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10 Best Sneakers to Score This Holiday Season

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Remember way back when we thought the sneaker world had already peaked? When we were all concerned that COVID-19 had pushed calendar releases so far back, the most-coppable sneakers had come and gone without us even knowing? Yeah, that didn’t really pan out and thankfully, the sneaker gods have graced us with another bevvy of sweet kicks to cop this holiday period. In the name of the father, son and Ultra-Boost, we say Amen to 2020’s best sneakers.

Classics vs New Drops

As far as picking the best sneakers to cop for the festive season, there are some major considerations to take on-board; namely old-school versus new-school. Should you opt for a coveted new release or go for the tried and tested favourites? Putting your best foot forward can be hard, not to mention, risky.

Whenever you buy collectables, you run the risk of falling victim to fakes and frauds, but the tide is turning. Smart sneaker buyers are doubling down on their investments, through verification programs like eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee. Whether you’re trying to score new Jordans or Yeezys, making sure what comes in the box is what you ordered online is pretty much a no-brainer, both on your fashion and financial game.

Here, we’ve collated a healthy mix of new and classic drops. Some are new releases from 2020 that came and went quickly, while others are steadily replenished and always accessible. Cop new kicks for Christmas on any budget.

Best Sneakers to Score This Holidays

The holiday period is a time for giving, to your friends, your family and most importantly, yourself. If you want to walk into the new year looking infinitely fresher than you did in 2020, it’s worth updating your sneaker game. Here are the top drops to cop this festive season.

1. Jordan 1 Mid Chicago

It’s hard to go past a classic and the Jordan 1 Mid Chicago is about as iconic as it gets. The sneaker that started it all remains one of the highest-selling and most coveted releases of all time, despite not reeling in the same cash it once did. Nevertheless, the iconic Air Jordan 1 silhouette offers a mid-top cut that even the staunchest of steezy footwear fans can appreciate. Whether it’s 1984 or 2020, this is one pair of sneakers that never goes out of fashion.

Brand: Jordan
Colourway: Black/Gym Red-White
Silhouette: Mid top

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2. adidas Yeezy Boost 380

One of Kanye’s best, the Yeezy 380 offers a renewed approach to the now-famous sneaker. Releasing in November 2019, the progressive design proved to be an instant hit with fans, despite its unusual form. This variation comes equipped with a higher cut midsole than its predecessor, the Yeezy 350 V2, but still houses Boost cushioning for all-day support.

Brand: adidas
Colourway: Onyx, Mist, Yecoraite, Calcite Glow, Pepper
Silhouette: Low top

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3. Dior x Air Jordan 1 Retro High Sneaker

When Jordan paired with Parisian fashion house Dior, we knew we were going to get something pretty special. With the Jordan 1 Retro High Dior, we saw the classic Air Jordan silhouette take a brand new approach, with a traditional Dior monogram print Swoosh. Made in Italy, the release was limited to 8,500 pairs, each individually numbered. With co-branded icy translucent soles, Dior branded tongue and Wings logo, and a silver “Air Dior” hangtag, there’s little wonder these were among the most sought-after sneakers of 2020.

Brand: Dior, Jordan
Colourway: Wolf Grey/Sail-Photon
Silhouette: High top

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4. adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Carbon

The 12th colour variation of the popular 350 V2 model, these Carbon Yeezys are Kanye at his very best. The colourway’s dark-hued upper makes it one of the most versatile sneakers of 2020, which is not something you can usually say about Yeezys. Nevertheless, this model scores the breathable Primeknit solid black mesh with its signature side stripe, ribbed patterned off-white midsole, and classic Boost cushioning we come to love.

Brand: adidas
Colourway: Carbon
Silhouette: Low top

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5. Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low

Aside from being one of the most hyped sneakers of 2020, the Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low was also one of the most contentious. Sure, Scott is not a skateboard icon and the collaboration seems strange on the outside, you can’t deny these ones hit the mark visually. The unique aesthetic pays homage to the SBs of old with a few modern variations, like a tearaway upper and rope laces.

Brand: Nike
Colourway: Blue/White Paisley and Plaid
Silhouette: Low top

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6. Nike Air Rubber Dunk Off-White

One pair of sneakers that we were most impressed by, Virgil Abloh’s Nike Rubber Dunk in University Blue was a revamped take on the classic Dunk. The new look seamlessly sports a conspicuous cable tie, re-imagined tongue tags and bold text graphics detailing the shoe’s Oregon origins. Even better, this edition covers the cutting-edge creation in futuristic shades of Metallic Silver.

Brand: Nike, Off-White
Colourway: University Blue
Silhouette: Low top

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7. Yeezy 700 V3 Arzareth

A new wave of colour hit Yeezy this year and it was a contentious one. The Yeezy Arzareth 700 V3 branched out from neutral territory, offering a blue and grey Primeknit upper complimented by a traditional translucent glow-in-the-dark cage overlay. Chuck in the EVA foam midsole, toe cap and black lining and it’s safe to say this was one of the best sneakers to come out lockdown. Very cool Kanye!

Brand: adidas
Colourway: Arzareth
Silhouette: Low top

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8. Off-White x Air Jordan V

If you don’t know Virgil Abloh, you’re probably in the w

rong article, but nevertheless, you would have seen his work. The Off-White head has made a bit of a name for himself with crafty collabs and the Air Jordan V is one of his best. Paying tribute to the Jordans of past eras, Abloh’s Jordan Vs cop a pre-yellowed outsole to evoke a retro sense. Further, the silhouette of the Jordan V was even rebuilt and made slimmer, reminding us all that Abloh isn’t afraid to mess with tradition.

Brand: Off-White, Jordan
Colourway: Black/Muslin Fire-Red
Silhouette: High top

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9. Prada x adidas Superstar Sneaker

The elevated take on the classic adidas Superstar was a major win for Prada this year and it’s not hard to see why. Taking the iconic look and revamping using Prada’s full-grain leather produced at the fashion house’s Italian factory was a work of art. Understated, classy and undeniably versatile, what more could you want?

Brand: Prada, adidas
Colourway: Optic white
Silhouette: Low top

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10. Ben & Jerry’s Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Chunky Dunk’

If there was one pair of sneakers that captured our attention this year, it was the Ben & Jerry’s Nike SB Dunk Low, commonly referred to as the ‘Chunky Dunk’. Hypebeasts were all over them in droves, making them some of the hardest to find and most sought-after releases of 2020. The collaboration with ice cream legends Ben & Jerry’s proved to be pretty sweet aesthetically as well, with the crazy colourway looking ice cold. Throw in the rainbow tie-dye lining, faux fur overlays, and melting yellow Swoosh, and it’s hard to not love these ones.

Brand: Nike
Colourway: Ben & Jerry’s
Silhouette: Low top

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eBay Authenticity Guarantee

If you’ve got your eyes on a fresh pair of kicks, the spending season is upon us and thanks to eBay, you can now shop with peace of mind. The new Authenticity Guarantee on sneakers ensures you and protected from frauds and fakes.

It starts with a professional authentication process. When you purchase a pair of sneakers through eBay, a team of independent authenticators will meticulously inspect your sneakers, starting with new condition Jordans and Yeezys over $200. From the box and sizing labels to the soles, stitching and logos, every nook and cranny is taken into consideration. The authenticators then verify your sneakers against the seller’s listing, so you get exactly what you ordered.

From here, your kicks are sent directly from the authenticator via a three-day shipping process, with sneakers over $750 requiring a signature for safe-keeping. Best of all, this whole process comes completely free of charge. Next time you opt for an upgrade, make sure what you’re getting is the real deal.

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Nick Hall

Nick Hall is the Editor-in-Chief of Man of Many and an accomplished journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, with a double major in Journalism and Music. Prior to working at Man of Many, Nick spent two years as a journalist with Inside Franchise Business, focusing on small business, finance and legal reporting. In 2021, Nick was named B&T's Best of the Best Journalist of the Year. With an extensive background in the media industry, Nick specialises in feature writing, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment content. A qualified barber and men's stylist, Nick also holds a Cert III in Barbering from the Queensland Hairdressing Academy.