The Summer of 2015 was full of all kinds of sneaker stories. There’s always something to report when it comes to kicks, but some of the biggest and most important stories of the year dropped this Summer. Here are some of the biggest sneaker-related headlines of the Summer of 2015:
- The debut of the Nike KD 8
- Stephen Curry unveiling the Under Armour Curry Two and extending his partnership with Under Armour until 2024
- Getting a first look (and tons of hate) at the LeBron 13
- Rumors that Tinker Hatfield may be designing the Kobe 11
- The unveiling of the D Rose 6 and J Wall 2 for adidas
- Tons of dope collaborations from Asics, New Balance, Reebok, Saucony and others
- Jordan Brand releases not being the most talked about sneakers in a pretty long time
- Drake and Kanye West having the most popular releases of the Summer
Crazy to think that all of that happened in just 3 months huh?!
When it comes strictly to sneaker releases, there was also lots of heat this summer, no pun intended. The cool thing was that there was a little something from many different brands. It wasn’t dominated by Jordan Brand and Nike like we’re used to, which is definitely a good thing. Out other brands made just as much or even more noise this Summer. What brands you may ask? I don’t wanna give any spoilers, so here are 10 of the biggest releases of summer 2015.
10Nike Air Max 95 “OG Neon”
The Air Max 95 is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style by releasing lots of OG colorways that have made the silhouette as popular as it is today. The modern day / new sneakerhead may not be a really big fan of the Air Max 95, but many people who started collecting in the 90s have a special place in their heart for the Air Max 95. This “OG Neon” colorway was a no-brainer pick-up if you’re a fan of the sneaker.
9Ronnie Fieg x Diamond Supply Co. x Asics “Tiffany” Collection
Every time that Ronnie Fieg collaborates with a brand to release a sneaker you can pretty much guarantee that it’ll be an instant hit and that it’ll sell out pretty quick. Some of Ronnie’s most popular releases have come when he links up with Asics. For this collaboration he not only joined forces with Asics, but also with Diamond Supply Co. The three powers released “Tiffany” renditions of the Gel Lyte 5 and Gel Saga that everyone was going crazy over. The result? Another banger!
8Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 2
Converse gave us an expected release in 2015 by providing a sequel to one of the most popular sneakers of all time. The All Star Chuck Taylor is known all around the world and has remained relevant for decades now. The Chuck Taylor 2 keeps the same classic look with a modern update. New features include Nike’s innovative Lunarlon technology, a foam padded collar, non-slip gusseted tongue for 360-degree comfort and perforated micro suede liner for breathability. Think of it as the same classic look with an updated feel. What’s not to like?
7Nike Sock Dart “Independence Day” Pack
Much like the Nike Air Presto, the Nike Sock Dart made a return in 2015 and it was received so much better than when they first came out in 2004. The simplicity and comfort of the silhouette make it an instant favorite. The fact that it’s one of the most comfortable and stylish slip-ons just works to its advantage. This “Independence Day” Pack was the most popular trio that released this year and all of the colors are now pretty much impossible to find for a decent price.
6Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator
One of, if not the biggest Reebok release of the year has been their collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. After learning in late 2014 that K Dot would be working with Reebok, it was only a matter of time until he would be releasing a sneaker with them. Since the Ventilator is celebrating its 25th anniversary and collaborating with boutiques left and right, it made perfect sense for Kendrick to get his shot at the silhouette. What he created is not only versatile and stylish, but the message that it exudes is so powerful and positive.
5Nike Flyknit Racer “Rainbow”
There’s no denying that the Nike Flyknit Racer is one of Nike’s most popular silhouettes that uses their lightweight and breathable Flyknit technology. The Racer is sleek, comfortable, stylish and very versatile, everything that you can ask for in a sneaker. The “Multicolor 1.0” colorway is one of the most sought after pairs and the hype for this “Rainbow” / “Multicolor 2.0” edition was REAL. I tried getting a pair as soon as they released on Nike.com and failed miserably.
4Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”
In my opinion this is the best Air Jordan release of the year so far in terms of quality. The use of that buttery tumbled leather is what made this sneaker so popular because come on, we all know that orange isn’t that popular of a color (Note from EIC Juan: I hate you, orange is beautiful). If the leather on the Chicago 1s would have been like this then that would have been the best release of the year no questions asked. The color inspiration behind this colorway is also very cool and one that not many people even knew.
3 adidas Yeezy 350 Boost – Grey
When Kanye released the 750 Boost it received mixed reactions. But the 350 Boost was a lot more popular with Kanye stans. It’s obvious that the design is very similar to Nike’s Roshe Run, but the 350 Boost is superior in terms of materials and comfort. If you paid more than retail for these I really don’t know what to tell you cause they’re not worth more than $200. Even that price is already steep. But to each his own. This was definitely one of the most popular releases of the summer though.
2adidas Yeezy 350 Boost – Black
The grey and this black pair were equally as popular. This one may take the edge since it’s almost all black everything and you can match it up easier with anything, but the summer was without a doubt Yeezy SZN. All you have to do is check the resell prices for both Yeezys and you’ll see just how popular these releases were/are.
1Air Jordan 10 “OVO”
“Jumpman, Jumpman they gave me my own collection.”
Yes they did Drizzy, yes they did. The Air Jordan 10 “OVO” was the most popular release of the Summer. This was a collaboration between the biggest rapper in the game right now and the most popular sneaker brand. There was no way that this could go wrong. The silhouette and colorway may not have been the best, but it’s still a solid release. The only bad thing about this release is that it seems that lots of people just copped a pair to resell. Damn….
Do you agree with this list? What releases would you take away or add? Let me know in the comments below.