Sneaker News March Madness Foamposite Tournament – Championship Round

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In 2010, the Sneaker News staff brought the sneaker category to March Madness, starting with an all-out slugfest between Air Jordans, Nike Basketball, Air Force 1s, and SB Dunks – with the Air Jordan XI coming out on top as the best sneaker of all-time. Since then, we’ve continued the Madness with two straight Air Jordan categories, so a felt a change was due. Choosing Foamposites for this year’s tournament seemed like the perfect call, andwith Foams evolving from a regional hit to a nationwide phenomenon, it was time for our loyal readers and Foamposite fanatics to crown the best ever. Thirty-two Foam candidates have been narrowed down to two, and we can say with confidence that no other releases since the original year in 1997 deserve to be in the Championship Round than the two featured here. The voting starts now, so take a look below to see why the Royals and Galaxy each deserve to win this coveted title and be sure to place your vote as we near the conclusion of this successful Sneaker News March Madness Foamposite Tournament.

VOTING STAYS OPEN UNTIL APRIL 9th, 11:59 PM EST.

RESULTS WILL BE REVEALED ON APRIL 10th.

VOTING FOR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND IS AT THE BOTTOM

FINAL FOUR VOTING RESULTS

MATCHUP #1 – The original Royal demands its respect as it defeats the ParaNormans to advance to the Final Round.

MATCHUP #2 – The Galaxy proves its opponent to be inferior once again as it dominates the popular Coppers to head to the Finals.

Nike Air Foamposite One “Royal”

This is the shoe that started it all. In 1997, it stuck out like a sore thumb, causing consumers to glance at the shoe with hesitation; it looked nothing like Nike had ever produced before, and it certainly wasn’t priced to be a top-seller, with the $170 MSRP being one of the highest priced shoes for Nike in a long while. The Foamposite was still a hit among hardcore Nike Basketball fans and design nuts, and over the years the Foamposite went from being a cult hit primarily in the DC and NYC area to one of the definitive sneakers in Nike history. The original “Royal” is considered to be the father of this Foamposite craze, and despite the numerous times this shoe has been re-released, it still beat out the limited ParaNormans, which was a heavy favorite to advance to the Championship round.

Nike Air Foamposite One “Galaxy”

Foamposites had been firmly ingrained into sneakerhead culture, but Nike was ready to take it to the next level. In 2012, Nike Sportswear unleashed the “Galaxy”as part of the 2012 All-Star Pack, and immediately the sneaker sent shockwaves throughout the sneaker community and industry as a whole. Due to the riots and mayhem that went down during All-Star Weekend – all for this shoe – Nike was forced to rework its sneaker release procedures and moved the entire process to Twitter. Copping kicks was no longer a simple in-store purchase – all thanks to this sneaker. Alongside that effect, the term “Galaxy” booked its ticket to the Hall of Fame of sneaker terminology, with the dazzling outer-space themed graphic instantly elevating and sneaker it touched on. The Galaxy steamrolled through the competition as expected, and now it has its first competitive battle as it takes on the Royals in the Championship round.

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121 comments
Small_Finite
Small_Finite

I would just like to mention that no Pros made it to the final four...and it's because that cartoon-ish swoosh ruined them.  It looks like like the terrible swoosh they're now putting on some AF1s...and wouldn't you know it, they're the same ones that are on deep discount on FNL. Doesn't Nike do any market studies?  Further analysis reveals the following:  The only "pros" to defeat a "1" head-to-head were the Pearl Pros and the Retro Blue Pros...and they beat the Phoenix Suns 1 and the Cactus 1.  Every other PRO crashed out the moment they faced a "1" competitor.

Lune1x
Lune1x

In all honesty , Galaxys are better . I got both of these foams & will rather keep my galaxies , no hypebeast sh*t , its just a nicer shoe IMO

ElvinFernandez
ElvinFernandez

I voted for the Royals, but not because they're an OG color. That''s nonsense. They hold personal value to me because blue is my favorite color. I've never owned a pair of Royals, but I would love to in the future. Whether you love them or the Galaxies or any other colorway, do it because it means something to you, not because of some trend.

lyrics85
lyrics85

Royals better take it or I'm selling all my foams.

Jair Banks
Jair Banks

To bad Coppers lost, I wanted them to win from the beginning

ABoog
ABoog

Gotta go with the Royals, been seeing too many fake Galaxy's where the paint is fading of a dude shoe lol

InAntWeTrust
InAntWeTrust

I voted for the galaxy foams....now get the fuck over it

IgotthatFIRE
IgotthatFIRE

Some people are afraid of change and new things, I am not one of them. I've been in the game for over 20 years and as much as I love the originals because they started it all. I remember them being the first pair of kicks I've seen on the Ave. in NY for $300 and most thought not only the price was crazy but they looked like moonboots. It took 15 years to get to the point where the Galaxies would not only be accepted but make the Royals look "boring" by comparison.  The Galaxies are the best hands down. Creative unique design, not for the tame of heart. I ask myself, if given the choice regardless of price or hype which would I cop and the choice is clear... its the Galaxies.

ifklikeyourdad
ifklikeyourdad

I voted the GALAXY foams it's obvious, but damn the price is outrageous. 

clueheffner
clueheffner

I'm not a hypebeast or new to the game but just because a shoe is og doesn't make it a better looking shoe.... It just makes the starting point.... So if the royals win then good but I'm not going to sit back and act salty because the galaxys win..... Sh%t I have both of them and I like both of them.... Shows how much ppl can be stuck in the past like there will never be a future.... You never know in 10 years the foamposite might be irrelevant in the shoe game and then what.....

Gusto
Gusto

Of course those lame ass galaxy's made it to the finals. They will probably win it all. I'm surprised those wack ass ParaNorman's didn't make it also. That would have been the hypeheads dream matchup. 

wcwktb
wcwktb

haha I dont bandwagon with the hypes, but I really do think the galaxies are one of the dopest foams

James Lowery
James Lowery

Coppers should have beat Galaxy's. IMO Coppers are the best pair of foams ever. Then the Royals.

Sneeky
Sneeky

This one's easy. Galaxy!!!

DefineReal.
DefineReal.

IF THE ROYALS dont win i quit buying sneakers because that is a damn shame. ima start wearing forces again.

donadamsky
donadamsky

royals or there is no hope for the future

AljosaCikojevic
AljosaCikojevic

all yall do is bitch on dese comments stfu and vote for a shoe. oh and galaxys desrve this not cus the hype or anything but they plain old look a billion times better than the royals the galaxys theme is too nice compared to a regular blue on the royals, everyone on here is to worried bout hype or og shit stfu n pic what u lik better!!! 

23kicksfor23chicks
23kicksfor23chicks

If the Galaxy's win: "Galaxy's I'm happy for you and I'ma let you finish but... the Royal's are the greatest Foams of all time." *Lame Joke*

Noble115
Noble115

I swear every page has people bitching about hypebeasts, let people do what they want, and get over it. Shit.

ac2slater
ac2slater

Coppers didnt move on..... really? smh its rigged

xukyle
xukyle

wow, the fact that the royals barely won is upsetting 

Jpayne_7
Jpayne_7

BIGGEST FUCKING HYPEBEASTS EVER GALAXY'S DONT DESERVE THE FINALS but the paranormans sould of beat the royals

Nike_wat_irock_94
Nike_wat_irock_94

i voted for the royals, but i honestly thought it was gonna be paranorman vs. galaxy, royals all the way tho!

damruff
damruff

I voted for the Royals but won't be surprised if the Galaxys win.

NYCNATIVE917
NYCNATIVE917

Royals. Galaxys were a game changer though...But the royals is where it all started. 

fly li
fly li

I voted for the galaxys

EVERYTHING_EPIC
EVERYTHING_EPIC

Gotta go royals too....galaxy is nice but to walk arou d in 1997 wit da royals on....dats was pretty epic

MaliceShakur
MaliceShakur

this hypebeast ass bracket, okay i see y royals made it far, but wtf cm'on son.

DreamChaser
DreamChaser

if the galaxies beat the royals it'll be sad

Bleach97
Bleach97

My bets on the Royals. Never cared for Galaxy hard to match with and too hyped to not look that good

Da_Real_Big_Infinite
Da_Real_Big_Infinite

Michigan Over Louisville fa NCAA... Time to correct wat happen 20 yrs ago wit da Fab 5

Cop em and Rock em
Cop em and Rock em

Royals for the win! I'm glad to see at least one OG that made it!

Looks like its the OG's vs "today's" Hypebeasts! (say whatever you want but it's the truth) and I got both of these shoes,....just sayin'.

yungbuttasorich1
yungbuttasorich1

fucking hypebeasts man smfh, the galaxies really !!! ??? 

asdfjkln64
asdfjkln64

Galaxies are nice but the Royals get my vote!

Sneakerlover92
Sneakerlover92

Roayls all day there classic!!! The galaxy foams one of the reasons the sneaker game so messed up right now.

CorleySimon
CorleySimon

I been calling it from day one CANT NO OTHER COLOR FOAMPOSITES  BEAT THE ORIGINAL ROYAL BLUE!!!

r3dnax3la
r3dnax3la

Galaxies for sure. All the flat colorways took away from the design of the shoe, finally it had a colorway to go with the alien look of the foams

AljosaCikojevic
AljosaCikojevic

lmaooooooooo the paranormans lost. anways i dont lik blue so im def goin with the galaxys dey look better... no hype doe

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