With so many sneaker releases happening each month, it's easy to forget what's even come out. Often, the everyday enthusiast's Saturday pickup is forgotten for next weekend's crop of sneakers. Reflection at each calendar flip can help cement some of those that are worthy of being remembered. Need 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.
Editors' Picks: The Best Sneakers of the Month
The Sole Collector staff breaks down their favorites.
Gerald Flores, Editor-in-Chief
I can't say that I'm one of the 89 people who own a pair of auto-lacing Nike Mags, but I was one of the few hundred that got to try them on in person. I will say the 2016 Mag is less of a sneaker and more of a trophy or a toy. But, when you slip your foot in the Nike Mag and those white bands start to automatically adjust to your foot, there's something about it that makes you feel like a kid again. This release will probably be the closing chapter on the Nike Mag (for now), but it's definitely a precursor to the impending launch of functional auto-lacing sneakers in the HyperAdapt 1.0.
Air Jordan 23 "SoleFly"
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
I may be in the minority on this, but I've never liked the Air Jordan 23. I can't look at the shoe's embroidered upper without seeing all the class of an Escalade-print Pelle Pelle. But thanks to the tonal stitching and bright colors of this SoleFly collaboration, the pattern comes across more as a texture than an actual print. It wouldn't be my first choice in colors, but it shows off the design of the silhouette better than any of the original colorways.
White Mountaineering x adidas NMD CS_1 GTX
Brennan Hiro Williams, Social Media Editor
White Mountaineering continued its partnership with adidas this month, elevating the NMD City Sock with a new collaboration. It's one thing to add colors and graphics, but White Mountaineering really integrated its brand DNA into this project, utilizing Gore-Tex layers and taped seams derived from the brand's technical outerwear pieces. It's the perfect balance between subtle and bold, and more evidence why Yosuke Aizawa's label stands as one of Japan's best in 2016.
Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 "Battle Grey"
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
The strange delay of the Nike LeBron 14 is being overlooked because the Soldier 10 is LeBron's best sneaker in years. While I wasn't the biggest fan of Nike's "Battle Grey" concept for Opening Night, the Soldier 10 stood out amongst the rest and once again looked like a special shoe on the court. Not only is it a great colorway, it's now attached to a Ring Night triple-double, allowing fans to own a piece of history with no hassle.
Mita Sneakers X Bape X Reebok Instapump Fury "Glow In The Dark"
Rich Lopez, Release Dates Manager
Yes, it's 2016 and yes, I still love Bape sneaker collabs. I can fondly remember that time that Bape was the streetwear brand. I often long for the days of Pharrell, Kanye, and NIGO rocking outlandish candy-colored jewelry and head-to-toe Bape. And while I do know that Bape isn't the same as it used to be and NIGO left the brand years ago, it will always have a place in my heart. With that said, when I saw the Bape Reebok Insta Pump Fury, I needed it immediately. The combination of the white and black country camo with glow-in-the-dark accents was way too good to pass up. Add in the fact that the sneaker somehow flew under the radar, which in my opinion is a good thing, and this was easily my sneaker of the month.