2015 I decided to chill and only cop 10 sneakers, so that should make my list pretty simple, right? Nah. I didn’t get everything I wanted because we all face #sadderday no matter how good the plug is and sometimes we have not-buyer’s remorse when you think a pair might sit longer than they do or you just slept on a pair…literally. Here are my favorite joints of 2015.
#10 Pigalle x Nike Lebron XII
First sneaker on the list I didn’t even cop. I’m such a fraud. Once A$AP Rocky started stunting on social media with Pigalle, I knew it was going to be an “essential” in most streetwear closets. I wasn’t into dishing all that for a tee or a hoodie with a brands logo like it was Calvin Klein or Tommy Hilfiger in the 90s. The Parisian label linked up with King James and The Swoosh and cooked up one of the best collabs of 2015. The price made me balk on grabbing a pair, but still have to show them some love.
#9 adidas Busenitz “Scheinfeld”
If you follow me on Twitter, then you know I am a big advocate of adidas illest skateboarding sneaker. I have six colors in rotation right now and these are another pair I didn’t grab because of the price tag but the black and gold looks so good plus the premium. Someone tell Wex, we need that oop.
#8 adidas Originals Stan Smith Primeknit
Disclaimer: People rocked adidas before Kanye came on board. And if you ask me which is better, Flyknit or Primknit—I’m going to go with Primeknit all day. Once The Three Stripe updated its classic tennis shoe with the #TeamCozy upper, I had to grab a pair. Legitimately one of the few sneakers I only break out on rare occasions because I don’t want to ruin how clean they look.
#7 Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel-Lyte III “Homage”
My joints actually don’t come until tomorrow (Dec 29th) but I have to pay homage to the Don, Ron. I remember being in some video chat room with Fieg and his followers before his Aqua/Navys dropped in 2010 and ever since I have been a huge fan of his work…especially the Coves. The “What The” concept has been done, but this shit was built for Ronnie’s work on the Gel Lyte III.
#6 adidas Yeezy Boost 750
My good friend, Nick Engvall, was such a G and let me have his pair that he secured All-Star Weekend in NYC. I met Kanye that morning at adidas and that’s all I needed for this sneaker to hold a special place. The grey jawns are nice but the all-black looks way better on foot. 2/14/2015 is officially the day that adidas really started taking over the year and hasn’t looked back since.
#5 Public School x Jordan XII
I’ve never wanted a pair of Jordan XIIs before. The colorway and the materials were executed perfectly. Seems simple, right?
#4 CNCPTS x New Balance 997 “Luxury Goods”
Late pass but I don’t own a pair of CNCPTS sneakers. This is another one where the price tag had me torn and I was pissed I slept once I saw them in person. These were that one “obscure” (aka non-Yeezy or Jordan) [air that even non-sneakerheads could appreciate.
#3 Jordan I “Chicago”
Consumers put a lot of pressure on brands to come correct with exact replicas of some of its greatest sneakers and it’s a lot easier said than done. But I have to tip my hat off to Jordan Brand, the quality and overall construction of the “Chicago” Is was done perfectly.
#2 adidas Ultra Boost
Once the plug at adidas had these waiting for me at NBA All Star Weekend, it was the only shoe I wore for three days straight. The cushioning is the most comfortable thing I’ve worn in a few years. Just slip them on, no socks, and you’re walking on clouds. No socks though for real, you don’t wanna ruin the magic.
#1 adidas Yeezy Boost 350
The Ultra Boost had the most comfortable cushioning, and the Yeezy 350 was right behind it but the upper on the 350 was even more comfortable than the Ultra Boost. Plus the design on the 350…well, it’s not even a contest. I didn’t rock a sneaker more than the 350s in 2015. Sure, added hype always helps but they were appropriate for a day in the office, kicks on the plane, sight seeing on foot all day, or date night with the lady. I hope rumors of six more in 2016 are true and more kids get a chance to own a pair without paying resellers a few stacks.