While my sneaker articles may suggest that I’m predominantly swoosh-based, what some readers may find surprising is that I regularly rock adidas, New Balance, Puma, and Karhu.
Design wise, material wise, and production wise, we are at a great time in our sneaker continuum. One might argue that we are living in perhaps the most diverse sneaker period of all time.
Take for example the three non-hyped sneakers featured below. Each pair is readily available, yet uniquely awesome in its own design aesthetic.
So without further ado, here are my top three, non-hyped kicks, that elicit the sneakerfeels.
adidas Superstar X Slam Jam
This is a premium and clean take on a classic silhouette. I actually have a DS pair in my closet. The aged appearance coupled with a plush leather upper and muted perforated three stripes make this pair a real sleeper.
But to keep it nine five and five pennies, GR adidas kicks don’t usually excite the sneakerfeels. My preferred three stripes kicks are all collabs.
New Balance X Haven 990V5
All business, no party. Sleek, utilitarian, and sophisticated enough to say I’m a sneakerhead, but don’t require a WWF theme song to introduce my presence.
This New Balance X Haven collab features the perfect blend of time tested New Balance 990 comfort with subtle flair.
Reebok X Nanamica Club C Stomper
Imagine protagonist Sigourney Weaver from the cult classic movie Alien hitting the club with a bottle of bub after a long day of filming.
I imagine her wearing a pair of kicks just like this.
Premium leather used inside and out, a low key subtle flex, and a massive velcro cover carelessly whisper, “I know my kicks, but don’t care if you even notice mine.”
Do any of these non-hyped kicks excite your sneakerfeels?