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Sneaker Feature: Top 5 Necessities for Your Collection

Graphic by Jessica Mouton

Graphic by Jessica Mouton

Graphic by Jessica Mouton

Graphic by Jessica Mouton

Sneaker Feature: Top 5 Necessities for Your Collection

November 17, 2018

First of all, this entry of the Sneaker Feature column is likely to be the final one of the semester, so I’d like to personally thank all of you who ever took interest or at least read about this cultural passion. Whether you’re a die-hard sneakerhead or just wanted to see what all the fuss is about, your attention and reading mean the most. We’ve reviewed and picked out a lot of sneakers over the past few months, all of which have contributed to the sneaker world’s prosperity, so I’d like to touch on the top five necessities to any sneaker collection this time around.

Air Jordan 1: If you were unaware, last week was the week of the Air Jordan 1, which is often considered the greatest and most influential sneaker of all time. The Air Jordan 1’s effect was significant enough to leave a footprint on basketball, fashion and even sneaker culture. No matter the colorway, the Jordan 1 is a timeless need for any sneaker collection.

Nike Air Force 1: Also capitalizing on the infamous Nike silhouette, the Air Force 1 is another classic necessity for any collection. Although the Nike Air Force 1 is often viewed as a simple alternative to the Jordan 1, the multitude of models, such as lows, mids, special, etc, offer a versatility to the shoe and maximizes its stylistic capacity.

Vans: Although many of you readers will likely already own a pair, Vans are as popular as ever. The skate shoe is produced in an unimaginable number of colorways, even to the point of a custom shoe builder on the Vans website. With models including Old Skool, Classics, Slip-On and Sk8-Hi, Vans have the sheer numbers to offer something for everybody. The relatively cheap kicks are simply a must-have for basically anyone, sneakerhead or not.

Adidas Superstars / Stan Smiths: As Adidas’s popularity continues to grow, Superstars and Stan Smiths remain a staple in today’s culture and style. Adidas Superstars and Stan Smiths offer that minimalistic style while incorporating bits of color and flare to produce a tasteful shoe. The three-stripe brand’s fashionable sneakers should be able to serve the go-to option for at least the foreseeable future.

Dad Shoe: As one of 2018’s more controversial sneaker trends, the clunky dad shoes are definitely a necessity in my eyes. Although we see the Balenciaga Triple S selling for upwards of $800, there are a plethora of cheaper alternatives that will easily accomplish the same vibe. Some alternatives include Nike Air Monarchs, Puma Thunders and even the Yeezy 200s and Yeezy 700s aren’t reselling too high anymore. You may be on the fence about this one, but the clunky sneaker style is currently in the loop, whether you like it or not.

The incorporation of these shoes into your rotation guarantees freshness, so if you have some leftover Christmas money lying around, then you know what to do. Sneaker Feature was created as an informative, yet entertaining, column that could involve more people in the great sneaker culture. I hope you learned something or I’ve piqued your interest over the last few months. Thanks again, and happy copping.

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