Man... It's been such a long time since I've posted on here, but I do wish everyone a Happy New Year! I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts over the last few months. I've been busy with a new job in Beaverton, and it's been a hectic holiday season full of traveling and work. Posting more often here is one of my New Years Resolutions.
This list is a compliation of my Top 10 Releases of 2016. It does not include anything older than 2016, and it also doesn't include anything unatainble to the general public. There were plenty of other GR pairs that I would've included on this list, but I live with the fact that I simply cannot buy every single release that I want... One pair in particular was the Black/Red AirJordan I. I couldn't pick them up for retail, but they would've been high on this list if I did pick them up. Oh well, I'll track them down eventually.
Anyways, here is my list! I hope you enjoy the Nike/AirJordan diversity!
10. Nike Kyrie 2 "Kyrache"
I nearly lost my mind when I watched Kyrie hoop in these earlier this year. I've always been a huge fan of the original Huarache basketball shoe, so to see that colorway thrown on my favorite basketball shoe of 2016 was pure insanity.
9. Nike Lab x Kim Jones LWP
I bet you won't find these on anyone else's list! Haha I didn't think they'd make my list, but they definitely grew on me this year. This new take on the old silhouette has been a winner in my book. I love the comfort, material choice, and the overall packaging.
8. Nike LunarCharge
It's all in the details! This lightweight silhouette looks great, but also feels great for daily usage. The often overlooked "NIKE" detail on the midsole is probably my favorite design detail on this model.
7. Nike Lab Zoom Talaria
I've been waiting for a proper Zoom Talaria Retro for years, and NikeLab finally delivered. Yeah, the materials are tough to keep clean, but that's why you buy multiple pairs! (Can't forget the great Tinker Hatfield telephone line ad too.)
6. Air JOrdan I Low NS
This is also a pair that probably won't make many lists. It actually took me a long while to find a pair of these in a size 9. In my opinion, these were done in a great colorway, and the quality was absolutely bananas.
5. Air Jordan IX - Kobe PE
I've been after the actual Air Jordan IX Kobe PE for years. These aren't the exact same hue or number, bu they'll definitely do for now. These were very high on my anticipation list all year, and I was excited to scoop up multiple pairs... easily.
4. Air Jordan XXX
I turned 30 this year, and these red Air Jordan XXX's were gifted to me by some amazing friends (Carlo and Natalie). It's usually more than the shoes... Sentimental value goes a long way in my collection.
3. Nike Lab x ACRONYM Air Presto Mid
This was a no brainer... These things are absolute fire. ACRONYM and NikeLab collaborate once again, delivering the perfect blend of form and function.
2. Air Jordan XI "SpaceJam"
Owning any OG SpaceJam MJ PE (either the 45 or the 23 stitched) is quite an accomplishment, so having the chance to own a remastered Retro version was exciting to me as a consumer. In my opinion, this is probably the best Air Jordan XI Retro ever released by Jordan Brand. Kudos to the entire JB team on this instant classic.
#? - Air Monarch - Pete Carroll edition
Okay, so these actually don't count because they technically didn't release to the general public. I figured I'd throw these in just for fun! Consider these a bonus pair for your viewing pleasure. #TeamMonarch
1. Air Jordan XX3 x Sole Fly
The Air Jordan XX3 is my favorite shoe design of all time, and this collaboration was executed perfectly. I liked all the initial XX3 GR colorways, but I truly LOVED this simple colorblock. I appreciated all the minor details-- the signature change on the toe cap, "SF" lasered on the tongue, the translucent outsole, and the fact that they used my favorite "MJ" sharp diamond argyle print on the side panel. My only complaint is the fact that I don't own more pairs.
Here's an incredible shot of the legendary Tinker Hatfield lounging in his office space... (Wired.)