We’re making your holiday season shopping easier this year by giving you a sneaker guide cheat sheet. Now instead of scrambling last minute to cop from your local shoe store, you can figure out what you want in advance. Same thing for online shoppers, why waste time scrolling when you know exactly what you want.
Whether you’re related to a sneaker head or just looking for something cool for yourself, we’ve highlighted ten shoes that will put you on the forefront of cutting edge style for the holiday season and the first quarter of the new year. Yes, you’re welcome.
2017 was a very strong year for the Air Max ’97 in general and the “Japan” release caps it off in the best way possible. Since the shoe was already ahead of it’s time when it debuted 20 years ago, the shoe easily fits into the preferred aesthetic of sneaker buyer’s modern tastes. It’s leather and mesh upper and slick reflective accents over the classic shoe overlays still look amazing. Its silver and black colorway, highlighted by splashes of neon green (officially the color is known as “volt”) bring an energetic sensibility to the shoe. This shoe will work as a great gift for any age and both gender. Everyone is an Air Max ‘97 fan.
Hanon x adidas Dark Storm $125 (euro)
If you love the look of gradient colors on a shoe, then you’ll love adidas’ latest classic runner colorway. In conjunction with Scottish retail shop Hanon, the Dark Storm is a nod to local weather, where storm patterns and rain showers silently come and go without warning. The shoe’s gradient design is essentially a tangible representation of changing weather patterns. For those outside of the environs of this U.K. hot spot, the cream/white/gray/black mash-up is just cool to look at. Buy these for anyone who is a fan of out the box colorways and keep it moving.
The Win Like ’96 11 is not, by any calculation, a subtle shoe. It’s bright cherry red, almost glowing colorway, stands out in every room. Its ice bottom only adds to the festivities. Originally a Jordan Brand athlete exclusive, it’s now available right in time for the holiday season. I mean, this has to be the go-to shoe for every mall Santa right?
Kyrie S1 Hybrid $130
Kyrie Irving had arguably (and really there wasn’t much of an argument amongst smart fans) cracked the top ten player’s list last season. This season there is no debate and his otherworldly skill set is now on display for everyone to see. Obviously the S1 Hybrid, which is part of Nike’s “What The” series for this year was already in the works. Dropping a cocky shoe like this signals that he and Nike expected great things. It’s a fun shoe, somewhat random, but fun nonetheless. Mashing up the three previous Kyrie line shoes into one puzzle piece of a sneaker was a risk, but they pulled it off.
Reebok hooked up with rapper Future for a sneaker drop and the result is the curious and yet, dynamic Furikaze. The silhouette is a hybrid of the Reebok classics the InstaPump Fury and Kamikaze 2. Both shoes are known for their radical design, so this combo falls in line right within expectations. Bold and futuristic looking (no pun intended), this all black colorway has tremendous presence. Future’s input is obvious on the leather and suede shoe, with his “Freebandz” branding on the lace tips. Overall it’s just a cool look and is a perfect gift for high school and college aged guys.
Sneaker enthusiast and Trill Gladiator Bun B and his partner and fellow sneaker lover, podcaster and foodie Premium Pete are dropping an exclusive of the Ewing 33 for their blog YouGottaEatThis.com during this weekend’s H-Town sneaker summit. The salmon suede upper mimics the obvious while the white midsole represents a bed of rice. If you’re not in Houston this weekend, the shoe will hit online and traditional retail outlets in 2018.
The traditional Air More Uptempo has seen a rise in popularity since being reissued this year. The holiday season brings a city pack, with specific designs centered on Chicago, New York and Atlanta. Each shoe has a few special embellishments that rep their respective cities. Expect these to drop at select Nike retailers on 12/20, just in time for last minute shoppers.
KITH’s popularity among hypebeasts has waned a bit as of late, but this collaboration with Moncler and Asics will surely be a hit this holiday season. The entire collection was initially debuted during fashion week (remember Scottie Pippen on the runway?) and will hit stores on December 2nd for the first round and December 9th at Moncler and Kith stores. The winterized shoe will come in three different colors. It features sherpa wool inner lining and the tonal suede upper in red white and blue, representing each brand’s home country.
If you have a sneakerhead in your life, he or she is most likely wishing for a pair of Yeezy’s to appear under the tree on the 25th. Kanye’s most popular model isn’t as hard to attain as past joints, but they are fairly exclusive. Thankfully the “Blue Tint” colorway hits just in time for the holidays.
Nike Flyknit Trainer $150
Every hot holiday release isn’t super exclusive, this olive/black color way of Nike’s hot Flyknit Trainer will be available for the masses. This one is a lot more fitting with fall/winter wardrobe than all of the neon/pastel pairs that Nike releases previously. Expect these at most Nike retailers on 12/7.