I don’t think there’s any question this has been the year of the Nike lowtop basketball sneaker, and in my estimation, it’s about time.
Lowtops have always seemed to have been somewhat slept on, despite the fact that in most cases they look identical to highs with jeans, and arguably better with shorts on. The same people who went nuts for Taxi Air Jordan XIIs back in the winter turned up their noses at pretty much the same sneaker in a lowtop version just two years prior, and that was at a retail price of $115. (I bought a pair; I kind of wish I’d bought two. It’s the perfect summer sneaker.)
Easily the top lowtop on everyone’s list was the Jordan XI Concord low, which sold around 350,000 pairs the week it released. But if you’re not completely blinded by the patent leather, there have been plenty of worthwhile lowtops this year, including a patriotic LeBron James model coming out this week, as well as the USA-themed Kobe 9 EM low shown above.
With a research assist from sneaker authority DeadstockNYC, here’s one lowtop fan’s list of the best Nike lows I’ve seen this year.
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