#KoFBestOf2015 is now into Day 3 and we are highlighting the best new sneaker silhouettes that dropped this year. To qualify for this award, the shoe had to have made their debut in 2015, and they can’t just be low-cut or high-cut models that look similar to their original model. So in this case, the Air Jordan XX9 Low did not make the cut because while the shoe itself is awesome, there’s too much overlap between this and the original to really qualify it as new. Meanwhile something like the Nike LeBron 12 Low would qualify because it looks so dissimilar to the original that they are tied together seemingly by name only. I used those two as examples because we don’t have Nike or Jordan representation on this post because well, they didn’t deserve it.

The Contenders

adidas D Lillard 1

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Not to spoil a future post, but this was definitely one of the most underrated kicks of 2015. It’s been a good long while since adidas Basketball made a signature shoe that’s been memorable for good reasons (sorry, D-Rose) and the Lillard 1 earns kudos for being a stylish product that can work both on and off the court and for its friendly price point. Damian Lillard has built a huge off-court following thanks to his huge social media presence which includes #4BarFriday and his signature shoe that anyone can afford at launch. The D Lillard 2 has a lot to live up to.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350

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adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Oxford Tan pictured (adidas)

Primeknit and Boost is all the sneaker I need in this world, kid (at the moment). This is the promise of the adidas-Kanye partnership and we hope to see them improve upon this in the future. I could do without the Kanye name so the price can drop a few bucks and be made in larger quantities if that’s cool with you.

BRANDBLACK J. Crossover 3

When some brands say they want to bridge the gap between style and performance, it rings like hollow lip service. BRANDBLACK was created with that philosophy in mind. Their signature J. Crossover shoes have a high fashion look to them that you just don’t see in a Nike or an adidas (Y-3 being the exception) product. Sometimes it takes a year or two for a design team and a signature athlete to really hit their stride, but the J. Crossover 3 has been the breakout model that will get people talking. Hell, it got us talking about it as you can see in RAC’s video above…

The Winner

adidas Ultra Boost

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adidas

You’re going to see this (and have seen this) on many top 10 sneaker lists this year and it deserves all the praise it gets. For $180, you are getting a lush, versatile, comfortable and functional runner. You can wear it on a night run or you can wear it with some joggers to chill with some friends. You can even put on some #NTDenim and these will still look good. Ok, that’s a bit of a stretch but the Ultra Boost’s greatest accomplishment this year is that it convinced so many Nike devotees to at least give the three stripes a chance. What adidas does with that chance is up to them, but for years they couldn’t even get that.