10 Sneakers With Serious Sole

10 Sneakers With Serious Sole

The 6pm shoe just got real

Growing up with a brother who literally played every sport outside of quidditch meant that our house was often short on Gatorade but never on shoes. His sneaker collection had its own zip code. The countless kicks were color-coordinated, brand-conscious and impossibly scuff-free.

But this sneakerhead lifestyle—as many of you know—is expensive, and despite my brother’s determined attempts, you simply can’t buy a new pair of Air Jordans with your state championship ring.

That’s why when 6PM reached out about collaborating on a post, I was 100% down. The athletic retailer is all about premium, innovation and freshness. And on top of having the latest releases, Foot Locker also has killer deals.

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10 Shoes Straight From Sneakerhead Heaven

James Harden Vol 1

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ($139.99)
James Harden makes his opponents step up their game, and these shoes do, too. Featuring Boost technology, this Harden style has responsive cushioning, providing energy with every step. The new Harden colorway (pictured right) just dropped on April 7 and is called  “Red Glare.” That’s one clever nod to the Houston Rockets player’s ability to light up a scoreboard.

Jordan Retro 1 Low OG Premium

Jordan Retro 1 Low OG Premium ($139.99)
If you weren’t able to get the Air Jordan 1 “Royal” that came out earlier this month, don’t fret. The Jordan Brand also released new colorways for its Air Jordan 1 Low OG Premium collection that’s more readily available but still seriously stylish.

Ultra Boost Adidas Oreo

Adidas Ultra Boost ($179.99)
You can thank Kanye West for making the Ultra Boosts so popular. The simple yet innovative design of this Oreo colorway is without a doubt a sleek running shoe. Even better, I’ve heard people say it feels as if you’re stepping on clouds while wearing these.

Jordan Westbrook 0.2

Jordan Westbrook 0.2 (on sale for $79.99 and $119.99)
Russell Westbrook’s take on the basketball sneaker is a lesson in off-court luxury. With details like a Jumpman logo on the heel and nods to Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation, the unique shoes are must-haves for any sneaker addict’s collection.

Kyrie 3 Mens

Nike Kyrie 3 ($119.99) 
Kyrie Irving’s signature line gives you great traction at even better value. If you’re a baller who cuts heavily and likes to really be able to feel the court under your feet, this is your shoe. The pods on the bottom are specifically catered toward the movements of Irving because they allow for a guard to quickly change directions.

Adidas AlphaBounce EM

Adidas AlphaBOUNCE EM ($109.99) 
The AlphaBOUNCE Engineered Mesh rocks more ventilation to keep your feet cool while hitting the pavement. The ribbed-midsole aesthetic is one that continues to prevail in the casual footwear category, and this version comes in three cool colorways. The only problem is that I kind of want them all.

Jordan Retro 4

Jordan Retro 4 ($189.99)
Fun fact: Michael Jordan loves motorsports, and in 2004, he started his own motorcycle team. The kicks above were first released to the Jordan Motorsports team in 2006, and as of March, they’re now available to the public.

D Rose Lakeshore

Adidas D Rose Lakeshore (on sale for $67.99)
Inspired by the Lake Shore Drive expressway in Derrick Roses’s hometown, Chicago, these lifestyle sneakers can be worn every day and feature a map of Chicago on the rubber capsole.

D Lillard 2

Adidas D Lillard 2.0 (on sale for $84.99)
As the sequel to Damian Lillard’s debut sneaker, the D Lillard 2 is packing some nice upgrades. The upper is a combination of engineered mesh and jacquard rather than synthetic leather, and the design on the bottom is etched with sharp edges—a shoutout to the Dame’s chest tattoo. The cushioning is Bounce dual-density foam, a feature that’s typically found on Adidas running shoes.

Jordan Retro 15

Jordan Retro 15 ($189.99)
I’m ending on a high note. And that’s because this Tinker Hatifield–designed silhouette is inspired by fighter jets. As one of the most radical Jordan designs probably ever, the Retro 15 is a throwback version involving a woven leather upper and “23.6.15.2.17”  inscribed into the heel to represent Jordan’s jersey number, six championships won, the model number and Jordan’s birthday. So fly.

If you’ve made it this far without finding your next sole mate, I applaud you. And I’d also ask that you comment below with the sneaker styles you think I should have on my radar. The future of our readers’ feet depends on you.

This post is sponsored by Foot Locker,  the leading global athletic footwear and apparel retailer, catering to the sneaker enthusiast.

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