid-camron-?utm_campaign=underdog-collabs&utm_medium=editorial&utm_term=reebok-camron&utm_source=one37pm
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A collaborative sneaker list isn’t complete without the mentioning of Killa Cam. Cam’ron and his influence in both fashion and rap have transcended into the world of sneakers. His Purple Haze craze extended to another icon—Allen Iverson’s Reebok Question. Aside from the significance of the collab, the sneaker itself is a work of art with the combination of purple camo and purple outsole mixed in with a muted grey suede and leather upper.

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Japanese retailer atmos and the ASICS Gel-Lyte III go hand-in-hand like no other mashup ever could. Utilizing the comfortable silhouette, atmos taps the world map, once reserved for textbooks. Atmos has made an international impact, just like ASICS.

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15 Raf Simons Sneakers You Should Know, Ranked

It’s no secret that chunky sneakers have been the wave for the past year or so. Sneaker trends ebb and flow, but when did this specific movement first crop up? A craze as ubiquitous as oversized sneakers rarely appears overnight. Long before Balenciaga dropped the Triple S or Kanye released the Yeezy 500, Belgian menswear designer Raf Simons was already hard at work, releasing vibrant and unorthodox sneakers. With the release of the Ozweego 1 in 2013, Simons cemented himself as a major figure not only in high-fashion, but also in sneaker culture and streetwear at large.

Both before and after the release of the Ozweego 1, Simons has consistently released some pretty monumental kicks. Before his collabs with Adidas, the designer had already put out some unstoppable sneakers, like the Velcro Strap High of 2010 or the flashy “De Stijl” hiking boots from his 2008 collection. We rounded up the greatest sneakers of his long history as a designer; check them out below.

15. F/W ‘09 Raf Simons x Asics Technical Trainer

These trainers were a huge milestone in Raf’s illustrious career as a designer. Released in 2009, the technical trainers foreshadowed the ever-changing sneaker landscape of the 2010s. Featuring pops of color against a relatively muted silhouette, the trainers were not hugely hyped following their release. It took the sneaker community years to acclimate to this genre of shoe, but ten years later, colorful “ugly” shoes are popping up on both runways and the streets.

14. Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego 2 Red

Yeezy season approaching. The all-red Ozweegos caused a huge stir with their release in 2014. That said, we’re ranking them so low on the list for their lack of longevity. They’re amazing sneakers and a great use of the silhouette, but they’re very much a product of an era. These kicks are a result of the monochrome-red wave of the post-Red October period. They’re beautiful shoes, but we just don’t see a ton of tonal red kicks out on the streets these days.

13. Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Replicant
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These Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Replicants earned a spot on the list because of their surprising take on what had become a classic shoe. Simons and Adidas could only release so many colorways before they’d have to make some major alterations to the silhouette. The added cut-out fits the bill. These kicks are sold with corresponding socks to give the exact right pop of color. It’s a hell of a pair of sneakers, and the beautiful blue, white and lavender colorway is one to remember.

12. Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smith Strap
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If it’s illegal to love these Stans, then lock me up. Throughout the run of Raf Simons’ collaborations with Adidas, the team has released a multitude of variations on the iconic tennis sneaker: the Stan Smith. Although other iterations rank higher on our  list, the Stan Smith Strap in Royal Blue/Red holds a special place in my heart. The Stan Smith is a sneaker traditionally loved for its simplicity, so this obnoxious take on the muted shoe presents an interesting dichotomy. With the incorporation of straps (Raf does seem to love straps), the sneakers are taken to the next level. These aren’t just your run-of-the-mill tennis shoes; this pair of sneakers is a statement piece.

11. Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Bunny
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Y’all really think Virgil Abloh was the first to print words on sneakers? Think again. This 2017 release of the Ozweego, dubbed the “Ozweego Bunny,” features sparse instructions printed along the side. Below the laces reads: “KEEP DOUBLE LACED TO HOLD FIRMLY” and each heel features a small, bolded “RAF SIMONS.” The cream-colored chunky sneaker predates the Yeezy 500 and the OFF-WHITE Jordan 1s, so remember that your favorite sneaker designers were actually just taking cues from the greatest of them all: Mr. Simons himself.

10. Raf Simons “De Stijl” Hiking Boot

One of these sneakers doesn’t look like the others! This is the rarest pair of kicks on the list, and although you don’t see them often, their influence is everywhere. Released in 2008, the “De Stijl” hiking boot features a Mondrian-influenced color palette splashed onto an unorthodox silhouette. It’s tough to tell if the boots look futuristic or antiquated, but they certainly don’t look like they’re from this era—or 2008 for that matter. A$AP Rocky rocked the kicks on a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013. Despite their rarity, the boots paved the way for a lot of the color-experimentation that began burgeoning in sneaker design in the early 2010s.

9. Raf Simons Velcro Low

Now we start to really get into the hits. The velcro lows are such an unbelievable low-profile sneaker, in both white and black. Crafted with beautiful leather, these shoes have cemented themselves as one of the most iconic releases of Simons’s career since 2010. Considering that these predate his first collaborations with Adidas, their staying power is especially extraordinary. It’s a gorgeous shoe, but one that’s becoming increasingly more difficult to get your hands on.

8. Raf Simons x Adidas Detroit Runner
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Fast-forward to 2018. Simons debuted a now-beloved silhouette with Adidas. The Detroit Runner, which exists in the interspace between sneaker, boot and shoe, is a next-level expansion on the chunky shoe trend. Despite a slim upper, the sneaker features an excessively chunky sole, giving it a uniquely ballooned silhouette. It’s a surprisingly heavy shoe, taking cues from the density of the Balenciaga Triple S. The low top’s release was followed by a high-top version, which came out in early 2019.

7. Raf Simons x Adidas Micropacer Stan Smiths
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These might be a bit of a surprise, but I think they’re one of the most interesting iterations of the Stan Smith. Similar to the aforementioned strap Stans, these shoes do a good job of upending the notion of Stan Smiths as minimal. In an era overrun with chunky sneakers (these released in 2019), it’s interesting to see Raf and Adidas taking chances on some of their slimmer silhouettes as well. They’ve also been selling for way under their retail, so if you’re looking for a semi-budget pair of Rafs, these might be an option for you.

6. Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego 2
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This is arguably the Ozweego iteration that catapulted the silhouette from only a Raf-enthusiast’s essential to a sneakerhead staple. Both the white colorway and the black, blue and pink made appearances in massive music videos—like 2017’s “RAF” by A$AP MOB—and decisively put Raf Simons on the map as the preeminent sneaker designer for those who want to flex.

5. Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smith
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2014 to 2015 was a huge era for Adidas and Raf Simons. The Ozweego II debuted, which brought more recognition to the collaborations. The monochrome Stan Smiths were also released in Spring 2015, during the peak of the Stan Smith revival. Although there was a previous Stan Smith release in 2014 (which featured the traditional white/green Stan Smith colorway with a simple “R” in place of the three stripes), the 2015 releases set off a huge wave of monochrome and pastel sneakers. The pale blue iteration is a must-have for any sneakerhead with a love of pastels.

4. Raf Simons x Adidas Response Trail

In the aftermath of Kanye West’s recent announcement of his upcoming Clog, we have been forced to reckon with the influence of the clog/water-shoe hybrid that is the Croc. But years before Kanye and Steven Smith could riff on the rubber shoes, Simons had already integrated a Croc-like strap into his sneaker design. The Response Trail sneaker from 2015 controversially featured a dense foam strap along its heel. And while some once dubbed these sneakers ugly, they’ve become a mainstay of Raf Simons x Adidas aficionados’ collections. This sneaker is increasingly difficult to find online, but their unique mix of technical and gaudy aesthetics lands them a spot in our top five.

3. Raf Simons Velcro High

The final three on this list could have all taken the top spot. The Velcro Highs are a revelation. They encapsulate everything good and wonderful about a pair of sneakers. They’re low-profile, but the thick velcro straps and ankle-height upper give them a flamboyant flair. Worn with long, wide pants, they provide an amazing canvas for draping and stacking. Worn with skinny, cropped pants, they glisten as standalone high-tops. They’re sneakers, but their high-quality leather gives them a pseudo-formal feel. They toe the line between sneaker and shoe, minimal and gaudy, clean and extreme. God bless the Raf Simons Velcro High.

2. Raf Simons x Adidas Response Trail Robot

It’s difficult to identify what I like most about these sneakers. Is it the accented, yellow stitching? Is it the blue and red metallic eyelets? The clean gray sole? The Response Trail Robot earned its number two spot on this list because of its ineffability. It’s not a vibrant, colorful sneaker like the Ozweegos, nor is it a relatively muted, formal sneaker like the velcro highs and lows. Inspired by vintage astronaut suits, this iteration of the Response Trail is a God-tier sneaker. It’s low-key enough to be integrated into a plethora of different looks, while the metallic accents give it a standout visual style. A sneaker deemed too weird upon its 2015 release now seems rather subdued compared to the increasingly wacky pairs of the past half-decade. It’s an amazing sneaker, and one of the most wearable options on our list. Good luck finding them though!

1. Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego 1
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“Dad shoe” has not always been a term of sneaker endearment. I vividly remember trawling sneaker forums in the early 2010s and reading plenty of messages along the lines of, “Who would wear these ugly dad shoes?” These messages were directed at the Ozweego 1, the greatest Raf Simons sneaker release of all time. How times change. 


This colorway is unrivaled. The sultry pink, the emerald green, the popping yellow. All the hues work together to create a beautiful, unified sneaker. Simons has an eye for color, and nowhere is this more clear than in this first collaboration with Adidas. Aside from the shoe’s unbelievable chromatic arrangement, the Ozweego 1 earns its number one spot on this list because of its influence. One of the earliest iterations of the chunky dad shoe aesthetic, the sneakers were spotted on the likes of A$AP Rocky (though not this exact colorway), and ultimately contributed to the growing ubiquity of traditionally “ugly” shoes in hip hop style. Without the 1, we would have never had the Ozweego 2, the Trail Response, the Ozweego Bunny, the Yeezy 500 or the Balenciaga Triple S. For your monumental contribution to the sneaker landscape, we thank you, Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego 1.