Here Are the Best Sneakers of 2024 (And So Far)

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If you thought 2023 was a banner year for sneakers, wait until you see what 2024 has in store. We’re now halfway through the year, but these first six months have been full of surprises. From brand-new collaborations to color palettes that no one saw coming, 2024 is set to be a big year for sneakers. Without further ado, here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of the best sneakers of 2024.

Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 860v2 “White”

Last summer, Teddy Santis unveiled the Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 860v2 “White.” Now, after months of anticipation, this high-flying collaboration is finally available. Of the three models, this cream version is probably the most discreet and understated of the lot. It is also the most minimalist, the easiest to pair, and the purest embodiment of Aimé Leon Dore’s impeccable style.

Air Jordan 1 High 85 “Metallic Burgundy”

If, like most of us, you weren’t able to get your hands on the Air Jordan 1 High 85 “Metallic Burgundy” back in the day, you’re in luck. After a four-decade hiatus, the iconic sneaker is making a comeback in its original colorway and silhouette. This premium leather model is dressed in Michael Jordan’s iconic colors and accented with fiery metallic red tones. One thing’s for sure: the days may be passing, but the Air Jordan 1 High 85 “Metallic Burgundy” is still going strong.

Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Year of the Dragon”

Every year, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, sportswear giants release sneakers inspired by the zodiac sign of the current year. In 2024, Nike and Jordan Brand unveiled the Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Year of the Dragon”, covered in green scales, contrasted by bright red details (symbolizing good luck) and gold (symbolizing prosperity). It was produced in only 5,000 copies.

Air Jordan 4 “Bred Reimagined”

At the risk of repeating myself, the Jordan 4 “Bred Reimagined” is one of the best sneakers of 2024. The latest model in the Reimagined line, it takes the original Air Jordan 4 Bred from 1989 and replaces its suede with tumbled leather. While the change is very, very subtle, it’s a safe bet that the pair will sell out in minutes, if not seconds.

Atmos x Asics Gel-Kayano 14 “Tokyo Nightlife”

Over the past two decades, Atmos and Asics have collaborated on countless collections of sneakers, apparel, and accessories. To kick off 2024 in style, the Hommyo Hidefumi-led label has unveiled the Atmos x Asics Gel-Kayano 14 “Tokyo Nightlife,” a tribute to the Japanese capital’s clubbing scene.

Clot x adidas Superstar “Cloud White”

In late 2023, Edison Chen announced that after 18 years of loyal service, his Clot brand was ending its relationship with Nike. It was a tough breakup, but the Hong Kong-based streetwear label has bounced back with the Clot x adidas Superstar “Cloud White.” The classic silhouette takes on the lines of a brogue with playful perforations on the sidewalls. It even features a tassel similar to a traditional loafer. And check out that colossal serrated sole.

Huf x Nike Air Max 1 “Medium Grey”

In the early 2000s, sneaker collaborations were extremely rare. So when the Huf x Nike Air Max 1 “Medium Grey” was unveiled, it immediately caused a stir. The collaboration with skateboarding icon Keith Hufnagel is back just in time to celebrate its 20the anniversary. In other words, one of the best sneakers of 2004 is also about to become one of the best of 2024.

JJJJound x adidas Samba “Off-White”

JJJJound has come a long way since its Tumblr moodboard days. Today, it’s one of the biggest names in streetwear, as evidenced by the JJJJound x adidas Samba “Off-White” collaboration. The first model to emerge from the partnership between Justin Saunders’ company and the German brand, this version of the 1940s classic plays on understatement in cream leather and light grey suede. The whole thing sits on a gum rubber sole, just like the Sambas of yesteryear.

Nike ACG Air Exploraid “Ash Green”

Launched in 1999, the Nike ACG Air Exploraid “Ash Green” is part of the “All Conditions Gear” series. Given the current craze for gorpcore, the American giant has rushed to reissue its cult model, much to our delight.

Nike Air Force 1 Low “Linen”

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Nike was working hard to carve out a niche for itself in the Japanese market. To attract new customers, the brand launched the “Concept Japan” (or “CO.JP”) line with many colorways available exclusively in Japan. After more than twenty years of waiting, one of these palettes is finally being released in the rest of the world: the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Linen.”

Nike Air Max Plus OG “Voltage Purple”

Few sneakers have had as much of an impact on British street culture as the Nike Air Max Plus OG “Voltage Purple”. Since its launch in 1998, it has become synonymous with the grime scene and while a lot has changed since the days of pirate radio, this favourite remains steadfast.

Nike Dunk Low “Brazil”

While it’s true that the Dunk hype has died down, OG colorways like the Nike Dunk Low “Brazil” are still a hot commodity among sneakerheads. Originally released in 2001, the pair was a Japan-only release. Its international launch in 2020 was a huge success, and if you missed out on your size that year, 2024 will be your chance to right the wrongs.

Nike SB Dunk Low “City of Love”

The Nike SB Dunk Low “City of Love” may look disarmingly simple, but its story is unique. Crafted from panels of suede, it’s decked out in white and grey tones to maximize the contrast of the midsole’s red stitching. It’s also a nod to the traditional Chinese belief of the “red thread of destiny,” which holds that people who are destined to fall in love are connected by an invisible cord.

Salehe Bembury x New Balance 1906R “Lava”

The Salehe Bembury x New Balance 1906R “Lava” is the meeting between the new little prince of sneakers and our dad shoe New Balance favorite. Released as part of a two-shoe lineup, the “Lava” is inspired by fire, volcanoes and all things hot in this world.

Stash x Nike Air Max 95 “Black”

In 2006, Nike tapped graffiti artist Josh Franklin (aka Stash) to create the Stash x Nike Air Max 95 “Black.” Originally unveiled as part of an “Artist Series,” the AM95 was made entirely of black and blue suede, sat atop a paint-splattered midsole, and predictably, sold out in minutes. If you missed out on a pair back then, it’s making an unexpected return after an 18-year hiatus, proving that miracles do happen, once and for all.