With so many sneaker releases happening each month, it's easy for pairs to be forgotten. More often than not, the everyday sneaker enthusiast's weekend pickup is forgotten for next Saturday's. Some reflection at each calendar flip can help cement some of those shoes that are worthy of being remembered though. Looking for a refresher on the best sneakers that came out this month? Here, the Sole Collector staff share what were their favorite sneakers that launched in January.
Gerald Flores, Editor-in-Chief
The Tubular Doom is representative of all the things that adidas has lined up for the Tubular platform. With its Primeknit upper and high elastic ankle collar, it's something reminiscent of an adidas Y-3 design: futuristic. Ronnie Fieg's Kith version of the shoe definitely upped the hypebeast quotient, but the general release versions in gray and in black are equally as dope.
Nike Air Force 1 Low "NikeLab"
Brendan Dunne, News Editor
2016 is off to a slow start for sneaker releases, and there wasn't much product in this first month that caught my eye. The Air Pressure was a big one impact-wise, but that's not a shoe I could ever wear, let alone spend $300 on. The only pair from this month that I'm considering actually buying is the NikeLab Air Force 1 Low in black and white. I know the veg tan is the chase pair, but this one is just way more wearable for me.
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
The second I saw the “Inferno” colorway of Nike’s Kyrie 2 it brought back memories of how much I liked hooping in the “Deceptive Red” Kyrie 1. Much like the way I was a fan of the early days of the KD’s shoes, it’s exciting to see a relatively affordable line that delivers on performance as well as having enough signature detail to feel special. I’m sure prices will continually rise in the future, but Kyrie’s first two signature models have been some of the best values you could ask for in an on-court shoe.
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
After a five-year absence, the "Atlantic Blue" Nike Air Penny 2 quietly made its way back to stores earlier this month. Though that's not much of a wait, it felt really fresh this time around, especially in the midst of Jordan Brand's week-to-week flood of stale retros. The most overlooked feature about this year's retro is the addition of the 1CENT logo to the ankle pod, which appeared on Penny's original PE version, but was replaced by the Nike Swoosh for retail. Subtle details like that cue up the desired sense of nostalgia and satisfy avid Penny fans.