Sneakers You Slept On in 2020
In today’s sneakerscape, you can expect record-breaking sellout times on hype-worthy sneakers on the regular. But that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, sneakers get slept on, and left to rot in the sale section. It’s sad, but that’s just the way it goes. This year, there has been a whole bunch of underrated low-key heaters that were slept on and, frankly, we have no idea why! Head down below to read about the sneakers you slept on in 2020.
Haven x New Balance 990v5
Haven is a Canadian retailer that started way back in 2006, and this year they were tapped by New Balance for their second 990v5 collaboration. Absolutely greyed-out to perfection, the Canadian imprint executed the link-up with upgraded premium materials using CORDURA and Horween Leather to beef-up the silhouette. Stealthy and durable, it was the perfect sneaker for those who spend their days exploring the concrete jungle. Yet, and we have no idea why, it has sat around for a while now – and we feel it should have gotten a little more hype.
Nike Air Raid OG Retro
Like we said when we heard the news that Team Swoosh was bringing back the OG Air Raid, this is one of those ‘if you know you know’ kind of sneakers. A basketball shoe designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield himself, the Air Raid was meant for those who like a bit of streetball. And, although many 90s sneaker fanatics probably were psyched about this comeback, clearly it was too much of a deep cut, meaning it became a slept-on release in 2020.
Footshop x adidas Superstar ‘Blueprinting’
Although a big feat for the crew over at Footshop, their adidas Superstar collaboration was slept on big time this year, and deserved a lot more recognition than it received. Taking the 51-year-old silhouette, the European retailer was inspired by indigo dying techniques. Reinventing the Superstar look, down below there’s a rugged outsole, and the eyestays have been replaced with D-rings. It was all ultra clean if you ask us.
Nike Air Max Triax 96 ‘USA’
The Nike Air Max Triax 96 in the ‘USA’ colourway originally dropped way, way back in 1996 to commemorate the Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta that year. Sadly, it seems people weren’t feeling particularly nostalgic this year, because this retro release is still sitting around, with some pairs even hitting deep sale.
Nike Air Max 90 ‘Laser Blue’
The cousin to the ‘Infrared’, the Nike Air Max 90 ‘Laser Blue’ unexpectedly became one of 2020’s major sleepers. Despite receiving a hectic response when it first hit shelves towards the beginning of the year, the ‘Laser Blue’ then dropped again and didn’t fare so well. Some were even left in the sale section, such as here at size?
Nike ACG Moc 3.0
The Air Moc first hit shelves back in the 90s, and Team Swoosh recently brought it back in third generation form – dubbed the ACG Moc 3.0. First making its comeback in 2019 with a Cheetah-print iteration exclusive to Union LA and Japan, this year saw a slew of new colourways – including the colourful ‘Tie-Dye’. Oddly, these didn’t sell as quick as first expected, with many relocating to the sale section.
Hender Scheme x The North Face Nuptse Puffers
Who doesn’t love a cheeky Hender Scheme makeover? We sure do! So, when the Japanese imprint mentioned that there was an upcoming collaborative project with The North Face using TNF’s famed Nuptse down jackets, we were psyched! Surprisingly, the colab didn’t hit as hard as we thought, and was majorly slept on. Maybe it was that hefty price tag?
Sneakersnstuff x adidas Campus 80 ‘Homemade Pack’
The tasty tonal trio of adidas Campus 80s by Sneakersnstuff dubbed the ‘Homemade Pack’ reluctantly joins this list of slept on releases. Dropping on August 29 this year, the name ‘Homemade Pack’ came from its inspiration, which was from foods such as brownies, frosted cupcakes, and lemonade. With a matching kids pair to go alongside each design, we’re flabbergasted that more sneaker-fanatic parents didn’t scoop these up.