2016 featured the launch of the second version of the Yeezy Boost 350s, some grailed retro Jordans, and plenty of new silhouettes that made waves. Here’s Nous’ top 10 sneakers of 2016 in.
Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Retro “Beach”
Don C and Jordan collaborated again to drop the Just Don Jordan 2, this time in a beach colorway. The blue ones were stunners, but these took it to a different level. Despite the hefty price tag, these were still a must cop to start off 2016.
Acronym Nike Air Presto
The Nike Air Presto made waves in 2016 with a major comeback. Of all the Presto releases, none were better than the Acronym collaboration, which produced three incredible colorways of a beautifully designed silhouette. The sneaker even featured a a leather insole, making sure it was a premium release for this year.
Adidas Consortium Wood Wood Ultra Boost
Although many companies from Highsnobiety to Kith got their own Ultra Boost this year, Wood Wood did it the best. The simple black colorway worked beautifully with the three stripes branding on the side, making for a subtle design that captured Wood Wood’s branding. Many sneakerheads might be surprised to see these make the list, but the Wood Wood UBs were the best Ultra Boost release of the year.
Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals NMD Human Race
Perhaps the best adidas release of the year, the PW NMDs were absolute show stoppers. Available in a variety of colorways, the unique lacing system and “Human Race” branding worked together to create a simple, but elegant sneaker. Having a boost sole and PK upper, adidas and Pharrell Williams made sure that this collaboration would keep sneakerheads fresh and comfortable.
Air Jordan 12 Retro OVO
Drake’s partnership with Jordan has produced heat in the past, namely the OVO Jordan clothing drop and the Air Jordan 10 Retro OVO. However, this release stacks up as the best OVO Jordan drop to date. Featuring a clean white upper, the OVO 12s were one of the hardest pickups of the year with its gold accents.
Puma x Rihanna Creeper
The Creepers not only deserve a place on this list for its design, but also for the disruption it caused in the women’s sneaker game. Puma’s partnership with Rihanna made girls pick up Pumas instead of Jordans of adidas sneakers this year. No one saw this success coming, but nevertheless, Rihanna was the queen of footwear in 2016.
Yeezy Boost 750 “Grey/Gum”
2016 featured multiple Yeezy releases, but none were better than the grey and gum iteration of the Yeezy Boost 750. The color contrast works perfectly, and the gum sole is even glow in the dark. Rumor has it that the second version of the 750 will release in 2017. Maybe the 750 V2 will find its way onto our 2017 version of this list.
Air Jordan 1 Retro Banned 2016
There’s not much that needs to be said about this release. Any time a sneaker that started Michael Jordan’s sneaker legacy re-releases, it’s going to be a big deal.
The MAG was the most technologically innovative release ever. First seen in the Back to the Future series, the Nike MAG was brought to life this year. It featured the first ever self-lacing system, and those lucky enough to win Nike’s raffle were blessed with a truly one of a kind sneaker.
adidas Originals NMD R1 PK “French Beige”
Like the Ultra Boosts, the NMDs dropped in multiple colorways this year. The “French Beige” version serves as the best in our eyes. Although we might be influenced by the incredible “Oxford Tan” Yeezy Boost 350, the tan or beige colorway works beautifully on the NMD as well.