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The 5 Hottest Sneaker Drops This Week

Le Sigh. There are so many dope colorways being released this week, and to be honest, I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I know last week was very disappointing for some folks—a lot of us didn’t get the sneaker drops we wanted (one of these days, we are going to have a very real conversation about resellers), but alas, this is a new week with new opportunities! I realize I may sound like a Disney character, but I truly have high hopes for this new round of releases. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

1. Ivy Park Super Sleek 72 Shoes
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Ivy Park Super Sleek 72

Release Date: 2/19

Okay, I’m making an exception to the rule with these because this was technically last week, but the ‘Super Sleeks’ are a thing of beauty. I copped a couple of items from the Icy Park release last week, but for some reason, I can’t stop thinking about these sneakers. The platform sole and the neutral colors give the shoe a smooth classy look pairable with just about anything in your wardrobe. You could wear them with athletic apparel, or dress them for a formal look. Luckily there are still a few pairs in stock, but I imagine this won’t be the case for long. A solid pick-up for sure.

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2. Nike WMNS Dunk High ‘Football Grey’
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Nike WMNS Dunk High ‘Football Grey’

Release Date: 2/25

I think the ‘Football Grays’ could be a good replacement for those unable to get the ‘Silver Toes’ last week. Nike seems to really be feeling springtime pastels at the moment, and this shoe is a nice mixture of light taupe with baby blue overlays. Not too overstated, but still eye-catching. Plus, they are high tops (since y’all swear up and down you don’t like mids), and you can never go wrong with highs. I think this a great addition for any level of sneaker fandom personally!

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3. Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Rose’
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Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Rose’

Release Date: 2/25

I had a strong inkling that this shoe would be hard to come by, and I guess I was right. Honestly, I’m surprised these didn’t come out for Valentine’s Day a couple of weeks ago! The pink hues combined with the rose design on the midsole just screams ‘romantic,’ but I digress. The pink is light enough not to be considered a ‘bold’ colorway, and I think you could swap out the laces for white ones (or even red) to give the shoe different looks. ‘Forces’ have always gone well with a number of outfits, but for some reason, I’m getting pantsuit vibes with these. Anywho, on to the next!

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4. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Ash Blue’
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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Ash Blue’

Out of all the ‘Yeezys’ scheduled to release this week, I believe the ‘Ash Blues’ might be the best. I personally love ‘Yeezys,’ but sometimes I have a hard time figuring out how exactly I can pair them with certain items in my closet. I know some have expressed similar sentiments, so I think these are a good choice. The ‘Ash Pearls’ feature splashes of dark grey and blue and are definitely more subtle compared to previous 350 releases. This is a great shoe for beginning ‘Yeezy’ wearers and a good addition for any collector itching for a new purchase.

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5. Puma Suede Classic
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Puma Suede Classic

Release: 2/19

I’m breaking tradition again because these were released last week as well. Honestly, I feel like I haven’t included enough releases from Puma, New Balance, etc., and I’m going to do a better job of that going forward. As you all know, Puma has become synonymous with their ‘Suede Classics’ over the years, and their recent ‘Suede Campaign’ featured some pretty notable names, including LaMelo Ball and Lauren London. The classics are loaded with colors and have tons of sizes available for men, women, and children. I personally own a pair of the ‘Suedes,’ and they are definitely one of my tried and trues!

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That’s all I got for this week! I’ll be back next week with another round of releases, and you can keep up with my collection on Instagram and Twitter!

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Producer Kato Shows Off the ‘Fit He Rocks in the Studio

Since the genre’s inception, hip-hop and fashion have been inextricably linked. Rappers and producers are trendsetters. Where would Adidas be without their iconic collaboration with RUN-DMC? Streetwear isn’t only dynamic, but increasingly global. You can’t possibly keep your finger on the pulse of contemporary streetwear by simply shopping at American retailers.

Luckily, JD Sports is finally available in the U.S., and—through their Global Access program—is offering exclusive gear you can’t find anywhere else. We partnered with legendary producer Kato to showcase how he rocks some of the freshest JD Sports clothing and shoes in the studio to demonstrate the full style possibilities available to the modern sneakerhead.

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From fly Nike T-shirts to Global Access exclusives like the Air Max 97, you can’t possibly make beats without getting a fresh ‘fit off. Air Maxes are also immensely comfortable for long studio sessions, making them a great pair of sneakers for artists and fans alike.

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$170
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Between the cozy Nike sweats and Air Max 97s, Kato shows off a timeless ‘fit that you can wear at home, in the studio or on the town. With JD Sports, the possibilities are endless.

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Where Elite Sneakerheads Can Now Go to Stock Up on the Latest Gear

Try as you might, it’s difficult to maintain a grasp on international style if you only rely on American retailers. Luckily for us, UK-based retail giant JD Sports is finally opening stores in the US. The 40-year old British brand has got some of the best sneaker options on the market, from big names like Nike all the way to burgeoning brands like Danner, in addition to other gear you might need for the cold winter months—like Timberlands and Champion sweats. You could truly browse through the catalogue for hours and hours, so we did it for you. Feel free to browse anyway. Here are ONE37pm’s favorite items available now from JD Sports.

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1. Nike Air Max 97
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The Air Max 97 is in the midst of a renaissance. It’s really one of the most versatile shoes ever released by Nike. Couple that with their immense comfort and the hype around chunky shoes, and you’ve got yourself a no-brainer. There are numerous colorways to choose from at JD Sports, so browse around and find the best pick for you. These are also a Global Access exclusive, so you can only get them at JD Sports.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $170
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=DH4092&colorId=001
2. Nike Air Force 1 Low
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No collection is complete without a pair of icy Air Force Ones. You can’t always wear colorful sneaks, so sometimes minimalism is the best option. Consider these for outfits featuring vivid pants or shirts. Let the outfit do the talking and use the kicks as the cherry on top.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $90
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-force-1-low-casual-shoes/prod795980?styleId=315122&colorId=111
3. Puma Future Rider Eat Ur Veggies
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-puma-future-rider-eat-ur-veggies-casual-shoes/prod2821608?styleId=37542301&colorId=060
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The resurgence of retro styles over the past few years has opened up a world of possibilities for comfort and flash. This entry from Puma checks all the boxes. The thick suede and veggie colors scream nostalgia, and the overall shape of the shoe signifies a commitment to comfort. These are great for lounging around the house or putting together a vibrant outfit, depending on your mood. The Pumas are another Global Access exclusive; you won’t find them anywhere else.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $80
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-puma-future-rider-eat-ur-veggies-casual-shoes/prod2821608?styleId=37542301&colorId=060
4. Air Max 2015 Running Shoes
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The Air Max line has put out hits even in more recent years. This model is intended for running, but the red iteration makes a great statement for some of your more muted outfits.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $180
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-2015-running-shoes/prod2787953?styleId=DC2022&colorId=600
5. Adidas NMD R1
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The NMD was a massively popular silhouette upon its initial release. With that popularity came numerous releases of various colorways. JD Sports carries a wide array of NMDs, so if you’re a fan of the silhouette, take a look at all of their color options and find the right option. The blush green and cream white are especially fresh.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $140
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-adidas-originals-nmd-r1-casual-shoes/prod2763986?styleId=FV9153&colorId=001
6. Nike Air VaporMax Plus Running Shoes
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It’s been a huge year for VaporMax, with good reason. They’re unbelievably comfortable and the tech will keep you bouncy and ready to roll. It’s one of the more hyped sneakers in the game right now, so $200 is a great price for a sneaker that will probably go up in value. Cop the black if you’re trying to stay low-key or the red if you want to stand out.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $200
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-vapormax-plus-running-shoes/prod2770771?styleId=924453&colorId=004
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7. Timberland 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boots
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JD Sports

We know this list is for sneakerheads, but it’s wintertime. There’s really no boot more associated with sneaker culture than the Timberland. For when it’s too snowy out there to flash your freshest kicks, cop a pair of Tims so you can flex from the warmth of a comfy boot.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $198
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-timberland-6-inch-premium-waterproof-boots/prod1260119?styleId=10061&colorId=WHE
Sweats
8. Nike Sportswear Club Fleece Embroidered Hoodie
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It’s hoodie season. This entry from Nike is stylish, understated and—perhaps most importantly—warm. The embroidered logo gives it a more refined style than your traditional printed hoodie and the slim cut gives it a more chic fit than your everyday baggy sweatshirt. We’re partial to the heather gray.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $50
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/nike-sportswear-club-fleece-embroidered-hoodie/prod2767732?styleId=BV2654&colorId=063
9. Champion Reverse Weave Embroidered Hoodie
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-champion-reverse-weave-embroidered-logo-hoodie/prod2788983?styleId=GF685900&colorId=600
JD Sports

Not a Nike fanatic? Then maybe Champion’s got the right hoodie for you. The reverse weave construction is warm and comfortable, and JD Sports carries a color that pairs with almost any pair of sneakers. This is a great piece for layering or wearing on its own; the possibilities for outfits containing a Champion hoodie are truly endless.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $65
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-champion-reverse-weave-embroidered-logo-hoodie/prod2788983?styleId=GF685900&colorId=600
10. Sonneti London Jogger Pants
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JD Sports

We had to include a pair of sweatpants on the list, as they pair nicely with a wide range of sneakers and keep you warm in the cold winter months. These slim joggers can be understated or eye-catching, depending on what sneakers you pair them with. They’re a great option for lounging around the house, or can be taken to the streets with the right outfit construction.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $30
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-sonneti-london-jogger-pants/prod2824112?styleId=SNM12523&colorId=050
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The 5 Hottest Sneaker Drops This Week

You know what they say: If you have an opportunity to go for the dunk, you gotta take it. I’m actually not sure if anybody has ever said that, but what I do know is that this week’s sneaker releases feature a lot of ‘Dunks’ that are absolute fire. I could actually make a majority of this list “Dunk” heavy, but I will torture myself and only pick one (or maybe two). Aside from the ‘Dunks,’ we also have Nike dropping a new round of Jordan 1s (here we go again) and 3s, plus a dope drop from Reebok. Oh, and Beyonce will be releasing her heavily anticipated ‘Icy Park’ line over the weekend as well. This was my toughest week of selections by far, so let’s get to it!

1. ‘Nike Dunk Low’
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Nike Dunk Low

Release Date: 2/18

Fine, I’ll only pick one out of the three ‘Dunks’ that were released this week. This was a tough call, but I’m going with…the UCLA theme colorway. Don’t get me wrong, the ‘UNLV’ and ‘Hyper Cobalt’ are very nice, but the ‘UCLA’ inspired ones are cold. These remind me of the ‘UNC Jordan 1s,’ but those can be extremely hard to come by, so this just may have to be the next best option.

Nike did release a ‘Dunk Low’ for women in a UNC color scheme last Spring, but those are nearly double the price of its original release. I’d say try to pick these up ‘Dunks’ now if you can, because I can definitely see a world where you will have to pay double or triple the price if you wait too long. Plus, March Madness is slowly creeping upon us. It would certainly be a good time to get a university colorway. Just saying.

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2. ‘Paris Saint-Germain x Air Jordan 1 Zoom’
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Paris Saint-Germain x Air Jordan 1 Zoom

Release Date: 2/17

I’m beginning to have a love-hate relationship with 1s. Honestly, I’m tired of never being able to snag new releases in my size, and it is breaking my heart. So here is yet another pair that won’t be in my possession anytime soon—the ‘Paris Saint-Germain Jordan 1s.’ The ‘PSG’s’ are dope, and the tie-dyed purple and pink collar is a rare feature on 1s. The cream suede is an added bonus (you guys know I love suede), and the black overlay mixture really gives the shoe a smooth, classy look. You could wear these casually or pair them with a dressier outfit (pantsuit, skirt, etc.). The versatility of the ‘PSGs’ is incredible. You can definitely create different looks for various occasions—which is one of the most important things you can look for in a sneaker. 

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3. ‘Hot Ones x Reebok ‘Spicy and Icy’
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Hot Ones x Reebok ‘Spicy and Icy

Release Date: 2/17

Reebok ‘Spicy and Icy.’ Fire and Desire. Flamin Hot Cheetos and Smirnoff Ice. Okay, I’ll stop. Seriously this is probably Reebok’s best drop of 2021 so far. Designed to bring you a fiery ‘Spicy’ colorway representing the ‘Last Dab Apollo Sauce’ and an ice water ‘Classic Leather Legacy’ shoe to ‘cool things down,’ the ‘Spicy and Icy’ shoes are a unique approach for Reebok. They really put a lot into not only the design of both shoes but also the overall promotional campaign.

The ‘Spicy’ silhouette features an all-red design with a yellow rubber outsole, while the ‘Classic Leathers’ sports an all-blue theme with a water design. If I had to choose one, I would go with the ‘Spicy’ colorway. The yellow outsole gives the shoe that extra finesse, and I feel like 2021 is the year to make bold fashion statements. What do you think?

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https://www.reebok.com/us/hot-ones-question-mid-mens-basketball-shoes/GV7093.html
4. ‘Air Jordan 3 Cool Grey’
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Air Jordan 3 Cool Grey

Release Date: 2/20

These sneakers release tomorrow, so make sure you have everything ready to go on SNKRS because I have a feeling the ‘Cool Grays’ are going to go pretty fast. These have been rumored since last summer, and this is a re-release of the 2007 AJ3s. This is the first time in history that Jordan 3s have gone retro, and the upgrades are definitely worth the purchase. The new-and-improved 3s sport an all-grey colorway with an elephant theme design in the overlay. The imaginary sneaker designer in me says that you could even play around with different lace colors. These would look absolutely sick with a yellow or red lace. You could even do a blend (white/grey, black/grey, etc.). I personally think the 3s would be a good investment and a great start for beginner sneakerheads or casual wearers.

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5. ‘WMNS Air Jordan 1 Silver Toe’
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WMNS Air Jordan 1 Silver Toe

Release Date: 2/19

I could end up being wrong, but I’m already getting ‘Jordan 4 Off-White Sail’ vibes from these in the sense that I don’t think they are going to be $170 for very long. The ‘Retro Black and Whites’ remain amongst the most popular Jordan 1s, and these are essentially the same thing, but with a high-top design as opposed to a mid. The silver leather gives the shoe a crisp retro look, and I think these can be worn year-round. I’m going to call it now—the ‘Silver Toes’ are going to be one of the sneakers of the summer. Book it.

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Well that is going to do it for this week! I’ll be including the Icy Park sneakers in next week’s round-up. In the meantime, you can keep up with my collection on Instagram and Twitter!

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The 5 Hottest Sneaker Drops This Week

Don’t you just love the smell of new sneakers? Totally random, I know, but all of these new releases have me super excited! This week’s theme is definitely retro, and I had an even harder time selecting my choices than what I did last week. While there are no ‘daring’ colorways this go-round, sometimes all you need is a simple sneaker to make your wardrobe pop.

Now I must admit—a lot of these drops are for the ‘O.G.’ sneakerheads, with many just looking to add these shoes to their ever-growing collections, but I also tried to include a couple of releases for those who are casual shoppers as well. So let’s get to it!

1. ‘Air Jordan 6 Carmine’
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Air Jordan 6 Carmine

I know this may sound crazy, but I was going to leave these out. Why? Well, some of the sneakers have a discoloration problem due to a production issue. Now apparently, only a small percentage of the sneakers were affected, but there is still a warning out there that you could end up with a discolored pair. If you are willing to take the risk (and it seems plenty are, as the reserve list on Finish Line is at capacity), the ‘White/Black Carmines’ have the potential to be a classic Jordan 6 staple.

Now you guys already know that I have to be honest, so here it goes—I wouldn’t buy this shoe right away if you are a ‘baby sneakerhead’ or only into wearing sneakers casually. This is more of a ‘collector’s item,’ and I’m not sure if it is worth the risk of getting a pair that has a defect. However, if you are a sneakerhead…go for it!

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2. ‘Adidas T-Mac 2.0 Evo All-Star”
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‘Adidas T-Mac 2.0 Evo All-Star

Release Date: 2/12

We need to give Tracy McGrady his props a little bit more. His shoe game was always impeccable, and his signature sneakers have been vastly underrated. I can’t remember the last T-Mac release, so these are really refreshing. T-Mac gives us a major throwback with the ‘2.0s’ as he revisits the iconic kicks he wore during the 2003 NBA All-Star game. With the option of either an all-red or all-blue patent leather colorway, both shoes are ultra-clean with a smooth and crisp look.

Of note—Adidas also has solid red and blue tracksuits that are reasonably priced, so you could easily pair the ‘2.0’s’ with those directly if you are looking for a full outfit combo. McGrady spent a good percentage of his career playing for the Orlando Magic (blue) and the Houston Rockets (red), so you can also pop out with a retro T-Mac jersey if you want. If the red and blue colorways are too bold for you, then you could opt for the ‘Black Royals.’

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3. ‘Nike Air Griffey Max 1 Freshwater’
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Nike Air Griffey Max 1 Freshwater

Release Date: 2/15

These actually drop on Monday. I am making an exception to the rule because the ‘Freshwaters’ only come around once every blue moon, and they are somewhat of a rarity. Nobody does swag quite like Ken Griffey Jr., and while many consider the ‘Airs’ to be a basketball shoe (or at least a basketball-themed shoe), Nike (and Griffey Jr.) have always done a great job in making sure the ‘Freshwaters’ represent baseball culture and style. This colorway is an absolute classic. The shoe has a black and white upper with a sprinkle of teal and matches Griffey Jrs. Seattle Mariners uniform. I currently have myself on a ‘no sneaker’ rule for the rest of the month, but I may have to break it. Seriously. 

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4. ‘END x Reebok Club C’
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END x Reebok Club C

Release Date: 2/12

END and Reebok are teaming up to release the ‘Club Cs,’ a sandstone taupe sneaker with a soft leather construction. You can never go wrong with a taupe shoe because it goes with everything. I have a pair of taupe Pumas, and I have been able to wear them with brown, white, black, and even tie-dye outfits. While technically a winter release, these will work year-round. I highly suggest everybody have at least one sandstone colored shoe in their closet, and the ‘Club Cs’ are a good start. You could even have some fun with it and swap out the light brown lace for a solid white or a deep brown. The options are limitless! 

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5. ‘Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1’
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Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1

Release Date: 2/10

Don’t kill me! I know you guys probably don’t ever want to see these again! Believe me when I say that I was hesitant to put the ‘Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1s’ on here because the majority of the general public will not have access to these sneakers (at least not anytime soon). The rollout for this shoe was chaotic—and you can primarily thank Trophy Room for the mass confusion (and the nearly $3,000 price tag on the secondary market). Now I know we are super salty, but the ‘Trophy Room 1s’ are still a beautiful shoe. They have a vintage theme inspired by Jordan’s ‘freezeout’ at the 1985 NBA All-Star Game, with the white leather upper complimented by glitter red leather panels, and the outsole featuring red and blue stars. Maybe one day the stars will align and we can get our hands on these.

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That’s going to do it for this week, but as usual, I will be back next week with the hottest releases. Apparently, things will be getting real Icy. In the meantime, you can keep up with my personal collection on Instagram and Twitter.

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Jimmy Gorecki Talks Skateboarding’s Influence on JSP and Collaborating with Vans

Jimmy Gorecki is the founder of JSP and a partner in Standard Issue Tees. A former sponsored skateboarder from Norristown, Pennsylvania, Gorecki rode for Sal Barbier’s influential brand Aesthetics before moving onto global brands Zoo York and Pharrell Williams’ BBC Icecream imprint. Now living in Los Angeles, California, Gorecki’s foray into fashion seems like a familiar lane in the modern context, but in reality, it was an angular path with only his earnest determination as a constant.

As we begin our conversation, there’s deference in his voice, opting to talk about his concerns for the survival of small businesses and the mental health crisis impacting us all during the pandemic rather than his brand’s achievements. He speaks with reverence about his salad days skating in Philadelphia and the people he encountered who formed his views and not only the industry figures and pro skaters he aspired to emulate but each person as an individual he gleaned something greater from. 

“My biological father was never around,” says Gorecki. “I was raised by my mom. She was always working two or three jobs. It was nothing for me to wake up on a Saturday morning as a kid by myself, make breakfast, watch cartoons, then mosey on out of the house and find my friends, knowing she’d be back at night to make dinner. There was something very inspirational about that. We didn’t live in the best neighborhood—our apartment was above a funeral home—but she never made us feel like we were lacking anything.”

Gorecki was an active latch-key kid, traversing the streets of Norristown playing pickup basketball games as well as organized sports before finding not only skateboarding but the undervalued Mecca of John F. Kennedy Plaza, aka Love Park, in Center City. With its marble slab stairs and ledges, and infamous fountain gap, Love Park had become an epicenter of street skating in the ‘90s, where a new approach to skating was forced into the conversation by Ricky Oyola, Matt Reason, Sergei Trudnowski, Fred Gall, and several locals, including a young African American skater then known as Lil’ Stevie (Williams). Williams and Josh Kalis would continue to draw greater attention to Love in the late-‘90s, using their sponsorship with DC Shoe Co. to bring Philly’s brand of grit and honesty to the world stage.

Like any native, Gorecki found his way to Love and quickly learned the ropes amidst the quiet chaos that surrounded the park. Intended to be a place where people could have lunch and hang out, the Love Park of the ‘90s was a  mostly neglected plaza where homeless people congregated and later skateboarders, both sharing little space and occasionally a blunt. Gorecki mentions benefiting from the attention Love Park was getting, eventually landing a coveted sponsorship in his late teens.

“I remember my Mom calling Sal (Barbier, co-founder of Aesthetics Skateboards) to make sure these big boxes of product were legit and everything checked out,” he says. “My Mom always encouraged me in athletics and because she was raised in a stern Catholic family, she made sure she could get me into whatever church she could on Sundays. She was very on top of me with academics too. When the skateboard thing started happening, she supported it but made damn sure I knew I was still going to college. I’m the first person in my family to get a University degree (from Temple University) and seeing how that made my family feel meant a lot.”

As any sponsored skateboarder will tell you, education is not encouraged by the skate industry and is often looked at as a barrier to a career. There’s a misconception that skateboarders need the freedom to travel, experience, and move at a moment’s notice in order to succeed rather than try to balance school and skating. The lack of structure not only leads to “child star flameouts” but a lot of indecision, especially during a time in skating where there was less money and a lack of larger corporate sponsorship. The average pro rarely thrived back then past their mid-20s, with a few exceptions. The drive to succeed in skating was rarely rewarded with financial stability, so personal accolades were the skateboarding’s true currency. 

“I ended up taking a few semesters off to skate once I finally realized skating was what I wanted to do. I remember telling my Mom I was going to take time off to go to Californian, and she was like, ‘I’m gonna give you this, but like your ass better be right back in thereafter.’ I stuck with it and was taking communications classes and kind of fell into a marketing degree, realizing as a skater that you are the marketing tool to a company, and that changed how I viewed things.”

Though Gorecki found his focus and continued to produce and promote for his sponsors, rather than joining the pro ranks or getting lucrative sponsorships, he found himself in a holding pattern. As a small operation, despite Aesthetics’ status as a beloved core brand, their business plan didn’t make sense, resulting in Barbier taking a position at Zoo York and carrying over much of the roster.

“When I first got on Aesthetics and met everyone, I realized they were made up of some of the most creative and talented people in terms of design, graphics, clothing, and the branding of the videos,” he says. “I remember having conversations with Sal and not even knowing what the fuck he was talking about. Sal was always five years ahead of the trends. I wanted to know how a company worked and what everyone’s role meant. As much as we loved Aesthetics, the partners couldn’t see eye to eye.”

Acquired by Marc Ecko and later sold to the Iconix Brand Group, Zoo offered better pay and health care, but the fit wasn’t right for Barbier, who quickly left Zoo York to follow other endeavors. It was a fertile time in streetwear, where skateboarding was driving its influence often without credit or compensation. Zoo York was making bold moves that often alienated their core audience, but with mainstream big-box distribution and celebrity endorsements from Ashton Kutcher, profit, not respect was driving the brand direction. 

The team roster was made up of a prior squad, and the infusion of talent brought in by Barbier was rife with tension, like any merger. Outwardly they were one of the biggest skateboarding brands ever to exist. Still, internally there was not only division but, as Gorecki describes, a gun-shy tone cast over the operation, with every rider wondering if their contract was going to be renewed. Gorecki held on, almost abandoning the thought of turning pro, but with a higher profile, other opportunities arose, including a spot on Pharrell Williams’s newly founded BBC Icecream brand. If Zoo York was mainstream, Icecream was rockstar level, with high production tours, video content, and unorthodox brand promotions such as the team skating a mini-ramp on the set of MTV programs. Nothing about it was lowkey despite the planning of former Alien Workshop team manager Nino Scalia who aimed to keep the program as close to skating as possible. Due to Pharrell’s profile and celebrity, it was an impossible task.

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“I feel like anytime you do something that feels so far from the community that you come up in, it’s going to be under a microscope, but I was confident in making that move to Icecream,” he says. “It definitely hurt when you’d hear people pick you apart, but I’m so thankful that I did it, man, because so much of what I’ve done in fashion benefitted from being on Icecream—having a relationship with Pharrell and the reach that it had. You think about how many kids would have never picked up a skateboard if it wasn’t for that brand.”

In the Spring of 2008, Gorecki found himself without a sponsor, with Zoo York not retaining him and Icecream dissolving their skate program. At 26-years-old, he decided to head to Miami for a break and found himself taking an unpaid internship at his friend’s wife’s PR company. The self-described “oldest intern ever,” Gorecki felt like he was on top of the world and now humbled, writing press releases by the stack, but he says that he was not only grateful for the opportunity but that it quickly brought all his marketing muscle back. Though he was only there for three months, it put a lot of pieces together for him—the past and future all came together. 

“The beauty of skating is we’re so resourceful we can pivot really easy,” he says. You have all the resources in a big company, but it’s so much harder to pivot because there’s so much planning and so many people involved. As skateboarders, we set very hard parameters and guidelines that we’re supposed to abide by for not for the sake of not selling out skating, right? But, you know, if you really break down, you know, if every skater lives by those fucking guidelines, it’s really hard to progress in life. You make it what? 25? 26? Then what?”

Then what was a bevy of retail jobs and brand work in footwear and marketing before starting his own brand JSP in 2013, producing high-end sweatpants, earning him the moniker Jimmy Sweatpants and later co-founding Standard Issue Tees. Folding all he’s learned in skating and fashion together, he’s worked with several celebrities and global brands to create products. Still, it’s the limited run capsules, such as his recent work with Gino Iannucci’s POETS Brand and a Vault by Vans “A LOVE’ Story” collaboration that keep him not only keep him grounded in skate but in his unique point of view.

Vans x JSP

Vans x JSP

Vans x JSP

Vans x JSP

“Nothing feels more authentic in skateboarding to me than Vans. I picked the chukka boot because it always reminded me of the Vans ads in the back of Thrasher Magazine,” he says. “When we were going through the design process, I was thinking about how sacred a place Love Park was and how the city had this influential hub that they didn’t have to do shit to maintain. They never understood how special it was. It brought together so many talented people from different walks of life with skating as the conduit.

Love was a place, kids from tough Philly neighborhoods could escape those realities. Hard communities like Kensington or Southwest. When the city pushed us out, it pushed a lot of the kids from the city back to those blocks to face and overcome what was happening right outside their front door. A lot to overcome in those sections. That’s why I asked Joe Lee to help us with the outsole graphics. He’s an amazing artist who had to work hard on so many levels to navigate Philly streets.

Jimmy Gorecki

Some people never know how influential they really are to others.

Perhaps his path might not have been so hard had the city embraced the Love Scene.  I hope the collaboration can open up new opportunities for him and bring visibility to the current generation skateboarders holding Philly down. I got to put my friend J.R. Nieves’ name on the box. He passed away back in 2009. I don’t have too many regrets in life, but that was one where I regretted letting that relationship drift apart. He was an amazing skateboarder and person and taught me so much. I don’t know if he ever realized how special he was. Some people never know how influential they really are to others.”

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The 5 Hottest Sneaker Drops This Week

Well, Punxsutawney Phil said there would be six more weeks of winter, and I guess he was right because these new drops are cold (corny, I know). February is already off to an icy start with some pretty dope releases hitting the market this week. We have a couple of new J’s (5s in particular), cool collabs, and daring statement colors that will be sure to turn heads. Overall this was a solid week, and once again, it was hard for me to narrow my picks down to just five, but I am determined to stick to that number regardless of how difficult it gets. I know you guys are here for the sneakers, so let’s jump in!

1. ‘AMBUSH x Nike Dunk High ‘Cosmic Fuchsia’
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AMBUSH x Nike Dunk High ‘Cosmic Fuchsia

Release Date: 2/04

I call these ‘The Pink Panthers.’ Ambush and Nike are joining forces to release the ‘Cosmic Fuchsia’ colorway, and the shoe is literally painted in different hues of pink with the upper dressed in a lighter ‘Lethal Pink,’ and the overlays drowned in the ‘Cosmic Fuchsia.’ I know some may not be a fan of pink colorways, but I like this shoe because of its uniqueness. 2021 is supposed to be about stepping out of your comfort zone, and nothing does that more than a daring sneaker. History tells us that it will be a while before we see Nike release a silhouette in this color, so buy it now, or forever hold your peace.

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2. ‘Pharrell x Adidas NMD Hu ‘Cream’
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Pharrell x Adidas NMD Hu Cream

Release Date: 2/05

Pharrell is just as creative with his sneakers as he is with his music. The ‘Creams’ are the latest addition to his collaboration with the ‘Three Stripes,’ and the shoe sports a futuristic design that looks like the year 3050, and I think these would be a worthwhile purchase. The cream neutral colors give the shoe a diverse look that would go with your winter and spring wardrobe. You could rock these with a coat and jeans/ joggers, or perhaps a hoodie/hoodie dress. Maybe even some dress pants/slacks, depending on the cut and style. It’s up to you!

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3. ‘Air Jordan 5 ‘Anthracite’
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‘Air Jordan 5 ‘Anthracite

Release Date: 2/06

My spidey senses tell me that this is going to be a difficult cop. Just saying. While this doesn’t have the same level of hype as the ‘Fire Reds,’ 5s tend to go quickly. The upper features a black and grey mixture, with a cement print sprawled across the midsole. The upper also features a suede fabric, so be mindful of the weather if you do decide to purchase (I once ruined a suede shoe in the rain). You have approximately 24 hours to get ready for these. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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4. ‘Nike Air Force 1 ‘Arctic Punch’
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Nike Air Force 1 ‘Arctic Punch

Release Date: 2/06

What did Nelly say? Oh, that’s right, ‘Give Me Two Purrs’ (not pairs, purrs). I may be in the minority, but I think this sneaker defines the word eye-candy. Dressed in a neon ‘Arctic Punch’ pink, there isn’t much to say about this colorway except the fact that it is….pink. I consider this more of a collector’s item and a chance to slightly redeem yourself if you missed out on the Jordan 4 ‘Retro Hot Punch’ release last year. Again your call.

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5. ‘Air Jordan 12 Low ‘Super Bowl’
Air Jordan 12 Low ‘Super Bowl

Release Date: 2/06

I didn’t want to put these in here because I try not to make these lists too Jordan heavy, but my hands are tied. The name of these sneakers pretty much explains the colorway theme, and the pattern is to die for. The red overlay is all leather baby, and the upper sports a black textile with gold accents. The red sufficiently covers the bases for both Tampa Bay and Kansas City fans and looks to be a limited edition release. My guess is that there won’t be too many of these made, so be ready to go on SNKRS.

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That’s it for this week! I’m really excited about the month of February as next week already has some fire releases in the works. See y’all then!

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The 8 Best Shoes for Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is a special kind of exercise reserved for people looking to kick things up a notch. The activity is usually good advice for someone trying to strengthen cardiovascular health, but it’s not a bad thing to add to any workout routine, especially if the treadmill is just “not your thing.” Whatever your reason for picking up the rope, a proper pair of sneakers is crucial to protecting your feet and optimizing your workout. Like most footwear for exercising, the right kicks for jumping rope need to be light, breathable, flexible, and, most importantly, stylish. So we poured through countless Amazon reviews, workout junkie websites, and I even searched for a Jumping Rope Monthly magazine but was unable to find such a thing.

1. Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V2
Inov-8

Despite having too many hyphens and numbers, as a brand, Inov-8 is a real “if you know, you know” in the world of training footwear. The F-Lite 235 V2 boasts to be the best training sneaker with unmatchable durability, versatility, and flexibility. The V2 features new iterations to the workout silhouette like a more snug and secure fit and 360-degree Rope-Tec for burn protection. A multi-directional flexible sole made with durability in mind.

Buy Now, $130
https://www.inov-8.com/us/f-lite-235-v2-mens-training-shoe
2. Adidas Court Team Bounce
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The Adidas Court Team Bounce isn’t exactly outfitted for jumping rope, but not many sneakers are. The court team bounce is outfitted for any indoor workout, whether it be basketball, volleyball, or jumping rope indoors. Nevertheless, the silhouettes come filled with Adidas’ Boost technology throughout the entirety of the midsole. Curated for fast-moving sports, the sneaker is outfitted with a lightweight mesh upper for comfort and stability for your workout.

buy now, $90
https://www.adidas.com/us/court-team-bounce-indoor-shoes/FZ2614.html
3. Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2
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Nike’s contributions to the training footwear world could mostly be summed up with their various iterations of the Metcon but what shouldn’t be ignored is their Air Zoom SuperRep 2. The sneaker’s shape is optimal for high-intensity workouts like jumping rope and its unique shape might just be perfect for jumping, the separation between heel and forefoot makes that consistent vertical motion simpler and easier to maintain. The sneaker also provides a snug, locked-in feel but gets roomy near the toes, giving the wearer multiple dimensions of comfort.

buy now, $120
https://www.nike.com/t/air-zoom-superrep-2-mens-hiit-class-shoe-v6KQ5j/CU6445-400
4. Reebok Nanoflex TR
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Reebok, like most brands, has plenty of training sneakers. One of their more eye-catching silhouettes is the Nanoflex TR, a perfect balance of light and flexible, perfect for jumping rope and various other activities. The mesh upper helps lighten the sneaker while making it breathable, while deep, flexible rubber grooves help give the outsole the necessary grip it needs to aid your workout. The sneaker is simple, stylish, and brings balance and durability to any type of exercise, specifically jumping rope.

buy now, $90
https://www.reebok.com/us/nanoflex-tr-men-s-training-shoes/FX7940.html
5. Asics Gel-Quantum 180 5
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Asics Gel is good for just about any activity, whether it be running, lifting weights, or jumping rope. The sneaker is packed with Asics’ gel technology, which is exactly what you’re going to want the midsole to be packed with if you’re trying to break your jump rope record. The sneaker also includes the brand’s Trusstic System™, which optimizes the sneaker for stability while still allowing for explosive motion.

buy now, $90
https://www.asics.com/us/en-us/gel-quantum-180-5/p/ANA_1201A129-401.html?width=Standard
6. Puma LQDCELL Hydra
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Ok, so maybe Puma isn’t your first thought for a pair of workout sneakers, but consider, for the moment, the LQDCELL Hydra. The sneaker is one of the brand’s several training/workout options and brings a lot to the table in terms of performance and durability for working out. The Hydra’s LQDCELL technology runs the sneaker’s length, the first from Puma to do so. Motion-wise, the silhouette’s rubber outsole helps to provide comfort and control explosive movements. Lateral wraps grace the outside of the sneaker for that little extra stability you need to keep going.

buy now, $50
https://us.puma.com/en/us/pd/lqdcell-hydra-mens-training-shoes/193066.html?dwvar_193066_color=03
7. Hoka One One Akasa
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Hoka One One is known for their uniquely designed and high-end performance running product line. The brand offers a plethora of lightweight and highly cushioned technology. The Akasa comes decked out with the same perks but with cross-training in mind. A nice selection for jumping rope, the sneaker’s energy return as well as its light, breathable, and extremely comfortable components are set to bounce you all the way through the relentlessness of jumping rope.

buy now, $140
https://www.hokaoneone.com/mens-road/akasa/1099738.html?dwvar_1099738_color=BDSD
8. New Balance TRNR
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As the name indicates, the New Balance TRNR is geared towards various fast-paced workouts where grip and comfort are kings. The TRNR comes loaded with DynaSoft, which claims to deliver “an ultra-responsive ride coupled with plush comfort for an amplified performance experience.” The silhouette is also outfitted with a lightweight mesh upper and forefoot fins to help bring balance, a much-needed aspect for jumping rope or any workout activity.

buy now, $75
https://www.newbalance.com/pd/trnr/MXTRNRV1-30788.html
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The 5 Biggest NBA Sneaker Free Agents In 2021

Basketball is the only sport where sneaker culture is nearly as prodigious as the actual games played on the court. In the NBA, the sneaker game is usually super competitive with numerous shoe companies competing to sign some of the top players. However, this year is different. Sneaker companies like Nike and Adidas were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lower sales numbers have limited the market for sneaker free agents. According to The Undefeated, 175-200 players are expected to play without a shoe deal this season. 

With honorable mentions like Goran Dragić, Andre Iguodala, Derrick Jones Jr. and practically the entire 2020 draft class without shoe deals, this was a deep pool of players to select from. Here’s a look at the top sneaker free agents in the NBA right now.

Bam Adebayo

Notable Shoes Worn: Jordan React Elevation, Jordan XIV Retro “Candy Cane,” Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Kay Yow,” Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Bruce Lee,” Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Alternate Bruce Lee”

The anchor of the defending Eastern Conference champs, the Miami Heat, center Bam Adebayo is a rising star. At the age of 23, Adebayo has the offensive skills of a guard and can defend all five positions. An All-Star last season, Adebayo spent much of Miami’s Finals run in the NBA bubble in Kobes. He’s continued that trend this season while blending in a few Jordans, old and new.

Prediction: Adebayo has worn Nike throughout his entire pro career. He’s one of the top players in the league playing for one of the more respected franchises in a great market. Adebayo would be a great addition to the Jordan Brand with his athleticism and penchant for highlight-reel plays on both ends of the floor. Remember the game-saving block on Jayson Tatum in the Conference Finals? Hopefully, we get some Flintstones-themed ideas for Bam down the road.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Notable Shoes Worn: Nike Zoom Rize 2 PE, Nike Hyperdunk X PE, New Balance OMN1S “White/Gold”

A two-time All-Star, Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best players in the league. A multi-skilled big man that can dominate in the post but can also step out and knock down a three with extreme accuracy, Towns is an intriguing sneaker free agent. 
A Nike brand athlete since he signed on as the first overall draft pick in 2015, Towns was spotted in New Balance last month and in Adidas last summer. However, Towns has yet to wear a new brand in an actual game. He’s stuck to various PE colorways of the Nike Hyperdunk X in the four games he’s played so far this season. Towns wore a PE of the Nike Zoom Rize 2 in the preseason.

Prediction: Towns would be a great addition to the Adidas roster that currently features Kristaps Porzingis as it’s primary big man. As long as we see some of the custom collabs that Towns and Kickstradomis cooked up a few years ago in the near future, it doesn’t matter what brand the All-Star center wears.

John Wall

Notable Shoes Worn: Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Bruce Lee,” Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Alternate Bruce Lee,” Nike Kobe 5 Protro “PJ Tucker,” Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Grinch,” Nike Zoom LeBron 3 “Houston Oilers”

Wall made it clear earlier this year that he probably won’t be signing a big shoe deal at this stage of his career. His play on the court has been a pleasant early surprise. A deal with Nike would make sense as he re-establishes himself as a star again. Also, if he’s going to bring this heat on a nightly basis, Nike makes the most sense.

Prediction: It’s been a winding road of a sneaker career for Wall. He started with a signature shoe with Reebok before heading over to Adidas. Wall eventually received another signature line with the three stripes before leaving, coming back and now reaching free agency yet again after his sneaker contract buyout.

Lonzo Ball

Notable Shoes Worn: Nike Kobe 5 Protro “Chaos”

The only player to make this list from last season, Ball has stuck with the tried and true Kobe Protro line. In fact, Ball has only worn the Chaos colorway of the Kobe 5 Protro line this season. A former Big Baller Brand signee with his family, his large social media following doesn’t hurt either. Teamed up with young stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram in New Orleans, Ball has a bright future.

Prediction: Ball has entered his second season without a shoe deal, but it seems like he’s comfortable wearing the same exact model and colorway all season. He’s worn Nike every single game post-BBB. I predicted Nike last year, and I’m sticking with it.

James Wiseman

Notable Shoes Worn: Nike Kobe AD Mid “Andre Iguodala PE,” Nike KD 12 “Don C”

The second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, James Wiseman, is off to a solid start to his NBA career. Wiseman has donned Nike so far, wearing an old team PE of the Nike Kobe AD Mid in all but one game. Though big men notoriously get the short end of the stick on shoe deals, Wiseman’s quality skill set makes him an interesting young player for brands to look at. He can block shots, handle the ball, run the floor and shoot from the perimeter.

Prediction: Wiseman is playing in a premier market with a team that has some cache. He’s flashed some skill already and looks like he could be the Warriors’ starting center for a very long time. 

Though he’s worn Nike in every NBA game he’s played in, Nike would make a lot of sense for the young center. With Golden State having Stephen Curry (Under Armour), Klay Thompson (Anta) and Draymond Green (Converse), there’s an opening for Wiseman to eventually take on the swoosh.

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The 10 Best Crossfit Shoes to Work Out In

Crossfit can be a crazy way to workout. From climbing ropes to HIIT, that amount of activity requires a versatile sneaker, ready for any situation.

Luckily, in the competition for best cross-training sneaker, is just about every major brand has a great pair, and the fight is a close one. Between superior rope guards, light, breathable mesh, and maximum stability, the specs are serious. So whether you’re picking back up a new habit or finally getting around to that New Year’s resolution, look at your sneaker purchase like you look at working out – go above and beyond expectations.

1. Nike Metcon 6
Nike

The Metcon 6 is Nike’s most recent iteration of the cross-training silhouette which features a mesh-covered upper for maximum breathability. The sneaker is known for being super light, comfortable, and perhaps most noticeably, safe from ropes with a reinforced rope guard on the side known to be a must-have for rope climbing workouts.

Buy Now, $130
https://www.nike.com/t/metcon-6-mens-training-shoe-MdLCnw
2. Reebok Nano X
Reebok

The Reebok Nano X is hailed as one of the best sneakers for cross-training and even featured Reebok CrossFit branding when it originally released. The shoe is a bit bulkier than most CrossFit silhouettes but is recognized for its tall ankle collar which gives it unbeatable comfort and security for training.

Buy Now, $130
https://www.reebok.com/us/reebok-nano-x-shoes/EH3094.html
3. Under Armour Tribase Reign 2
Under Armour

UA’s Tribase Reign 2 is affectionately referred to as the “Metcon Killer” in the CrossFit community as the sneaker competes with the Swoosh silhouette in most ways. It’s hailed for its flexibility, comfort, shape, and protection for rope climbing.

Buy Now, $120
https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/p/training/mens-ua-tribase-reign-2-training-shoes/3022613.html
4. Reebok Speed TR Flexweave
Reebok

Reebok’s Flexweave technology is a little dated in terms of the company’s innovative specs but still stands as one of the better cross-training options out there. The sneaker is hailed for its combination of being a light and flexible sneaker with tremendous grip and durability.

buy now, $56
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K991LCL?tag=runrepcom-g5-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1
5. New Balance Minimus Prevail
New Balance

New Balance has a stronger reputation with running and other sports but there’s no doubt about how slept on their training product line is. The low key design takes on a minimal silhouette with highlights like a perforated upper and Vibram midsole, all serious draws for those in need of a serious training silhouette.

buy now, $120
https://www.newbalance.com/pd/minimus-prevail/MXMPV1-32907.html#dwvar_MXMPV1-32907_style=MXMPRN1&dwvar_MXMPV1-32907_width=D&pid=MXMPV1-32907&quantity=1
6. Vibram V-Train 2.0
Vibram

The Vibram V-Train 2.0 is the “other” type of footwear option for those looking for a more natural feel to their workout. The hyper-minimalistic style trades out the bulky shape of most sneakers with a sleek, form-fitting rubberized shape. The “sneaker” comes dressed down with a forefoot strap for a locked-in feel.

buy now, $78
https://us.vibram.com/shop/shop-all-footwear/mens-fivefingers/training-fitness/v-train-2.0-mens-M77.html
7. ASICS Gel-Unifire TR 3
ASICS

The Asics Gel-Unifire TR 3 ranks among some of the most reliable silhouettes for cross-training, mainly due to Asics’ Gel technology. Laid in the midsole, it’s the true glue that makes most of their sneakers durable and comfortable for almost any activity. Overall, the flexible sole design and breathable mesh upper separates it from other cross-training sneakers.

buy now, $57
https://www.amazon.com/ASICS-Mens-Gel-Unifire-TR-Cross-Trainer/dp/B01G218NAE
8. Adidas FitBoost PrimeBlue
Adidas

Adidas has been banking hard on their Boost technology and for good reason, it’s maybe the most comfortable material of at least the last five years. Here, in the FitBoost PrimeBlue, the brand’s material finds a home in a sneaker made for the gym, not the pavement. The sneaker features highlights like a responsive midsole made to be more firm for side-to-side movement and stability.

buy now, $120
https://www.adidas.com/us/fitboost-primeblue-trainer-shoes/EF9348.html
9. Mizuno TC-01
Mizuno

For the most part, Mizuno is a rather slept-on Japanese sneaker brand that truly doesn’t get enough attention. With a wide variety of sneakers for multiple activities they have something strong in store for those looking for a serious training sneaker; the TC-01. It’s mostly made from a mesh upper but hides some tech under the hood – COB technology, a patent-pending design featuring sensor pod clusters that enable enhanced feedback from the feet to aid in balance.

buy now, $145
https://www.mizunousa.com/product/training-tc-01-mens/520005
10. Nike Legend Essential 2
Nike

The Swoosh has plenty of gym-ready options perfect for a multitude of workouts but the Legend Essential 2 is one of those sneakers that brings a touch of style to an overall versatile and ready-for-action sneaker. It includes a flat and stable sole for optimal training movement and a reliable outsole grip.

buy now, $60
https://www.nike.com/t/legend-essential-2-premium-mens-training-shoe-7GckWM/CZ0793-403