Despite 2020’s plethora of new sneaker designs, there’s one classic cut that’s definitely back in a big way—high tops. Be it the effect of retro trends or streetwear popularity, this ankle-hugging pair has rapidly transitioned from being a mere basketball shoe to a contemporary style icon. And with all of the hyped up brand collaborations and revamped vintage models, the fashion industry seems to be happily thriving off on it. Moreover, you can’t deny that this sporty piece can give your casual fits an edgier and cooler look.
If that isn’t enough to prove our point, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest high top kicks that you’ll surely want to add to your collection. Check them out below:
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
The OG Converse Chuck Taylor, this is the shoe that started it all. First produced in 1917, these canvas kicks have become the benchmark for all other sports sneakers to come. And despite all of the industry’s tough competitors, this shoe has garnered a strong and loyal following thus selling over one billion pairs worldwide. This is how you know that Chuck Taylors will never go out of style.
Chuck Taylor All Star, 55 USD (approximately P2669), CONVERSE
Dior B23 High Top Sneakers
Originally created by Kim Jones for Dior’s menswear collection, the B23 High-Top sneakers have been made unisex after its huge surge in popularity. This trainer features Dior’s classic monogram with a mesh overlay and sturdy rubber sole, making this a true lux reinterpretation of the classic silhouette. Also, to inject a little bit of your personal touch, you now have the option to add customizable gold and silver charms to your own pair!
B23 High Top Sneakers, 1100 USD (approximately P53,378), DIOR
Nike Mid-Blazer 77
Having been donned by some notable NBA players, basketball fans were all ecstatic to see Nike’s revival of the Mid-Blazer 77. The remodeled version presents a white leather exterior, suede detailings, and of course, the Nike swoosh logo. Plus, the sportswear giant also released new colorways and cute doodle editions proving that these vintage kicks are most definitely back and better.
Mid-Blazer 77, P4995, NIKE
Dior x Nike Air Jordan 1
Now this may just be the pinnacle of luxury sportswear. Having only 13,000 pairs available in the market, the Air Dior is considered as one of the most sought after shoes of this generation. Moreover, bagging a pair of these kicks can cost you a hefty price tag of $2200. But it's sure to be backed with quality Italian craftsmanship and a legendary design that will continue to live on.
Dior x Nike Air Jordan 1, 2200 USD, DIOR
Converse x Fear of God
Last February 2020, everyone’s favourite shoe got a fresh new update. Fear of God Essentials and Converse cooked up another fantastic collaboration to create a high street and contrasting take on the classic Chuck 70s. Featuring alternating black and cream canvas, Jerry Lorenzo’s version of this high-top pair presents the true modernized and minimalistic form of color blocking.
Converse x Fear of God, 213 USD (approximately P10,336), CONVERSE
Nike Air Force 1 Mid ‘07
This is a shoe that can speak for itself. Ever since its launch in 1982, Nike’s classic cut AF1’s have revolutionized fashion and functionality both on and off the court. It was initially renowned to be the first basketball shoe to feature an air cushioning system. But now, it’s moved on to become every sneakerhead’s wardrobe shoe staple.
Air Force 1 Mid ‘07, P4995, NIKE