For a period, it seemed like sneaker culture was at an all-time low. From 2021/22, it was Nike Dunks or nothing, especially the notorious panda colourway, which still gives us chills whenever we inevitably come across a pair. But 2023 has seen a resurgence in quality kicks; from the whacky MSFT boots to the essential Aimé Leon Dore and New Balance collab, there’s been plenty of releases to dip your toes into this year.
Now, thanks to eBay, we’re getting an insight into the hottest sneakers on the market now and what kicks sneakerheads can’t get enough of.
First up is UK streetwear label Corteiz’s huge collaboration with Nike, which sold out in a matter of minutes after its initial drop. There’s arguably no shoe this year that garnered the same amount of hype as the brand’s take on the classic Air Max 95 silhouette, which arrived in three striking colourways – ‘Gutta Green,’ ‘Pink Beam,’ and ‘Aegean Storm’
In a service for the community, label founder Clint re-sold a number of the trainers that were purchased by bots at a recent pop-up which seemingly the whole of London attended. Since their initial release in February, searches for the 95s have increased by 85% on eBay as those who missed out on the must-haves try to get in on the act.
Collaborations featuring fresh twists on classic styles are also driving sneakerheads to look further afield for their next pair. Searches for Kiko Asics have increased more than 40% since June 2022, as the metallic runners from the Bulgarian born-designer make for a statement choice.
Representing the best of new British streetwear, Manchester sneaker brand Clints Inc has also captivated sneakerheads with their unique designs as searches for the brand increased close to 110% over the past year.
But North America’s influence is still standing strong in the sneaker-sphere, as Teddy Santis’ Aimé Leon Dore continues to reimagine New York style with New Balance, and Montreal’s JJJJound shows the power of simplicity through collabs with Vans, New Balance and Reebok. As searches for the brands have increased by 10% and 5%, respectively, since last year.