The yr isn’t fairly over but, however we have gone forward and rounded up our picks for one of the best sneakers of the yr, thus far.
Every weekend brings a laundry listing of huge releases, and we all know all too properly that protecting observe of 2019’s finest drops isn’t any small process. We have had a promising begin to the yr thus far, with retro Jordans, collaborations, and thrilling new tech just like the auto-lacing Nike Adapt BB and PUMA Match Intelligence, the latter of which sadly does not launch till 2020, however keep submit for subsequent yr’s listing
On the finish of the yr, look out for our annual Highsnobiety Crowns awards, the place we recap one of the best of one of the best, together with one of the best sneakers that dropped over 12 months. In case you missed it, our choose for one of the best sneaker of 2018 was the Nike React Factor 87.
From nostalgic retro releases to the most recent sneaker expertise and far more, these are one of the best sneakers of 2019.
Additionally, do not miss our rankings of one of the best Jordan, adidas, and Nike sneakers.
Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch
Launch Date: January 10, 2019
Purchase: Nike, Sneaker Politics, Voo
Recurrently priced at $64.99, and infrequently discovered on low cost, many would balk on the considered a Monarch that’s priced at $250. The inflated value of Martine Rose’s collaborative version, plus the shoe’s unusual design that featured bulbous protrusions on the higher, made this launch very divisive. However you may’t deny Rose’s outside-the-box considering, because the British designer selected to saddle a measurement 18 higher on a measurement 9 sole tooling, making a sneaker that’s visually unparalleled, to place it a technique.
Kiko Kostadinov x ASICS GEL-Korika
Launch Date: November 16, 2019
Kostadinov advised Highsnobiety, “We labored on the [Korika] collectively, bringing a basketball shoe and decreasing it to look good as a low runner, and simply making it a bit extra enjoyable with the metallic and the shiny materials.” The pack of 4 footwear included two colorways for males in black and gray, and two for ladies, arriving in candy-hued variations.
Kostadinov stays some of the thrilling younger designers, and his partnership with ASICS guarantees to maintain the Japanese model an integral a part of the sneaker dialog.
Salomon S/LAB XT-Four ADV
Launch Date: January 2019
Purchase: Slam Jam
Salomon’s path choices have been effervescent beneath the floor for a while now, however current co-signs from the likes of Pusha T and even Rihanna have garnered the outerwear model some main curiosity from the style and sneakerhead crowd. Salomon’s SS19 supply featured a couple of tantalizing colorways, together with a handful of efficiency fashions that featured as robust of colorblocking as we have seen from any model. Pay attention to the “Mermaid” and “Poseidon” variations.
Whereas the model’s collaborations with The Damaged Arm and Boris Bijan Saberei have been subjects of dialog as properly, it is clear to see that Salomon does not essentially want a collaborative accomplice to safe the curiosity of sneakerheads, and the model’s basic releases may be simply as robust. Maintain your eyes skilled on Salomon this yr.
Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 “Cactus Jack”
Launch Date: Could 11, 2019
Purchase: StockX, GOAT
Following on the success of his Air Pressure 1 and Air Jordan IV silhouettes, Travis Scott took on the enduring Air Jordan 1, re-imagining the shoe like by no means earlier than. Electing a brown, white and black colorway, the Scott-edition Jordans characteristic the addition of a velcro stash pocket, plus the shoe’s most eye-catching element – an inverted Swoosh. Like his earlier Nike collaborations, Cactus Jack branding is discovered debossed on the heel of the shoe.
This tackle the Jordan 1 dropped on the Nike SNKRS app throughout the Tremendous Bowl LIII halftime present, nonetheless a wider launch will likely be coming later this yr. Scott has additionally teased two low-top Jordan 1s that may very well be releasing within the close to future, so keep tuned for extra information on these.
Overkill x adidas Consortium ZX 10,000C
Launch Date: February 9, 2019
This February collaboration between adidas Consortium and Berlin-based sneaker outpost Overkill included colourful particulars from numerous ZX fashions – particularly fashions from the four-digit ZX household, the 1000, 4000, 9000 and extra – making a “Greatest Of” ZX colorways.
The particular pack consisted of 1 left and one proper shoe, plus one other single shoe in a totally totally different colorway. All three footwear collectively got here in a single outsized field, permitting collectors the potential of getting their fingers on a second field, thereby finishing the opposite pair of footwear, or just protecting the third shoe as a collectible for show.
New Steadiness 990V5
Launch Date: Could 4, 2019
Purchase: New Steadiness
New Steadiness’s 990 sequence is unquestionably one among most celebrated sneaker franchises of all time, and the V3 in addition to the V4 variations are extensively embraced as a number of the most timeless, basic footwear available on the market. With that, the debut of the brand new V5 was absolutely one of many greatest moments of the yr.
Arriving with a worldwide marketing campaign that cleverly touted the shoe as being worn by “supermodels in London and dads in Ohio,” the perennially cool gray runner is noticeably modified from earlier iterations, however acquainted sufficient that many New Steadiness followers immediately injected this shoe into their rotation.
Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike VaporMax
Launch Date: Could 14, 2019
Underneath-the-radar streetwear model Cactus Plant Flea Market is the brainchild of Cynthia Lu, who turned one of many first-ever feminine non-athletes to obtain her personal Nike collaboration when she re-worked the Nike VaporMax sneaker. The irresistibly charming collaboration has a hand-made really feel due to a re-jigged Nike Swoosh made out of backyard wiring, plus an offbeat smiley face graphic on the heel. This refreshing and authentic flip on the VaporMax was extensively celebrated, and difficult to acquire resulting from restricted availability by Dover Road Market and NikeLab areas.
sacai x Nike LDWaffle
Launch Date: Could 16 in EU, Could 30 in US
No, you are not seeing double. sacai’s double-edged mashup of two late-’70s Nike silhouettes, the LDV and Waffle Racer, options twice-stacked soles, twin tongues, twin laces, and overlapping Swooshes. The colorways additionally derive from that very same period of Nike design, and also you may even acknowledge one colorway’s inexperienced hue as being just like the signature pantone of Oregon College.
Debuted on the Parisian runway in June 2018, the LDWaffle is a intelligent hybrid of recent and outdated, and was proven with an accompanying Blazer, each of which ultimately dropped in Could 2019, after some sneakerheads merely could not take the anticipation any longer.
AWAKE x ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 360
Launch Date: June 20, 2019
The primary sneaker collaboration from Angelo Baque’s new clothes model AWAKE landed with none aside from ASICS. Baque was tasked with re-imagining the GEL-Kayano 5 360, a hybrid silhouette that includes a Kayano 5 higher saddled on a 360 sole unit. The refreshing collaboration reveals how ASICS is placing its weight behind rising manufacturers, and Baque confirmed he was able to stepping as much as the plate, serving up two robust colorways impressed by New York and Paris. Baque advised Highsnobiety, “All my initiatives are one diploma of Queens or two levels of New York Metropolis. I like being from New York, I like nonetheless dwelling within the metropolis.”
Palace Skateboards x Salomon Speedcross 4
Launch Date: Friday, September 6
Maybe no singular launch can higher characterize the present style and sneaker zeitgeist than the Palace Skateboards x Salomon Speedcross 4, and the correct context is unquestionably wanted to know why a Palace, a model that payments itself as a London-based skateboard model, would collaborate with a mountaineering model like Salomon. The disruptive launch catered to the present apetite for technical footwear, whereas Palace lent its street-level “cool” to the design.
Louis Vuitton Coach
Launch Date: January 1, 2019
Purchase: Louis Vuitton, StockX
Impressed by classic basketball sneakers, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Coach mixes sportswear and luxurious, that includes timeless shade blocking and basic particulars like a perforated toe field. Abloh’s first sneaker for the French style home, the LV 408 Coach additionally boasts a hand-written Louis Vuitton signature on the facet. In line with Abloh, the made-in-Italy LV 408 Coach takes six hours for every shoe to be stitched. In complete, 106 items make up the sneaker, whereas 20 items are featured on the only real alone.
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