2011 Listed: Best Sneakers of the Year – Top 10
We continue our rounding up of the best from 2011 by bringing you our favourite sneakers of the year. Here at mashKULTURE we have a penchant for Nike and Jordans so apologies if our list seems a little one-sided, but 2011 was a big year for both brands.
Check out our top ten picks after the jump, and feel free to let us know what we left out. (Yes, we know, there was quite a bit.)
10. Supra Skytop 3 ‘Cool Grey’
Following the hideous sequel to Chad Muska’s signature sneaker, Supra came correct this year with the third installation. We dig this cool grey colourway with icy blue soles.
9. Gourmet Dieci ‘Navy/White’
The versatility and sleek design of Gourmet’s Dieci model is no doubt one of the reasons it’s become the most popular in the Cali label’s ever widening range of footwear. They can easily be dressed up or down, and add to that premium materials, attention to detail, not to mention a great price point, and we’re already second guessing ourselves as to why we only gave it a 9.
8. Air Jordan VII ‘Cardinal’
After a five-year hiatus, the iconic – yet sadly underrated – Cardinal (once a regular on the feet of Jerry Seinfeld) released in the Spring. It definitely gets our stamp of approval, and if you missed out when they dropped, you can still grab a pair on eBay at a great price (some even below retail).
7. Air Jordan V ‘Black/Metallic Silver’
Originally released in 1990 and last retroed in 2007, these OGs are arguably the pinnacle of Jumpman glory. The first to sport clear soles, a reflective 3M tongue and lace locks, everyone and their father wore these back in the day (even Tony Danza).
6. HUF Hufnagel Pro ‘White/Gum’
2011 saw the release of Keith Hufnagel’s first signature shoe on his own label. The minimal and timeless styling of the Hufnagel Pro make this one of our top sneaker choices of the year.
5. Nike Free Run+ 2 ‘Black/White’
The initial Free Run+ was an extremely impressive shoe on its own, but Nike upped the ante with its successor. Super light, super comfy, featuring a tougher, layered construction highlighted by diamond-reinforced ripstop mesh, and with a design inspired by the anatomy of the human foot, the Free Run+ 2 was the go-to sneaker of the Summer.
4. Gourmet Dignan ‘Black/White’
We love Gourmet for continually pushing the envelope in footwear design. Whether its adding a duck boot upper to a technical running outsole, or as in this instance, taking inspiration from the hospital booties worn by Mark Wahlberg’s character in a closing scene from The Departed, and fusing it with a running outsole, Gourmet impressed us even more in 2011.
3. Air Jordan III
The bronze medal goes to not one, not two, but all three Air Jordan IIIs that saw a 2011 release. We just couldn’t decide which two to leave out, but can you blame us? The White Cement dropped early in the year, the True Blue in the Summer, and last but definitely not least, the Black Cement hit shelves just a few weeks ago.
2. Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’
Just a few short days and all panic breaks loose, when the Concord finally makes its highly anticipated return. Regarded as the Holy Grail of all Jordans, the Concord takes silver.
1. Nike Mag
Great Scott! So we kind of gave it away with our lead image, but you probably already guessed that the Nike Mag would take first place. After hordes of sneakerheads and Back to the Future fanatics begging Nike for years to produce the sneakers, they finally released in September via eBay in a limited run of 1500, and for a good cause too. 100% of proceeds went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonâ€™s Research. Now that’s what I call fly. McFly.
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