What separates guys who like sneakers from true sneakerheads?

An obsession that extends beyond the footwear to include fanatical appreciation for the surrounding context and history of each shoe released. These are the folks that care about designers, that lust after products touched by the golden hands of Mr. Tinker Hatfield, and care deeply about sneaker boxes.

Sneaker culture has its fair share of amazing boxes developed for individual shoe models. The Nike Aqua Sock, for example, has a tremendously fun box. Still, it isn't quite good enough for the list. Neither are some of the more fantastical seeding packages of the last half-decade. Instead, we've compiled a countdown from 25 to 1 — heatedly debated by Gary Warnett (@gwarizm), Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson), and Nick Schonberger (@nschon) — that takes into account both cool factor and cultural clout.

Expect surprises. And, for some, expect disappointment. Do not expect anything from Troop.

Check out the Top 25 Sneaker Boxes.

Tags: design, sneaker-box
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