This Is the Best Sneaker of January 2018

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The voting is closed now and the SNEAKERS MAG readers have decided! Here are the Top 3 best sneakers of January 2018:

1. adidas Futurecraft 4D (23.08%)

2. BVG x adidas EQT Support 93/Berlin (20.00%)

3. Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam” (19.23%)


The winner of our big prize – a free 1-year SNEAKERS MAGAZINE print issue subscription – is Simon Erik Kraut. Congratulations!

To read some more about all 10 nominees, you can jump down the page here for our overview.

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10 of the best sneakers of January 2018

Best Sneaker in January 2018 - Levis x Nike Air Jordan 4 Denim
Levi’s x Air Jordan 4 “Denim”
All Canadian tuxedo jokes aside, this one definitely was one of the more outstanding special editions the Jordan imprint has seen in years. Not only the idea itself, but also the great eye for detail with contrast stitching and a leather tongue label made the indigo blue Levi’s x Air Jordan 4 a hot commodity in January.

BVG x adidas EQT Support 93/Berlin
A sneaker that serves as a free one-year train ticket? What sounded quite interesting at first turned out to be a release frenzy when this collab between adidas and Berlin’s public transportation company BVG launched. But the execution of translating the BVG’s seat pattern and corporate colors to the shoe’s upper also deserves its fair share of appreciation.
Best Sneaker in January 2018 - adidas EQT Support 93 Berlin BVG

Best Sneaker in January 2018 - JUICE x adidas Consortium NMD Racer
JUICE x adidas NMD Racer
To add a fresh twist to the NMD line, the Racer silhouette was introduced in 2018 – and to give this iteration a proper start, adidas connected with Hong Kong’s JUICE for a striking collab which draws inspiration from the CLOT subsidiary’s hometown.

adidas Futurecraft 4D
At the verge of turning into an urban myth rather than a sought-after footwear innovation, adidas finally released its new Futurecraft 4D silhouette – even though the launch at only three U.S. retailers (Sneakersnstuff NYC, KITH and Packer Shoes) isn’t exactly what sneakerheads all around the world have been waiting for.
Best Sneaker in January 2018 - adidas Futurecraft 4D (Ash Green)

Best Sneaker in January 2018 - Nike Air Max 98 Gundam

Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam”
The Air Max 98 probably isn’t in your average Air Max Top 3, but the model’s relatively low profile since its original release only made the retro reintroduction all the better. Returning in all its “Gundam” greatness, the OG colorway of the AM 98 hit home with die-hard Air Max aficionados. [Pic via Overkill]

Tyler, The Creator x Converse Golf Le Fleur One Star
Chucks, Chucks, Chucks… that’s what most people think about when it comes to Converse sneakers. But with Odd Future pack leader Tyler’s very own take on the One Star, another silhouette from the brand’s vaults finally gets some recognition too – and even the cover spot of our SNEAKERS MAG January 2018 issue.
Best Sneaker in January 2018 - Tyler the Creator x Converse Golf Le Fleur 2018

Best Sneaker in January 2018 - Diamond Supply Co x PUMA Suede (Black)
Diamond Supply Co. x PUMA Suede
When Nick Diamond is about to get involved in a sneaker collaboration, you already know what you’re in for: well-tried skate silhouettes, altered with the black-and-green Tiffany-inspired color combination that’s signature to Diamond Supply. And 2018’s iteration of the PUMA Suede didn’t disappoint.

New Balance M991.9D SCF
By combining a 990v3 sole with the 991, New Balance presented an interesting hybrid that proves how to make something new and fresh simply by combining two decade-old silhouettes. Add a retro-inspired colorway and you got yourself a contender for best sneaker of January 2018.
Best Sneaker in January 2018 - New Balance 9 Pack (M9919SCF)

Best Sneaker in January 2018 - New Balance 574 Peaks to Streets
New Balance ML574OR “Peaks to Streets”
Classic model? Check. Classic shape? Check. Classic subtle look with mismatched heel-patches for just enough color accents to make it interesting? Ch-ch-check! New Balance subtly updates their staple sneaker for 2018.

Vince Staples x Converse Chuck 70 Hi “Big Fish Theory”
For his very first joint collection with Converse, Vince Staples chose to apply his “Big Fish Theory” to the Chuck 70. While the Ox version is dressed in a goldfish-like orange tone, the Hi model stands out with a striking graphic print underneath its see-through outsole.
Best Sneaker in January 2018 - Vince Staples x Converse Chuck Taylor 70 Hi
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