It’s been a year of staying in and staying put. Aside from fuzzy lounge slippers, shoes were probably not a top-of-mind purchase in 2020. There weren’t any event to put our best foot forward at! But resilient as we Hongkongers are, we’ve found refuge in outdoorsy adventures, be it beach-side camping or braving the hardest hiking trails in the city. Sneakers, naturally, found its way back into our rotation.

As we edge our way towards 2021, here’s a throwback round-up to all the sneakers we loved through 2020.

Nike Air Max 90 ‘Tokyo Olympics’ sneakers

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January 2020. It feels like a lifetime ago now. These Nike Air Max 90 ‘Tokyo Olympics’ were planned to release alongside the Tokyo Olympics which, of course, didn’t happen. Also notable this month was the Beyonce x Adidas collaboration.

adidas’s Valentine’s Day Pack sneakers

Kicking Off: Six of the best sneaker drops this February

The month of love, of course, inspired sneakers that drew inspiration from love-hearts and palettes of pink and red. Strangelove Skateboards x Nike SB Dunk Low and Adidas’s Valentine’s Day Pack were obviously feeling the loved-up vibes.

okh x Asics Gel-1090 sneakers

Kicking Off: Six of the best sneaker drops this March

We were in the thick of COVID-19 lockdowns in March; sneakers, understandably, may not have been top-of-mind this month. We loved the Rokh x Asics Gel-1090 sneakers, which covered its upper with laces that hinted at hiking origins. Prophetic, considering we’re all escaping lockdown for hiking trails a few months later.

Ben & Jerry’s x Nike SB Dunk Low sneakers

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Guilty pleasures, anyone? April’s top pick from Nike wears its Swoosh a little bit melted in honour of its collaboration partner: Ben & Jerry’s.

Nike Space Hippies

The best new sneaker drops to know about in June 2020

Sustainability — the buzzword in fashion. Having launched this June, Nike’s Space Hippies were said to have been made from the remnants of the sportswear giant’s factory floors; truly one man’s trash, another man’s sweet new kicks. Also released this month was the Yeezy 700 MNVN, crafted from 100 percent sustainable cotton.

Converse x Feng Chen Wang & Jack Purcell sneakers

The best new sneaker drops to know about in August 2020

A full roster of sneakers with Japan-inspired motifs — see: Air Jordan 12’s Japanese indigo colourway; Nike SB Dunk Low’s sashiko stitching — marked the end of what was supposed to be the Tokyo Olympics’ closing ceremony. Must-cop, too, were the Converse x Feng Chen Wang & Jack Purcell collaboration, which featured a tonal caged profile.

Nike's Air Jordan 5 ‘Alternate Bel-Air’ sneakers 2020

The best new sneaker drops to know about in September 2020

With a reboot of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ slated to be in the works, Nike’s Air Jordan 5 ‘Alternate Bel-Air’ pays homage to the Air Jordans Will Smith favoured throughout the tenure of the original series. A clear mood towards DIY aesthetics turned this month’s releases into colourful works of art; Sean Wotherspoon x Adidas ‘Super Earth’ Superstar’s 3-D embroidery, Converse x Fear of God Skidgrip’s luminescent colourway and Civilist x Nike SB Dunk Low’s heat-map inspired pattern stole the show.

chanel sneakers 2020

The best new sneaker drops to know about in October 2020

As lines between ultra-luxury and streetwear continue to blur, we’ve taken a wander into an upper echelon this October with retro-inspired Chanel kicks and the Prada x Adidas ‘Superstar’ collaboration. The Off-White ‘Out of Office’ collection was on-the-nose and of-the-times, as usual with the Virgil Abloh-led brand.

Adidas Originals x Star Wars: The Mandalorian Collection sneakers

The best new sneaker drops to know about in November 2020

We first met baby Yoda a year ago; instant virality and a host of adorable memes ensued. Coinciding with the release of the second season of The Mandalorian, this Adidas collaboration was a must-cop for the Stars Wars fanatic. Its muted light green colourway — or, neo-mint — also rode big waves this year.

Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike Dunk Low 'Pure Platinum' sneakers 2020

The best new sneakers drops to know about in December 2020

Finally, December. The end to an unforgettable year, for all the wrong reasons. A veritable disco ball, the Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike Dunk Low collaboration in ‘Pure Platinum’ dusted Swarovski-laced sparkle onto its entire upper — one for New Year’s Eve parties for those who’ve sworn off stilettos this year.

Joey Wong
Editor
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.