2021 Is Coming To An End Soon And Here Are Some Of The Best Sneaker Collabs So Far

 2021 Is Coming To An End Soon And Here Are Some Of The Best Sneaker Collabs So Far

If thinking about the best sneakers of 2021 seems premature, you’re probably the type of sneakerhead who thinks setting an alarm to get up early—and then entering a raffle for the chance to acquire some highly sought-after shoes—is a bit excessive. (And, for that matter, you’ve almost certainly never had your day wrecked by sleeping through your alarm and missing out on the entire event.) In a hypothetical sense.) Many aspects of everyday life have suddenly slowed to a crawl, but the shoe release cycle isn’t one of them.

Since the end of December, a steady trickle of hot sneakers has arrived on store shelves, and more than a few of them are worth reviewing. There’s never been a better opportunity to start expanding your collection—or to fill in the gaps with what you missed the first time around—with everything from blockbuster collaborations from the biggest names in the game to classics-in-the-making from smaller footwear upstarts. Still not convinced? (There was quite a crowd!) Continue reading to find out what the best sneakers of 2021 are so far.

Jordan x A Ma Maniére Retro 3 sneaker

James Whitner’s Atlanta-based company added sumptuous tumbled leather, critical hits of suede, and retro-inspired yellowed midsoles to the Jordan 3, already one of the best models in the brand’s arsenal. (FYI: These were only available in women’s sizes, so size up before purchasing.)

Jordan 4 Retro University Blue sneaker

The latest AJ4 to get the retro treatment is a dusty blue colorway with fan-favourite cement grey detailing that pays homage to MJ’s time at UNC, and you don’t have to be a shoe nerd or a fanatical NBA fan to appreciate the design chops on display. (This is the first time a pair of 4s has employed the now-signature blue-and-white colour scheme, which is a nod to His Airness’ alma mater and one of sneaker culture’s most popular combos.) This is another proof that creating a blockbuster shoe in 2021 doesn’t always necessitate a spectacular gimmick—a classic silhouette dressed up in a fresh new colorway would succeed just fine.

Nike x Fragment Design Dunk High “Beijing” sneaker

Hiroshi Fujiwara is a well-known figure. Even when he revisits previous themes, the streetwear superstar and his designs are often so far ahead of the curve that they still feel clairvoyant. For example, the Beijing-inspired Dunk High, which he first produced in 2010 under his Fragment Design banner as part of a collection of three city-inspired models. It’s always a big deal when Fujiwara collaborates with Nike; it’s as good an indicator as any of where the culture is headed next, and this time is no different. If you believe in tea leaves, you could say that the freshly renovated Beijing demonstrates the Swoosh isn’t slowing down when it comes to the white-hot dunk market.

Nike ACG Mountain Fly low sneaker

Over the previous several years, Nike’s All Conditions Gear line has gone through some soul-searching, but the cult-favourite collection has now found its stride. These trail-ready low tops, for example, combine the kind of utilitarian elements that gorp fans adore with the rigorous design chops that the Swoosh has developed a reputation for. All of this, of course, is secondary to the major feature that makes these sneakers a definite hit: they look fantastic.

Supreme x Nike SB Dunk low “Stars” sneaker

If reading this makes you feel a little nauseous, it’s because you, like so many other unfortunate sneakerheads, missed out on the opportunity to purchase these in real-time. The Dunks the two unveiled at the beginning of March sparked a flurry of online discussion before selling out quickly, establishing another legitimate entry into the hallowed halls of Supreme team-ups that ardent fans will covet for years to come.

Nike Go FlyEase shoes

The release of Nike’s Go FlyEase sneaker marks a turning point in the accessibility of footwear design. The shoe’s built-in tensioner makes it easy to put on and take off in what the brand calls its first “hands-free” silhouette, and a clever bi-stable hinge ensures a snug fit whether open or closed. Taken together, the Go FlyEase is a downright revolutionary sneaker that cements Nike’s reputation as a leader in innovative design with a strong practical focus.

Nike Air Max 90 NRG Bacon sneaker

Nike brought resurrected a 16-year-old colorway initially produced in partnership with industry veteran Dave Ortiz (previously of Zoo York and the renowned, cheekily-named sneaker store Dave’s Quality Meats) to commemorate Air Max Day this year. Surprisingly, the silhouette is still intact after all these years.

Jordan 1 Retro High 95 Neutral Grey sneaker

Demand for specific retro-leaning Js (even—gasp—mids!) is at an all-time high, thanks to the “The Last Dance” impact. The Neutral Grey is definitely one of the most anticipated Jumpan’s releases since reports of the shoe’s debut began circulating early last year. Air Jordan Sneakers ‘s latest re-issue, supremely clean and with just enough extra elements to separate it from the original style that debuted in 1985, demonstrates why, even in a sea of slip-on and house shoes, it’s still difficult to break a sneaker habit.

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