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Footwear January, 8 2014

Top 10 Sneakers of 2013 – Christian Prieto

Following up David, Jeff and Pete’s favorite kicks of the previous year, Christian Prieto’s memorable grabs of 2013 fall on what he also enjoyed wearing the most as opposed to the more sought after (or what he could actually get his hands on). His stash covers multiple styles of silhouettes and sports categories he partakes in regularly.

 

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski “Floral Digi Camo”

One of the more hyped releases from a silhouette that doesn’t normally receive colorways that garner much attention, the Janoski is a go-to shoe that I can pair with nearly everything in my wardrobe. I don’t skate canvas uppers, so this pair held a much longer shelf life in comparison to the other skate shoes I own.

 

Nike Lebron X EXT “Denim”

I wasn’t really a fan of the Jason Petrie-designed shoe but Nike Sportswear’s take on Lebron’s tenth sig with denim made me take note. Using a darker material to contrast against the pink midsole was a nice touch when set off with the leather string laces. The full-length 360 Zoom Air midsole was clutch in regards to comfort.

 

Emerica The Brandon Westgate

Growing up during a time when skate shoes were bulky and heavily layered with tech, these brought back that nostalgia while leaving the unnecessary air bags and baggy jeans behind. The rich black suede with minimal grey touches was money and an ode to the classic colorway skater’s prefer. These didn’t have that obvious skate shoe styling, instead opting for that runner-type aesthetic.

 

Nike Flyknit Racer “Multicolor” 

Flyknit has been one of my favorite advances in tech of the past few years. I opt to wear these often barefoot given the breathability. The multicolor blocking can only be perfectly executed by the makeup of this material considering the construction. Definitely one I had to double up on.

 

Nike NSW Tiempo ’94

Taking a classic silhouette from Nike’s early soccer catalog and giving it an updated feel with cushioning and a new midsole is something I desperately needed in my arsenal. There’s nothing like leather in terms of feel with a flappy oversized tongue. Just the right amount of heritage and new school vibe.

 

Nike SB Project BA 

Another shoe that I bought two pairs of (the first were done when I fell in the LA river skating), the Project BA was a breath of fresh air from the SB team that was lacking some new flavor in their offerings. These skated well with a grippy full-grain suede toe and a lightweight upper. Another shoe that harks back to the early 2000s. Kudos to you, Brian Anderson.

 

Nike Free Flyknit+

Free-based shoes fell out of favor in my rotation given that I preferred a more cushion ride for my aching knees. But again, Flyknit forced me to give these a chance. Basically a sock with a sole, the ability of just slipping these on and not having to tie laces was ideal when rushing out of the house.

 

Nike Air Pegasus 30

My running shoe of choice. Nike revamped the minimal upper with a great lockdown feel and managed to offer a more visually-pleasing result compared to the 2012 model. The Zoom Air placement helped for a cloud-like ride even with heavy wear. If I know I’m going to be on my feet for a long period of time, this is one of two choices I always go with.

 

Nike Kobe 8 System “Mambacurial”

Given that I’m huge on the Kobe 8 with its versatility while using it for basketball and small-sided games of soccer on the blacktop, the blending of the Nike Mercurial boot’s colorway made these a must.  The bright berry upper and volt swoosh made these one of the louder pair of shoes in my closet.

 

Nike Flyknit Chukka

Beat to the ground. Worn on every trip I went on in 2013. These were as crucial as underwear and paired well (when clean) with everything I wore. Lunar not only feels like bliss but I admire the outer striping on the soles of Lunar-based shoes as a telling sign of the technology. I’ve retired these as my yard work footwear. They did me a solid for 2013.

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