Sneaker News Top 30 Sneakers of 2011

December 29th, 2011 by

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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.

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