10. I am starting my list with the Adidas UltraBoost (as pictured above). This is the shoe that made me into a sneakerhead and is by far the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. Even though the UltraBoost hype has died down over the past few years, it is still pretty difficult to get your hands on a pair of Triple White’s or Triple Black’s, but as long as they are not the UltraBoost 2019 model, then it’ll be well worth it in my opinion.
9. Next on my list of personal favorites is the Nike Air Force One. The Air Force One is a sneaker that you can never go wrong with, even since its debut in the early 1980s. You have so many choices to go with but in my opinion, nothing beats the classic all-white pair that you can find in any shoe store.
8. Now that we are moving into the more rare sneakers, I have to give the 8th spot to the Nike Travis Scott Air Jordan 4 ‘Cactus Jack’. This sneaker was designed by famous rapper Travis Scott, who reflected his Houston origins in the sneaker by giving this classic Jordan the same colorway as the former Houston Oilers football team. The attention to detail, classic construction, and the fact that I am a huge Travis Scott fan makes this the perfect sneaker for my number 8 spot.
7. This highly respected spot has to go to the Nike Jordan 11 ‘Concord’. This important shoe, designed by Tinker Hatfield, actually saved Nike, no lie! The story goes that Nike was about to go out of business so they put this shoe into production thinking it would be their last shoe they ever made. After Michael Jordan wore this newly designed shoe during a game of the NBA Finals, Nike gained more press and funding then they have ever imagined and became the empire we know today. Besides this story, this sneaker features a classic design and colorway that is still popular today. I was lucky enough to get the 2018 release of this sneaker and I can vouch for how amazing it really is!
6. Another favorite of mine is the 6th spot, which is the Nike Sean Wotherspoon Air Max 1/97. This sneaker has a unique and flamboyant design and is a combination of two sneakers, the Nike Air Max 97 and the Nike Air Max 1 which creates the perfect silhouette for Sean Wotherspoon’s design. This shoe is very popular in the sneaker community, which explains its $1,400 resale value.
5. Now getting into the top 5, at number 5 we have the Nike Serena Williams x Off-White x Blazer ‘Queen’. This shoe is a collaboration between Nike, famous tennis player Serena Williams and the designer brand Off-White. These three elements combine to make one of the most beautiful sneakers I’ve ever seen, which explains its $1,300 resale value. My only complaint about the shoe is that I was not able to get my hands on a pair!
4. This is where I have to make some tough decisions, but my number 4 spot has to go to the Adidas Yeezy 350 Turtledove. This is one of the first sneakers rapper Kanye West designed with Adidas after leaving Nike, and in my opinion, he hit it out of the park. This sneaker is one of the rarest sneakers of all time, has one of the best colorways on a shoe and is considered one of the most comfortable shoes of all time. This is one sneaker that everyone, including me, hopes to have in their collection one day.
3. Now that we are down to the top 3, I am giving this spot to the Nike Air Yeezy 2 SP ‘Red October’. Before Kanye West left Nike, he blessed us with this insanely rare masterpiece. This shoe’s silhouette is considered to be one of the best of all time and the all-red colorway makes it a shoe that all sneakerheads strive for. But with its $6,500 resale price, I will not be able to purchase this lovely sneaker anytime soon.
2. Number 2 has to go to the Nike Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 ‘Mocha’. As previously mentioned, I am a huge fan of Travis Scott. That fact combined with the Houston rapper’s new take on the classic Air Jordan 1 silhouette makes this shoe an instant classic. As of writing this, this sneaker is the top contender for Sneaker of the Year for 2019. I was lucky enough to get a pair at retail price and I can truthfully say that the hype is well-deserved. It’s construction and attention to detail is unmatched by any sneaker I’ve ever had or even seen, besides my number one pick. I sadly sold my pair for a great profit a few months back but if I wanted to buy another pair, I’d have to shell out $1,600 due to the escalated resale, which is well-deserved.
- The only word to describe my number one pick is, “Wow!” This spot, of course, goes to the Nike Air Jordan One x Off-White Chicago. The collaboration between Nike and Head Designer for Off-White and Louis Vitton, Virgil Abloh was an instant classic upon release. This colorway was the first and most popular out of 3 to come out, which is easy to understand once you see this beautiful creation. The design idea behind this shoe was to make it look like it was still being designed and was unfinished, which is why this shoe was so successful. Finally, the $6,875 resale value makes it a difficult shoe to actually get but well worth it once you do.