Last year was full of challenges. This year is not much of an improvement, and the following year is just around the corner. Through it all, the sneaker culture remains strong.
If like most sneakerheads, you are always on the lookout for the latest and trendy pair of athleisure shoes, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of the best Sneakers so far in 2021.
The Jordan x A Ma Maniére Retro 3 Sneaker
A Ma Maniére is one of the biggest hubs of luxury sneakers based in Atlanta. The Jordan brand, on the other hand, needs no introduction.
The two footwear giants have been itching to work on something together for some time now, and it finally happened with the Jordan x A Ma Maniére Retro 3 Sneaker.
All those who held their breath waiting say it’s worth it, as a Ma Maniére managed to do the impossible: make what is arguably one of the greatest Sneakers of all time even better by adding high-quality tumbled leather, retro-inspired midsoles, and hits of suede in all the right places.
The New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore 550 Sneaker
Aimé Leon Dore founder Teddy Santis and Boston-based sneaker giant New Balance have been successful every time they joined forces. The two finally made things official in early April when Santis became the company’s creative director.
Not soon after, they dropped the 550 sneaker in the market to instant success, setting the internet world aflame and getting countless virtual carts rolling. They were a bit late in embracing the strategy of sprinkling old-school recipes with a few modern touches, but with the 550s, they are catching up fast.
The Nike SB Dunk Low “What The P-Rod”
Nike SB and Paul Rodriguez have been making magic together for the past 17 years, and nothing pays tribute to this long-standing relationship better than the Nike SB Dunk Low “What The P-Rod.”
This iteration of the Nike SB Dunk variant pays homage to one of the most decorated skaters in history on so many levels. It starts at the beginning when Rodriguez signed up with the company in 2005, and they came out with the “J-Rod,” and ends with the boxing-inspired SB Dunk High in 2020. There is no doubt that it is one of the best efforts in the past five years, earning it a spot in this year’s list of best sneakers.
The Air Jordan 1 High OG
Another offering from the Jordan Brand, the Air Jordan 1 High OG “University Blue,” was released in March, sending sneakerheads all over the world scrambling for a pair. The March Madness tournament was suspended this year, but thanks to these shoes, things were still as crazy as ever.
It features a sinuous suede upper set against high-quality tumbled leather. It comes in a classic shade of blue that ties all the elements together perfectly.
Adidas YEEZY 450
The Adidas YEEZY 450 is a bit polarising. Some love it, while others are not so crazy about it. Still, wherever you are in this spectrum, you can’t deny that it is the subject of many sneakerheads’ conversations. It features an avant-garde aesthetic and out-of-this-world sole, making it a hard-to-miss pair of sneakers wherever you wear it.
Christmas is nearing, and if you are looking to put a smile on someone’s face, wrapping up one of these sneakers as a present might just do the trick!