The 17 Best Non-St. Patrick's Day Green Sneakers
words // Brandon Richard
Today is St. Patrick's Day, and unless you're okay with a bunch of annoying co-workers and friends pinching you, you're probably stepping out wearing green. Fortunately for us sneakerheads, there's probably a pair of green kicks stashed away in the collection, making dressing appropriately for the holiday a little less difficult.
Over the years, sneaker companies have embraced St. Patrick's Day by releasing holiday-inspired sneakers in March. These shoes are typically green-based with leprechaun and/or shamrock graphics visible on the upper. The Nike Air Force 1, adidas D Rose 1.5 and Reebok Sir Jam are just a few models that have been recipients of this theme.
However, there's an extremely long list of green sneakers that weren't specifically designed for St. Patrick's Day, but make great options to lace up today. We've put together this list of the 17 Best Non-St. Patrick's Day Green Sneakers. Scroll through the lineup below and let us know whether or not you agree. If not on the list, what are some of your other favorites?
17. Balenciaga Arena Green Lambskin
You probably aren't grabbing a pair of these just to stunt for St. Patrick's Day, but it's a hell of an option and that leather is incredible.
16. Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Oregon Ducks'
An Oregon shoe had to make the cut, and this pair is the greenest of them all. A release was rumored, but it doesn't look like that's happening.
15. Reebok Question White/Green
Perfect time of the year to acknowledge this shoe — it'll always be linked to Michigan State and March Madness.
14. Nike Dunk High 'Celtics'
Simple, but sweet. This colorway has been around since the beginning and is still among the model's best.
13. Air Jordan IX 'Olive'
There was a lot more fanfare for 'Olives' in 2012 than there was in 1994. That's an encouraging sign for its longevity.
12. Nike Dunk SB Low 'Heineken'
It's mostly green and inspired by beer. Can't really get much more St. Patricksy without being an actual St. Patrick's shoe.
11. Nike Air Griffey Max 1 'Emerald'
As you can probably tell, we stayed away from teal and aqua to avoid opening the floodgates. Emerald is a slightly darker, more obvious shade of green and the Griffey Max is an absolute classic.
10. Sole Collector x Nike Air Zoom Flight the Glove 'Sonic Wave'
We've had a few green collaborations, the latest being the 'Sonic Wave' Gloves. What separates this pair from the rest is he fact that most of you were able to get your hands on a pair.
9. Nike LeBron 8 'SVSM Away'
LeBron's old high school is represented by a Fighting Irish mascot, so just about any SVSM shoe works in this situation.
8. Nike Zoom KD 4 'Weatherman'
This was one of two KD 4 colorways that really put Kevin Durant's signature line on the map. That pun wasn't intended, but I did catch it before typing out this blurb and rolled with it anyway.
7. Nike Zoom LeBron 2 'SVSM Away'
Another SVSM shoe? Why not?
6. Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Ray Allen'
Though inspired by the Celtics' classic scheme, Ray's 13 isn't directly linked to St. Patty's Day. This clean execution managed to raise the overall profile of the already popular model.
5. Nike Zoom Kobe VI 'Grinch'
Kevin Durant had an all-yellow shoe and it was only good for second brightest in the pack.
4. Air Jordan X 'Seattle'
This is where we tell you that a 'City Series' retro is long overdue.
3. Air Jordan I 'Metallic Green'
The original green Air Jordan. We were happy to see these back in 2009, but it's time to serve them up OG-style with Nike Air branding.
2. Nike Foamposite Lite 'KryptoNate'
Ironically, Nate originally thought of the 'Kryptonates' to match the Knicks' green St. Patrick's Day uniforms. However, he ended up wearing them in the 2009 Dunk Contest and the rest is history.
1. UNDFTD x Air Jordan 4 Retro
Getting your hands on a pair of these gems may be the sneakerhead equivalent to locating a pot o' gold.