These are the best Nike shoes 2019

IT’S NOT just the thrilling sports games worth remembering over the past 12 months (although there have been plenty). The footwear game – both in sports and in lifestyle – definitely peaked in 2019.

From dozens of absolutely sensational collaborations unveiled to stunning new releases introduced, it’s been a wild 365 days for sneakerheads.

Classic basketball shoes, like the tried-and-true Air Jordans, have been given much-needed revamps. Many lifestyle silhouettes have gone from zero to hero. SPIN Life cuts the legendary brand’s most furious declines of the year.

MSCHF x INRI Nike Air Max 97 “Jesus Shoe”

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First glance and it screams “J’s on my feet”. In this case, the J is for Jesus, not Jordan. The designers have claimed that they are in no way affiliated with Nike.

This heavenly Air Max 97 has its soles infused with 60 milliliters of holy water from the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized. It sold out just minutes after its release. Its resale price is a divine $4,000.

Nike Adapt BB Huarache

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This is Back to the future again with these self-lacing shoes. But the Adapt BB Huarache does the movie better, as it comes with Siri compatibility, so you can control the tightness of your shoes, as well as adjust the LED lights.

Spongebob Squarepants x Kyrie Collection

The launch of this colorful Kyrie collection in August only proved one thing: you can never go wrong with childhood nostalgia. With five different colorways representing the stars of Bikini Bottom, only the fastest collectors could keep up with the collection. He became one of the favorites on the NBA’s opening day.

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Sacai x Nike LD Waffle

Bringing back one of Nike’s classic silhouettes from three decades ago, this collaboration with Japanese designer label Sacai has become a top cop in the lifestyle silhouette realm. With double Swooshes, double tongues, double laces and eye-catching colorways, there’s no way this pair won’t make it to this year-end list.

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Agimat LeBron XVI

King James has once again blessed his Filipino fans with the latest addition to his Agimat series, releasing these LeBron XVIs in August. Keeping its signature midnight blue, these trainers sported a gold swoosh with speckles on its outsole. We don’t blame Gilas for making it an almost unofficial part of his team’s uniform for a few games.

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Air Jordan XXXIV

The lightest game shoe in the Air Jordan collection graced the sneaker world in September with a minimalist black and white (and just a hint of red) design from Tate Kuerbis. Aimed to provide hoop addicts with a stable, lightweight and high-flying experience on the court, this dynamic pair has combined Zoom Air technology with a herringbone traction for an unforgettable feel on the court.

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Jordan Why not ZERO.3

This one is a no-brainer. After all, it’s just a classic Jordan designed by NBA style pro himself, Russell Westbrook. The Why Not ZERO.3 gave the perfectly arranged inaugural silhouette a new look, inserting a bit of chaos into its polished appearance. Released in January, this pair holds up, and definitely deserves a spot here.

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Jordan XI Raised

The most iconic of the Air Jordan line (aside from the original, that is). When he first wore them in 1996, this pair led Michael Jordan to a championship, as well as MVP honors. This retro version from 2019 retained the OG’s original high-cut patent leather construction. Two decades later, it is still as beautiful as ever.

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Travis Scott x Air Jordan I “Cactus Jack”

Released right after Travis Scott’s performance at the Grammy Awards, this classic silhouette was revamped by the Houston rapper with an earthy brown nubuck accented with dirty white leather. It was both retro and flashy. Since its launch in May, it has become one of the most popular lifestyle and on-court shoes to date, blending perfectly with team uniforms and party outfits.

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