words // Zack Schlemmer
The sneaker collecting lifestyle can be a very expensive one. Air Jordan Retros seem to get more expensive every few months. Performance basketball shoes are breaking $300 after tax. And pretty much all of the shoes with the hottest new technology like Nike's Flyknit or adidas' Boost are going to set you back at least $120.
Today we're here to put your mind—and wallet—at ease, to remind you that there are still plenty of excellent sneakers that can be had at a decent price.
Of course, there are always going to be sales on a lot of the kicks we're all looking for, but we'll let the fine folks at Kick Deals help you out with that. Today we're here to help you find the best shoes available at their regular retail price in the affordable $80-100 range. (We'll be back later with the best under $80.)
From performance skate shoes, to classics like the Air Max 1, to this summer's latest and greatest new models like the ZX Flux, the $80-100 price range provides plenty of great and stylish everyday sneaker options. As you'll see, not every great shoe has to break the bank. Check out our suggestions for your next pair of cost-efficient sneakers below.
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Pro - $80
adidas Skateboarding Busenitz ADV - $90
The streamlined and tech-filled "Advanced" version of the Busenitz signature shoe can also be found at adidas.com or pretty much any adidas Skateboarding retailer.
adidas Top Ten - $90
The Top Ten is back in a big way this year. If you haven't already gotten a pair, what are you waiting for? Grab 'em before they're gone again from adidas.com.
adidas ZX Flux - $90
One of the hottest shoes of the year and under $100? Sold.
ASICS Gel-Lyte III - $100
As the ASICS retro department's most popular model, you can always expect to find great new colorways of the Gel-Lyte III for $100. One of this spring's best new looks for the split-tongued runner, this "Grape" version, is still available online from Premier.
ASICS Gel-Epirus - $85
One of the newest retro silhouettes from ASICS showed up in this awesome Brazilian-themed World Cup colorway. Pick them up now from Sneaker Politics.
Nike Air Force 1 - $90
Did we really even need to mention these? The classic whites are available now (and always) online from Nike—and pretty much anywhere else that sells sneakers.
Nike Air Max 1 Essential Suede - $100
The iconic runner gets a clean suede makeover, available now online from Nike.
Nike Free 5.0 2014
The newly redesigned Free 5.0 looks great, feels great, and goes easy on your wallet at a price point of $100. Available now at Nike Running retailers like Eastbay.
Nike SB Dunk Low Pro - $85
The forever popular Zoom Air cushioned Nike SB Dunk Low still clocks in at an affordable $85. Take your pick of colorways, but we suggest this Air Jordan 1 inspired black and red version, available now at Premier.
Nike SB Project BA - $95
Brian Anderson's Lunarlon cushioned signature skate shoe blends minimalist, techy looks with just the right amount of retro flair. The shoe is available in a ton of colorways at most Nike SB retailers, but may we suggest this awesome version in 'Night Factor' available at Concepts?
Nike SB Zoom Janoski - $80
The Zoom Janoski has received countless iterations throughout the years, including the new Lunar-soled version which breaks our $100 price limit. But its most simple, original version will only set you back $80. Browse the colorways in stock online from Nike at regular price, or do some hunting and you'll probbaly be able to track down a pair on sale.
Reebok GL 6000 - $80
Most of Reebok Classic's great retro basketball models like the Kamikaze and Omni Pump Lite are relatively affordable, but still hover above our $100 cut-off. Perhaps the best Reebok retro option under 1 bill is the GL 6000 runner, available now at Reebok.com.
PUMA Trinomic XT-2 Plus - $85
With great attention to the original's detail, PUMA masterfully crafted this high quality retro edition of the XT-2 Plus runner. Even with better quality than most retro runners on the market, the brand managed to keep these at only $85. Check your favorite PUMA retailer for a pair, or pick them up now online from Concepts.
Saucony Grid 9000 - $80
This classic Saucony runner seems to get more popular every time new colorways debut. Take you pick of the current selection online directly from Saucony.
Vans Sk8-Hi 'Italian Weave'- $80
Vans does a great job of keeping most of their models very affordable and below $80. But sometimes the premium constructions demand a higher price tag. For example, these awesome Sk8-Hi's from the Vans California Italian Weave Pack.