We can’t front, the retro releases in 2012 have been very impressive—as usual. But in case you missed it, there is a war going on in the streets and thanks to sneaker companies stepping up their efforts drastically it has pushed the best of the best from everyone. Shoes are getting lighter, designs are flyer, and innovation to performance sneakers is almost at the auto-laced McFly level. Quit sleeping on that new-new, because in a decade you’ll be paying four times retail for retro drops of the kicks you missed out on today.