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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
@clueheffner i wish i had gotten into shoes earlier, i love foams and now they're so expensive...i would love if they became irrelevant and people stopped buying them... but then Nike would make less :/
@DefineReal. why should the royals win i swear ppl lik u kno shit about shoes u have no reason to lik the royals except they the original foam lik really look at the galaxys they shit on the royals smh
@Noble115@clueheffner you are right on that the price is crazy, but price never has been an issue with me.... But don't worry about the price because when I first started buying foams I still had to save up to get them.... So find out the date and do the same.... I still do that when I have to pick up multiple releases at one time....
@filaking@AljosaCikojevic@DefineReal. So you saying you vote for the royals just cause its OG and not cause you like the colorway or it was the first shoe you or any other reason? PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS TOURNAMENT! FUCKING VOTE FOR A FOAM BECAUSE YOU LIKE IT FOR VALID REASON AND NOT CAUSE ITS OG OR THE HYPE!
@filaking@AljosaCikojevic@DefineReal. so the fuck wat if they are an original wat fuckin history does that shoe have? none wen u buy that shoe nike aint doin shit but makin money of of you lik stfu the shoe was made by nike to take ur money tlkin bout fuckin history i am a shoe fanatic but its only a shoe u idiot