There are a lot of shoes out there. Thousand upon thousands and many brands that all make similar silhouettes. Hopefully this guide will help you buy the shoes you like most and have been looking for for years.
Nike has been around since the 70s selling tennis shoes and sponsoring sports events. Now they are a billion dollar company recognized by everyone on earth and selling hundreds of shoe models and a plethora of clothing.
Only in the last decade or two has Nike jumped into skateboarding shoes (NikeSB). Here are the most notable shoes:
- Janoski - Stefan Janoski is both an artist and a skateboarder. He was sponsored by NikeSB and he was granted his own designable shoe model. He went for a very casual almost Vans like lowtop (also comes in a midtop) model that has had many different floral, camo, and a wine stain print. The shoes can act as a standout piece or add a level of subtleness to an outfit. The shoes can be bought at skate stores near you, www.nike.com, and www.zumiez.com.
- The Dunk (SB) Highs and Lows -
The dunk is the original shoe with the opening of NikeSB. It has been used in hundreds of different formats and colorways with different meanings and styles.
I am not too sure where to buy these as they usually release with whoever they collaborated with website. So lookout on some sneaker blogs for new dunk releases. Ebay will have some resellers usually after release. Retail isn’t half bad, like a little under $100 and a little over more.
There are two notable shoes Nike makes that are meant for running that we really like around here.
- Roshe Run - The Roshe Run, released within the last year or so and coming in many different colorways. It is notable by its little cloud cushion outsole and how comfortable people say it is. They usually retail for about $70USD. These come in a low, and a mid that is mostly used for trail shoe configurations but have been used for the city pack, one of the best non GR colorways. They can be bought at Finishlines and Footlockers near you, on www.nike.com, or through ebay resellers.
- Flyknit - This shoe was also only recently introduced. It comes in a low, a ‘hyperfeel’ configuration and a chukka version (my favorite, comes with a lunarlon outsole). The colorways produced for the original model so far have been volt/black, black/white, and mulitcolor. These can usually be found in outlet stores or from resellers (not sure about the website.) Retail $150+USD.
This would contain Jordans, which work more for streetwear than their Lebron and Kobe counterparts.
In 1985, Michael Jordan was sponsored by Nike to make his own pair of shoes. 28 years later and 28 different shoe models we have all of the jordans other than generic GRs.
The best looking Jordans for our purpose is 1- about 11 or 12. The rest of the models are usually kept for actual basketball usuage.
All of these shoes come in many differing colorways and some are even the exact same between shoes. They usually sell for $140+ pending on model, colorway, and quality. To buy them you need to get them off of a reseller or use a twitter link from nike or the major footwear stores. These usually looked good in pants, shorts and high socks look a little tacky.
Make sure you aren’t buying fakes when it comes to these.
Adidas has also been a big footwear competitor since the 70’s. While their shoe lately have been very out there and not something most people wear, a lot of their collaborations and 'retros’ of older popular shoes are always a classic.
The best collabs personally have always been with BAPE and sometimes UNDFTD, or both at the same time. The shelltoed tennis shoe which was classic in the 80’s still works as a fashionable shoe nowadays.
You can purchase adidas shoes at www.adidas.com, sometimes www.undefeated.com, and usually most other retailers.
Recently becoming a big part of fashion with their running shoes and collabs on many models has been NB. They make all if not most shoes in the US and UK. The quality is great and the colorways differ so much that while a lot of shoes look similar, none are alike.
You can purchase these off of the www.newbalance.com website or whatever brand they are collabing with website. They may come up on random fashion websites every so often, this all depends on the brands. Retail is about $75+USD.
The shoes can be used wearing joggers and look great with them. Just regular pants can also be used but these are seemed to be used most.
Probably the most classic skate shoes that we pretty much everyone knows of. Their models range from the Authentics to Half Cabs to Sk8 His (also come in a low version.) they can be worn with shorts or pants in many different shades to finish off an outfit. They can be a standout piece with a tribal pattern or just a black shoe to get that comfortable outfit look good.
These can be bought on www.vans.com, not sure about collaborations here but probably follow the rule of every other shoe company.
Also recently coming into style with NBs is ASICS. They are most notable by the Ronnie Fieg’s (an artist that has collabed with a few clothing companies lately to make limited and very sought after products) collaborations. Retail is somewhere over $100+USD. Purchase at www.asicsamerica.com
High Top All Star Chucks, everyone should know what these are and most people should probably have a pair. Retail is about $60 or more.
BAPE also makes some pretty notable shoes on the same models as other companies but with their own twist. They may be expensive but the shoes are pretty cool.
And finally Creative Recreations, Supra, Gourmet are shoe companies that make some alright shoes that are alternatives to all of these. HUF, Diamond, The Hundreds also make shoes but aren’t that great but there are a few that are alright.