The life of a committed sneakerhead can get quite lonely at times. Hours spent in cold IRL queues, 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 are all too familiar with the L-littered life of a sneakerhead through your other half or a friend, then consider this your call to action: now is your chance to bless them with the biggest W of the year.
Whether it’s a trend-driven smash, leftfield silhouette, or a pair of classics, we’ve put together some of the best gifts to give a sneakerhead this upcoming holiday season.
Shop the best gifts for a sneakerhead below.
adidas Originals Triest Sneakers
There's just something about a gum sole unit on a lightweight, retro adidas Originals silhouette that will always get us going. The Triest has retro flair in abundance with its neutral palette.
Mizuno x Highsnobiety Wave Rider 10
As the real sneaker nerds will already know, the Wave Rider introduced the world to Wave technology that went on to revolutionize the sneaker market in 1998. Now, we have gone on to give one of its predecessors a new look, complete with translucent ripstop panels as well as pops of red and blue to represent both ends of the color spectrum.
Acne Studios Trail Sneakers
Performance running silhouettes have been the bread and butter of the sneaker world for the entirety of 2022. Acne Studios puts a luxury spin on the trend with the Trail Sneakers.
Moncler Trailgrip GTX Sneakers
Moncler's new sneaker isn't just made to look hard-wearing, it's got the technology built-in to last long days in the great outdoors. That tech includes a GORE-TEX upper, Vibram Megagrip rubber compound treaded sole, and carbon fiber between the midsole and tread.
New Balance 2002R
New Balance's classic silhouettes have such a cult following thanks to their unrivaled versatility. This 2002R leans into that appeal with a super-clean white colorway rounded out with a contrasting black outsole.
HOKA Clifton L Suede
Take HOKA's seriously cushioned sole unit and add it to a textured suede upper and this is what you get. For a casual everyday sneaker, it doesn't get much more comfy than these.
PUMA x P.A.M. Nano Mid Sneakers
PUMA quietly teamed up with Perks And Mini to give us the cute Nano Mid just in time for the holiday season. This utilitarian silhouette is given a twist by the floral embellishments to the upper.
adidas x And Wander TERREX Free Hiker 2
A collaboration built for gorpcore enthusiasts, two titans of outdoor gear have joined together to create this sneaker which is made for hiking trails.
Axel Arigato Area Lo Sneaker
Axel Arigato continues to drop retro banger after retro banger. The latest in the long line is the Area Lo Sneaker. This understated design is at its most beautiful in this white and Kale colorway.
ASICS UB4-S Gel-1130
It's difficult not to be a fan of Kiko Kostadinov's work at Asics and this sneaker shows his design studio doing what it does best. Inspired by retro running shoes, the mesh panels on the upper partly obscure some of the shoes features.
adidas Originals x PHILLLLLTY NMD S1
If they're a real sneakerhead, they'll definitely appreciate you copping this limited-edition custom that's exclusively available at Luisaviaroma. PHILLLLLTHY's indigo take on the adidas NMD S1 shows that customizers are artists in their own right.
The line between a sneakerhead and a trail-running footwear enthusiast has never been more blurred. Salomon has converted many sneakerheads with its outdoor-ready appeal and top-tier colorways such as this one.
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