The voting is closed now and the final results include a clear winner that a lot of people probably didn’t expect. Here are the Top 3 best sneakers of February 2018 – thanks to everyone who casted their vote!
2. Nike Air Max 180 “Ultramarine”
3. Air Jordan 1 Retro “Bred Toe”
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To read some more about all 11 nominees, you can jump down the page here for our overview.
11 of the best sneakers of February 2018
The original “Air Max 270” made a return in February and was dressed in its beloved OG colorway to mark the ocassion. Which obviously is a great choice, since few things let the Tinker Hatfield-designed silhouette shine quite like these menthol green accents on a white base.
Sounding the bell for Air Max Day 2018 with yet another classic retro, Nike also brought back the “Ultramarine” Air Max 180. Featuring a unique Air unit with direct ground contact, the striking heel section is highlighted by a bright tone of Solar Red – a characteristic that was also used on the shoe’s predecessor, the Air Max 90.
The return of the “Black Cement” 3s was one of the most anticipated Jordan retro releases for quite a while. And it went down in a way that should make every head happy. The shoes featured the original “Nike Air” heel branding, arrived with neat quality and it was widely available so that everyone who wanted a pair could get one.
This model was sort of an antithesis to the “Black Cement” 3s, not only in terms of color. Switching out the grey sole for some icy bottoms with a red Free Throw Line graphic on the classic “White Cement” colorway, this one was far more limited than the “Black Cement” and started to fetch quite high resell prices after being sold out within minutes.
Images of the “Bred meets Black Toe” hybrid started making the rounds on the web a while ago, and the combination of these two classic colorways surely helped building the hype around this pair. Initially thought to be fairly easy to cop, a lot of people came away empty-handed though – only adding to the desireability for the “Bred Toe”.
When adidas launched the first Futurecraft model to the general public, it initially gained the top spot of our January 2018 voting. So when the groundbreaking technology was met with Yohji Yamamoto’s unparalleled design aesthetics, fans didn’t even mind the hefty $535 USD price tag in order to call a pair their own.
Never shy to add some of the more underappreciated silhouettes to their drops, the folks over at Palace lent their signature dodgy style to the Reebok Workout. And in the usual unapologetic way, the web shop caption by Palace founder Lev Tanju read “I don’t give a fuck what kind of shoes you like, that’s why there’s snakeskin and neon up in your grill”. Fair enough.
For their latest Hu release, Pharrell and adidas took inspiration from the colorful Holi tradition and the “Blank Canvas” NMD is exactly what its title indicates. A clean white iteration, made to pick up different colors at your next visit to a Holi festival. We’re not sure if that’s the best option if you managed to actually cop a pair – but we’re not judging either.
After a short dry spell in the realms of collabs, ASICS came out strong again with several joint projects in February. One that stood out was this gorgeous GEL-LYTE OG design by UK retailer size?, drawing influences from traditional Japanese art. What a beauty!
In another connection between Europa and Japan, adidas linked up with Tokyo-based streetwear label NEIGHBORHOOD. Out of four different sneakers that were featured in the collection, this bold NMD iteration might be one of the most interesting makeovers of the adidas silhouette in recent memory.
As the first project from their newly established lifestyle category, Japanese athletic company tapped their compratiots of mita sneakers for a special makeover on the Wave Rider 1. Inspired by both Berlin’s Olympic Stadium and Japanese asphalt roads, the collab paints a picture of transboundary running influences.
These are our picks for the best sneakers of February 2018 – check out the winners of our January edition here!