Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012

December 28th, 2012 by | 198 comments


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19 | NIKE BASKETBALL ELITE SERIES

There’s no doubt that Nike has the kind of clout to crank out basketball sneakers fit for the most demanding of performance conditions. At the end of the day though, these sneakers have to be transferable into the retail world, and costs can become a limiting factor on the type of innovation and technology that is possible when it comes to sports footwear. The new Nike Basketball Elite Series basically threw all those price restrictions out the window, letting the mad scientist design minds of Leo Chang and Jason Petrie tackle the task of creating the ultimate footwear performance machines unrestricted of the necessity to balance pricepoints. The results saw the Nike LeBron 9, Zoom Kobe VII, and Hyperdunk 2011 all reworked, revamped, and upgraded with added accoutrements meant to address the heightened demands of post-season play.

The Nike LeBron 9 Elite had perhaps the most drastic jump in terms of its reworking, both the outer shell and the guts of the sneaker getting switched up dramatically. The Zoom bag got thicker in an attempt to recreate the feel of the orthodic inserts that LeBron normally uses to add more stiffness into his sneakers. The upper was transformed into “more like a low-top shoe with these extra harnesses” in the words of Jason Petrie, the base strengthened by a lateral carbon support and the thick collar of the regular Nike LeBron 9 trimmed a bit in the name of ankle movement. Even the sockliner got the remix treatment, with a sticky print and an added level of density to help grab at the foot and keep it in place. LeBron’s entry into the Elite series was also the lone one to expand upon the straight black and white colorways, offering the likes of the “Taxi”, “Miami Vice”, and the celebratory “Championship Pack” that came at the culmination of his epic season.

The Nike Zoom Kobe VII Elite honed in on the low version of the modular Kobe System set up, a response to Kobe’s own preferences. For this particular model, the Nike design team knew pretty much right away what sort of higher end technology they wanted to cram in to suit the needs of the Black Mamba. That would be the full length Zoom unit, one of the pricier bags available in Nike’s repertoire of cushioning systems, and one that doesn’t find its way into too many standard footwear releases for that very reason. Beyond that, Kobe’s entry grabbed at the scaly look of his previous sneaker, upgrading the pattern to serve a slightly more functional role with the scales switching in density on differing areas of the design for added stability benefits.

The Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Elite, represented in the league by the likes of Blake Griffin and numerous others, saw the layers of the original model halved, the upper shaving off a considerable amount of bulk in that area to ramp up the overall flexibility of the silhouette. Along with that subtraction came plenty of additions. Kevlar threads were introduced to help lockdown the fit, the heel counter came through with a little more bounce thanks to a new carbon fiber plate, and a traction print in the Achilles area was fashioned to help keep in the heel in control.

The Nike Elite Basketball Series was a rare glimpse at exactly how far the designers behind Nike’s foremost basketball footwear offerings can push the performance aspect when given the chance. It was a reminder in a market dominated by retros that there are indeed folks out there focused on, obsessing over even, the notion of making the best possible sneaker for the world’s best players. Let’s just hope that they decide to make the teched out post-season tier of Nike Elite Basketball a yearly tradition and we can only imagine what further advancements could be in store in the future.

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183 comments
VNTG_BMW
VNTG_BMW

i think the paranormans and the what the kobe should have been in the top ten but other than that this is a dog ass list 

DonnieGenaro
DonnieGenaro

Maybe hype but the galaxy made headline news

Theoooooooooo
Theoooooooooo

galaxy foams are hype but so are yeezys. Just popularity

AljosaCikojevic
AljosaCikojevic

man fuck no. no way the yeezy came over the galaxy foams smh yeezy's aint nothing but hype smh 

tiisetso1989
tiisetso1989

THIS SNEAKER IS DOPE!!!!! I WISH I COULD JUST GRAB FROM MY SCREEN RIGHT NOW. LOL!!!

alliyah
alliyah

fresh as fuck my niqha


AJ123
AJ123

蛋疼吧你

spiderpool
spiderpool

It goes Rookie Galexy/ Yeezy/Galexy foaM


AJ123
AJ123

I like zhe AJ4

AJ123
AJ123

can you speak chinese?

astonswaggyp
astonswaggyp

avapkicks speaks blasphemy. Questions, Answers, any of the Pump series. I know this is only your opinion but damn.

SkilledHooper82
SkilledHooper82

Playoffs 11's or the black cement 4's should of been number one!

avapkicks
avapkicks

reebok has never made a good shoe period

xavier987654321
xavier987654321

Anyone know a online website for shoes .. A legit website

kapo_ti
kapo_ti

I also feel some sort of way that the best release of a signature shoe all year wasn't featured by itself. The KD IV! I dislike every other KD except this one, including the KD V. These were incredibly made, had GORGEOUS colorways, and are the only low top basketball shoes I will ever hoop in because the fit and feel is INCREDIBLE. I can't see how the "Aunt Pearls" or "Gold Medals" weren't on this list representing in their own right! Besides ridiculously limited quantities, and thus leading to huge hype; I don't see how these wouldn't have made a top 15 list let alone a top 30. But hey, that's just my opinion.

kapo_ti
kapo_ti

Honestly my #1 release of the year was the "Paranorman" Foam. I have copped every limited release and general release foam since 97, and these are the only ones I haven't retrieved; and honestly, it's the one time I didn't feel cheated by either the company (Nike) or retailers as to why I didn't get a release of a particular shoe. It seemed to be an honest and fair raffle on twitter, that gave that patron an extremely well deserved prize for sharing a picture that directly linked to the theme of the product. I submitted plenty of "weird" childhood pics, but understanding that I might not be 1 of the 800 "weirdest" children captured in the world helped settle my disappointment. I haven't even mentioned the craft and beauty of the shoe itself. Next to the galaxy and metallic red it would be my 3rd favorite foamposite. The release was genuine, the theme and idea was genuine and the shoe was simply AMAZING! My favorite sneaker was the galaxy (My favorite sneakers have been foams since they released so I'm extremely bias), but the amount of BS i had to go through and amount of money I had to pay to purchase one pair to actually rock was ridiculous, even though I was and always am willing to do all sorts of waiting, and hours of lines to purchase releases. The paranormans were all positives about a sneaker and it's release, in a world where the "sneaker game" has taken a turn for the worse. It was a huge breath of fresh air on a very recently SUPER HYPED model of sneaker that ranks #1 all time in my opinion.

Jwill22
Jwill22

the zoom revis should have been in the top 1O in my opinion..they were fire!

SkilledHooper82
SkilledHooper82

I don't agree with this list but hey to each their own

JManSam
JManSam

Where's the wdywt app SN? Lol just curious on the progress.

trey3411
trey3411

Personally i think the foamposite galaxies was the best shoe of 2012 not a huge fan of the yeezys anyway

 

iname
iname

Amazing pictures that showed off of the little nuances that made each shoe special. Overall this was a good list but I would not have included the Lebron X. That shoe still hasn't found its must have colorway. I can't wait until they announce the Black Friday and Christmas Jordan retros.

Tuddy306
Tuddy306

For real here. Not brand new but a lil shiny to sneaker blog, release thing. Is there any place like Hanon shop. On line or in our country? Why they do all those great New Balance colorways?

Tuddy306
Tuddy306

Stussy shoe is diffrent. But just in case they gotta slap New York on the back. No hater here I'm a fan of Supreme but enough New York. U dont rule the shoe world. Maybe it's Orgon?

Tuddy306
Tuddy306

I'm from philly and all but two of Iverson" shoes are crap.

Tuddy306
Tuddy306

Thebeaner. Is right! His shoes are simply done right. On my shoe list for 2013. Geta pair.

dopeman978
dopeman978

i feel the PARANORMANS was a better FOAM than the GALAXY foams. that slime green on the bottom is better than the galaxys. the green slime smoke screen on the side is dope i mean, the galaxy was dope but i feel the PARANORMANS are better

 

Qubayza
Qubayza

The Ewings were trash when they were release in the early 90's. hypebeast have made trash popular

devildog8774
devildog8774

@avapkicks 

and too simple minded to grasp anything of good quality. Award for retros goes to Reebok for 2013, as of quality

devildog8774
devildog8774

@avapkicks 

u prob only buy retro jordans, soooo coooool. be like everybody else, nike is mind fucking u

sirsplash123
sirsplash123

You crazy, you not a real sneaker head if you think reebok dont make good shoes@avapkicks 

inTheNameofQuen
inTheNameofQuen

@xavier987654321 its a few out there but their stock wont b that vast and the price will b super high

scaredmagic
scaredmagic

 @Tuddy306 You should go back and start over (Kindergarten, first grade, etc.).

Tuddy306
Tuddy306

@Qubayza ur so right. Slap in the face. These company's think they can re-release crap and cause a craze. They're prob right. I'm sitn in a little row home w/ 18 yrs left til I own it. Has nuthn to do wit bein a knick fan, when I was a young buck I laughed that shoe. Rember bobo's.well they're back in blue and orange

IgotthatFIRE
IgotthatFIRE

 @Qubayza   Your entitled to your own opinion, but must not be from NY or if you did you must have lived under a rock back then. When the Ewings dropped EVERYONE under 25 had them back in the 90's.  No internet ,no hype machine... just hard core Knickerbocker fans.

dopeman978
dopeman978

 @IgotthatFIRE  @Qubayza  you are correct about that! i had the ewings back in the day and they was the joints to have in NYC! and that buzz came off of seeing people with them, not like how sneaks now a days are constantly pushed by the companies themselves! but to say ewings are trash you are seriously a rookie in this game

 

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