Kicks on Fire Best of 2013

And now the moment that you have all been waiting, the conclusion of the Kicks On Fire Top 50 Kicks Of 2013 (click here if you’ve missed part 1, part 2 and part 3). We’ve argued and fought for which kicks made it to the top and now we are here with the absolute best (in our opinion) kicks of the year. You might disagree with some or most of this list and that’s fine because that’s what the comments section is for. But until then (or whenever the Reader’s Choice Poll goes up), here are our picks for the best of 2013…

20. Reebok Shaq Attaq

Reebok

Reebok

Standout Colorways: Black/White/Azure OG

2013 was the year that proved that centers can sell shoes. Well, retro ones at least because between Shaquille O’Neal, Dikembe Mutombo and Patrick Ewing, the big men in the paint were getting plenty of love from sneakerheads and brands thanks to reissues of classics like the adidas Mutombo, the revival of Ewing Athletics and Reebok bringing back Shaq Diesel. When we learned that the OG Reebok Shaq Attaq was priced at $160.00, we questioned whether or not Reebok could sell them at the price. Turns out we should have been wondering where to buy a pair because they sold out in a mere few hours, a feat normally reserved for Jordan retros. We have since seen the Shaq Attaq release in multiple colorways that don’t really match up to the original, but the strength of the first was such that we had to put it up this high on the list.

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We are headed past the midway point today with part 3 of Kicks On Fire’s Top 50 Kicks Of 2013 (click here for part 2 or part 1 if you missed it). After a pretty controversial ending with the Air Jordan 11 ending up at #31, could we really come up with 30 better kicks than the 11 that dropped in 2013? Well yeah, these lists are purely subjective and are the opinions of a few people; chances are your list and your friend’s list are drastically different from ours. And in many ways, that’s a good thing because it means variety is winning out in the sneaker community. In short, monoculture in sneakers sucks…

30. Nike LeBron 11

Nike

Nike

Nike

Nike

Nike

Nike

Standout Colorways: King’s Pride, Forging Iron, Away

No, we didn’t drop the Nike LeBron 11 this low because of those skid marks. We do find it very curious that Nike’s flagship athlete is having problems with his $200 shoes and without a colorway that really captured the imagination of the audience in a way like the “South Beach” 8 or “Cannon” 9 or even “Crown Jewel” 10 at launch, this was not the start to the LeBron 11 that many of us thought or hoped. Much like the KD 6, this is more of an “incomplete” than a final judgment on the LeBron 11, so stay tuned (like in a few weeks because those rumored Black History Month and Summit Lake Hornets are hot).

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