I use to have all shoes from a TOP 5 category and WORST 5 are those which I would never buy even if I would have to walk barefooted.
1. Jordan Air XIII
Air Jordan is a brand of shoes and athletic clothing designed, owned, and produced for Michael Jordan by Nike’s Jordan Brand subsidiary. The shoe concept was made by Michael Jordan before the drawing. Nike then got Peter Moore and Buce Kilgore to draw the Shoe. The shoes, informally referred to in the plural as Jordans, were first produced for Michael Jordan in 1984 and released for public consumption in 1985.
Since its introduction into the sports shoe market by Devon Mabry, the Air Jordan evolved from the original basketball shoes to models for different uses, including I-XXIII. Air Jordan currently sponsors 21 active NBA players, including Chris Paul, Liam Boldt Blake Griffin, Ray Allen, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony. They also endorse Nike Air Jordan products. Also they sponsor other leagues such as the MLB, NFL, NASCAR and the WNBA.
2. Converse All-Star
Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Converse All Stars (also referred to as “Converses”, “Chuck Taylors”, “Chucks”, “Cons”, and “All Stars”) is the brand name for a pair of athletic shoes produced by Nike, Inc. through its Converse division. Nike has owned the rights to the brand since acquiring its former competitor out of bankruptcy in 2003 .
The design of the Chuck Taylor All-Star has remained largely unchanged since its introduction. The shoes consist of a stitched upper portion, a toe cap usually made of white rubber, and a sole that is usually made of brown rubber. Although Chuck Taylors are made of various materials such as leather, the original and most widely known version of the shoe is made from cotton canvas. The innovative detail of the original shoe was the “loose lining” of soft canvas. This was intended to move along with sweaty gym socks and prevent blisters.
3. Adidas Special
Adidas Originals Trainers are the ultimate 80s casual classics footwear brand. They were also ultimate shoes for handball and futsal players for more than 15 years.
Reliable, light and comfortable for every day and for professional sportsman. One of the vintage products that should be in production forever.
Today they are one of the first choice for skaters, BMX stunt drivers and parkour fans. One of my favorite snickers ever.
4. Boss Orange Barracuda
Hugo Boss AG directly owns over 364 retail stores, 537 monobrand retail stores, and over 1,000 franchise-owned shops.
Products are manufactured in a variety of locations, including the company’s own production sites in: Metzingen, Germany; Morrovalle, Italy; Radom, Poland; Izmir, Turkey; Solo, Indonesia; and Cleveland, United States.There are two core brands, Boss and Hugo.
The ranges are:
Boss Black, which includes modern classic clothing in both men’s wear (1970) and women’s wear (2000). Boss Black has the widest variety of products and is the most widely distributed Boss range
Boss Orange, which includes originally quirky styling with bohemian influences in both men’s wear (1999) and women’s wear (2005). This line was relaunched in 2010 as denim based casual wear.
Boss Selection, which includes only high priced men’s wear (2003) aimed at a mature market with an emphasis on English tailoring styles.
Boss Green, which was previously known as Boss Sport, includes golf-style active clothing in both men’s wear (2003) and women’s wear (2010)
Hugo, which includes fashion forward styling with a European look in both men’s wear (1993) and women’s wear (1998).
Hugo Boss has licensing agreements with various companies to produce Hugo Boss branded products.
5. Reebok Classic
Reebok Classic is a lifestyle shoe brand that consists of athletic shoes that became popular casual wear.The brand evolved from the Classic Leather, the Workout, the Ex-O-Fit, the Newport Classic and the Freestyle. Reebok Classic also includes Retro Running, Retro Basketball, InstaPump Fury and contemporary styles.
Reebok Classic established the Retro Running line to re-introduce popular shoe styles from the past.
1. British Knights
British Knights is a shoe brand founded in 1983 by Jack Schwartz Shoes Inc, based in New York City. In the 1980s, British Knights distinguished themselves as an inner-city and music driven brand, appealing to the predominantly male youth in urban communities.
In 1998, Jack Schwartz Shoes Inc. sold the British Knights trademarks in many territories to a European company that continued manufacturing British Knights footwear for Europe and South America. British Knights EU is not connected to the original American brand.
In 2014, Jack Schwartz Shoes Inc. incorporated a new company, British Knights N.A (North America) and together with the help of some partners in the music and entertainment world, they revived the brand. British Knights N.A is run out of the Jack Schwartz Shoes Inc. office in New York City by the original family that launched the brand back in the 1980s.
2. Asics Gel
ASICS is a Japanese athletic equipment company which produces footwear and sports equipment designed for a wide range of sports, generally in the upper price range. The name is an acronym for the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano which translates as “a healthy soul in a healthy body”. In recent years their running shoes have often been ranked among the top performance footwear in the market. ASICS bought the outdoor brand Haglöfs on July 12, 2010.
3. Puma Disc
Puma SE (officially branded as PUMA) is a major German multinational company that produces athletic and casual footwear, as well as sportswear, headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany. The company was formed in 1924 as Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik by Adolf and Rudolf Dassler. The relationship between the two brothers deteriorated until the two agreed to split in 1948, forming two separate entities, Adidas and Puma. Both companies are currently based in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Puma also manufactures other products such as clothes and bags. Most of them have a tag that includes a fingertip design and phrases like ‘Always be yourself’ and ‘Wash this when dirty’.
4. Diadora Titan
Diadora is an Italian football, tennis, running, cycling, rugby, athletic shoe, clothing, and fashion accessory manufacturer with locations in Italy, the United States, and Hong Kong.
In 2008, Diadora SpA signed a joint venture with Win Hanverky Holdings Limited forming a new company called Winor International Company Limited that owns the trademark “DIADORA” in China, Hong Kong, and Macau and will manufacture, design, promote, distribute, and sell products bearing the “DIADORA” in those countries.
In June 2009, Diadora reached an agreement with Italian shoe-making company Geox’s founder and chairman Mario Moretti Polegato to buy its assets through his family’s investment arm, LIR.
5. Reebok Pump
The Reebok Pump is a line of athletic shoes that was first released on November 24, 1989. It was the first shoe to have an internal inflation mechanism that regulated a unique fitting cushion in the lower and upper tongue to provide locking around the ankle.
Reebok’s retro program has collaborated with Rolland Berry, John Maeda, the Commonwealth store in Virginia, Boston’s own Bodega, Ubiq in Philadelphia and Atmos in Tokyo.Reebok also worked with Orchard St, a New York based retailer, to create a design for the Reebok Pump Omni Hex Ride.