January 2014 Sneaker Roundup

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Kicking off the new year, the month of January comes with a certain set of baggage. There’s the holiday hangover and the point of no return for following through with your resolutions (or bricking ‘em like D12 at the charity stripe), but you also get to look forward to a fresh line of sneakers that will have shoe lace junkies salivating from the mouth. From mainstay throwbacks to ash tray throw-aways, we give you the best and the worst of January 2014.
 
The Best
 
 
 

Nike Air Foamposite One “Knicks”

These days, anything associated with the Knicks (except Angry Knick Fan) is far from good, but when you take a gander at these MSG-induced Foamposites, it’ll have you thinking back to the good ol’ days of Ewing, Starks and heck—why not Van Gundy? With the ripple effect decked out in orange and the tongue in blue, the color combo weaves in effortlessly and looks that much more solid when you have Spike rocking them courtside.
 
 

Adidas Originals Jabbar Hi “The Blueprint”
Sticking with the old school, this sneaker’s “blueprint” moniker is a well-deserved homage to Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the originator of the sky hook. This high top sports a blue-on-blue color way on the surface with white trim on the sole. The Blueprint is the classic, all-purpose casual shoe that will complement any outfit and will whisper to the retro fanatic in you. For those of you who are keen on attention to detail, the contrasting fine white stitching throughout the sneaker adds a bit of texture to the tonal blue and goes well with white laces. For a hint of the greatness that is Kareem, a silhouette of him performing his sky hook is illustrated on the tongue.

 
 

Reebok Kamikaze 1
We may as well end this section with yet another tribute to the old school: the re-release of the Reebok Kamikaze 1. This brings us back to the days when Shawn Kemp (whose signature shoe this is) made a living of putting players on posters back in Seattle. Who could forget the black shell, sprawling white web design and hint of pine green sitting just below the ankle? Only rim-rockers need apply.

The Worst
 
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Adidas Crazy 97 – Iman Shumpert “Knicks”

We go back to the mecca for this pair, but unfortunately they only add to the already-long list of reasons as to why you shouldn’t watch the Knicks this year. They say that there are some things that you shouldn’t attempt to recreate, such as Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” (The-Dream, I’m looking at you)—and this is no exception. Mashing up orange, blue and grey with a directionless pattern, it screams out anarchy and chaos. Really, we’re just surprised J.R. Smith isn’t wearing these.
 
 
 

Nike DT Max ’96 GS + Air Mission GS “Superbowl”

During Superbowl season, people have a tendency to lose their minds and do exceedingly irrational things in the name of showing off their gameday spirit. This is one of those things. While trying to recreate a throwback slated to release just days before the football competition, Nike instead made something you want to throw back. The lace/strap combo has been done well in the past, but the matte black upper and subtle purple sole (complete with a truly 90s white paint stain graphic) don’t do much to enhance the shoe’s uninspired design.
 
 
 

Nike Tiger Stripe Stefan Janoski “Tiger Stripe”
We are by no means the greatest advocates of animal prints, but this sneaker is nowhere close to changing our minds. This pair of SBs blends tiger stripe prints with psychedelic coloring, which succeeds in giving them an overdone 1960s nostalgia feel while failing to create a shoe that resembles tasteful (or even remotely interesting) footwear.

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