December 30th, 2013 by Brendan Dunne / 107
2013 marked a major turning point in the Nike Foamposite line. For the first time since the sneakers’ initial release back in 1997 with the Nike Air Foamposite One, the lineup was dominated by printed pairs rather than solidly colored ones. Prescient sneakerheads saw this one coming; last year got us familiar with the idea of Foams featuring graphics across their uppers with the likes of the super limited, and subsequently super coveted, Nike Air Foamposite One “Galaxy” and Nike Air Foamposite One “ParaNorman” pairs. Both of those were massive sneaker stories in their own right, and their success meant that it was only a matter of time before the printed Foamposite look went a little more mainstream.
This year was the year that it happened: there were 11 pairs of Nike Air Foamposite Ones and Nike Air Foamposite Pros released since January and only three of them didn’t feature graphics across their uppers. Some of them maintained the instant sell-out precedent set by the likes of the aforementioned “Galaxy”, while others proved that the sneakerhead public wasn’t necessarily going to gobble up every graphic Foam fed to them. Today’s release of the Nike Air Foamposite One “Oregon” marks the end of the year for the Nike Foamposite lineup, so we figured now would be a good time to do a bit of reflecting on the best and the worst of the run that began with the “Fighter Jet” Foams back in February. Reflect on the trend of graphic Foams down in the comments and be sure to cast your vote to help us decide which were the best and worst Foamposites of 2013.
Nike Air Foamposite One “Fighter Jet”
The 2013 Foamposite onslaught was started off with a major bang thanks to the white/black/silver camouflage pair dubbed the “Fighter Jet”. This was the first Foamposite to feature an extra assortment of details like the dogtags and military fighter jet logos.
Nike Air Foamposite One “Whiteout”
Thought Nike was getting a bit out of hand with Foamposite colorways? The “Whiteout” erased all that chatter and offered up the cleanest Foams ever, proving that the brand hasn’t completely detoured from the tonal route.
Nike Air Foamposite One “Phoenix Suns”
One of the rare non-graphic Foams for 2013. The Nike Air Foamposite One in question one was one of a number of Nike/Jordan Brand releases this year that seemed to pay tribute to Phoenix’s favorite team.
i copped the asteroids and got a lot of compliments on them. i also snagged the thermals and didn't get as many nods but i still like them just cuz they are different. i know this is for the 2013 releases but i can't wait til my spider mans are delivered so i can rock those.
@sneakernews DB foams
the weathermans were clean AF, the way it shifted from icy to solid.. camos been the ugliest shits out there
Idk how thermals were the worst on the list when they shouldve been the second worst. Weathermans are the worst Foamposites in history and a waste of material. Also, i have sz. 13 Oregon Foams. Text me if interested - (201) 838-7389 . Best offer takes them.
3. Fighter Jets
7. White Outs
1.Oregon 2.DB 3.Fighter Jet 4.Sport Royal 5.Army Camo 6.White Out 7.Phoenix 8.Weatherman 9.Safari 10.Area 72 11.Thermal
Oregons were best in my opinion by far
@sneakernews DB's and Oregon foams
@sneakernews asteroids the worst, and army camo being the best
@sneakernews between safaris and camo
1. Oregon ducks there the nicest by far
2. DB's obveasily got time put into them and it payed off
3. Eather asteroids or white outs, prob asteroids cause whiteouts get dirty really easily but they so make a good canves for custom shoes, if you have the money
1. Weathermans are ugly as s**t and really cheesy, it was obverse nike was trying to force the weather man series to continue but didn't work
2. Thermal maps are just plain ugly
3. Safaris are two much dots all over and are not very original for people to buy
my most favorite Foamposite of the year is the SPORT ROYALS,my second is the asteroid because I receive A lot compliments on this Foam and I only wore them twice.my girlfriend loves them so I love them .
the worst Foamposite of the year is by far the thermals and the weathermans. I have never seen any shoes that look so bad in my life!!!!!!!!
@sneakernews safari foams were by far the best. Nothing even close to that heat.
@sneakernews best Db's and Oregon ducks foams
@sneakernews best foams dm and Oregon ducks
@sneakernews the all white and the after birth foams were horrible
@sneakernews NO! best: fighter jets/Oregon Worst: thermal, safari weatherman hands down!
@sneakernews best: wolf grey Worst: asteroids
@sneakernews worst were the weathermans
@sneakernews between dorenbechers and fighter jets
@sneakernews #1 Fighter Jet Foamposite
@sneakernews worst was the Weatherman and Best was Oregon Ducks
@sneakernews DB's, Oregons, Fighter Jets, Camo's, Asteriods!
@sneakernews dornbecher , fighterjet. All white
@sneakernews best were the orange black and whites & blue and grey Bc I own them. All the others suck lol
@sneakernews Jet fighter , Oregon ducks , Safari and Thermals were the best =))
@sneakernews Best: Phoenix Oregon Safari Worst: Thermal Army Camo DB
@sneakernews best: all white foams. Worst: oregon duck foams
@sneakernews ducks and army camos
this how i feel about it as a fan of the foamposite
1. Pheonix Foams because it was a new colorway that was simple and stayed true to the solid color design of the foamposite
2. White Out though it was a bad business choice in my opinion if you intend to actually wearing yo shoes more than once, but even with that being said it still was a clean shoe
3. DB as far graphic foams go i feel like this was really the only one that nike put some thought into since the galaxy
4. Safari only because i love the safari print its an OG nike colorway had it not been for that i prolly would have passed.
5. Grey/Royal i didnt really like it but compared to the others i would have bought out nikes whole shipment if it meant that i didnt have to wear any of the other foams that i havent mentioned yet. i just felt like it was a wack ass twist on the OG Royals
the rest of the foams that droped were just bad, for lack of a better word BAD..... seemed like everything was either about some type of camo or graphics, sometimes its cool to just get back to the basics.
@sneakernews one of the worse
@sneakernews Oregon duck foam is loko !!!!
Best: Doernbecher Foams. Bless your heart, Elijah Diggins!
Worst: Thermal Foams. Ughhh I gotta take a shit just thinking about them! Lol
Best are Phoenix suns, weathermans, fighter jets, safaris. People just didn't have the wardrobe to rock the printed foams nor the pockets to buy those and mad gear if they didn't have it already. Get your custom polo game up.
favorite phoenix/army least favorite is weathermans......everybody and there baby mama had weathermans
Whiteout Foams were the best this year HANDS DOWN. Weatherman Foams are just a mess and my least favorite
Was not Nike supposed to release all black foams with black outsole this December? Anyone know any details??
@sneakernews AND WHAT A GET UP IT WAS! SHREDDED JEANZ & MATCHING KANGOL POLO LEATHER! BLUE LABEL STILL GOOD THO! HAPPY NEW YEAR YALL! 2014!
No they didn't because most people didn't like them, have the gear, or the 265. Your logic is contradictory and I'm sure you have a pair of Breds you've worn 20 times already like everybody and their baby momma.
@SneakersOtoole84 Maybe they will come next year with the black cat 4's.
@SneakersOtoole84 Just a rumor i guess
@SeanJohnson yipes Mr. Sneaker Nazi, can't people have opinions? the weatherman shoe, the fighter jet and the thermal shoes were hideous. i don't have to mention that i have enough money to purchase them all, but i do, and still wouldn't. plus if you have gear that go with the weathermans or the fighter jets i am praying for anyone who comes into visual contact with those garments. no shade.
i tutored logic and philosophy for a year and there is nothing remotely contradictory about the man's comment. use statements that make sense.