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Sneaker News Top 30 Sneakers of 2011

December 29th, 2011 by / 40


#28 – NIKE ZOOM HUARACHE TR MID ‘ALPHA’

A year ago, the Nike Zoom Huarache TR Mid was selected as the seventeenth best sneaker of 2010 by the Sneaker News staff. It was easily agreed that it was one of the slickest Trainer designs in years, and with a combination of Nike’s acquisition of NFL uniform outfitting rights and the already impressive NCAA Pro Combat uniforms in action, excitement around the well-built and street-sensible Zoom Huarache TR Mid was increasing quickly. With so many great colorways to go around, like the NCAA Pro Combat Pack and the DC Comics Superhero releases, the popularity of the Nike Zoom Huarache TR Mid eventually spilled over to 2011 in a number of areas. The Huarache even became an unexpected hit among NBA players like Amar’e Stoudemire (who had a few PE colorways made for him), Nick Young, Courtney Lee and more. So with all that said, what would it take to validate a performance training model making it on our prestigious list two years in a row?

Going back to Nike acquiring the rights to be the future uniform outfitter of the NFL, Nike pulled out all the stops to give the football and product-relevant media a taste of Nike’s potential on the NFL gridiron. Nike wasn’t exactly new to football performance outfitting, as it created quite the impressive history with NCAA batwing uniforms and even an on-field Dallas Cowboys uniform in 1995. But what Nike had placed as the major product focal point during that event was the Nike Zoom Alpha Talon Cleat – a premium on-field

high-performance piece of footwear that eclipsed any sort of innovation and comfort ever created for the sport. The dazzling Black/Grey/Volt colorways only accentuated the jaw-dropping visual appeal, but for us sneakerheads, it was the stunning Nike Zoom Huarache TR Mid in a concept modeled after the Alpha Talon Cleat that caught our eye. Already cemented as one of the Nike’s best new training models in years, the Huarache TR Mid got a massive jolt of energy from the Alpha Talon color scheme that instantly made it an upcoming release to watch out for.

The new year arrived and a fresh new batch of sneakers were in the works, but we were in for a great surprise when the release of the ‘Alpha’ Edition was confirmed. The release of the Zoom Huarache TR Mid ‘Alpha’ was one of the more calculated endeavors of the year by Nike as well; It would be available to the public just before the Superbowl XLV kickoff, so while many eyes were glued to the television set, multi-tasking sneakerheads were placing their online orders at furious speeds. In addition, Nike commemorated the Superbowl occasion with a limited edition Alpha Pack, which included the Huarache TR Mid and the Alpha Talon Cleat in special packaging. The killer colorway and clever timeliness of the Huarache TR ‘Alpha’ combined with the true quickstrike nature of the limited Super Bowl drop made it all the more special, seeming as if everything aligned in perfect harmony for the release. It owned all the ingredients to make it a great release, and while it will go down as something of an under-the-radar sleeper hit, it certainly deserves a spot on this year’s Top 30.

40 comments
gump
gump

yall niqqas hella wack imma have to go wit da pewter foamposites or the electric blue foams very nice shoes bitches haha

Freshh
Freshh

Come on, banned one was crazy honestly a AJ 1 retro with nike tag and premium leather! thats always a good shoe in my book

fps167
fps167

the Pine pros imo...

GERM$
GERM$

Jeremy scott adidas should not have ever made this list!

SMH
SMH

MJ don't need your p*ssy b!tch he on his own d!ck

Da Kang
Da Kang

pretty proud of my self this yr as a rookie sneakerhead... i allways had freash kicks but not this many.. my list goes 1.concords 2.bordeauxs 3.white cement,true blue,black cement,black history month (bhm),black flip retro 3s 4.space jam dunk lows 5.wolf grey,black metalic retro 5s 6.retro blue foamposite pro 7.air jordan 2011 black /black "the sleeper of the yr" many more cops but they didnt make the list tell me if i need to up my game or am i holdin us sneakerheads down...

Dribblezthagod
Dribblezthagod

I was the firsy person on youtube to review lebron 9 chinas miami night and the concords!

DWadeMVP
DWadeMVP

electric blue foams, cannon 9s, KD weatherman, pine greens, black cement

csole
csole

NIKE AIR MAG #1

truth
truth

sb's shit on all of these. thats gonna be the shoe of the decade

SoCalFresh619
SoCalFresh619

My number 1 sneaker would have to be the wolf grey 5's fuck all that concord hype

Yeah
Yeah

Please don't put Concords as number 1, Concords deserve to be in the list but I feel as though they shouldn't even make the top 5, and remember Jordan Brand isn't the only brand that makes sneakers.

Kenny
Kenny

it was a great year, tooo bad it hurt money wise

@JayFresh704
@JayFresh704

i got Pewters, Pines, Black Cements, CONCORDS (OF COURSE)

Reggie
Reggie

Awesome pics and a great list. Nice job!!

@DCoffey23
@DCoffey23

Best list I've seen so far... Number 1 and 2 is a toss up tho. Let's do 1a, 1b.

Nick Nvz
Nick Nvz

well i cant choose so im just going to choose the Nike Air MAGS , jordans retro 1 banned , lebron miami nights .

Ant
Ant

Concords

GERM$
GERM$

Oh yah, and you paid like $400 for the fake concords that Deftronic called you out on.

donadamsky
donadamsky

congrats, go tell someone who cares

sneakerme24
sneakerme24

yes but Jordan and Nike are the most hyped/popular brands in the world, why would you do a top 30 on shoes that won't get the attention and ratings that these shoes do

Jay
Jay

must be a mexican

mrELsenor
mrELsenor

lol...thanks for that laugh bro.

123
123

this guy rides rick ross' dick so hard its scary gay

gump
gump

hell yeh dude got da fakea$$ concords alot of ther cords is fake foreal cnt tell unless u know watchu lookin for like me bruh hahahaha

Dribblezthagod
Dribblezthagod

I CANT WAIT FOR THE JUST BLAZE SUPRAS TO DROP!!! IM COPPIN !!

GERM$
GERM$

NerfHandlez? Is that you?



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