With so many sneakers releasing each month, it can be hard to remember what's dropped. Often, the everyday enthusiast's Saturday pickup is forgotten by the next weekend. Reflection at each calendar flip can help cement some of those sneakers that are worthy of being remembered. Need a refresher on all the best releases that came out this month? Here, the Sole Collector staff share their favorite sneakers that launched in the month of November.
Editors' Picks: The Best Sneakers of November 2017
The Sole Collector staff breaks down their favorite sneakers this month.
Air Jordan 1 High 'Gold Top 3'
Gerald Flores, Editor-in-Chief
This had to be one of the top three (pun intended) surprise sneaker drops at Complex Con this year. I might have short term memory, but I’d even go as far to say it was one of the best sneaker drops of the year. I’m glad that they had a wider release at the end of the month, despite what some might say about them not being 100 percent exclusive.
Bodega x Vans 'Sub Rosa' OG Old Skool LX
Brendan Dunne, News Editor
This month was chock-full of big hype releases between Black Friday and ComplexCon madness. All those will get their due, so I’m going with something slightly under the radar here. Bodega’s “Sub Rosa” set of Vans works off the strength of a clever brand mark reworking and solid colorways. I didn't much care for the story, but these do fine without it.
Kaws x Air Jordan 4 'Black'
Zac Dubasik, Managing Editor
What a difference a color can make. The grey version of the Kaws x Air Jordan 4 left me underwhelmed, but the black edition feels like an entirely different shoe—one that I really like. While I'll always prefer the original plastic straps and heel pieces when it comes to the Air Jordan 4, the suede variations here don't totally put me off. (It does feel like a miss though based on the tie-in to Kaws' vinyl toys.) Despite successfully entering the raffle, I've yet to recieve the an email telling me I wasn't choosen. Maybe that means there's still hope?
Nike LeBron 15 Black/Gum
Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
As LeBron James' signature line continues to mature, so too does its colorways. Long gone are the days of shoes like the "South Beach" 8 and "Galaxy" 9 (which were incredible releases). Instead, more day-to-day options like this sleek LeBron 15. I'm not typically a big fan of gum soles, but I love the way it looks against the blacked out upper on this pair. These will likely be my 'kick around' shoes for winter and beyond.
Stash x Nike Air Zoom Spiridon
Rich Lopez, Editorial Producer
I’m going to assume that the Stash Spiridon is probably more important to me than it is much of today’s sneaker collecting audience. Beyond Stash being a New York graffiti legend, which is already enough for me as a New Yorker who may or may not have written depending on who’s asking, Stash's early Nike collabs and his NORT/Recon stores were instrumental in my personal entrance into the world of sneaker media. The original Stash x Nike "Blue Pack" lineup and campout at NORT/Recon was one of the earliest of its kind to create and spread hype through the early blogs, and it helped put sneakers and sneaker media on the map that we’ve been following since. I had a front row seat for that release and I owe a lot to it. The Spiridon is a modern-day extension of that and I’m not only happy that Stash and Nike are working together again, but also that I can get to relive that pivotal moment.
Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 AF100
Brennan Hiro Williams, Social Media Editor
The alternate version of the Off-White x Nike Air Force 1, first debuted by KD and LeBron during last year's NBA Finals, released exclusively at ComplexCon earlier this month, headlining Nike's AF100 celebration. Opinions will differ on which design was best for "The Ten"—in my opinion, this version gets the nod, being more faithful to the original Air Force 1 and the DIY spirit of the project.