Sneakers
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Like every year, I’ve been asked by our editorial team to put together the 10 sneakers that dominated my rotation of the last 12 months. As you can imagine, we get to see hundreds of sneakers a year, yet if you’ve been following my selections for the last few years, you know that I’m a man of habit and that I’m in general also somebody that sticks to the classics.

Boring to some, timeless to others (including myself), here comes my top 10 of 2017.

Common Projects BBall Low

Common Projects has not left my selection in many years. I was an early fan of the Achilles Low and when the BBall came out, a slimmer and cleaner version of the iconic Nike Air Force 1, I made the switch to that and made it my go-to white leather low-top sneaker. I still wear it almost weekly.

New Balance 990

I have always been a 990 fan and the grey colorway is a timeless classic that will never go out of style. It is one of the most comfortable sneakers as well. Since it has gotten more popular along with the chunky sneaker trend these last few years, we are finally seeing a few more exciting colorways on it as well. Next to this version I also wore it in black, pink and the off-white version by Stussy in 2017.

NEIGHBORHOOD x Converse One Star

When Converse first started pushing the One Star this year I gave it a shot and I was disappointed to be honest. Then they finally added the 70s sole to it and everything changed for me. The NEIGHBORHOOD collaboration really put them on the radar for me first and now any strong color catches my attention.

UNDEFEATED x Converse One Star

Next to the NEIGHBORHOOD One Star, I also wore the UNDEFEATED collaboration a ton in 2017. Love the hairy suede and subtle details on it. I first wanted the olive version of the pack, but ended up liking this light grey more when I saw them live. A great, easy to wear, daily sneaker.

Wood Wood x ASICS GEL-DS Trainer

Danish brand Wood Wood teamed up with ASICS this year on this fantastic iteration. I generally don’t wear ASICS much, but the choice of sneaker and the incredible color combo really caught my eye. The subtle nuances of beige in various materials, with the unusual hits of mustard and the metallic eyelets, make this really special and very strong. The best to come from ASICS this year. I was also a big fan of the silver metallic collab.

adidas Gazelle

I’ve always been a Gazelle fan and therefore was stoked to see it return in some nice classic colors. This light grey version quickly became part of my rotation and never left this year.

Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Jordan 1

As you can see above, my yearly selections rarely include any hyped sneakers. In many ways, the more things are hyped, the less interesting they get for me. But I have to admit, I could not escape the Virgil-designed Nike “The Ten” hype. What an incredible project. 10 sneakers, 10 hits and an incredible rollout throughout 2017.

I even had a hard time choosing my favorite. But the Air Jordan 1 is probably the most timeless, although the Presto and AF1s also landed in my closet.

adidas Originals Samba “Made in Germany”

Seeing the Samba return as a “Made in Germany” shoe made it an instant cop for me. Simple, timeless, great quality…it just really ticked all the right boxes for me. In real life they are so much better than in pictures; the materials are butter soft and you just feel that this is something else.

Again a sneaker that I picked up every couple of weeks this year. Next to the return of the BW German military trainer, a favorite of mine this year from adidas.

Norse Projects x adidas Consortium Terrex Agravic

Here’s a sneaker that I didn’t expect to make my rotation when it landed on my desk. I liked it but I’ve never worn the adidas Terrex range before. Yet the combination of outdoor shoe, Boost sole and beautiful coloring by Danish brand Norse Projects got me hooked. On a rainy day, the Gore-Tex-lined sneaker became a go-to for me and did the job, all while looking great.

New Balance 990 v4

Pink was all over the place in 2017 and really became a thing. This 990 in pink by New Balance I didn’t see very often and that made it special for me. I actually picked them up on sale from Opening Ceremony, which was a great surprise because I had been looking for them for a while.

Afterwards lots of people asked me about them too. A catchy classic, but again the made in USA quality, special colorway and chunkiness made these a hit for me.

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  • Photography: Ahmed Chrediy / Highsnobiety.com
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