Well, with 2015 ending in a couple days, I thought it’ll be right to do my top 20 kicks of 2015. Now a little note, some of these shoes were made famous by hype, but others I just really loved the way they looked. Tell us your top pick of 2015 with #collectivekicks!!
20. Nike Air Foamposite “Grey Suede”
I’m a sucker for icy soles and these sure are ICE COLD. When I first saw foams, I thought they were not good at all, but I slowly fell in love with them. When I first saw images of these, my jaw dropped. The suede threw me off but I warmed up to it. These are still sitting on shelves too!
19. KD 8 ” Christmas”
Fire and Ice? Well, they sure do look nice! The print is amazing and reminds me of watercolor, I’m a huge fan of that. I also love how the actual execution worked well with the theme.
17. Under Armour Stephen Curry 2 “Professional”/”Rainmaker”
No doubt, Curry is rising to stardom pretty fast and his signature line is in hot pursuit. The Curry 2 has more of the performance look to it and it is very comfortable with its Charged Foam. Both these colorways use the subtle hints of the accent color to bring out the dark tonal base.
16. Nike Dunk CMFT “Night Terror”
During Halloween, we all know shoes show off the spirit in a certain colorway. These took it to another clean level. Not really flashy and outrageous, the Night Terror sure did show off the Halloween theme. Inspired by a coffin, the lining, insole, and sole take on the bloody color while the materials replicate a coffin. Thank you HesKicks for showing me the little hidden details and making me love them even more… and moving it up the list (originally 19).
15. Air Jordan 4 Cleat (Molded/Metal)
As an Air Jordan fan and Baseball/Softball fan, I fell in love with these shoes as soon as I saw them! I can fit into the molded (second picture) with a size 7 men’s but the metals start at size 8 men… guess I’ll double up on socks. I’ll still rock them. Using the “Oreo” construction of the Air Jordan 4, this hybrid lets sneakerheads on the diamond play in some heat. Swing big for the 23!
14. Nike Lunar Vapor Trout 2 Cleat/Turf “BluePrint”
Nike is no stranger to giving professional athletes their own signature shoe. Now, this isn’t a basketball shoe so it isn’t as popular, but since I am a fan of baseball, I love the way Mike Trout’s second signature cleat looks. Even though I am a fan of the LA Dodgers and not the Anaheim Angels, which Mike Trout plays for, I still think these are dope! My favorite colorway is the “BluePrint” which sports blue and white. Including the ‘turf’ version of the shoes, which is just a casual training shoe, makes it even better.
13. Kobe 10 Elite High “Rose Gold”
Not much to say about these. All I know is that the Rose Gold and Black are a perfect couple. Putting it on a comfortable and durable Nike model is genius. This is the cleanest and dopest Kobe 10 high I’ve seen.
12. Air Jordan 11 “72-10″
Even though this wasn’t an Original colorway, it still was a fan favorite. The 11’s are my grails, and this one just moved to the must cop list quick. Clean colorway, very simple yet detailed with the metallic jumpman, stitched 23 and a different type of shiny leather. Commemorating the best NBA season by the G.O.A.T, the 72-10 represents their 72 wins and only 10 losses.
11. Air Jordan 6 “Maroon”
After the 11’s, the 6’s are my next grails. Making its retro debut, the Maroon 6 did not do as well as expected, partly because of the high price point. Due to the earlier release of the 72-10’s the the 6’s sat for a while. Even though it had the Nike Air on the back, AND AN OG colorway, these were easier to cop after release day. I love Maroon, and putting it with an off white just was icing on the cake. Wish I could get a pair!
10. Air Max Zero
A special release for Air Max Day, the Air Max Zero was the original first sketch of the Air Max 1. It never made it to production but it was envisioned before the Air Max 1, therefore it was dubbed the Air Max Zero. No doubt, the light turquoise in the air unit and navy in the upper, brought the start of the Air Max line to life. Santa, should have got me these, size 6.5 FYI for next year!
9. Adidas Boost (Pure, Chill, and Ultra )
The Adidas Boost hit the sneakergame hard, hard enough it shook every sneakerhead’s wallets. The boost cushioning made it one of the most comfortable shoes in anybody’s collection. I like the Pure boost better because it features more boost cushioning and a breathable upper. The others are nice too because of the primeknit and other materials. Pics are in order of my favor.
8. Nike Air Foamposite “Mirror”
Now, I do realize this is a big hyped up shoe but hey, still looks good. The mirror feature was extremely new and unique. It blended really well with the black and hints of blue. Not to mention the NYC on the back.
7. Air Jordan 10 “OVO”
I honestly saw these images before I knew they were OVO’s, and I liked them. I really loved the combination of off white-beige and white. Also the little hints of gold were a nice touch. Really love the way these look.
6. Saucony Grid 9000 “Dirty Snow”
I LOVE the heather material. Anything with heather on it, just looks amazing. WITH AN ICY SOLE?! I almost fell out of my chair. These are dope! My favorite pair of Saucony’s, no doubt. Speechless.
5. Asics X Ronnie Fieg X Diamond Supply Co. Pack
WOOOOOAAAHHHHH!!! Can’t ever be disappointed by a Ronnie Fieg collaboration. These are just amazing and beautiful!! My favorite is the tiffany/white/silver. That one is just flawless. One of my favorite models too.
4. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black” and “Turtle Dove”
Honestly, compared to his Nike version, these are dope! Take away the Yeezy name, and you just have a simply knit Adidas boost. My favorite is the Pirate Black because it looks alot cleaner. It also looks less bulky. I really love how simple it is. Way better than the 750’s IMO.
3. Air Jordan 11 Low “Georgetown”
MY GRAILS! Well, the model. Legends are my all time grails. These are in my very small collection and I am a proud owner of them. Like I said before, I LOVE icy soles. Can’t get enough. The navy and grey work perfectly together. All around a great sneaker.
2. Air Jordan 5 X Supreme “Camo”
Any sneaker that has camouflage in it, I love. As a huge fan of the Military, especially the Army, the Desert Camo was just perfect on these. The red still throws me off; if I were to get these, I would paint over with black or beige. Jordan 5 is my top 5 Jordan models so it was an excellent combination in my opinion. If it wasn’t Supreme, it’ll still look equally as dope.
1. My number one pick of 2015 is……….. Isaiah Grubb’s Stefan Janoski Doernbecher Shoe!!
I’m in love with this shoe. My all time favorite pick-up so far! As soon as I saw images, and the price, I knew I had to get these. I saved up for them!! It’s a beautiful, simple, and amazing shoe. A little clever design and execution work with the reflecting material. Just can’t stop staring at these beauties! Awesome job Isaiah! You’re a great kid, stay strong.
Well, these are my top twenty sneakers of 2015. Hope you liked them, and maybe these were on your list too! Want to share? Post a pic of your top pics with #collectivekicks and we may share it!
What’s your opinion? Leave it in the comments below.
Check out my fellow writer, pjeung’s, top five picks here.