ARTICLE BY Gabe Filippa

6 Sneakers You Need in Your 2021 Rotation

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Yes, it’s finally time to put 2020 behind us, and what better way to celebrate the new year than with some fresh sneakers? From the resurgent New Balance 992 to the extraterrestrial Yeezy Foam Runners, we’ve got six sneakers that’ll help you start afresh in 2021.

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New Balance 992

The New Balance 992 stomped in 2020. Roused from its slumber with an amorous Joe Freshgoods collaboration on Valentine’s Day, the 992 was tapped by everyone from Internet-darlings JJJJound to masters of minimalism WTAPS. Famously adopted by Steve Jobs during his reign at Apple, the 992 silhouette is expected to surge forward in 2021, with NB head of collaborations Joe Grondin recently teasing more colourways –  including a collaboration with Levi's!

Yeezy Foam Runner

Yeezy Foam Runner

The Yeezy Foam Runner is one of the more polarising designs from Kanye West. And we love it. Originally debuting during the Innovation Festival in late 2019, the Foam Runner continues to dilate our pupils in 2021, the wildly-experimental silhouette a much-needed break from the Dunkmania saturating the sneaker zeitgeist. Comfortable, eco-aware (the foam made from algae) and provocative, the Foam Runner is the perfect statement piece for your 2021 rotation.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 14

ASICS GEL-Kayano 14

ASICS really ain’t playin’. The Japanese label kicked up a storm in 2020 with some scintillating Kiko Kostadinov collaborations, and the debut of novel technology like the Evoride Orphe. Meanwhile, the GEL-Kayano 14 is one of the best ASICS shoes to resurface recently, the late-2000s aesthetic perfectly suited to today’s zeitgeist. The first silhouette of the series not designed by the legend Toshikazu Kayano, the GEL-Kayano 14 still carries all the graceful technical and aesthetic DNA of its predecessors.

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Air Jordan 6

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan 6, Tinker Hatfield’s iconic silhouette originally hitting the hardwood back in 1991 (the same year Michael Jordan won his first NBA Championship). Recently administered an extra dose of hype thanks to Travis Scott’s collaboration last year, the Jordan Brand have already confirmed the ‘Carmine’ retro (complete with ‘Nike Air’ branding) for February 13.

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Salomon XT-6

No brand on earth does a better job combining high-altitude alpine tech with streetwear steez. Lovingly adopted by the likes of Frank Ocean and Rihanna, Salomon have plenty of top notch silhouettes available. However, the XT-6 is our pick to usher in the new year. Originally debuting in 2013, the XT-6 is a versatile silhouette that looks good with just about any wardrobe. IYKYK.

adidas ZX8000

A certified Hall of Famer, the adidas ZX8000 still retains all of it’s 1980s retro-futurism in the 21st century. Coming through in a whole host of neon-soaked palettes last year, the ZX8000 was elevated by the high-profile atmos collaborations, with Three Stripes no doubt offering plenty more rave-friendly colour palettes this year.

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