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It probably comes as no surprise that Highsnobiety has its fair share of sneaker aficionados spread across its offices worldwide and that the latest sneaker drops dominate our daily conversations. Just like our readers, Highsnobiety staff quietly lick their wounds after taking an L and proudly present their latest cops when drops go right.

With 2018 almost behind us and a year of exceptionally strong sneaker releases to look back upon, we asked Team Highsnobiety to share their favorite pickup from the past 12 months. We come from all over the globe, with different interests, tastes, and styles, so it’s only natural that you’ll see an eclectic mix of sneakers in our selection.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up an honest selection of kicks to give you some idea of what Highsnobiety staff have actually been rocking on their feet this year. Check out the list below, and feel free to roast us in the comments.

Anders Schans, affiliate partnerships intern

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“The UNDERCOVER x Nike React Element 87 is a perfect combination of weird and futuristic. Mixed with Jun Takahashi’s refined dystopian approach, you have a match you never knew you needed. Simply put, this pair is the best silhouette and the best colorway produced by Nike in 2018. Wearing these in winter is a one-way ticket to pneumonia, though.”

Lia McGarrigle, senior staff writer

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“The Nike Air Max 98 was everywhere this year — it was the model’s 20th anniversary, after all — but the bright “Gym Red” colorway stood apart. In all honesty, my favorite thing about these sneakers is that they were a Valentine’s Day exclusive. I’m a sucker for anything holiday-themed.”

Naina Kamath, senior social media editor

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“I’m honestly too scared to wear this Hender Scheme x adidas Originals ZX 500 outside. Everyone’s trying to convince me that “aged is better” but they’re a bunch of liars and there’s nothing like fresh and clean, straight-out-the-box leather. I’ll probably continue to shield these from any and every element, so cash me inside, how ’bout dat?”

Fabian Gorsler, footwear staff writer

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“The Travis Scott x Nike Air Force 1 “Sail” is my favorite cop of the year because of all the details that went into the collaboration. I missed out on the first drop in 2017, and then missed out again when they dropped in Europe this year. I wasn’t planning on paying resale, but I bought them off StockX after a few too many beers and, honestly, I couldn’t be happier with finally owning these bad boys.”

Daniel Pearson, life editor

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“The Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit is the shoe every runner wants — no, needs. It looks class, makes you feel like Eliud Kipchoge, and is scientifically proven to make you a faster and more efficient runner. What’s not to love?”

Sanzhar Toxanbayev, editorial assistant

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“As a Foam-head, I was intrigued by the extremely comfortable and durable Nike Air Foamposite One being given the “Denim” treatment. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact they got an additional layer of coating to protect the shoe from dirt, giving me a pair of sneakers that keep my feet dry and comfortable, and a silhouette that’s impossible to ruin. The cherry on top is that it goes oh so well with my throwback Penny Hardaway jersey.”

Viktor Kacunic, affiliate partnerships

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“My favorite sneaker of the year is one that didn’t get an official release, but I was fortunate to get my hands on anyway. I had never owned a Nike Air Force 1 prior to receiving the Highsnobiety logo-adorned pair above. These are perfect for cold winter days in Berlin due to their comfort and stability — just watch out for all the puddles. The little “HIGHSNOBIETY” detail on the heel and the fact there are only 160 pairs of the “Snob Forces” in existence makes them that much more special to me.”

Brock Cardiner, director of content strategy

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“In a year full of great sneaker releases, plenty of which could have made my list if I’d been able to choose more than one, this Maison Mihara Yasuhiro x DC Shoes E.Tribeka went completely under the radar for no real reason I can think of. I started skating this year, and while these haven’t seen any board action yet, they 100 percent will, and in that sense, they’ll become my go-to into 2019.”

Noah Thomas, assistant editor

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“The A-COLD-WALL* x Nike Zoom Vomero +5 is the sneaker of the year because it has a sophisticated approach to the trends happening right now. We have seen so many brands bring back old styles that worked in the early 2000s, especially these very “techy” running shoes. This shoe is a blast from the past but updated for today’s progressive consumer. It’s practical enough to be active in and impractical enough for the fashion world to fully embrace. I’m excited to see how they look when I’ve gotten some real history with them. To think that it will literally change colors and become a “new” shoe means an entirely new chapter.”

Ian Servantes, social media editor

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“I picked up a few more hyped shoes this year, and my inclination was to pick one of those, but the truth is I rarely wear them. The Bristol Studio x adidas Originals Crazy BYW is such a comfortable shoe. The Boost is thicker and more ergonomic for my broken-ass body (don’t ask). Bristol absolutely freaked their take on it, doing it up with a clean cream colorway with similarly muted accents that work with almost any of my ’fits. That’s what a sneaker rotation should be built on.”

Dana Reeves, videographer/producer

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“Some might say it’s a cop-out, but I wear these every day and they always get me right. With it’s accomplished history, you can’t deny that the Nike Air Force 1 holds legendary status throughout the sneaker world. Why mess up a good thing?”

George Ocampo, creative strategy

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ADER Error has been on my list of brands to watch since they launched, and its great to see them step up this year and kill projects like this. Bringing back the PUMA RS-Computer silhouette — the OG brick-glued-to-your-heel sneaker — was genius in how it highlights the crossover between the two brands, and the color-blocking was just so good I found myself wearing them every day for long stretches.”

Daniel So, branded content editor

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“As an avid Vans Slip-On wearer, I was stoked when the Vans Vault “Cap LX” deconstructed pack was revealed. It combines the best parts of the OG Style 36 and fuses that into an easy-to-wear Slip-On form factor, making them one of the most worn pairs in my rotation this year.”

Byron Stewart, social media editor

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“The ultimate classic. Out of all the kicks I’ve purchased this year, I find myself wearing the Air Jordan 3 “Black Cement” the most. It goes with almost every outfit, making it one of the most reliable sneakers of all time.”

Bryan Luna, junior photographer

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“The Dior Homme B22 appeals to me because it’s a chunky shoe done right. Its Olympic colorway hints at the classic “Olympic” Air Jordan 7, giving me a nostalgic feeling. Overall, the sneaker feels great on-foot and looks great with a number of outfits.”

Brandon Dixon, creative services project manager

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“Any Air Max fan will tell you this shoe sits on a pretty high pedestal when it comes to the classics. The OG Nike Air Max Plus in its original “Hyper Blue” colorway sends me back to 1998 all over again, with its classic silhouette and, of course, the “Tn” badge. When these dropped this year, it was a case of cop without hesitation. Nothing beats an original.”

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