#3 – Nike LeBron 9 “Cannon”
What colors exactly are “Cannon” and “Slate Blue” supposed to be anyway? Having owned the Cannons for a little over a month, I still am not sure how to describe the colors or what a good analogue is for them. One second, they look like they would fit perfectly with “THE U,” the next it’s a tribute to the military base in Fort Walton Beach, Flordia. Personally, they are a great follow up to the “South Beach” in that “crazy colorway that gets people pumped about the latest LeBron shoe” kind of way.
Special thanks to the Foot Locker House of Hoops in the South Coast for having only six pairs available when I waited that morning to pick one up and not having to deal with an insane line. I was bracing for a long line but thankfully people hate LeBron here in Los Angeles so it’s not like a Kobe release.
#2 is an unexpected and controversial pick if you have no appreciation for going from castle to castle to find the princess…
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”
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.