Welcome back to one of my favorite series here at The Art of Fatherhood. My oldest daughter, Lily and I take a look at a topic in the world of Pop Culture and share our thoughts on it. If you missed the series you can check out one where we talk about our favorite Stranger Things characters. You can read the article here! This week we are sharing our thoughts on five of our sneaker designs. Feel free to share your favorite sneakers in the comment section below.
Lily’s Five Sneakers
1. Nike Air Force 1 x Serena Williams Design Crew
These shoes are next level, design wise. With intricate details around the shoe, Serena WIlliams’ signature on the back of the shoe, a cool zipper instead of laces, and the explosive pop of the color purple. This shoe has it all! I am really excited about wearing these shoes to school, because they are so cool.
2. Nike Air Force Shadow
I got these shoes last year, as 8th grade ended for me. I love these shoes so much, because they complement a lot of the clothes I wear, and the multiple patterns on the shoes are pretty cool to look at. The design overall of the shoe is amazing, and they’re pretty comfortable to wear!
3. Stranger Things x Vans
Whether it’s stuck in the Upside Down or trapped in Vecna’s grasp, the party has faced it all. But isn’t it funny how a major thing they struggle with is high school? Mike, Dustin, and Lucas are part of the Hellfire Club, a roleplaying group that focuses on dnd. Imagine how popular that club would be with these shoes! With all the patterns paying homage to the Hellfire Club, these shoes are so cool and pay tribute to an amazing show.
4. Billie Eilish x Nike
Last year, Billie Eilish released her second studio album, Happier Than Ever. Not only did she gift us with the album, but she gifted us with this amazing collab with Nike! The shoes are amazingly designed, and would make anyone seriously Happier Than Ever to own them.
5. Reebok x Cardi B shoes
Not only does Cardi B know how to make music, but she certainly knows how to design shoes! The shoes are super cool, with sleek designs in one singular color. The futuristic design really makes those shoes pop! While I do not own these shoes, these would be a super cool upgrade to anyone’s wardrobe.
Art’s Five Sneakers
1. Puma x Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
I like sneakers. I like cereal. So anytime there is a sneaker cereal collab I am always interested in that sneaker design. Puma looked to honor 70 years of Tony the Tiger. They teamed up with Kellogg’s on Puma x Frosted Flakes series. This collaboration celebrates the iconic cereal and its beloved mascot. It has fun twists on classic styles, like the suede. Bright orange, vertical black stripes, and vintage graphics make sure these kicks look GR-R-REAT! (Dad joke approved.)
2. Reebok Pumps – Boston Celtics
I love Reebok’s retro line. From the Answer sneaker line to the Pump series. When Reebok made the Pump in the Boston Celtics’ colors I definitely wanted to pick them up. These kicks pay homage to former Boston Celtics star Dee Brown and his display during the 1991 Dunk Contest. I even spoke with Dee Brown about fatherhood, sneakers and more. Check it out here. Nicknamed the “Parquet Court”, the sneaker is dressed in black and white accented by the Celtics green visible on the ankle collar and tongue. A parquet floor design is replicated on the insole to pay homage to Boston Celtics’ hardwood court pattern.
3. Air Jordan XIII x Solefly
One of the best Air Jordan collabs. These shoes are clean. SoleFly is back again, celebrating the beauty of Florida and the joys of yacht life with a fresh Air Jordan XIII. The original pair propelled MJ to his 6th championship win, but this edition is all about off-court ease. Big details like the holographic cat’s eye, woven tongue and toe box, and Celestine Blue dimpled upper are grounded in neutral hues for a shoe that’s just as at home on the boat as it is on the streets of South Miami.
4. Air Jordan V x DJ Khaled
As part of DJ Khaled’s “We The Best” collection, this Air Jordan V takes your shoe game to the next level. The pastel colorway with Leche Blue accents, a luxe quilted liner and original details showcase your style. Inspired by MJ to KEEP GOING and never stop, Khaled put his own touch on the classic with the “We The Best” logo on the heel and removed the upper pod for a slimmer fit. And don’t forget to flip the tongue—a hidden message reminds you to push through all the noise.
5. Air Jordan 1 – Chicago Lost And Found
The Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” was inspired by the high top Air Jordan 1 original colorway. It was first released in 1985. The shoe harkens back to a time when shoe boxes were often lost in inventory stockrooms, only to be found again years later. Before the advent of sophisticated inventory systems, products were typically tracked with pen and paper. Human error was inevitable and frequently resulted in shoe boxes with mismatched lids. This shoe is a throwback to this era, drawing inspiration from what an original 1985 Air Jordan 1 would look like if found decades later in a dusty stock room.