It’s safe to say that 2018 has been one of the most exciting years for sneaker lovers. While Nike and adidas continue to battle for the title of most popular among sneakerheads, other brands like Reebok, Converse and Puma have gone great lengths solidifying their position within the marketplace. From the release of several retro models by Nike, to adidas’ promise to bring YEEZYs to the masses, this year also saw a growing number of sneakers targeted specially for women. Whether you’re shopping for friends, family or looking to put something on your own Christmas wish list, we’ve compiled a list of sneakers perfect for anyone on your list.
[ad] Reebok Aztrek, $130
In the midst of the dad shoe revolution, with brands scrambling to invent new designs, Reebok has simply tapped their archive and pulled out everyone’s favourite mid 90s sneaker, the Aztrek. Rocked by the likes of Cardi B, Lil Yachty, and us over here at team Sidewalk Hustle, the Aztrek makes a visual impact that elevates your fit to a new level. With Hexalite cushioning technology in the sole, each step is actually comfy af.
Available in a wide range of colourways, clocking in at a very reasonable $130 CAD, this retro modern silhouette is the perfect gift for anyone this holiday, and that includes yourself.
NIKE M2K TEKNO – US$100+
A new release that was initially launched in women’s only sizing, the Nike M2K Tekno is a rebuild of the popular Air Monarch IV. A new interpretation of the infamous chunky Dad Shoe, the model is swathed in Swooshes of varying sizes and comes in several unique colorways. With a positive initial response and strong demand for men’s sizing, this model comes in a variety of colorways that are sure to turn heads this holiday season.
Off-White Carryover Sneaker, $570 USD
Looking for the perfect pair of kicks to really ball out this holiday? Look no further than these classic Off-White Carryover sneakers in the most perfect shade of pink. Featuring snakeskin embossed leather uppers with black logo detailing and printed leather heel caps (“left” and “right” in case you forget) and of course the signature red zip-tie. These Off-White joints have all the luxurious details to really drip this holiday.
Converse Golf Le Fleur – US$100+
After several successful seasons and an endless number of colorways, materials and personalized details, Tyler the Creator’s collection for Converse was recently released in a more subtle iteration. While the shoe is known for its bright contrasting shades and flower printed soles, it’s the perfect time for something a little more neutral to head into spring with. Available in unisex sizing, this colourway comes in both One Star and Chuck 70 versions.
PUMA RS-X REINVENTION – US$150+
After relaunching the Running System (RS) technology developed in the 80s, Puma introduced a new line of retro future sneakers dubbed the RS-X Reinvention. Playing off elements from their archives, the range of colorways and expected collaborations have created a new hype for the brand. Take your collection to the next level or surprise someone you love with this RS-X.
NIKE AIR FORCE 1 – US$100+
Perfect for any occasion, the Air Force 1 is a classic – and safe – choice for year-round wear. As one of the best selling Nike models of all time, the history of this silhouette dates back to the early 1980s and continues to be worn in the realm of sports and on streets around the world. The Air Force 1 -Low, Mid, or High are an affordable choice and complement practically any look.
ADIDAS FALCON SUEDE – US$100+
These adidas Originals Falcon Suede are a new model released exclusively for women. Featuring an upper comprised of both mesh and suede, the unique metallic details and color coordinated elements create a new spin on this retro-inspired runner. Complete a super comfy and lightweight EVA midsole, the Falcon is a contemporary and comfortable option for nearly every occasion.
Acne Studios Manhattan Nappa Leather Sneakers, $500 USD
Take your Dad Shoe collection to the next level with Acne Studios’ popular Manhattan Nappa Leather Sneakers in this fresh af Spearmint Green colourway. Made in Italy from Nappa calf leather, these chunky numbers take inspiration from American urbanwear of the 1990’s. Available in a handful of seasonal colour ways, these are a great choice for the fashion-forward sneakerhead on your list the holiday. They fit a size big, so you’ll want to size down (and be sure to get a gift receipt while you’re at it!).
ADIDAS UltraBOOST – US$180+
It can be said that adidas’ UltraBOOST technology transformed the sneaker landscape and pushed the boundaries of what many brands strive for – innovation, style and comfort. Available for both men and women in a variety of hues, some of which you can even customize, the UltraBoost is adaptable for athletes and manufactured with the environment in mind. Built with boost technology for incredible energy-returning cushioning beneath your feet, they’re super comfy whether you’re running a quick 5km or for everyday wear.
AIR MAX 97 PLUS – US$175+
2018 is in many ways dubbed the year of the hybrid. In an attempt to bring together some of Nike’s most revolutionary sneaker models, they incorporated the Air Max Plus upper and Air Max 97 sole for a new interpretation dubbed the Air Max 97 Plus. What is most exciting about this sneaker is its ability to foreshadow all of the exciting future iterations being released. This model is perfect for those who are innovative and passionate about the history of sneaker culture, but classic enough for almost anyone on your list.
Vans Old Skool Space Voyager Sneaker, $85 USD
NASA and Vans have collaborated on a pair of classic Voyager sneakers in a striking bright orange shade, perfect for a little winter getaway somewhere warm. Featuring raw details like a velcro US flag patch, an exposed foam collar, and printed text on the side, these are low key ready for take off ?
AIR MAX 270 – US$120+
Designed with sport performance and the demand of all day wear, the Air Max 270 quickly became one of 2018’s most popular new models. Featuring the largest air unit to date, the pop of color on the unique heel, plus other signature Air Max detials. Sported by Karrueche Tran and worn by Drake in his God’s Plan music video, this model is sure to be a closet staple for years to come.