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Highsnobiety Founder David Fischer presents his top 10 sneakers of 2014.

A few years ago we decided to take a bit of a different approach to the traditional annual Top 10 sneaker list. Most of our readers have probably already seen the picks by Jeff Carvalho and Pete Williams, and here are now my most worn of the last 12 months. I have to admit that I really love this format, because I find it more honest – I always catch myself wearing a very different set of sneakers than the ones I initially like when I first see them online. In other words, what you share on Facebook and Instagram compared to what you actually put your money down for might be very different. For me it certainly is. As a result, in my case specifically, the footwear that I actually wear the most might be a little boring, but it is reality, which I find a lot more interesting than trying to come up with a recycled “most hyped” list for 2014.

Check it out for yourself and let us know what you wore the most these last 12 months in the comments section below.

10. WTAPS x Vans Slip-On

Just like a few others, this one was already on my list last year. But it is still my favorite slip-on. The vintage silhouette is much nicer than the “new” Vans Slip-On and the colorway really represents that California vintage surf look well. The perfect summer sneaker and I still regret that I did not buy the second colorway at the time.

9. Lanvin Tech Runner

I have to admit that it took me a while to warm up to these. In general, high-fashion brands producing sneakers is an ongoing trend and nothing new, but in 2014 they really started embracing the more technical silhouettes, rather than just going with a simple tennis sneaker. Lanvin impressed me with their unique set of colors and this black/skin tone was my favorite in the range.

8. Air Jordan 1

A great shoe in a great colorway. Timeless and great to dress up and down. Even though the AJ1 has always worked and will always work, it felt like it experienced a bit of a comeback in 2014 – at least in the more fashion-related sneaker world.

7. Converse Chuck Taylor 70s

A sneaker that has always been in my closet and will always remain in there. I wear it almost weekly all year around, except for maybe a two-month period in the winter. Broken in, it’s one of the greatest shoes ever. And I really like the 70s silhouette with the higher rise rubber from the sole and the much more comfortable in-sole.

6. J.CREW x New Balance 998

I have always been a fan of the New Balance 998 and 997 silhouettes. This was one of my favorite colorways this year. If you keep the rest of your outfit simple, these are a great accent. Also, I find the red/purple combination rather unusual and therefore interesting.

5. Norse Projects x kvadrat x Vans Era

This shoe is exactly what I love about this list. It looks at best ok in pictures and nobody realized how good they were in real life. Not to mention Norse bringing in fabric specialists kvadrat was simply genius. Among all the shoes I wore this year, these might have earned me the most amount of unexpected compliments.

4. Jordan Future

If you know me, then you might be most surprised about this one. But I have to admit, I really love the combination of the woven upper and AJ XI outer sole. A shoe that looks great in any situation. Jordan Brand released way too many colorways this year but I still really liked the shoe. The new woven leather versions also look great and perfectly mix the brand DNA with a more modern fashion approach.

3. Nike Air Presto SP

I loved it when it came out and the Nike Air Presto SP from the Free 10th Anniversary pack really caught my eyes and quickly became a regular this year. Really comfortable, timeless and just an all-around fantastic colorway. The speckled midsole is a nice design detail as well.

2. Common Projects Achilles Low

For years these have been one of the most worn sneakers in my closet and I continue to really beat them. I actually bought a fresh pair months ago and I still go back to my old pair all the time. At this point, it’s almost like a pair of great denim. A pair of APC jeans, an oxford shirt and Achilles Low and you’re always dressed right. In general, I love white tennis sneakers, but to me nobody has come close to the perfection of this silhouette.

1. adidas Stan Smith Consortium

It was the year of the Stan Smith. I am not sure how many different versions of it have released. I got the adidas Stan Smith Consortium about two months ahead of its official release in January and I never took them off. While a lot of other nice Stan Smiths released over the year, I have to admit that none of them really interested me. I wanted a clean white, premium version of the shoe and the first one that came out was exactly what I needed. As you can tell, I didn’t wear a single sneaker in 2014 as much as the adidas Stan Smith.

Check out Pete Williams’ picks and Jeff Carvalho’s.

  • Photography: Roberto Brundo
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