One of the best shoes this year is also one of the most controversial—just ask Full Size Run co-host Brendan Dunne. Sean Wotherspoon, a professional reseller, got his own Nike sneaker, even though he designed it with, like, 15 other people. He took an Air Max 97 upper, made it out of corduroy, and placed it on an Air Max 1 sole. Wotherspoon’s design went into production after being “Voted Forward” in a crowdsourced Nike competition for Air Max Day in 2017, and a few pairs released last year. Then they saw a major release in 2018, with all sorts of interactive activations that let people get their pairs. Resale on the reseller’s shoe skyrocketed, even if people felt some sort of way about Wotherspoon’s own shop, Round Two, reselling the sneakers. He said he wasn’t taking any profit on those pairs, but it still left a bad taste in the mouths of connoisseurs or anyone who had been into sneakers for more than two years. All of that aside, it’s a good shoe in a good colorway, and everyone loves it. That’s all that matters sometimes. —Matt Welty