Once again we look back at the last 12 months and rather than reporting about the hottest releases, we take a more practical approach and show you the sneakers that we wore the most in the last year. Because out of experience, especially for myself, there is a vast difference between what I like to look at on a blog and what I am actually wearing on a day-to-day basis and spending money on.
I checked my 2012 list before going into this one, and to my own surprise, there are actually quite a few sneakers on both lists, just showing how much I appreciate them and how timeless they have become. Check out my Top 10 of 2013 now here below.
10. Nike Air Woven Multi-Color
By far my favorite summer shoe, I appreciate the loud colors used on the Nike Air Woven and while most people around me went for a version of the Flyknit, these beat Flyknit for me any day in terms of comfort and style.
9. Maison Martin Margiela Military Trainer
A classic by the fashion brand that will always remain in my closet. I still love this navy suede and leather version with gum outer-sole.
8. COMME des GARCONS PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor Lo
Since the day these came out they are in my closet and I do not think they will ever leave. Its the perfect amount of detail on a classic and simple sneaker for me. The perfect color in that light beige/off-white. Sometimes I wear them more, sometimes less, but these are always around.
7. nonnative x New Balance 997
Another repeat entry. I still find the color and material combination on these very elegant and rather unique. Nobody has every combined beige better than Japanese brand nonnative and New Balance on these.
6. UNDERCOVER x Nike GYAKUSOU Free
Here comes the next repeat placement on my list. Whenever I am traveling these will come with me. They are light, easy to pack, and when I have to walk around a city all day, run from showroom to showroom, this is the perfect shoe. I love Free, especially Free 3.0 with its thin outer sole and Jun Takahashi from UNDERCOVER continues to impress with his unique choice of colors for this collection.
5. Supreme x Nike SB Tennis Classic
As bad as the other colors of this collaboration were, I just love white tennis sneakers, so these were a must for me. Simple red heel tab, interesting choice of materials, a clear winner on my list. Did they re-invent the wheel here? For sure not, but it is a nice timeless silhouette.
4. Saint Laurent Tennis Sneaker
I picked these up last summer. I am not sure if the Saint Laurent hype/anti-hype got me to pick them up but since I am a nerd when it comes to simple white sneakers, I ended up wearing these quite a bit this year. In terms of construction they cannot compete with Common Projects though. The Common Projects did not make the list, because I actually lost my white pair of Achilles Low, my favorite sneaker out of all.
3. WTAPS x Vans Vault Slip-On
I have not worn Vans Slip-Ons in a very long time. The thin and long shape turned me off these last years, but these caught my eye right away and I fell in love. Fantastic colorway, perfect shape. This was my number 1 summer sneaker this year and I am still mad that I did not pick up the second colorway of this collaboration.
2. Norse Projects x New Balance 1500
This Norse Projects collaboration with New Balance was among my most worn sneakers this year. Again, also with New Balance I like to keep things classic, which for me means grey suede for the most part. Norse infused a nice mellow blue tone into this one as well, with the result being a timeless version of the sneaker.
1. adidas Stan Smith
By now you know how obsessed I am with white sneakers and so you can imagine how excited I am about the return of the Stan Smith. adidas is celebrating the return big in the coming months and I am excited and scared at the same time. Amazing things can come, but I do hope that they do not let the collaborative partners play too much with this style icon. I love them just the way they are!
- Photography: Ryan Hursh for Highsnobiety.com