Adidas have comfortably dominated 2016 with the revolutionary comfort of their Ultra BOOST technology and a non-stop barrage of (let’s be honest, slightly over-hyped) NMD releases.
As a result, it’s no surprise that my number one pickup this year has come from the brand with the 3 stripes and, even less shockingly, it’s a Yeezy! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure about the Beluga v2 after seeing pre-release images but it is extremely difficult to do these justice on film.
In person, the beluga colour pops against the tonal greys and the structure / comfort of the shoe is perfect. Easily my top sneaker of 2016.
As they work to stay on the trail of Adidas, Jordan brand have focused on remastered retros, flooding the market with recognisable silhouettes and, towards the end of the year, upping the numbers produced to make them available to almost everyone.
Alongside the increase in production numbers has been a corresponding rise in price with my number two pick coming in at a cool £165. Having said that, the Air Jordan 11 Space Jam’s are a premium quality shoe presented in crazy packaging marking the 20th anniversary of the Tune Squad’s victory!
This is a classic Jordan sneaker updated for 2016 – a mainstay on every top 10 list this year.
Slightly removed from the hype-train is top pickup number three. Vachetta Tan is without doubt the hottest colourway of the year, appearing on absolutely EVERYTHING and showing no sign of slowing down as the year draws to a close.
These Vans SK8-HI’s dropped months ago overseas but only hit the UK market in November – a frustrating trend with Vans over the last half of 2016 (we only just got the Toy Story collection!). The Veggie Tan leather is incredible quality and the old-skool hi-top is updated with a well-utilised heel zipper. Don’t sleep on these – you can grab the Veggie Tan take on all three classic Van styles now!
So, those are my top 3 sneaker pickups of 2016 – what makes your list and what are you looking forward to copping next year? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below.