2016 was a wild year for sneakers.
Kanye West started it off with a diss track at Nike (“Facts”), where he talked about how Jordan Brand is nothing without Drake and Just Don, while Nike sucks without the likes of LeBron James.
Ye also spoke at how he, Nick Young and James Harden would “run up the budget” for Adidas in 2016. Was he right?
Let’s take a look at what I think were the top 10 sneakers to release in 2016. Let us know what you think your favorites of the year were in the comments!
10. Nike LeBron Soldier 10
LeBron James rocked these throughout the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers on a legendary 3-1 comeback versus the Golden State Warriors.
Game 7 will go down as one of the greatest games in NBA history, and the man who helped lead the team to victory was seen wearing these very shoes. The crazy part is that it wasn’t even his signature shoe, as that was the Nike LeBron 13.
While it may only be seen as a basketball sneaker, I will have to say that these shoes can be worn casually much easier than the LeBron 13s ever could. Designer John Elliott even did his own spin on the Soldier 10s!
Definitely one of the top sneakers of the year, largely due to the history it is a part of now.
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