We’ve always loved a good high-top silhouette, but 2020 has been fruitful for ankle-high lovers. The Jordan 1 has come back in a big way thanks to high-profile collaborations which positioned the shoe for a fashion-scene revival. This year has, in general, seen a strong trend for retro-style sneakers, and with the power of The Last Dance behind them, high-top silhouettes took top spot.
In honor of the enduring style, we joined forces with Stadium Goods to round up some of our favorite high-top sneakers right now. Whether they’ve been your bread and butter for years, or if you’re a newcomer, selections from Converse, Adidas, and Nike should get the high-top energies flowing.
Releasing in September 2020, the Nike Air Jordan 1 “Bio Hack” takes inspiration from a mid-2000s Nike Dunk collaboration with Undefeated. The wild color-palette makes a serious impact with a pale green midsole, silver swoosh, and plush suede collar.
The Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro SE “Neon” honors the legendary Air Max 95 “Neon.” This colorway has remained one of Nike’s most recognizable palettes since 1995, thanks to hits of neon yellow, which contrast with a cool gray backdrop.
The “Fire Red Silver Tongue 2020” is a 2020 reissue of the Jordan 5’s original colorway. In classic Jordan form, red, white, and black combine for an understated but unforgettable colorway.
Mimicking almost exactly the YEEZY 500 low-top, this high-top version makes the lifestyle shoe feel much more like a basketball silhouette. Premium leather panels alternate with padded neoprene inserts for an upper that’s as high-end as it is comfortable.
The Converse Chuck Taylor will probably never go out of style, and when labels like Fear of God are putting their names to the silhouette, it’s not hard to see why. This black-and-white iteration of the Chuck Taylor ’70 sold out quickly on release this year, but you can still grab a pair at Stadium Goods.
Although released for the first time in 2019, the Nike Blazer Mid ’77 VNTG “Snakeskin” takes inspiration from the Blazer’s original style. Clean white leather uppers are punctuated by a faux snakeskin-leather swoosh for an eye-catching finish.
The Nike SB Dunk High “Spectrum” has a distinctive 2000s feeling, but was only released in Spring 2020. A classic gum sole unit pairs perfectly with the pastel color-palette of the multi-colored uppers.
Embodying the life-journey of the high-top, this silhouette dropped as a Japan-exclusive back in 2002, before seeing a reissue earlier this year. Despite silver hits throughout, this mainly gray colorway is surprisingly pared-back.
While the rest of today’s selection might look to the past for inspiration, the adidas YZY QNTM, like much of Ye’s work, looks firmly to the future. This basketball silhouette features a streamlined upper crafted using adidas Primeknit technology.
Supreme has a long list of highly coveted collaborations with Vans. While this Sk8 Hi from Spring/Summer 2020 isn’t in the spotlight, it’s one of our favorites, thanks to its understated aesthetic. Unique, deconstructed denim uppers give the shoe timeless appeal.
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