When writing our list of the Top 10 Sneakers of 2013, we took time to consider a full range of sneakers from various brands across the globe. Think we missed out on any or should re-arrange the list? Feel free to comment at the bottom of the page. 2013 was definitely another great year for sneaker releases, so take a look below at the Top 10 that made our list.
1. Nike x atmos – Air Max 1 ‘Animal Camo’ Pack
This Nike x atmos collaboration was slept on by most sneakerheads due to the Japan-only release and limited numbers available. The jungle camo and black snakeskin version is an instant classic. The desert camo and leopard print version adds some flair to this unique collaboration. Two of the best interpretations of the Nike Air Max 1 we’ve seen to date lands these sneakers at number one on our list. The atmos x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Animal Camo’ pack is available online at eBay.com through resellers for $300 and up.
2. Ronnie Fieg x ASICS – Gel Lyte V ‘Volcano’
Kith founder Ronnie Fieg had a great year of collaboration with ASICS. The Gel Lyte V ‘Volcano’ is the best so far from Ronnie Fieg and ASICS. Look for these to pop up online at eBay.com in limited numbers.
3. Air Jordan – Jordan 1 Retro Black/Royal
The Jordan 1 Retro in Black/Royal was well worth waiting for. The shoe was originally released back in 1985, and then re-released in 2001. There was much anticipation for the 2013 release of this classic Jordan sneaker. Turn to Flight Club and eBay.com if you are still looking to grab a pair.
4. adidas x Bape x Undefeated – ZX 5000
A great collaboration that didn’t let us down. The classic adidas ZX 5000 was improved with some Bape camo and signature touches from Undefeated. The adidas x Bape x Undefeated ZX 5000 was a limited release that sold out quickly. If you still want to cop a pair, take a look at Flight Club and online resellers at eBay.com.
5. Nike x Supreme – Flyknit Lunar 1
When Nike collaborates with Supreme it can be hit or miss. The Supreme x Nike Flyknit Lunar 1 sneakers are definitely a hit. Supreme took a Nike performance running shoe, and make it look cool. These sneakers were another quick sell-out from the Supreme store, so look for them online at eBay.com through resellers.
6. A$AP Rocky x Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals – JS Wings 2.0 ‘Black Flag’
It is sometimes a tough task to make a pair of Jeremy Scott sneakers look nice, but A$AP Rocky definitely did a good job. The all black sneakers with the US flag printed across the pair made for a great overall look. These high-profile collaboration often flop, yet A$AP Rocky managed to come out with a great finished product.
7. adidas – adidas Mutombo
The adidas Mutombo was a sneaker that needed to be brought back. Dikembe Mutombo’s African roots are well represented in the shoe’s design. The adidas Mutombo is still available online at adidas.com, Sneakersnstuff.com, and CrookedTongues.com.
8. Concepts x New Balance – New Balance 998 C-Note
A Massachusetts collaboration between Concepts and New Balance lead to the creation of the New Balance 998 C-Note sneaker. The shoe’s inspiration comes from the American one hundred dollar-bill. Take a look on eBay.com to purchase this popular sneaker from resellers.
9. adidas Y-3 – Qasa Hi
Yohji Yamamoto takes on the challenge of making sportswear stylish with his adidas Y-3 collection. The Qasa Hi sneakers are one of the best yet from adidas Y-3. Look for the adidas Y-3 Qasa Hi online at adidas.com, JackThreads.com, and Zappos.com.
10. Clarks x Foot Patrol – Tawyer SP
The Clarks collaboration with London’s Foot Patrol was a limited release of only 50 pairs in the ‘Blue Multi’ version. The woven pattern, great quality, and cool materials earn the Tawyer SP a place on this list. Take a look at eBay.com for deadstock if you want to order a pair.
Nike LeBron X ‘Cork’
The LeBron X ‘Cork’ sneakers were a great release, but didn’t make the cut as they are almost exclusively for displaying and not wearing.
Air Jordan XX8
The Air Jordan XX8 didn’t quite hit the mark with Jumpman fans, but these sneakers might one day be looked back on as classics. Tinker Hatfield might have pushed the bar a bit too far forward on this release, yet the innovation and style alone earns an honorable mention.
BWGH x PUMA R968
A rookie sneaker collaboration for Brooklyn We Go Hard was a great first effort. Looking forward to seeing what BWGH works on next. The BWGH x PUMA collaboration should have other brands lining up to work on something new with the Paris-based brand.
Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse ‘Independence Day’ Pack
Red, White, and Blue. Simple and classic. Not quite enough to crack into the Top 10 on our list.
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