Our 4th anniversary celebration continues with our picks for the the four biggest sneakers of 2016.
One year into the doors of Stadium Goods being opened at 47 Howard Street in NYC, we were hitting our stride, and quickly making a name for ourselves in the sneaker game. Helping us along the way was a strong crop of footwear that ensured that the cash register always stayed busy. There was plenty to choose from, but the following four models beat out the rest when considering the long-lasting impact they've had on the culture.
After adidas had a monster year in 2015 (read about that HERE), the brand continued its momentum in 2016 thanks in big part to the introduction of Pharrell's NMD "Human Race" line. Beginning with the NMD Hu and later the slightly modified NMD Hu Trail with a chunkier outsole, Pharrell's design has become one of the most hyped and coveted models in adidas' current catalog. The quintessential NMD Hu is this yellow colorway with "HUMAN RACE" across the upper from the now-iconic silhouette's initial run.
After dropping the Yeezy Boost 350 in 2015, Kanye West and adidas wasted no time remodeling the coveted sneaker into its second iteration known as Version 2. The V2 has dominated every Yeezy lover's rotation ever since. It all started with the "Beluga" colorway, which many said Yeezy aficionados still consider as grail-status.
It's one of the greatest, most iconic, and essential sneakers ever, so anytime it returns is an event. In 2016 the Air Jordan 1 "Bred" was back with the best quality and most accurate-to-the-original shape and detailing since its first retro in 1994. The release came alongside a major "Banned" campaign by Jordan Brand celebrating its history of being banned by the NBA in 1985 due to uniformity rules. Not that any marketing campaign was needed, as they would have instantly sold out either way.
Jordan Brand had two epic retro releases in 2016 that were good enough to make it into the best sneakers of the year list. The second: the Air Jordan 11 "Space Jam." Last seen in 2009 before this release, the "Space Jam" colorway was back this time in "remastered" form with a better shape, higher cut to the patent leather mudguard, and 45 on each heel instead of 23 as a reference to the pairs Michael Jordan wore on court in the 1995 NBA Playoffs. Pairs disappeared quickly when they released in December to perfectly close out another big year for Jordan Brand.