This has been a really good year for sneakerheads. So far we have had the benefit of getting a bit of everything on the sneaker front. From the return of some nostalgic Air Jordan retros to some dope collaborations to Kanye’s adidas revolution, this year has had it all. But looking past the hype, there have been some releases that were massively overlooked.
Every year there are sneakers that don’t get the attention they deserve, be it from bad timing, the Internet, or even the hype surrounding another similar sneaker release. The best thing about these sneakers, though, is that consumers don’t have to withstand the hassle of actually getting them. These are the sneakers that won’t have you waiting in line or going through a rigorous raffle system to just purchase what you want. And trust us, with how many shoes are releasing in 2015, there are more than a handful of silhouettes that deserve a little more shine. In 2014, for example, the Reebok Ventilator was one of the best overlooked sneakers to release. After a run in the ’90s, the sneaker came back at a time when more unique colorways were being sported more often.
With the school year back in effect, we wanted to step back and highlight some of this year’s most underrated releases. We have pointed out some sneakers in both performance and lifestyle that flew under the radar that will upgrade your closet and take you to the next level. But these right here are 7 of the Most Underrated Sneakers of 2015 (So Far).
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PUMA Blaze of Glory
PUMA has been having a good run this year alongside some prominent endorsers in the entertainment industry. However, the PUMA Blaze of Glory running sneakers are the brand’s secret weapon. While the Roma and Suede will always be the brand’s classic silhouettes, the Blaze of Glory is a favorite among the brand’s loyal fans. In 2015, we saw some different colorways in the silhouette, such as the Knicks and Yankees editions. If you dare to be different, you should roll with these when you get the chance.
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Nike CJ 3 Flyweave Trainer
Football player signature sneakers always go under the radar. Just take a look at the Nike Air Vick or the Revis series. However, the “Paintball” and “Baseball” editions of the CJ 3 Trainer were definitely a favorite for us. With wild paint splashes along the branding, inner lining and midsole, the trainer sports Flyweave technology and lockdown Flywire cables in the upper for a breathable fit. Calvin Johnson is on a mission this season to prove doubters that he still remains that best receiver in the game.
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Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015
We are so accustomed to the Nike Hyperdunk series that we forgot about some of the new models that the Swoosh has been producing. Outside of their signature models, the HyperRev was one of the best performance sneaker models to release this year. The sneaker offers a great fit and has enough traction to be effective on all courts. The HyperRev All-Star editions was particularly noteworthy. If you are looking for some effective basketball sneakers that come at a low cost compared to other Nike models, these should be on your shopping list.
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This shoe release came with a lot of skepticism. Outside of the Jordan Future, many of Jordan’s non-signature sneakers just didn’t sit right with the fanbase and most thought that the Eclipse was merely piggy-backing off of the Future’s success. And to make matters worse, it lacked the secret ingredient that helped drive the Future: the Jordan XI sole. However, fans eventually started to come around. If you’re a Jordan head that needs something to counteract the legions of religious Roshe Run followers, the Eclipse works.
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adidas Originals Tubular X
If you are looking to go back to school in style without shelling out Yeezy money, your best option might be grabbing a pair of the adidas Tubular X. The only reason why these are being labeled as underrated is because they didn’t receive the right amount of hype after the Yeezy fandom; in a sense, most sneaker influencers on Instagram recognize these as a dope pair of kicks. But the overall fandom? Not enough people are showing love. These are some of the best lifestyle sneakers to release this year and they go with just about everything, especially a pair of joggers. The 3-Stripes has been on a tear this year with their lifestyle division and the Tubular X is a versatile selection that will make you standout.
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Jordan Super.Fly 4
The Jordan Super.Fly 4 had one of the best marketing campaigns this year–hands down–with Marvin the Martian tracking down Blake Griffin. From a performance aspect, the SF4 is one of the best out there and features all of the latest tech in Jordan Brand sneakers. It might not be a Air Jordan retro or the much hyped Air Jordan 30, and it definitely doesn’t feature much crossover appeal, but these right here will elevate your game to the next level. No doubt.
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Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini
The Gemini was an early 2015 follow-up to the popular SpeedForm Apollo and stuck to the basics which made the Apollo so successful: the SpeedForm running tech, which allows the athlete to have zero distractions while moving through an anatomical outsole. It’s an adaptive fit that features four distinct polymers. Basically, in easier terms, it conforms to your activity. Chilling out with the homies? The cushioning will relax. Hitting the streets for a workout? It’ll grip your foot in place.
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