Hey, The time has finally come when we’recounting down the top 10 best sneakers of 2019/2020.It’s been an absolutely insane here for sneakers we’ve had some awesome collaborations and some great retros as well as some really cool new silhouettes. But just like at the end of every year we have to count it down and find out which sneakers were the best.This list is made up of 10 shoes that I picked based on influencer, popularity, and innovation and in fact, I think every single pair on the list deserves to be on this list because we’ve had so many excellent sneakers this year. It was really hard to pick and for the number one spot the sneaker of the year. it is a shoe that I like a lot personally and I think deserves to be in that spot. I also ran a YouTube poll and you all picked that shoe as well so it’s pretty much a unanimous decision. So without further ado let’s jump right into it
NUMBER -10 Off-white Nike Dunk Low
Just like 2018, 2019 saw a lot of sneakers released from the verge of a blow off white Nike collaboration. However, unlike last year most of the off-white Nike sneakers to drop were not from the original 10 collections. 2019 also saw a pretty large shift in the Vergilabalos design aesthetic. That’s very evident in the sneakers that he released, and to be honest I kind of feel like a lot of the off-white Nike sneakers that dropped this year kind of missed the mark and it’s mainly because the changed up the aesthetics so dramatically and it just didn’t seem to work as well as the original 10 collections did but near the end of the year in December Virgil able and Nike really redeemed themselves with a remake of a classic sneaker. The off-white Nike Dunk Low released in three different colorways on the same day and two of those colorways were from the og collegiate pack. The pine green pair, however, was not an original colorway it was actually based off a high-top dunk and not only were most of the colorways inspired by the original dunks the actual cut of the shoe. The materials that they used were also very reminiscent, in my opinion, that’s what makes these shoes so special. Obviously you’ve got some off-white hits covering the top of the shoe. the base of the sneaker is a retro Nike Dunk and I think that because Virgil focused on creating a shoe that was much closer to the original than a prototype variant of a sneaker that really got a lot of people’s attention. I think it’s awesome the off-white details on this shoe, in particular, the lacing system can be somewhat polarizing but I think that the overall package is excellent. For that reason, it’s number 10
Number 9 the Nike Air Max One Missing
As far as animation inspired collaborations to go the air max one missing link is one of the best. Just like most of the other animated movie collaborations that Nike has done like the box trolls and the parent Norman’s this shoe is based on an animated movie by like it. Lika is an animation studio started by Phil Knight the founder of Nike son so obviously there’s a connection there already. fact that these collaborations always come out so cleanly really makes me appreciate them. This Air Max one, in particular, is so well executed and the colorway is based on the main character of the movie. All of the materials on this sneaker are actually found on the clothing of the main character which think is so cool. What I find most interesting is that you’ve actually got leather wrapped around the midsole. every detail on this shoe is so well thought out. From material choices to colorways. I think it’s a great-looking sneaker. it’s definitely deserving of the number nine spot
Number eight- Nike Adapt BB
Back to the Future people have been begging for Auto lacing shoes. In 2016 we got those Auto lacing Nike mags but of course, the price for a pair of Auto lacing Nike mags is 60 grand.Then in 2017, Nike released the hyper adapts but even then that was a seven hundred and twenty dollar shoe. Finally in February of 2019 Nike released the very first relatively budget-friendly Auto lacing sneaker. Not only were the Nike adapt bb’s relatively affordable and somewhat easy to get the show is also a performance basketball sneaker. NBA players actually playing this shoe which means it could take a lot of weight and a lot of pressure. The Nike adapts features a battery, a motor and wireless charging capabilities inside the midsole of this sneaker. it then has these very thin but also very strong wires underneath this outer shroud that actually come together when you press the buttons on the side. This shoe is the realization of a dream that people have had for decades and it’s so cool to be able to actually own a pair of auto-lacing shoes. now they might not look the best and they might not feel the best on feet and the battery sometimes dies so you’re kind of stuck for a little bit but it’s a great shoe overall and the technology that’s inside the shoe is truly incredible in my opinion the Nike adapt BB is the most innovative sneaker of 2019
Number seven – Bred Air Jordan fours
This is actually the only shoe on the entire list that I don’t have in my own collection. This shoe definitely deserves to be on the list. Michael Jordan originally debuted this iconic sneaker in 1989, when he was playing against Cleveland and the last time the shoe ret rode was in 2012 also known as the black cement forest. This 2019 release featured the original box or box made to look like the original box. when it comes to iconic Jordan retros the air jordans for bread is one of the best numbers. six the Air Jordan 1sb LA to Chicago, the AirJordan one is my favorite sneaker. I say that pretty much every time I talk about a pair of Air Jordan.
Air Jordan 1 SBLH of Chicago is not only one excellent colorway it’s got two and that’s because if you didn’t know this LA themes purple and gold paint actually wears off to reveal a Chicago colorway look at that it’s dope it’s such a good concept and no it’s not the first time. it’s been done to a pair of Air Jordan ones we had the Lance Mountains from a couple of years back. But this is one of the most well-executed versions you’ve got. One of the most classic Air Jordan one. colorways of all time and a pretty excellent new colorway the Lance Mountains just started out as a white pair. what I love about the Elliot of Chicago is how versatile it is and how good it looks in any situation. When you first get the shoe it’s all purple and gold it’s fully laid out and you can definitely rock with that colorway. but when you wear it paints lowly rubs off the sneaker and starts to reveal the Chicago colorway and even midway through the transition, it looks amazing. The LA to Chicago Jordan ones are an awesome pair of shoes and will definitely be one of the most coveted colorways.
Number five the New Balance bodega nine nineseven s
First, off I should say that there are two colorways of this shoe and I’m putting both of those colorways on the list. brand new Balance and they both feature an amazingly constructed upper made up of beautiful materials. 2019 has kind of been the Renaissance for New Balance.They’ve had the New Balance bodegas, they’ve had Kawhi Leonard’s Omni’s both of which have sold out and not only that they’ve also resold it. NewBalance was doing a lot of things right in 2019 and because of that, we’ve got some pretty amazing shoes. The thing that I love most about this collaboration is that this shoe is just such a crazy mashup of colors. The materials and paneling all goes together so nicely and it’s just such a beautiful looking sneaker. I am definitely excited for more bodega and New Balance collaborations in 2020 . I’m also very excited to see what New Balance does moving forward and on a side note this is also one of my most worn sneakers .
Number four – Adidas Yeezy boost 350 v2
it is one of the most popular and hyped up shoes of the last decade. After a couple of years of the 350 v2 being on the market. People were hungry for a follow-up and in December we officially got that followup the Yeezy boost 350. 383 similar to that of the 350 v2 s.There are a lot of pretty major changes that make this sneaker a pretty major improvement over to the 350 v2 s. It’s honestly just a bunch of quality of life things like making the cut of the sneaker more comfortable, changing up the ankle area and sweeping up the heel. In my opinion, the 380 is noticeably more comfortable than 350 v2 s which were already a pretty comfortable shoes. The 380s feature a full prime knit upper with this really interesting organic pattern that definitely is the reason why the shoe is called the alien. it also features this pretty large clear plastic detail on the midfoot of the shoe, another change is that Kanye decided to remove that iconic ribbing detail on the midsole of the shoe which honestly makes the midsole rubber a little bit softer, which means the boost can expand a little bit more. It’s a very unique look and one that not everybody loves but when you look back at most of the Adidas sneakers people didn’t seem to like those shoes until a couple of months after they came out. I’m sure in 2020 when we get more colorways of the380s this will become one of the hottest sneakers of the year. I love the fact that Kanye and the easy team are experimenting with trying new things and taking risks. I think the 380 is a pretty great sneaker.
number three the2009Air Jordan 11 bread
people are always arguing about whether this colorway is the bread Elevens or the playoff 11s. I don’t really care, either way, I kind of just defer to the breads because it just is shorter and faster to say the 2019 version of this shoe is the fifth time that we’ve seen this colorway. it’s also rumored that in 2019 Jordan Brand released two million pairs of this colorway which is just an insane number and the craziest part is that they all sold out. It alone qualifies this shoe to be on the list . This shoe could reasonably be number one. Now the reason I didn’t put this shoe at number one on the list and put it at number three even though it’s like my third favorite shoe of all time. It is because it is kind of just a retro and that’s definitely not a bad thing. We’ve just seen this shoe and this colorway before. The other two sneakers ahead of the shoe on the list are new takes on old sneakers whereas this is just kind of a retro of the classic shoe. One of my favorite things about this retro is that they tried to make it as close to the original release. They possibly could even give it the box. The higher cut patent leather-like, the originals which can be a point of contention for some people. I think a lot of people do prefer this also red and black.In fact, we should have probably worn this to the Star Wars premiere. Air Jordan 11 is well-deserving of the number three spot
the list number two the sakai nike LDwaffle
I’m sure you guys have a lot of other top-ten sneakers of the Year list. A lot of people put this shoe at number 1 which I totally understand and I even considered doing it myself but as great as this sneaker is it just didn’t have the influence that number one had. I’m sure by process of elimination you guys already know what number one is, but let me get to the good parts of this shoe. The Nike LD waffle is in a lot of people’s opinion and my own the best sneaker to come out of the sky. Nike collaboration this shoe is a mash-up of the Nike LDV and the Nike waffle. It becomes very obvious when you see the double midsole and the double paneling on the upper. The thing that I love most about this shoe is the concept itself and how well that concept actually came together. when you think of a collaboration you think of two brands coming together up with a new idea based on their previous experience. the main reason I think this collab was so successful is that they picked silhouettes that just go so well together. The double midsole, in theory, isn’t a great idea and brands like Balenciaga have done that on the triple-s .In my opinion, it looks terrible but on this shoe, it works out really really nice. The overlapping paneling on the upper could be really messy but the fact that it all comes together so cleanly is a testament to the creative genius that was behind this shoe. I don’t understand it the Sakai Nike LD waffle is an excellent collaboration and a beautifully executed shoe. The only downside to this sneaker is that, it’s not very durable
number one this sneaker of2019 the Travis Scott Air Jordan ones
We all knew was coming to the Travis Scott Air Jordan ones. The most influential and also one of the most coveted sneakers of the entire year. You might just think that this is a Braun Air Jordan one with the backward Nike swoosh but there’s so much more to it. First of all, they must have given Travis Scott a lot of creative freedom to turn that swoosh around because messing with the brand’s logo is not something a collaboration is usually allowed to do. Brand logos, especially logos from brands like Nike, usually have very very strict design rules. You really can’t mess with the brand’s logo too much. what Travis Scott is doing with Jordan Brand right now is so similar to what Kanye did with Nike, back in the 2000s Travis Scott is quickly becoming one of the most influential people in sneakers of all time. I think the Cactus Jack Air Jordan won highs are the pinnacle of his work with Jordan Brand. I think this shoe is almost perfect, not only does this shoe have a backward Nike swoosh but it also has super-premium materials .making up the upper the Travis got one also feature a hidden stash pocket around the ankle of the shoe. You’ve got stitched ballistic nylon around the ankle area, you’ve got the hidden Cactus Jack branding on the medial side. You’ve also got this really nice buttery suede. The Travis got one look good it also made major way and sneaker culture this is one of the most faked sneakers of all time. Travis Scott is one of the most expensive on the resale market.
I would love to know your thoughts on this list. Which shoes you think to deserve to be on the list, so let me know in the comment section down below. thank you all so much for the incredible support in 2019. it’s been a wonderful year.