Holiday Gift Guide: Best Picks for Sneakerheads
From future-perfect to retro-cool, these pairs are sure to please everyone on your list.
The holiday season is on the horizon, and for the special sneakerheads in your life the prospect of a fresh-out-of-the-box pair is cause for excitement. This year, bring some extra holiday cheer by gifting fire kicks to friends and family that show you take their love for sneakers just as seriously as they do.
Finding (or being gifted) the right pair of shoes is a major sneakerhead life moment. Of course, what constitutes the “right pair” means different things to different people and that’s where this gift guide comes in. From recycled materials to cutting-edge technology, each of these ideas brings something fresh to the table—a guaranteed gift win for your favorite sneakerhead. (And while you’re at it, consider grabbing yourself a pair, too.)
Constructed from layers of lightweight Floatride Fuel cushioning with a TPU frame and responsive Floatride Energy outsole, these brightly colored shoes are the epitome of cushion-meets-fashion and are perfect for the laidback fitness-loving woman who prioritizes comfort just as much as she does style, especially when working out.
For the sustainability-minded sneakerhead who is as passionate about saving the environment as she is about getting her hands on totally unique sneakers, this is the perfect shoe. This revamped classic sneaker is a mash-up of the iconic ’80s style but with a modern twist and comes in several colors to satisfy every personality. Composed of recycled suede and nylon materials, the Classic Leather Legacy AZ gives “I have mix tapes downloaded on my phone and vinyl records at home” vibes.
Most sneakerheads agree: Some of the best shoes are timeless. That’s definitely true for this pair’s streamlined silhouette. Wear them with a midi dress for a casually sleek look or style them with plaid pants to showcase more of a retro flair. For the sneakerhead who appreciates a low-key, minimalist style, this shoe is likely at the top of their list.
It’s not every day a celebrity hair colorist creates a pair of shoes, and Daniel Moon designed an instant winner with this artistic take on the Club C 85. If you have creative sneakerheads in your life who appreciate unique kicks, don’t sleep on these. The bright colors elevate the iconic skate-inspired Club C silhouette to the next level with a stunning ombre effect. Pair this with a comfortable fit and you’ve got a shoe destined for sneakerhead greatness.
It’s been said that if you give a girl the right pair of shoes, she’ll conquer the world and if sneakers could talk, that’s for sure what these pastel-colored ones would be saying. The combination of soft frost berry color mixed with chalk and atomic pink is reminiscent of tuning into your breath while finding your edge in a difficult yoga pose. And in fact, these sneakers are an ideal gift for the yoga- and fitness-loving sneakerhead who likes to seamlessly transition her sleek tights and lux sports bra from class to girls’ day out.
These shoes are perfect for saying you are a sneakerhead without actually saying you are a sneakerhead. You cannot go wrong with gifting these sneakers: It’s a gift guys love because they go with blue jeans just as easily as they work with gym shorts, and offer and easy alternative for a night out. Crisp and clean with retro detailing, these shoes earn bonus points for the gum bottoms.
The Question Mids are a must-have, especially if your sneakerhead also loves basketball. The retro-inspired shoes are designed with bold primary colors and feature a throwback mid-cut and soft hexagonal cushioning. Merging basketball legend Allen Iverson’s game-changing street style with the classic, coveted silhouette, these are the perfect shoes to wear both on and off the court.
A color this striking belongs in every sneakerhead’s shoe pile. Reminiscent of desert sand, the beige-on-beige hues are anything but boring and the ’80s vibes bring that retro-cool edge. Made of at least 30 percent recycled materials, these lightweight shoes are perfect for running yet stable enough for lifting weights.