This year’s Highsnobiety Gift Guide is all about the presents that’ll make a difference in these new and strange times. From gifts that encourage connection with loved ones, to self-love suggestions you entirely deserve at the end of 2020.
The life of a committed sneakerhead can get quite lonely at times. Hours spent in cold queues, hours spent in online queues, waking up early only to catch a huge L on a sneaker they’ve been eyeing for months, the list goes on. Sneaker fanatics are so accustomed to the throes of disappointment that sometimes they can forget the good times.
If you know a sneakerhead then consider this your call to action: show them they’re not in this alone, show them you see their plight, and show them a shiny new box containing a coveted pair this Christmas. The hardest bit of buying for a sneakerhead is knowing what to buy but you’re fresh out of excuses because below we’ve detailed the best gifts to get your favorite sneaker lover this year.
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adidas Originals ZX 2K Boost Shoes
The adidas ZX family goes back a long way and has been used as the model to carry many of the Three Stripes' now-famous proprietary technologies. Now with a Boost midsole in place and a strong adidas text graphic wrapping around the heel, the legendary model is brought right up to date for Christmas 2020.
Stüssy x Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Caged
Spring 2020 saw the release of a collaboration between streetwear and sportswear's finest names. Stüssy's take on the iconic Nike Spiridon features a metallic finish that pops against the black backdrop.
Sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle
Sacai designer, Chitose Abe's now-signature method of doubling up lines and silhouettes gives the Nike Vaporwaffle the same avant-garde appeal as the earlier Sacai Waffle Racer. In its Sport Fuchsia colorway, there's no missing the Vaporwaffle.
adidas Originals YEEZY BOOST 380
Dropping only last month, the adidas Originals YEEZY BOOST 380 "Onyx" is an understated new iteration of one of the YEEZY saga's most recent silhouettes. Earth-tone brown teams with black speckled uppers for an easy-styling addition to the rotation.
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 Low
So fresh and so clean, the Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 was a Spring/Summer 2020 drop and it keeps things simple. A small box logo details the heel, working to emphasize the immaculate and iconic silhouette.
Grateful Dead x Nike SB Dunk Low
How much does your dear sneakerhead mean to you? If they've behaved really, really well this year we recommend treating them to the Grateful Dead x Nike SB Dunk Low. Unmistakable faux-fur uppers in bright yellow epitomize the all-guns-blazing approach.
Nike SB Dunk High
You can kill two birds with one stone here. If your sneakerhead is also into anime then look no further. The Nike SB Dunk High "Doraemon" honors the beloved cartoon robot cat with its signature color palette.
Fragment x Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro SP
Sometimes it's the most simple palettes that do the most. Hiroshi Fujiwara's Japanese streetwear icon Fragment joined forces with the Swoosh earlier this year for this black & white iteration of the all-time favorite Jordan 3 Retro.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
The Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG was always going to be a wild success. Riding the coattails of a huge year for the Jordan 1 and a year in which Travis Scott took over popular culture with his favorite brown color palette in tow, the Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "Mocha" is up there with the best releases of the year.
Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro "Bred 2019 Release"
Jordan's black & red colorway, dubbed "Bred", stands as an all-time great and, 30 years after the original release of the Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro "Bred" came the 2019 release in Spring of last year. Unchanged and undiminished, this pair is as timeless as sneakers come.
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