After top 10 lists from David, Pete, Jeff, and Christian, we thought it was time to represent the women of Highsnobiety, with Marketing Manager Klaudia Podsiadlo’s top picks. From the female HS staff, to our female readership, we wanted to show that it’s possible to wear dope sneakers that aren’t only in pink or purple colorways, even with the trouble of many sneakers not being available in smaller sizes. Like the other lists, Klaudia’s top 10 focuses on styles that she wore the most in 2013, rather than focusing on releases of the year.
Ronnie Fieg x Asics GT-II “Ultramarine”
The “Ultramarine” is a release from 2011 but has remained on my top 10 sneakers list for the last two years. I always pull them out when it’s sunny and warm. The softness of the pigskin upper is incredible but at the same time you have to be careful with them, so they’re only suitable in the summer. The premium execution, great fit and cushioning of the GT-II makes them one of the most comfortable sneakers I own.
Nike Air Force 1 x MINMI
With the huge comeback of the Air Force 1 in the past year I thought I would pull out an old model I’ve had since 2006 rather than buying a fresh pair. I totally forgot about this release until I found it hidden in my sneaker collection and I started to appreciate the MINMI collab that brings back some great memories. It’s full of beautiful details such as wave-inspired embossing on the leather upper, inner sole and leather lining, and Chinese characters stitched on both sides of the heel.
Nike Roshe Run “Metric”
One of my favorite sneakers for summer, the Roshe Run “Metric” is super comfortable and is able to be worn barefoot due to the special inner sole. Compared to other Roshe Runs that usually come with a mesh upper and often result in a creased toe box, the “Metric” comes with rubber triangles that provide a little bit more stability in the material. After wearing them to a festival where they got completely covered in dirt and dust, I was able to clean them just by rinsing them under water thanks to the rubber upper. I’ve never owned a pair of sneakers before that were so easy to maintain.
Nike Air Max 1 “Liquid Metal”
Last year I became totally obsessed with metallic and holographic materials that were seen in high-end designer collections, and ended up searching like crazy for these sorts of accessories – but it was almost impossible to find something affordable. By the end of 2013 when Nike came up with the “Liquid Metal” pack, it was clear that I had to get my hands on a pair no matter what. At night, when the material reflects street and car lights, the full extent of the “Liquid Metal” beauty comes out in a very flashy way.
The Vans Sk8-Hi is one of my favorite classics out there. They’re very roomy, come in small sizes and fit every outfit. In my opinion, a Vans shoe doesn’t look good when it’s new and untouched. They have to be a little bit dirty and broken in to provide a better fit as they’re sometimes too stiff at first, so there’s no need to worry about keeping them clean because I prefer them worn in. These are definitely the perfect shoe for daily use and had to go on my list!
Nike Air Huarache OG
Another iconic Nike model that was finally re-released in 2013 in OG color ways. I was waiting many years to finally get my hands on them so of course they made it onto my list because they’re a must-have. The Huarache feels like a sock with integrated Air Technology that makes you feel like you’re walking on clouds. Unfortunately, these won’t have their next appearance until spring because they don’t like the wet at all.
Air Jordan 1 Retro “Bred”
No need to explain why these are on my list. An all-time classic that every sneaker-lover should possess. And the best thing is that Jordan Brand thinks about us women with small feet and release all Jordans in youth sizes for half the price of mens models!
Nike Flyknit Racer “Multicolor”
I remember the day we first featured the special Europe release of the Nike Flyknit “Multicolor” and knew immediately that I had to have them. That need quickly disappeared after realizing they would only be released in super limited quantities at two stores that were out of my reach. So when Nike announced the global release of (how I like to call them) the Flyknit Racer “Bubblegum,” I went straight online and bought them. Flyknit is one of my favorite Nike Technologies of recent years – perfect for summer. And the slim silhouette allows women with small feet like myself to buy a model 1 – 2 sizes bigger and just put a second sole in, without them looking bulky. Sounds a bit crazy but this is exactly what women have to deal with if they want a particular pair of sneakers that aren’t released in smaller sizes!
Nike Flyknit Lunar +1 iD
Last year the Highsnobiety team sat down together to design our very own Flyknit Lunar Team sneaker. We decided to go for a clean all-black colorway with some Volt details that suit every outfit. The breathability of the Flyknit upper and springy cushioning of the Lunarlon sole allowed me to walk huge distances in these without getting blisters. They bring back memories of great teamwork and I wear them with pride as a member of the Highsnobiety team.
Nike Air Max 1 “Country Camo – Germany”
This model has proven to be very rigid and robust, using Hyperfuse technology and a mix of different durable materials, making the Air Max 1 “Country Camo” my favorite sneaker for bad weather. As a fan of details and special features, I really liked that the shoe came in a bespoke camouflage patterned box with the sizing label stitched onto it. Sometimes it’s the small things that matter the most.
- Photography: Marta Sundac for Highsnobiety