The Best Sneakers of 2020
Even during a pandemic, lockdowns, and toilet paper shortages, sneakerheads have proven that footwear is still their biggest concern. It’s all about the shoes. Even if their passion for kicks seems misguided to some, they know what they’re about. Even those who buy custom-made sneakers and dress shoes wonder what the fuss is all about. It’s a passion, a calling, an obsession—call it what you will, but sneakerheads love shoes. Here are the best sneakers of 2020 so far.
Off-White Air Jordan V
Behold the once and future king of sneakers. It’s tough to topple the Jordans. Virgil Abloh designed the best sneaker of 2020 and proved he still has the touch when making sneakers. The Nike Air Jordan V is a glance forward—a techy, translucent guess at what the sneaker might look like had it arrived from the future. Subtle changes in the shoe stay true to the classic design and set it up for future dominance.
Ben & Jerry’s Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Chunky Dunky’
An official collaboration between the ice cream makers and Nike led to the craziest colorways seen on a shoe. So much hype surrounded this shoe that everyone was talking about it, not just sneakerheads. This type of mainstream appeal pushed the hype for this pair to another level ahead of its release.
Travis Scott Nike SB Dunk Low
This was one of the most hyped sneakers of 2020, and it was the most debated by the gatekeeping purists. It centered around Travis Scott getting to collaborate with Nike. He’s a musician who plays Fortnite and has nothing to do with skating. It’s a basketball shoe, and he’s one of the biggest musicians on the planet—conversation over.
Adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR
This is what 2020 footwear design should look like. It’s hard to find sneakers that remind you of walking into a store in the 1990s or 2000s and seeing a shoe you just had to have. It’s not a throwback or something you had when you were a kid; it’s something new and innovative. This Yeezy Foam looks like it came from the future.
Joe Freshgood’s New Balance 992
Like the Jordans and Yeezys on the list, the Freshgood New Balance wasn’t just a great shoe—it was a moment. Its release took place during the NBA All-Star game in Chicago, one of the last large public gatherings before COVID-19 hit. The hometown designer’s New Balance collaboration had people lined up around the block.