Brandon Edler is the Digital Engagement Strategist at Finish Line, where he is involved with all of the brand campaigns and company initiatives for social and web. Former sneaker and style writer at Complex Magazine, Brandon has an eye for the best kicks, and keeps his rotation well rounded while covering all the must haves. We were lucky enough to get his list for Top 10 Sneakers of 2013 which you can check out below!
10. Nike Air Python “White/Silver”: Look familiar? Yup, the Python is essentially a mesh of the Jordan II and Nike Air Force II. Blurring the line of lifestyle and athletic perfectly, they were easy to pull off with your favorite jeans or even tapered sweats. It’s been twenty-six years since they originally surfaced and in an era when retros keep coming back every other year, it’s nice that The Swoosh brought back something we really missed and wanted.
9. Nike ACG Trainerendor: What you know about these? Hypebeasts probably wouldn’t pay these any mind since they are a general release but a Nike ACG (which means it’s durable), with a Yeezy II strap (hype appeal), at $80 (cheap) made for one of Nikes best rollouts since the Roshe Run. Wait until they drop the Stussy collab and a few other colorways, people will come around.
8. Nike Flyknit Chukka “Wolf Grey/Red”: Initially the Flyknit Chukka seemed like kind of a greedy move by Nike trying to capitalize on a good thing but when this colorway hit the blogs I grabbed a pair from Europe because I didn’t want to wait another three weeks before they hit the states. That’s sneaker thirst to the utmost degree, I’m guilty for that one.
7. Reebok x SneakersNStuff DMX 10: Don’t sleep, this Reebok retro was one of the best and most underrated shoes to drop in 2013. These kicks feel like you’re walking on pillows, the perfect pair to break out if you are going to be all over the city on the weekend—functionally dope. SNS murdered everything moving this year and the 3M upper collab was a perfect representation of what they were capable of doing once Reebok let them take creative control.
6. Bape x UNDFTD x adidas Originals Campus: Unfortunately most brands don’t know how to use camo without being obnoxious about it but when three of the best lifestyle brands got together, they cooked up a dope take on an iconic model. A lot of people preferred the ZX 5000 but the Campus just resonated better with me since it was a cleaner and easier to rock on a daily basis.
5. Air Jordan III “88 Cement”: “But they have the Nike Air on the back.” It’s not that deep but the quality was amazing, especially the plush lining that gave your favorite every day Jordans more comfort. Not to mention Jordan Brand’s tie to the Dunk Contest in ’88 and giving new sneakerheads some background to a shoe instead of just dropping them to drop them—the way it should be done.
4. Nike Flyknit Trainer “Multicolor”: The Flyknit Trainer owned 2012 and Nike didn’t stop in 2013. The multicolor-scheme had everyone doubling up for the aesthetics and supreme comfort—the photos don’t even do them justice.
3. Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Miami Beach”: When Ron Corleone teams up with ASICS he rarely misses a “best of” list. His East Coast Project dropped and he had people literally driving thousands of miles to the Miami pop-up shop hoping to avoid resale prices. I prefer the Dolphins inspired Miami colorway to the NYC jawns but you really can’t lose with either pair. I was really fortunate to get my hands on both.
2. Nike Tech Challenge II “US Open”: Few people saw these coming but you have to salute Nike for keeping it a secret until they started making their way out to top accounts, not every pair needs a general release and months of blog posts. The Agassi signature model inspired by one of the greatest tennis traditions made for another banger from Team Swoosh. Um, I still need to get my hands on these.
1. Air Jordan I “Royal”: Forget the Red Octobers, even Kanye rocked these non-stop in the first part of the year with no incentive, just one of his favorite Js. The release was kept small which meant you had to be really lucky or have a great connect. Even after almost three decades and countless “South Beach” and “Volt” a la mode colorways, few things have ever looked better on your feet than the simple but smooth black and royal Is.
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