What’s the 2017 Shoe Of the Year?

Let’s discuss…

2017 was a great year for the culture.

When I say the culture, I’m talking about our culture. You know, sneakers, hip hop, art, etc. Good sneaker releases, great hip hop albums, and we saw a few things that should’ve happened years ago. But as the old saying goes, better late than never.

It’s almost a wrap for 2017 and everyone knows what that means, it’s time for best of debates. I have never focused on creating a “Best Of” lists because everyone does that. Instead, I tend to drop lists that others don’t like Most Overrated and Slept On, which are coming soon.

When it comes to the Best Of talk, I want to hear from the people. I want to hear what TSG Community thinks because we all have our own opinion. The image above doesn’t represent ALL the great releases this year. It was created to start the conversation and provide a few nominees.

However, there are releases like Royal Jordan 1, Zoom Fly SP, LeBron 15, AZG, Nike Mars Yard “Tom Sachs” and a few others that are not on the graph above. Perhaps there are even more that you feel strongly about and comfortable calling Shoe Of the Year.

Think about it for a minute and then drop a comment with your SOTY pick. If you don’t mind, please add a little context as to why you feel your pick is the SOTY.

2017 Shoe Of the Year

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  • Do y’all think Shoe Of the Year should always be a brand new model or is okay if it’s a retro?

    I’ve been thinking a lot about SOTY and I still don’t know. For me, SOTY is NOT the Vapormax or Off White Jordan 1. Both shoes had an amazing year and there was a lot of hype around both. Although I’m not a fan of the Vapormax, I get why some people bring it up in the conversation.

    Nike def did their part by spending tons of money marketing the shoe to consumers. In short, the shoe is just okay. I don’t get the hype at all.

    I’m sure I’ve expressed this a few times on here. As for the Off White Jordan 1, I wasn’t sold on them at all. Am I the only person who would rather have a pair of Chicago Jordan 1s?

    That said, it was dope to see a Chicago kid get a chance to do that collab with Nike. No hate at all. But just looking at the shoe, it was just ok to me.

    As I’ve mentioned before, the Presto is my favorite from the collection and I’m not going to front like those were next level amazing because they weren’t. I just like the way they look.

    So yeah, I’m still trying to figure this one out because previous years I felt strongly about SOTY. This year, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, I have a few pairs that I’ve been enjoying but not sure I want to call any of them SOTY.

    I’m looking forward to see what everyone else has to say.

  • theloverswineverytime

    Royal Aj 1 retro og is prolly the best for me off top of the dome. Silver & the gold og max 97 is up there too.

  • Creep

    Big Air Uptempo gets my vote for shoe of the year. I remember when they first dropped and no one liked them. They brought them back in a variety of colorways, city pack and throw in a supreme collab and it was a rap.

    Still looking for the gold supremes in a 10.5 if anyone is selling

  • aSh

    Feel you G.. Some friends and I literally just had a convo about this last night.. My answer is two part.. First I LOVE my OG Red AM1’s. The shape, quality, etc were perfect. It’s a shoe I wear them all the time now (since I got a couple).. BUT.. My vote goes to the Wave Runner 700. Materials are all plush and premium, tons of attention to detail, feels retroed and new at the same time. Crazy cw and they are comfy.. Needless to say I feel Kanye x adidas did a great job with them

  • Executive

    The only shoe I copped in 2017 came out in 2016, damn I be really not caring about this shit.

  • Viktor Von Doom

    Think the whole air max 1 anniversary series was on point (most of them). For me the AM black and red ruby’s where one of the best releases in 2017 especially the reds, a clean and simple shoe that i didn’t see coming

  • javi

    Stop lying hypebeast….u know every shoe released is the shoe of the year for you??

  • sirfresh

    Royal 1

  • Solid pick for sure.

  • Word! I heard the quality was on point and people were happy with the shape.

  • Wait! You only copped ONE shoe this entire year? Did I read that right?

  • Very true. Like the Air Max 97, I had no idea so many people care about the Air More Uptempo. NSW def put out some good colors this year.

  • Royal 1s for sure and both AM97s were very well received.

  • Yeah man it’s tough. I heard the AM1 was really good with quality and shape. As for the Yeezy Boost 700, I think it’s cool but def overrated in terms of the hype and actual product. I remember people bashing the shoe at first and then it came out they had Boost and then people changed their minds. It’s not an ugly shoe at all, just overrated but I understand the hype.

  • The air force 1 or those Gucci joints

  • Executive Done?

    Lol! Yep, 1 pair. ?

  • DJR

    This is really a tough question for me G because every sneaker I buy I think is the best. The only way for me to answer this is to breakdown into three. So the best sneaker for 2017 to me that I actually own was the Jordan Atmos 3. Love the colorway, materials used and how they flipped the cement print for safari. I would say the pack but that’s just cheating. The best sneaker of 2017 that I will eventually own is the Off White Presto. Prestos are so damn comfortable. In my opinion more comfortable than boost. I love the detailing of the bigger check and how he added the strap and also the tongue. I heard the materials used are good but I obviously can’t confirm that yet. Lastly my favorite purchase of 2017 has to be the shattered backboard 1s. I’m a basketball player and just loved this colorway and the material actually meets the hype and most people use this sneaker as a standard for what 1s quality should be. That’s all I got G. Hope everyone on here has a Happy New Year.

  • Han Lee

    Royal aj1s get my vote too

  • Ha! I appreciate you for sharing your thoughts. I respect you not being able to pick just one. It was an interesting year for sure. Just curious tho, you said you think Prestos are more comfortable than Boost. Do you own a pair of Ultra Boost? Just wondering.

  • Which Gucci joints?

  • Jay

    Toss up between the Ghostface Asics and the Kangaroos x jagermeisters

  • curt diggler

    im with u sir….picked up 4 pair this year at a total of less than $250 after sales….i refuse to look at full price kicks nowadays.

  • curt diggler

    i blame supreme and the hypebeast sites for the all of a sudden love for the uptempos

  • Sounds about right because it was def all of a sudden

  • All outlet finds or stuff on sale at retailers?

  • DJR

    Yeah I do and maybe it’s because I have flat feet or whatever but Prestos just seem more comfortable to me. I love boosts too though don’t get me wrong.

  • Got ya! I was just curious. Flat feet makes sense and it’s all about preference anyway.

  • theloverswineverytime

    True. I mean, i like em. But it wasnt that kinda “love” out there for em bfor the Supremes

  • curt diggler

    online retailers.

  • Executive ??’S Ya

    I like kicks but the thrill is long gone.

  • theloverswineverytime

    But the TWO PAIRS of AJ 11S that YOU copped retailed at $220 apiece. So how….

    Oh, wait….my bad my bad. ???

  • curt diggler

    Lol….tell u what…they drop them denim 11s and I’ll cop.

  • curt diggler

    Same here. I know I’m a cop here and there as long as it’s a steal but otherwise I gotta really want it.

  • Executive ??’S Ya

    Speaking of steals, I just found the fireberry flyknit racer in my size $60! Love deals especially on some random visits.

  • Nathan Leung

    The best pair for me hands down are wheat og1’s perfect execution and such a great fall shoe. I’m very happy with them

  • Air Max 1 Master

  • javi

    Hype

  • javi

    Riiiiiight

  • El Fenomeno

    skepta 97

  • Without any criteria like “must have premium materials”, “must be X or Y” etc., this just quickly becomes that fun game you play while waiting for that 2 day old fish sandwich.

  • theloverswineverytime

    Oh yeah, i forgot about the Vans Anahiem factory Old Skool. Those shoes are frickin COLD!!

  • javi

    Control your thirst terrorista ?