Fresh off Complex's look back at the Top 10 Sneakers of 2009 that sent the sneaker-heads into a commenting frenzy, we tapped our network homie Khan from KicksOnFire.com to get his take on the sneakers he's looking forward to the most in 2010. Judging by the list KicksOnFire came up with, we can expect new color schemes on classic silhouettes, as well as a Kobe/Lebron duel and new make-ups from Nike SB to rule 2010. Check which models made the list, and which sneaker or sneakers Kicks On Fire is looking forward to the most in the new year, after the jump...
#10: Nike Air Pippen 1 - White / Black - Silver
KOF SAYS: Last year, on February 16, 2009, KicksOnFire did a featured "Bring It Back" post about the Nike Air Pippen 1 White/Black/Silver, with 94% of our readers demanding to retro this specific colorway, it was only right for Nike to listen. With 2008 labeled as the year of the retros, the Nike Air Pippen was revamped in many colorways. And that is where it ended. Luckily, in 2010, they listened to us and the White/Black/Silver is scheduled to release during summer 2010!
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#9: Nike SB Comeback
KOF SAYS: It's been a while since we've seen some Nike SB's worth salivating over, but we have a feeling that this year will be different. Nike's Skateboarding line has already proposed some interesting designs, including the Dunk Low SB - Chirping Birds. In the past few weeks, we've also discussed their collaboration with Eric Koston on a pair of Nike Dunk SB Highs, but as far as SB colorways known to be releasing, the most anticipated has to be the Nike Dunk SB High - Cliff Huxtable, which was inspired by the sweaters that became the trademark look of Bill Cosby's character, Dr. Huxtable on the Cosby Show. Look for Nike SB to make a strong comeback in 2010, and get a grip on the sneaker game once again.
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#8: Nike's Kobe vs LeBron Line-Up:
KOF SAYS: Nike's Kobe vs. LeBron series of commercials have definitely been well received among fans, but they has also created a bit of a buzz around each of their signature shoes. This year will be big for the Nike Zoom Kobe 5 (V) and the Nike Air Max LeBron 7 (VII). We've already seen the release of several hot colorways in LeBron's signature shoe including the Phantom Edition, and other colorways continue to surface. We are definitely looking forward to the release of the Nike Air Max LeBron 7 (VII) - Black Dunkman, as well as the Cool Grey Lebrons.
2010 will also be a big year for Kobe, both on and off the court. His last signature shoe was criticized for its low-top construction, but after viewing his play on the court, we believe he's shut some critics up. The Nike Zoom Kobe 5 (V) features a similar design as its predecessor, but with some new and improved features. We recently saw the release of the Chaos Edition Kobe 5s, but are definitely looking forward to the Nike Zoom Kobe 5 (V) - Dark Knight and Nike Zoom Kobe 5 (V) Bruce Lee releases.
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#7: Air Jordan Spizike
KOF SAYS: 2010 will also play host to the release of several colorways in the Air Jordan Spizike silhouette. One of Jordan Brand's most popular hybrids, the shoe is made up of elements from several classic Air Jordan models including the 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 models. This year, fans of the Spizike can look forward to Black/White, Black/Varsity Red, White/Fire/Red/Black and White/Varsity Purple/Varsity Red.
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#6: Nike Air Griffey Max - Grey / Teal
KOF SAYS: Ken Griffey Jr.'s most famous Nike signature received a warm welcome in 2009 with several anticipated releases. Nike plans to make that magic happen again with a very attractive new Grey/Teal colorway which has already created a huge buzz within the sneaker community. Stay tuned for more information surrounding these, as the release date is still unknown.
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#5: Air Jordan 9
KOF SAYS: Although the first half of Jordan Brand's calendar is filled with Air Jordan 6 releases, the second half seems to be dedicated to the loyal Air Jordan 9 fans. First up is the Air Jordan 9 Citrus colorway slated to drop in July, then in August, the Air Jordan 9 - White / Black colorway that was last released in 2002 will make a comeback. And as an added bonus, Jordan Brand will be bringing back the very much loved Air Jordan 9 - Black /Dark Charcoal colorway.
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#4: Air Jordan 6
KOF SAYS: It certainly seems that 2010 will be a great year for the Air Jordan VI model. With classic colorways already lined up for the first half of the year, Jordan-heads definitely can't complain. So far, we have our eyes on the following colorways: Black/Varsity Red, White/Black "Oreo", White/Varsity Red, White/Black "Motosport". Awesome.
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#3: Nike Air Foamposite - Copper
KOF SAYS: Ever since Wale was seen rocking these while performing at Jay Z's Blueprint 3 Tour in Baltimore, the Nike Air Foamposite Copper became instant classics for a lot of sneakerheads. Every shoe fanatic is waiting for a concrete release date to finally surface (we hear February). How do you think they match up to the Eggplant Foamposites that released last year in February?
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#2: Air Jordan 11
KOF SAYS: Every release of the Air Jordan 11 is destined to make Jordan heads wait on extensive lines in the blistering cold. In 2009, Jordan Brand blessed us with the MOST anticipated sneaker of 2009: Air Jordan 11 Space Jams. With rumors already circulating around about the Air Jordan 11 - Cool Grey release, we can't help to wonder what is lined up for the 2010 Holiday release. Concord? Cool Greys? Only time will tell...
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#1: Air Jordan Silver Anniversary Collection
KOF SAYS: Twenty five years and still going strong! The Air Jordan Silver Anniversary Collection was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Air Jordan franchise and showcase the legacy of the brand in a manner that most closely resembles the original sketches. From the 1985 original through the Air Jordan 2010, Jordan Brand has assembled each in an all white and silver colorway. If you are a Jordan head, you are bound to be in love with at least 3-5 pairs within this collection. Which ones are you looking forward to?
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