In our roles as the overseers of the sneaker dominion, the SF crew have had plenty to say this year. We’ve given our two cents on Virgil’s Off-White empire, pleaded for the AJ1 to take a back seat, and even deliberated whether La Flame could be hip hop’s new sneaker king. Nevertheless, we’ve reserved some of our hottest takes for a grand finale – which sneakers ruled 2019?
The last year of the decade certainly dished up a footwear feast, highlights coming through from day dot. So, naturally, picking favourites was no easy task. Travis Scott and sacai’s Chitose Abe duked it out for ultimate bragging rights, remixing the beloved Swoosh to deliver the year’s biggest hits. Meanwhile, the Three Stripes made big strides in the technical footrace, taking 4D technology to the masses. And, not to be outdone, New Balance and ASICS’ cooperative creations were some of most sought-after Grails of the year, owing to the likes of Kith, Bodega, and Aimé Leon Dore.
With all that in mind, which sneaker made the biggest moves in a year dominated by oversized soles, ginormous Air Max bubbles, and heavyweight collaborations? Scroll on to find out, but pls don’t @ us.