Retracing Your Steps With The Best Sneakers In 2023

Lace-up and dive into the trendiest sneaker releases of 2023! From iconic brands to futuristic designs, here’s your guide to the hottest kicks that are making waves this year.

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Adidas Samba

As mentioned in our sneaker recommendations and classic for over 70 years, the Adidas Samba remains one of the bestseller sneakers today.

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Its simplicity and clean minimalism make it one of the most versatile shoes you can have, especially for its affordable price.

Beyond the staple design, you can also find a variety of collaborations with Wales Bonner, Kith x Clarks, and more.

Get your pair at S$179 from Adidas!

New Balance 2002R

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Embodying the retro and Y2K style dad shoe, the New Balance 2002R is exactly that with more intricate upper panelling.

The comfortable and sporty silhouette comes in an assortment of colorways so there’s definitely one for every style.

The New Balance 2002R starts at S$209 from New Balance.

Asics Gel-Lyte III

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With its Gel technology and cushioned midsole, the Asics Gel-Lyte III feels weightless and is comfortable enough for you to run in but stylish enough for everyday wear.

There was also an exciting collaboration between KITH and Marvel to produce these shoes in colours inspired by X-Men characters in a surprise box style!

Get a pair that starts at S$199 from Asics.

Nike Air Jordan

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One of Nike’s most iconic shoes with its heritage and show-stopping style, the Jordan is one of the best-loved silhouettes in the sneaker scene.

Featuring premium materials and an eye-catching design, the recently released Air Jordan 4 Retro upgrades it with lightweight cushioning and details that pay tribute to the 1989 original.

Your next pair of Jordans is available on Nike from S$189.

New Balance 574

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The 574 was built to be a reliable shoe with unassuming and unpretentious versatility that makes it an all-time great.

As a hybrid road/trail design built on a wider silhouette, it offers a rugged, durable, and comfortable closet staple across the globe.

Pick up your pair from New Balance starting from S$149.

Fenty x Puma Avanti

The love for soccer runs beyond being a professional athlete. It is a love shared by spectators all over the world, fostered by kids who grew up immersed in it.

Despite not pursuing a soccer career, the passion for it will always come with the passion for its gear – specifically the jersey and cleats.

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The relaunch of Rihanna’s FENTY x PUMA Avanti brings back that childhood excitement, as it draws inspiration from soccer greats. The folded tongue and snug fit resonate with memories of soccer shoes, serving as a poignant nod to our youthful aspirations.

Join the FENTY x PUMA gang with your own pair starting at S$249 here.

Bad Bunny x adidas Response CL “Paso Fino”

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Adding on to the retro comeback, the collaboration brings a pair that is a conjecture of comfort, versatility, style, and solid construction.

Known for his music and style, Bad Bunny elevated the pair by remixing its most recognizable elements. The rich and earthy brown colourway is complemented by a touch of purple and has undoubtedly earned its place in many’s favourites.

Get your own from S$243 instead of S$275 at Novelship. A discount is offered at the time of writing.

Air Jordan 3

Courtesy of Nike

Travel back to 1988 with the AJ3 ‘White Cement Re-imagined,’ a coveted sneaker honoring 35 years with a timeless, aged aesthetic. Vintage vibes abound with intentional yellowing on the midsole, eyelets, and backtab, complemented by classic Nike Air branding at the heel.

This updated colourway brings about an Elephant print and splashes of Sail and Fire Red keep the original design alive, creating an amazing throwback.

Michael Jordan, a basketball icon, has been a force since his game-winning shot in 1985, breaking rules and captivating fans worldwide in the original Air Jordan I and this pair only continues his legacy.

Pay homage with a pair of your own from Farfetch starting at S$302.

Air Jordan 1 Low Golf x Travis Scott

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Always a fan favourite, step up your game with the AJ1 Low Golf x Travis Scott.

The sleek leather upper, adorned in warm neutrals with Sail overlays and Neutral Olive underlays, boasts Cactus Jack graphics stitched on the heel and subtly layered beneath a white leather Swoosh. Co-branded insoles showcase the synergy of this prolific partnership.

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The signature backward Swoosh, a hallmark of Travis Scott’s AJ1 designs, adds a unique touch. Featuring integrated traction for a powerful golf swing and Nike Air cushioning underfoot, this course-ready collaboration ensures you hit the fairway with style and performance.

The highly sought-after pair is available on Farfetch from S$1,467.

Nike Air Max 95

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We end the list off with another Nike style – the Air Max 95. Also bringing back the vibes of the ’90s track, the sneaks are cut from light, breathable mesh with synthetic leather for lasting wear.

They feature plenty of support, a cushioned step, and traction to your stride. Not forgetting the Air technology that provides impact support, successful for decades. While pricier, the pair is well worth the investment.

Get yours for S$239 and up on Nike.

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