We are headed past the midway point today with part 3 of Kicks On Fire’s Top 50 Kicks Of 2013 (click here for part 2 or part 1 if you missed it). After a pretty controversial ending with the Air Jordan 11 ending up at #31, could we really come up with 30 better kicks than the 11 that dropped in 2013? Well yeah, these lists are purely subjective and are the opinions of a few people; chances are your list and your friend’s list are drastically different from ours. And in many ways, that’s a good thing because it means variety is winning out in the sneaker community. In short, monoculture in sneakers sucks…
30. Nike LeBron 11
Standout Colorways: King’s Pride, Forging Iron, Away
No, we didn’t drop the Nike LeBron 11 this low because of those skid marks. We do find it very curious that Nike’s flagship athlete is having problems with his $200 shoes and without a colorway that really captured the imagination of the audience in a way like the “South Beach” 8 or “Cannon” 9 or even “Crown Jewel” 10 at launch, this was not the start to the LeBron 11 that many of us thought or hoped. Much like the KD 6, this is more of an “incomplete” than a final judgment on the LeBron 11, so stay tuned (like in a few weeks because those rumored Black History Month and Summit Lake Hornets are hot).