2015 was in no certain terms one of the most hyped years for sneaker releases in recent memory. Several milestones were achieved, including Jordan Brand reaching its 30th anniversary, Kanye West debuting his YEEZY line and Nike coming through with the first real Air MAGs.
Collaborations were plentiful and retro models were revitalized, yet for all the noise these releases managed to create, for David Fischer, Highsnobiety‘s Founder and Publisher, he still found himself returning to tried-and-true favorites, many of which have had an enduring legacy beyond this calendar year.
Check out David Fischer’s top 10 sneakers of 2015 below and stay tuned for more favorite lists from the team in the coming days.
10. adidas Stan Smith
I still wore it a ton this year, but towards the second half of the year, my number one sneaker of 2015 took over and I got the Stan’s out of the closet less and less. Still a fantastic shoe that I’ll come back to every couple of years. I always have one crisp white sneaker that is my daily choice and the Stan Smith was that in 2014.
9. New Balance 998 by J.Crew
Not a new sneaker, but I only started wearing it this year. Especially in Europe you basically never come across it and since most of my go-to sneakers are very simple in terms of colors, this is a nice change. A bold, yet beautiful butter soft red suede with hits of purple.
8. Common Projects Achilles Low
I fell in love with this matte military green version the second I saw it for the first time. I don’t wear a lot of dark-colored sneakers – this is one of the very few exceptions. It’s a little dressier, which is a nice change and you also see it much less in the wild than the white one.
7. Nike Sportswear Flyknit Chukka
Lightweight, really comfortable, Flyknit upper, and water- and windproof. How crazy is that? My go-to winter sneaker over the last two months. The colorway is weird – but in a good way – and the reflective elements also make it practical.
6. Vans Vault Slip-On OG
I’ve been wearing a lot of the Vans Vault x WTAPS Slip-On in recent years so was really excited when these were announced. Really simple, but comfortable and a nice premium navy canvas upper. Such a great summer shoe!
5. Maison Margiela Replica
A favorite of mine for many years. Well constructed, nice materials and I especially love the contrasting beige laces on the sneaker. In addition, I’ve always been into a good white sneaker with a gum sole.
4. New Balance 990
Grey suede New Balance sneakers were always my thing. The 990 was my go-to silhouette in 2015. Chunky, different and very comfortable.
3. adidas Ultra Boost
In general, I don’t wear a lot of performance running shoes, at least not for daily use. But the Boost is really just a fantastic silhouette. It saved me during Paris Fashion Week this past summer where I was walking miles everyday and my feet thanked me for it. Well designed, insanely comfortable and a fantastic tech platform for adidas to build on.
2. Converse Chuck Taylor 70 COMME des GARCONS PLAY
I’ve been wearing the first version of this shoe for years and was really excited when the Chuck Taylor 70 version was announced. The 70 has been a favorite of mine for a while; super simple, yet with that extra bit of comfort, as well as coming in a little more chunkier than the previous version. The off-white is my favorite Converse color and the black heel stripe and heart logo are just the right amount of detail for me.
1. Common Projects Basketball
I obsessively wore the Achilles for years, as you can see in my previous roundups, but in 2015 I finally made the switch. I love white sneakers and I like them simple, so Common Projects just always hits the right nerve for me. The Bball, their version of the Air Force 1, is just a little slimmer and with a thinner sole, and was my favorite shoe of the year.
- Photographer: Rachel Israela