March 2014 Sneaker Roundup

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You already know what time it is, it’s time to break down a few of the latest sneakers for the month of March! College ballers and fans alike aren’t the only ones going mad this time of the year, as there are plenty of sneakers that have the people scratching through the glass doors of your local kick-stop. However, there are also people who have lost their sanity, wondering how certain shoes were given clearance out of the factory. Enough of the pleasantries, it’s time to give you the inside scoop on which sneakers are the best on the block and which kicks are on their worst behavior!

The Best

 
 
 
Nike Air Command Force
Of course we got to give you a dose of the old school for the new generation. Noted for its chunky design that was prevalent in the 90s, the CF’s are a mainstay for retro aficionados who are looking to have their pant legs sit comfortably above the tongue. The main difference with the reissue will be the absence of the pump, but nonetheless still bares the striking resemblance to those of the ones that were seen in the 90s classic White Men Can’t Jump.
 
 

Ewing 33 Hi “St. Patrick’s Day” Edition

Top of the morning to all of you sneaker fiends who are looking for some retro love, courtesy of the Georgetown Hoya alumni, Patrick Ewing. This St. Patty’s day edition comes equipped with a green color way and a subtle orange trim that will make you certified Irish every time you slip them on. Consider these a pair of lucky charms, since they’re magically fresh!
 
 
 
D Rose 5
Derrick Rose may be sidelined but that doesn’t mean his kicks are. He continues the D Rose series with its fifth edition, the D Rose 5. A very smooth and subtle tone to it much like his demeanor, the sneaker offers a design that appeal to any sneaker fan that’s either looking for performance or pageantry. The high cut style ensure ankle protection, while the dip in the heal allows flexibility and freedom. 

The Worst
 
 
 

Adidas Originals EQT Key Trainer
Sometimes when something is so good, the people will demand for its return for years to come. However, in other situations there are certain things that need to remain in the abyss and this is one of them. These kicks are most famous for being designed for and worn by the number one pick in the 1996 NFL Draft Keyshawn Johnson. Perhaps bulkiness is more suited for high-top fashions, but definitely not for the lows and this is the downfall of the sneaker from an aesthetic standpoint. Known for being a silhouette model, it should have stayed in the shadows.

 
 

Nike Kobe Elite 9 “Influence”
This sneaker is an example of the people who think that everything different is cool. Different also means bad, worse and “what Miley Cyrus video were you watching before you designed those shoes?” The color way comprising of orange, teal and grey is combination dubbed “Influence,” though it appears that the creative was under the influence of something when drafting that overbearing contrast. Everything up until the ankle looks decent at best with a design pattern that’s consistent with for the last models, but the sock-like design seems to be a stretch in itself. Does it really protect that well, or is this just another one of Kobe’s attempts to chase MJ, even if it means cribbing the ankle support of the Jordan XX8?

 
 

Reebok Insta Pump 20
As previously mentioned, some things need to stay in the past. Now let’s not get it mistaken, the Pumps are one of the most innovative pair of sneakers that were ever crafted, but this monstrosity of a re-up needs to bounce! Its mesh stitching and color way has “generic middle-aged man walking shoe” written all over it, and the bulk around the cup of the foot make it look more clunky than it actually is. For its 20th anniversary, Reebok could have done a much better job of creating a revamp that would have properly complement its two decades of decadence.  

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