The Best Sneakers of 2023 (So Far)
From the Tiffany x Nike Air Force 1 to the Nike SB x Air Jordan 4, here are the best sneaker releases of the year, so far.
Sometimes as we compile these lists at the year’s midpoint, as we survey what’s been impressive and exciting in the year of sneakers with still six months of it to go, there is some stretching. When June arrives and we reflect on what’s happened in the year in footwear up to that point, there are picks and favorites that we know won’t look as strong come the year’s end. We still include them, because that’s part of the exercise, but we do so knowing that by the time the calendar expires, they may not be close to the best sneakers of the year. 2023 feels different.
The first half has been as exciting a chunk of time in sneakers as any in recent memory. The cynicism around hype and limited edition footwear that’s bubbled since the start of the decade has made consumers more critical and less likely to fawn over every collab shoved down their throats.
There is more brand parity. There are more sneaker models that we can highlight without being accused of trying to be too cute or offbeat with our picks. Overall, the hobby of sneaker collecting feels right now to be focused on more diverse styles, brands, and partners, which has resulted in a great and varied batch of sneakers for this year. These are our picks for the best sneakers of 2023 so far—a good number of which could still be standing when the time comes to solidify the best sneakers of the year in December.
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