#2 – Converse Chuck Taylor Super Mario Bros. Pack
Long before I became the Nike Examiner, I was the Classic Game Examiner. Whenever there was a sneaker and video collaboration, I made a point to feature it. Because who else was going to get excited over an unofficial Nike Dunk tribute to Ryu and Chun-Li from Street Fighter? Nike and EA Sports are frequent partners and the super-rare Sony Playstation Nike Air Force 1s resides near the top of my kicks wishlist to this day. It’s a niche of a niche, go figure…
So what I’m getting at is that you shouldn’t be surprised that I would list the Super Mario Bros. Pack that Nintendo and Converse worked on as part of Mario’s 25th Anniversary. Now if you have a problem with them releasing the kicks a year late, I’m not going to stop you. The nostalgia of seeing the classic 8-bit Mario alongside the old school Chuck Taylors is a beautiful convergence of past icons making something that I believe could hang with even the fanciest of kicks today.
Speaking of retro, a shoe that first appeared in 1989 but was made for 2015 is #1 on our list…
Check out the updated list so far…
- #20-11 – The contenders that did not make the top ten…
- #10 – Air Jordan I “Banned”
- #9 – Supreme x Nike SB 94
- #8 – Air Jordan XIII Ray Allen PE
- #7 – Nike Zoom KD IV “Weatherman”
- #6 – Nike LeBron 8 Low “Sprite”
- #5 – Nike Air Force 1 “Year of the Rabbit”
- #4 – Air Jordan XI “Concord”
- #3 – Nike LeBron 9 “Cannon”
With the year coming to a close and only one more major release left (Nike LeBron 9 “Freegums”), now is a great time to unveil the Nike Examiner’s list for the top ten Nike kicks of the year. 2011 was a great year for kicks and included plenty of monumental releases that resonated not only with the sneaker aficionados, but in the pop culture world as well. From the return of the most memorable colorway of the one of the most beloved shoes of all time to the maturation of the LeBron James’ signature line to a celebration 80s nostalgia, Nike kept collectors busy all year with its myriad of definitive releases.
Just to be clear, this list includes anything and everything that was released to the public under the Nike umbrella, so that includes Jordan Brand, Converse and even Cole Haan (yes, we can get sophisticated here too). What it also means is that exclusives created only for friends and family and select Nike athletes are not included in this list. We want to honor all of the great Nike kicks of the past year, but it’s not fair that the public has to watch top ten list is full of kicks that they don’t have a chance of hell of ever owning. And of course, this list is representative of my personal taste and mine alone. If you disagree with any of these choices, you are more than free to comment below or argue with me on Twitter, I guess.