September 18, 2012 BY John Kim
Are we looking at the potential best sneaker of 2012? While the Sneaker News staff still has a few months before our annual Top 30 list makes waves, the ParaNormans make a very legitimate case for being #1. Looking back to 2011, the Nike Mag was selected as the cream of the crop, and quite frankly, both the Mags and ParaNormans have a few things in common. Both were limited in number (the ParaNorman units were roughly half that of the Mags), both were released on eBay, and both were to benefit charity. However, the ParaNormans were most definitely the tougher pick-up as the bulk of the stock was not for purchase, but attainable only by being a ‘weird kid’. Nike also stepped up the packaging game with the sick box, with one slightly controversial detail thrown in the mix; the only way to open the box was to ‘undeadstock’ the shoe with the removed strip, rendering the box completely removed from its original state. In any case, one lucky recipient of the ParaNormans is making his pair available, so check out the shoes and packaging below and head on over to the listing from thesoleprovider on eBay.