Despite all the setbacks caused by unfortunate events and circumstances, the sneaker industry is still booming in 2021. Some would even say that the industry became much more popular, as people would often buy new shoes just so they can get something to look forward to wearing once they can go back outside normally in the coming years. The hype surrounding some of the most famous shoe models in 2020 just became bigger, and there are also new models that became best-sellers because of the comfort they provide as well as the story they have. Here are some of the most popular shoes of 2021.
Nike LeBron 7
The Nike LeBron 7 was originally released in 2009, and 12 years after, it remains to be one of LeBron James’ most popular signature models. In 2019, Nike began reissuing a few of the most iconic colorways of the LeBron 7, including the “Red Carpet” colorway and the “All-Star” colorway that LeBron James wore during the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.
In 2020, Nike then released rare colorways like the “Fairfax” colorway, which was originally given to the players of the Fairfax Lions, a basketball team created by the Fairfax High School in Virginia. It was also in 2020 when Nike launched a new colorway for the LeBron 7 called “Media Day,” which sports the classic colors of LeBron’s current team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Adidas Yeezy Quantum
Kanye West has been teasing his only signature model made for basketball since 2017, and people were finally given a chance to purchase this much-awaited sneaker last year during the 200 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago.
To get more hype for the shoe, West actually stopped by several cities around Chicago to give out the Yeezy Quantum for free. However, the increased hype also increased the resell value of the Quantum, as it currently goes for around $300 to $500 on StockX, a website dedicated to being the “middle man” between a reseller and a buyer.
Nike Zoom Alphafly Next%
The Nike Zoom Alphafly Next% became famous in the sneaker market when Eliud Kipchoge, one of the most accomplished marathon runners in history, finished a marathon in only 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds while wearing the prototype of the Nike shoe. With the help of the advanced features of the shoes, Nike and Kipchoge were able to break the two-hour marathon barrier, which was first deemed impossible since many thought that no human can run a marathon in less than two hours.
After further tweaks, Nike then released the Alphafly Next% to the public in 2020, and it was then critically-acclaimed for its comfort that is given by ZoomX foam in the heel and for the extra speed and shock absorption that the two Zoom Air pods in the forefoot provide.
Air Jordan 1
This timeless classic is still very popular in 2021, especially after the release of the Netflix documentary “The Last Dance,” which details Michael Jordan’s final year playing for the Chicago Bulls. In the documentary, it was shown that Jordan wore his first-ever signature sneaker during one game in 1998, particularly the regular season match between the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks.
It was then revealed by Jordan that he found that Jordan 1 (which did not have a retro or reissue in 1998) when his wife was doing spring cleaning. He actually intended to wear the pair only during warmups, but he liked the feel of it so much that he decided to wear it for the game. Since then, the Jordan 1 became one of Michael Jordan’s most popular and best-selling sneakers next to the Jordan 11, the Jordan 3, and the Jordan 4.
A few of the most popular colorways of the Jordan 1 are the Shattered Backboards (orange), the Chicago (red and white), the BRED (black and red), and the expensive Dior x Jordan 1 collaboration released in 2020, which is currently selling for more than $7,000 in the resell market. In order for most people to afford the Jordan 1 Dior, we guess that they should win plenty of money in casino games with NZ online pokies free spins, win a lottery, or just have a lot of disposable income.
Nike SB Dunk Low
The Nike Dunk line was originally made for basketball in 1985, and the first models of the line were high-tops that provide ankle support for players. Because of its similarities with the Jordan 1 in terms of design, the Nike Dunks was not a popular model for the brand during the 1980s, although they still continued to release new models for it until the 1990s.
However, when skaters started wearing the unpopular sneaker in the late 90s and the early 2000s, the Nike Dunk line then became a gateway for Nike to tap into the skateboarding market. In 2000, Nike launched the SB (Skate Boarding) brand and subsequently released the new and improved Nike SB Dunk Low, a low-top Dunk model that has thicker padding in the tongue and a “Zoom Air” unit at the heel for extra comfort and shock absorption.
The popularity of the SB Dunks declined in the early 2010s, but the line then became famous again in 2020 after Travis Scott, an American rapper that sold more than 45 million records around the world, released the Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low, which is currently fetching for more than $1,300 in the resell market. In the same year, the Nike SB Dunk was also the platform for collaborations between Nike and other companies or personalities, including StrangeLove Skateboards, Supreme, and even the ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s.