With so many sneaker releases happening each month, it's easy to forget what's even released. Often, the everyday sneaker enthusiast's Saturday pickup is forgotten for next weekend's crop of shoes. But, reflection at each calendar flip can help cement some of those that are worthy of being remembered. Looking for a refresher on all the great sneakers that came out this month? Here, the Sole Collector staff share what were their favorite sneakers that launched in the month of October.
Gerald Flores, Editor-in-Chief
ASICS has been the longtime sponsor of the New York City Marathon, but the brand has never really used its ASICS Tiger heritage line to celebrate the annual event. That was until 2015, when the brand linked up with NY's Alife for a capsule collection that included the Gel Kayano Trainer and Gel Kayano 22 – the first and latest in the Kayano series, respectively. The Trainers, which were cut with Alife's signature three diamonds on the mudguard and hits of reflective details, were easily my favorite of the collection (along with that red and white crewneck).
Brendan Dunne, News Editor
I haven't been huge on the Diadora revival, but this one definitely did it for me. It's easily the best Ronnie Fieg shoe this year, and that man makes a lot of shoes. There's a tendency for people to just slap suede on every retro runner collaboration and I'm glad that was avoided here. Also the the split toebox is awesome. I was able to pick up a pair via the early Uber Rush release, which pushed this project over the top for me.
Steve Jaconetta, Archive and Release Date Editor
October was a relatively light month for Jordan Brand, with a few notable exceptions. The Supreme collabs finally dropped (and caused a major commotion) and it was great to see the "Laney" 14 Low come back. But the standout to me was the return of the "Power Blue" Air Jordan 1. Finally back in its true form, the quality was on par with previous 2015 AJ 1 OGs, and the colorway is as timeless today as when it originally released.
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
Sure, the model is now 33 years old, but the Air Force 1 is looking as good as ever thanks to Nike’s "Color of the Month" program. October’s entry has a special significance to me, as a longtime fan of Rasheed Wallac, and a lifetime fan of the Pistons. While the colorway originally appeared in the ‘80s, it could have just as easily been a PE from Sheed’s run in Detroit.
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
Jordan Brand crossed another off the short list of remaining non-retroed original Air Jordans when they brought back this Air Jordan 14 Low. The shoe, which actually predates the first official “Laney” release, wasn’t exactly a popular colorway the first time around. However, those overlooked colorways have a tendency to grow on you over time – probably because they’re not overexposed like the others. One of the wildest looking Jordans of its time, the “Laney” 14 is a better fit in today’s environment, which is reflected by the way it was received by sneakerheads more than 15 years later.