People wear sneakers for different reasons, although the design concept was more for athletes, sneakers have evolved to become style icons with a subculture that feeds into a multibillion-dollar industry. It is predicted that the sneaker industry will be worth over $200 billion by 2020.
That is more than the GDP of some of the most developed countries! Sneakerheads, the people who inhabit this subculture are passionate, and they are dedicated to amassing sneakers for their collections the rarer the sneaker the better.
Sneakerheads live and breathe sneakers; it’s the one thing that they will spend thousands of dollars on. If you are new to the game and want to kick your sneaker games up a notch on the collection side. There are some basic sneakers you should know about.
#1. Converse Chuck Taylor Hi—Top
Every sneakerhead has at some point donned a pair of Chuck Taylors. Converse has kept the design as it was back then in the 30s. They were amongst the first athletic shoes designed and manufactured in the 30s and 40s, and it would take a couple of decades for Converse to have serious competition in the athletic department. These days Chuck Taylors are worn by virtually anyone for reasons other than sport. The classic black white colorway goes well with virtually anything.
#2. Adidas Stan Smith
The Adidas Stan Smith was first manufactured in 1965, and it given to the French tennis player Robert Haillet, they were renamed after the U.S Tennis star, Stan Smith who went on to win the Wimbledon title and the U.S. Open. So, what is special about these shoes? It’s their simple design that makes these kicks stand out. The Stan Smiths with their white leather uppers, perforated 3 stripes and the splash of green etchings of the tennis star himself has become the best—selling sneakers that Adidas ever made.
#3. Adidas Originals SL80
The Adidas SL80 was released to commemorate and coincide with the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The coolest colorway is the navy gold but they are extremely hard to find. There are some serious sneakerheads who have parted with hundreds of thousands of dollars acquiring a pair, just to have it in their collection, probably never to be worn but simply to admire like one admires a great work of art.
#4. Nike Air Max 1
The Nike Air Max 1 sneakers were launched in 1987. They are the original red, grey, and white Air Nikes which focused on the midsole. The air unit midsole have become the most copied feature in sneaker design. The technology has even transcended from trainers to casual and dress shoes.
#5. Air Jordan 3
In the late eighties, Nike was facing a bleak future. There were many companies producing great trainer, even Michael Jordan was thinking of jumping ship until the Jordan 3s came out. The Air Jordan 3 incorporated some clever design and accents like the elephant print and the tongue branding.
The model cemented Michael Jordan’s association with the sportswear company. The iconic “Jump man” logo found on Jordans. It first appeared on the Adidas Jordan 3s and replacing the Nike Swish. They were hailed as the best basketball shoes to wear and transitioned well into everyday kicks.
#6. New Balance M1300JP
New Balance has always been consistent with the kind of shoes they create. New Balance trainers are known for simplicity and comfort. They are the quintessential running shoes. Manufactured in 1985, they were the first running shoe to break the $100 mark. Most New Balance collectors regard this model as the Holy Grail. New Balance has been re-releasing these every five years and the next limited edition is scheduled for release in 2020.
#7. Nike Flyknit Trainer “MuIticoIor”
Nike wanted to create a great looking performance shoe and created the Flyknit Trainer. The flyknit trainer is a multicolored sneaker that gives athletes what they need, comfort, lightness without the addition of other unnecessary to the design of the shoe.
The multicolor colorway looks good when you are pounding the pavement, or if you want to work out in style. These are shoes that need to be worn at least once before you find a storage spot in your sneaker closet.
#8. Mita Sneakers x Reebok Classic Leather
Looking for a clean silhouette with a classic and timeless design, then The Mita Sneakers x Reebok Classic Leather are the right pair of sneaks for you. Reebok is a well—known athletic shoe brand, but the collaboration that created a shoe with all the comfort and decadence you can find in the materials, and used to create shoes (leather, suede, nubuck, mesh) has gone into making these sneakers. The collaboration with the Tokyo Sneaker store, Mita has resulted in an iconic sneaker that every enthusiast should own.
#9. Common Project Achilles Low
Common Project Achilles Low has been touted as the next evolution of the sneaker — at least for those enthusiasts who simply love the quality, style, and the minimalist design. They are great shoes to pair with casual and even formal clothes; they, however, were not designed for runners and athletes.#10. Yeezy Boost 350 V2
It feels sacrilegious not to mention the Yeezy’s. Love him or hate him, Kanye West has created this decade’s best sneakers. Kanye West’s Adidas signature sneakers have been a hot commodity. Every sneakerhead should own a pair of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 — if he or she can find them. These sneakers have been a highly coveted shoe since they were launched in 2015. They sell out quickly and have gained an almost cult—Like following. There you have it that ten of the best sneakers you need to step up your sneaker game. Most of these shoes aren’t easy to get but finding one pair to show off can be the beginning of great things.