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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.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/tv/CcNjTb7pRU5/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”14″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%;width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px);width:calc(100% – 2px)”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/tv/CcNjTb7pRU5/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″></div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”>View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″></div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”></div></div></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”></div></div></a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/tv/CcNjTb7pRU5/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by BILLIE EILISH (@billieeilish)</a></p></div></blockquote></div>

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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MAWdoods Thinks Outside Of The Box To Make Captivating Art

MAWdoods, an artist from Green Bay, Wisconsin, has gained a ton of attention for his SHOEBOXSERIES. The collection is centered around the idea of making art on pre-existing canvases: Nike shoe boxes. He came up with the idea after working at Finish Line and being immersed in sneaker culture. One day, MAWdoods saw the Nike swoosh and thought it looked like a sword. He made that idea into a piece depicting the swoosh stabbing someone, titled “Death By Sneakers.” From there, the idea has evolved to focus on texture and other unique aspects of the boxes. He refers to his art as “kixed media,” like “mixed media” but for “kicks.” 

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BqdGVqpHL5r/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”14″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%;width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px);width:calc(100% – 2px)”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BqdGVqpHL5r/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″></div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”>View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″></div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”></div></div></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”></div></div></a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BqdGVqpHL5r/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by The Series Of Shoeboxes (@shoeboxseries)</a></p></div></blockquote></div>

MAWdoods’ SHOEBOXSERIES is an innovative approach to customizing a familiar element of people’s lives, turning typical items into extraordinary collectibles. The series references characters and themes of pop-culture, ranging from South Park to Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs. Each piece employs the Nike swoosh in a way that makes it a part of the art, and with each design, MAWdoods has brought more and more life to this breathtaking idea. Even the ideas that don’t reference pop-culture are wildly creative utilizations of the Nike logo: a Nike swoosh surfboard, snake fangs, a musical note, an ice skate, a high heel, and much more. To see such a simple concept be taken to such an extreme is riveting; MAWdoods shows his audience that there are a seemingly endless amount of perspectives to look at this simple everyday packaging.

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CF5VddqpB77/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”14″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%;width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px);width:calc(100% – 2px)”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CF5VddqpB77/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″></div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”>View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″></div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”></div></div></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”></div></div></a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/CF5VddqpB77/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by The Series Of Shoeboxes (@shoeboxseries)</a></p></div></blockquote></div>

The collection has obviously drawn a major appeal amongst sneakerheads. How could they not love this collection? It’s the perfect type of art piece for people that love sneakers and Nike, specifically. MAWdoods sells these beautiful pieces in both original and print form, offering his audience affordable options to own a piece of his art. 

MAWdoods makes art beyond this Nike shoebox collection, including pieces of renowned rappers, other pop-culture references, and even trippy visual landscapes so intricate that they resemble “Where’s Waldo?” pieces. Whether he’s making portraits of your favorite rapper or showing you a completely different way to look at a Nike shoebox, MAWdoods is always working, and he’s set the stage for an impactful presence in 2022. His instagram accounts are the perfect way to get familiar with his work, and we’ve included them below so you can get hip. Take a look at this alluring artist and his one-of-a-kind collection below!

<div class =”code”><blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/reel/CZXQc2dqu5_/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” data-instgrm-version=”14″ style=”background:#FFF;border:0;border-radius:3px;margin: 1px;max-width:540px;min-width:326px;padding:0;width:99.375%;width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px);width:calc(100% – 2px)”><div style=”padding:16px”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/reel/CZXQc2dqu5_/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”background:#FFFFFF;line-height:0;padding:0 0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:100%” target=”_blank”> <div style=”flex-direction: row;align-items: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 40px;margin-right: 14px;width: 40px”></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 100px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 60px”></div></div></div><div style=”padding: 19% 0″></div> <div style=”height:50px;margin:0 auto 12px;width:50px”></div><div style=”padding-top: 8px”> <div style=”color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px”>View this post on Instagram</div></div><div style=”padding: 12.5% 0″></div> <div style=”flex-direction: row;margin-bottom: 14px;align-items: center”><div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px;flex-grow: 0;margin-right: 14px;margin-left: 2px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;height: 12.5px;width: 12.5px”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: 8px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 50%;flex-grow: 0;height: 20px;width: 20px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 2px solid transparent;border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom: 2px solid transparent”></div></div><div style=”margin-left: auto”> <div style=”width: 0px;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right: 8px solid transparent”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;flex-grow: 0;height: 12px;width: 16px”></div> <div style=”width: 0;height: 0;border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left: 8px solid transparent”></div></div></div> <div style=”flex-direction: column;flex-grow: 1;justify-content: center;margin-bottom: 24px”> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;margin-bottom: 6px;width: 224px”></div> <div style=”background-color: #F4F4F4;border-radius: 4px;flex-grow: 0;height: 14px;width: 144px”></div></div></a><p style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center”><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/reel/CZXQc2dqu5_/?utm_source=ig_embed\u0026amp;utm_campaign=loading” style=”color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none” target=”_blank”>A post shared by MAWdoods (@mawdoods)</a></p></div></blockquote></div>

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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.

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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’
GOAT
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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

This week’s releases feature an array of kicks that you won’t want to sleep on. 

New Balance is set to release a pack that inspires us to keep dreaming, while an all-new adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 colorway is perfect for spring. In addition, the brand with the Three Stripes combines two classics for a refreshing silhouette. Nike releases its latest innovative sneaker with the Nike VaporMax 360 that adds to the Air legacy we all know and love. Plus, BBC and the Reebok Answer V come together for a colorful collab. 

Take a look at the upcoming kicks, and be sure to tune in next week for another heat-filled lineup.

1. Nike VaporMax 360
Nike

Date: Jan. 30

Price: $225

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

Nike is known to take risks by pushing the envelope of performance and innovation. Their latest development is the Nike VaporMax 360. The pair uses an original palette that is a nod to the past, while looking toward the future of Air with its iridescent Swoosh. Designed for all-around comfort, the VaporMax 360 could very well be the comfiest Air model to date.

2. New Balance “Inspire the Dream” Collection
New Balance

Date: Jan. 30

Price: TBD

New Balance and select retailers

To celebrate Black History Month, which is right around the corner, Kawhi Leonard and New Balance introduced a BHM-inspired collection that uses some of NB’s most classic silhouettes along with Kawhi’s go-to hoops shoe.  

The collection features the New Balance 574, 997, 850 and the recently unveiled OMN1S, which is engineered for on-court performance. 

The collection features a USA-themed palette with a vibrant red and deep navy that blends well together. To top it all off, the shoes feature hints of gold across the upper and along the midsole for an extra pop of color.

3. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Marsh”
Adidas

Date: Feb. 1

Price: $220

Adidas.com and select retailers 

Kanye West’s commitment to ensuring everyone gets a pair of Yeezys is now a reality. The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 continues to be the canvas for debut colorways. 

Straying away from recent neutral tones, the “Marsh” colorway consists of a yellow upper and a citrus collar. The silver stripe across the shoe adds some character to it, making it a must-have, especially with the change of season coming up.

4. Adidas Superstan
Adidas

Date: Feb. 1 

Price: $110

Adidas.com and select retailers

The adidas Superstar and Stan Smith silhouettes have become some of the more iconic models from the brand. Since the ‘90s, the brand with the Three Stripes has turned these classics into pillars. Now, they’re coming together to create the upcoming Superstan. 

Minimalistic in its design, the Stan Smith upper receives a Superstar toe box for a subtle makeover. Adidas will definitely deliver more colorways of this dynamic duo.

5. BBC x Reebok Answer V
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Date: Feb. 1 

Price: $180

Reebok, bbcicecream.com and select retailers

BBC and Reebok have been on their A-game with their collabs. Using a silhouette popularized by Allen Iverson that embodied his fashion-forward mantra, this upcoming colorway of the latest BBC x Reebok installment features a great range of colors and materials. If you’re looking to diversify your sneaker collection or you just want some color in your rotation, this pair is just for you.

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This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

This week’s releases are a combination of hype and a hint of nostalgia that made our ONE37pm editorial selection process extremely difficult. Nonetheless, this curated list brings a little bit of everything to the table. 

Jordan Brand is bringing back a classic Air Jordan 4 for the first time since 2006. Jumpman is shining a light on the Air Jordan 9 silhouette that features a reflective, multicolored detailing across the upper. Paris Fashion Week inspired a Parisian staple brand to cook up two colorful iterations on the Pigalle x Converse capsule. Nike’s All Conditions Gear line brings a tech-heavy boot that is perfectly engineered for any condition (and any fit). 

To close out the week, Kanye West and Adidas are back with another chapter of the Yeezy Boost 350 v2. The “Yeshaya” colorway is as simple as it is desirable. The neutral tones are a perfect segway from winter to spring.  

Take a look at the best kicks releasing this week. Be sure to check in next week for another heat-filled lineup that you won’t want to miss.

1. Air Jordan 4 “Black Cat”
Nike

Date: Jan. 22

Price: $190

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

For the first time since 2006, the Air Jordan 4 “Black Cat” is back. Inspired by Jordan’s on-court nickname, the pair leaves little room for color with its all-black upper and a hint of gray on the tongue. From its luxurious nubuck to the glossed Jumpman, the pair comes just in time for those who need to re-up from the ‘06 drop—or even for those who missed out the first time (myself included).

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Nike
2. Nike ACG Air Terra Antartik GORE-TEX “Summit White”
Nike

Date: Jan. 24

Price: $220

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The ACG line has been releasing absolute hits lately. The Air Terra Antarktik keeps the momentum of Nike’s performance-driven branch. The high-tech boot features a GORE-TEX upper, making it perfect for any environment. Plus, who doesn’t love a white kick with a pop of color? The vibrant green and yellow in contrast to the white with black accents combine perfectly, making it a must-have no matter the weather.

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Nike
3. Pigalle x Converse 70 Ox
Converse

Date: Jan. 25

Price: $120

SNKRS and select Converse retailers

Since 2014, the Parisian brand and Nike have expanded their influence and momentum. Now, Pigalle is taking an unusual approach to the Converse 70 Ox as it mimics the mesmerizing basketball court that we all associate with the brand. The heavy pastel capsule had two colorways that resemble night and day. Whether you want a subtle pop of color or a loud pair of sneakers, the Pigalle x Converse collaboration has something for everybody.

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Converse
4. Air Jordan 9 “Racer Blue”
Nike

Date: Jan. 25

Price: $190

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

The Air Jordan 9 is an underappreciated part of the Jordan legacy. From its construction to its comfort, the AJ9 can often be a sneaker connoisseur’s best-kept secret. The “Racer Blue” colorway blends the history of the Jordan line with a modern tweak. Aside from the blue Jumpman on the midsole and branding on the back, the gray stripe that runs from the toe box to the collar is a reflective material, creating an iridescent detail. Regardless of your affection for the Air Jordan 9, the “Racer Blue” iteration is the perfect example of Jordan Brand’s direction for 2020: history with a modern approach.

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Nike
5. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Yeshaya”
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Date: Jan. 25

Price: $220

Adidas.com and select adidas retailers

Kanye West and Adidas are continuing their promise of Yeezys for everybody with another release of its most famous silhouette. The 350 v2 is becoming a fan favorite thanks to its comfort and versatility. Whether you’re kicking it with friends or flexing on casual Fridays, the 350 v2 is the perfect shoe to diversify your sneaker game. The neutral approach of the “Yeshaya” colorway makes the pair easily approachable for anyone. If you’re looking to buy your first Yeezy or extending your collection, this is a great pair for you.

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This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

This week’s sneaker drops are all about the classics. From the Nike Air Max 90 celebrating 30 years of excellence with a holiday-themed colorway to the 2020 edition of the Nike SB Dunk line, brands are aiming for nostalgia—and hitting a bullseye. 

Also, LeBron James and his newest signature shoe stand out in all the right ways with a colorway that celebrates the success of his “I Promise” school. 

As the NBA All-Star Weekend is heading back to Chicago for the first time since 1988 (where Michael Jordan famously soared and dunked from the free-throw line), Jordan Brand is riding off its history with a pure Air Jordan 1 that even Mike would’ve rocked on the court.

Take a look at the best upcoming releases of the week below, and be sure to tune in next week for more.

1. Nike Air Max 90 “CNY”
Nike

Date: Jan. 15

Price: TBD

Nike.com and select Nike retailers

Nike is coming in hot with the Air Max 90, celebrating three decades of colorways, history and culture through one of its signature silhouettes. As a part of the Nike Chinese New Year collection, the pair is dipped in an aesthetically pleasing and straightforward combination of red, silver and lavender. If you’re looking to expand your Air Max 90 inventory, this all-new colorway is a great start. Nike seems to be in a heritage-driven mood with the 90, so be on the lookout for more classic colorways—along with some new ones. 

Nike
Nike
2. Air Jordan 1 High “Black/Gym Red”
Nike

Date: Jan. 18

Price: $170

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

At the end of 2019, Jordan Brand went heavy with the Air Jordan 1 Mid and its sell-out “Fearless” collection. But it’s a new year, and the brand is going back to a classic with a simple black and red colorway of the Air Jordan 1. With the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago approaching, there’s no doubt that the Jordan 1 is going to be hitting the shelves in full force. This black and red combination is definitely rotation-worthy, so be sure to lock down a pair this week.

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Nike
3. Nike SB Dunk Low “Infrared”
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Date: Jan. 20

Price: $90

Select Nike retailers

Over the past two years, the Nike SB Dunk Low has made a strong rebound, thanks to athletes, celebrities and others bringing a new sense of energy to a model that made an undeniable amount of noise in the early 2000s. Nike isn’t letting off the gas with a mash-up of two of the greats. Dipped in “Infrared” fashion, this Nike SB Dunk Low is a great start for the new year. Whether you’re a Nike SB fan or you’re looking for an entry point into the silhouette, this pair might be the one for you.

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4. Nike LeBron 17 “I Promise”
Nike

Date: Jan. 21

Price: $200

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

LeBron James and Nike have cooked up sneakers to celebrate James’s “I Promise” school in Akron, Ohio. From a performance standpoint, James’s newest addition to his signature shoe line is all about maximizing comfort and utilizing Nike technology with a heat-induced Battleknit upper and multiple Air pockets. Whether you’re balling on the court or wearing these every day, the beauty is in the details. The colorful upper is paired with intricate details of the school’s mantra printed on the laces, and the logo is on the insole and tongue. James continues to show us his commitment to the game as well as a commitment to his city through the LeBron James Family Foundation.

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Nike
5. Nike SB Dunk High “Paul Rodriguez”
Nike

Date: Jan. 21

Price: $125

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

Whether you know him as P-Rod or by his legal name, Paul Rodriguez is the godfather of Nike SB and one of the most prominent riders to join the brand. Nike SB is celebrating 15 years of his commitment to the game—and his Mexican heritage—with a Nike SB Dunk High in the colors of the Mexican flag. Not only does the pair honor his roots with the colorway, but the release also reflects his love for boxing with a lace lock shaped like a championship belt. The details and storytelling are absolute money on this pair. If you’re a fan of SBs or P-Rod himself, this one is a must for the collection.

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Adidas
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This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

2020 is finally here, and we hope your New Year’s resolution isn’t to purchase fewer sneakers. One week into a new decade, brands aren’t letting up on dropping all kinds of heat.  

The Air Max 90 is celebrating 30 years of excellence with a classic colorway. Nike Running is debuting its newest performance model just in time to get your New Year’s resolution marathon on the right track. Jordan Brand hits the reverse treatment on a nostalgic pair. The Kyrie signature basketball line and Concepts are teaming up once again to tell a story like no other. Plus, Pharrell Williams and Adidas are focusing on comfort with one-of-a-kind technology.

Take a look at the upcoming releases for this week, and be sure to tune in every Wednesday the latest slate of kicks.

1. Nike Air Max 90
Nike

Date: Jan. 9

Price: $120

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

Nike is celebrating the Air Max 90’s 30th anniversary with style. Since the silhouette launched, the Air Max 90 has been a staple within the sneaker community that has transcended its performance focus to include lifestyle and has even infiltrated the fashion world. As the celebration begins next week, three colorways emerge: “Hyper Turquoise,” “Hyper Grape” and “Volt.” From its suede accents to its primarily mesh upper, the Air Max 90 is a comfortable wear that combines ease and luxury.

Nike
Nike
2. Nike React Infinity Run
Nike

Date: Jan. 9 

Price: $160

Nike.com and select Nike retailers

Whether your goal for the new year is to run more or you’re simply looking into a new pair of running shoes, Nike is finally releasing its latest model—the Nike React Infinity Run. The sneaker provides the comfort of the brand’s React technology, keeping you light on your feet while providing a spring. The shoe’s composition aims to reduce running-based injuries, packed with durability and performance features. This is the perfect option for base runs as Nike Running continues to push the envelope of what running shoes are capable of doing.

Nike
Nike
3. Concepts x Nike Kyrie 6 “Khepri”
Nike

Date: Jan. 10

Price: $140

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

Kyrie Irving and his signature shoe line continue to tell the story of ancient Egypt alongside the Boston based-retailer Concepts. The Brooklyn Nets point guard’s newest model is hitting the market, and his new colorway is a must-have. The iridescent Swoosh, along with the pink and light blue combination, tells the story of the Egyptian god Khepri Ra.

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Nike
4. Air Jordan 13 “Reverse He Got Game”
Nike

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $200

SNKRS and select Nike retailers

Another Jordan Brand classic is coming in a new fashion to start the decade. The colorway is an ode to a cinema favorite: Spike Lee’s He Got Game, which debuted in May 1998, starring Denzel Washington and the famous character Jesus Shuttlesworth portrayed by Jordan Brand athlete Ray Allen. This iteration of the classic colorway flips the script by changing the color blocking. Whether you’re a Jordan Brand fanatic or a fan of Spike Lee films, this colorway and its legacy, is the perfect pair you need to start the new year.

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Nike
5. Adidas Pharrell Williams 4D
Adidas

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $400

Adidas.com and select retailers

Pharrell Williams is back with another hit, and we’re not talking about his chart-topping music. The multi-platform mogul has been leading the collaboration charge with Adidas for a few years with his creativity and personal flair, coming to life through his sneakers. The silhouette is all about comfort thanks to its Primeknit construction and a sock-like fit. In addition, Adidas throws on its revolutionary 4D material made from light and oxygen to create a lattice-like sole. Available this week in both “Olive” and “Purple,” the Pharrell line is reaching new heights thanks to Adidas’ innovative tech.

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Adidas
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The Iconic Moment That Made the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” Unforgettable

Flat on his back with a basketball pressed tightly against his shut eyelids, tears streaming down his cheeks and eye-catching red and black sneakers on his feet, Michael Jordan laid motionless on the floor in the Chicago Bulls’ locker room. His teammates, in contrast, excitedly canvassed Chicago’s United Center, celebrating their fourth championship at the hands of the formidable Seattle SuperSonics during the 1995-1996 NBA season. 

Jordan’s absence from the celebration was noticed. He’d ducked off after grabbing the game ball from teammate Toni Kukoc and made his way through the players’ tunnel to the locker room. There, he collapsed onto the carpeted floor—not from pain, but the weight of his emotional anguish. 

Three years earlier, Jordan lost his father, James Jordan Sr., to a senseless act of violence. The Bulls’ ‘96 Finals victory was the first he had to celebrate without his father by his side. The harsh reality of that moment overcame his 6-foot-6 frame, stripping his strength and forcing him to the floor. A lone photographer, Barry Gossage, somehow found his way into the locker room before any other members of the press had arrived. He snapped a handful of frames of Jordan before his counterparts came. One would echo through time like few MJ photos before it.

The harsh reality of that moment overcame his 6-foot-6 frame, stripping his strength and forcing him to the floor.

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The Air Jordan 11 “Bred” appear on Jordan’s feet in the famed image, above. Arguably the most popular sneaker of all time, and on a silhouette primarily credited for the globalization of sneaker culture, the Air Jordan 11 began its unparalleled ascension earlier that year. Jordan Brand marketed the OG “Concord” colorway as a premium sneaker that fans could wear with a suit. The legendary Space Jam edition debuted with Jordan’s record-breaking feature film debut. The “Bred,” though, was rich in hoops heritage, making its mark on Jordan’s professional sanctuary—the hardwood. 

Jordan continued to wear the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” exclusively throughout the 1996 NBA playoffs. That year, the Bulls’ postseason was an extension of their historic 72-10 (72 wins and ten losses) season. That success was the perfect complement to the commercial triumphs of the Air Jordan 11. Both broke new ground, signaling what we now reference as the best in basketball and sneaker culture—a marriage that still runs parallel today.

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Nike

Now, 23 years later—mirroring Jordan’s jersey number—the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” is set to retro this month. Constructed in premium patent leather and lush Cordura nylon, the shoe looks and feels better than ever. Jordan Brand has made it a practice to re-release this shoe, allowing a new generation of sneaker aficionados to own the cultural relic.

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With previous retro releases in 2001, 2008 and 2012, the 2019 edition marks the first drop in the era of Nike’s Retro Remastered Program—an initiative that ensures that retro Air Jordan’s are of the utmost quality and as close to the original pair as possible. This year’s “Bred” 11 comes in the original box from ‘96. It’s those seemingly small details that speak to sneaker collectors in their dialect.

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The mystique of the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” still draws from the Chicago Bulls-focused black and red sneaker. There’s a magic that words can’t do justice, a feeling that you just have to feel to understand. When that black patent leather sparkles and that red outsole bounces off the pavement, well, it’s just different.  

As expected, the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” won’t be an easy purchase when it releases on Dec. 14 for $220. Cop your pair with ease and convenience now on StockX.