January 3, 2011 BY Aaron Kr.
Last week, we launched our Sneaker News Top 30 Sneakers of 2010 feature, and as hard as we try to narrow down the year’s top sneaker releases, opinions will always differ when it comes to these types of lists. We already shared our top picks of the year, but we wanted to give our loyal readers a chance to have their say, so the Sneaker News Readers Choice Poll offered a chance to do just that. The results are in and you have chosen your top sneakers of 2010 in a variety of categories within the shoe universe. We may not all agree with the eventual champions in each match-up, but look only at the sneakerhead next to you, as these difficult decisions were made strictly by you – the Sneaker News readers. Keep reading for a look at all of 2010’s big winners in the Sneaker News 2010 Readers Choice Awards, and stay tuned for another chance to have your opinions on the matter heard coming very soon. A big thanks to all those who participated and we look forward to bringing you the very best in sneaker coverage as we move into the new year.
AIR JORDAN XI RETRO ‘COOL GREY’ (36%)
After easily beating out some pretty tough competition, the return of the Cool Grey Air Jordan XI stands proudly as your sneaker of the year.
2 – Nike LeBron 8 ‘South Beach’ (19%)
3 – Air Jordan VI ‘Infrared Pack’ (18%)
AIR JORDAN VI ‘INFRARED PACK’ (58%)
Two OG colorways of a beloved Air Jordan Retro model in one box is always going to be tough to beat, and the Air Jordan VI ‘Infrared Pack’ was no exception, slaughtering all oncomers in the Favorite Pack category.
2 – Aston Martin x Kobe Bryant x Nike (12%)
3 – Nike Air Force 1 ‘5 Boroughs’ (9%)
PARRA x PATTA x NIKE AIR MAX 1 (46%)
The now-infamous Parra x Patta x Air Max 1 took in almost 50% of the vote on its way to a commanding victory as Favorite Collaboration of 2010.
2 – Packer Shoes x Reebok ‘Nique’ Pump Omni Zone (18%)
3 – Supreme x Nike SB ’94 (9%)
NIKE LEBRON 8 (47%)
The unpopular move to Miami seems to have had little detriment on the popularity of the Nike LeBron 8, as evidenced by a dominating portion of your votes for the shoe as the Favorite Signature Basketball Release of the year.
2 – Nike Zoom Kobe V (29%)
3 – Air Jordan 2010 (10%)
NIKE ZOOM HYPERFUSE (44%)
In one of the tightest races of this year’s polls, the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse and its use of the groundbreaking new Fuse technology narrowly edged out the Hyperdunk 2010 as the best of all non-signature b-ball offerings.
2 – Nike Hyperdunk 2010 (38%)
3 – Reebok ZigSlash (11%)
NIKE AIR MAX 2010 (41%)
While it may not have enjoyed the hype of some past Nike Air Max flagship models, the Air Max 2010 still ably rose to the top among 2010’s other notable running releases.
2 – Nike LunarEclipse’ (16%)
3 – Nike LunarGlide 2 (14%)
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