After scrolling through this list, you might realize that it’s predominantly Nike and Jordan. That’s not because they paid us off. Nike had a hell of a year, and it wasn’t just based on bringing retros out of the archives, but also on introducing new silhouettes to the market. That should be the criteria for best sneaker of the year. The sneaker was first unveiled at Undercover’s Paris fashion show, but the general release version of the React Element 87 didn’t need a rapper or pro athlete’s name attached to it. It was simply a sleek sneaker that looked like the future. The translucent upper may be a turnoff for those who are self-conscious about baring their feet, but it’s also a way to flex if you’re one to spend $155 on Gucci socks (shoutout FSR co-host Trinidad Jame$). Other details, like the reflective hits on the laces and the cork insole, really helped complete the package on top of the React cushioning. When a new shoe becomes the talk of the town, it's worth noting, and, in this case, making it the Sneaker of the Year. —Gerald Flores