This Year in Gear

15 Shoes and Sneakers We Obsessed Over in 2019


December 23, 2019 Sponsored By

This roundup is part of This Year in Gear, a look back at the year’s most notable releases. To stay on top of all the latest product news, subscribe to our daily Dispatch newsletter.

Adidas Terrex Two Parley

Price: $125
From: adidas.com

The new Terrex Two serves as a continuation of the brand’s collaboration with Parley, a company dedicated to ocean restoration. It also proves an important point: products made with recycled materials don’t have to be inferior in function or aesthetics — the Terrex Two Parley nails both.

|

Atoms Sneakers

Price: $179
From: atoms.com

The Model 000 has a foam midsole that delivers continued comfort for the life of the shoe. It also features unique stretch laces that stay tied and allow the shoe to be slipped on and off with or without socks.

|

Buzz Rickson Ventile Water-Resistant Sneakers

Price: $250
From: selfedge.com

A replica of the shoes issued by the military in the ‘70s, these feature anodized steel eyelets, a natural rubber sole and period-appropriate midsole glue markings. And Buzz Rickson is now offering the style with a water-resistant Ventile upper in both olive and black colors.

|

Clarks x Carhartt WIP Wallabee Boots

Price: $155
From: endclothing.com

Carhartt WIP teamed up with Clarks Originals to update the classic Wallabee boot. The collab style has Charles F. Stead suede uppers in olive and Hamilton Brown, two colors widely used by the workwear brand. Additionally, each pair features canvas trims — camo and brown, respectively — and woven Carhartt WIP labels.

|

Quintus by Moral Code

The casual low-top silhouette and rich high quality leather of the Quintus make it the quintessential sneaker for any look. From a t-shirt and jeans to going out in a blazer, the rubber sole and leather lining will keep your feet happy for hours on end. Right now, you can grab 25 percent off on a pair with the code QUINTUSGP25. Learn More: Here

Danner Caprine Low

Price: $140 $113
From: huckberry.com

With 3D knit sneakers trending, Danner joined with a sneaker that is decidedly Danner. Each sneaker features abrasion-resistant leather and woven upper that’s just as breathable as it looks.

|

Danner x N. Hoolywood Slip-On Shoes

Price: ~$502
From: n-hoolywood.com

American boot maker Danner teamed up with cult-favorite Japanese brand N.Hoolywood to create one of its best shoes ever. The brands started with the Postman silhouette from a previous collaboration and modified it into a slip-on style. Made in Japan, it features a one-piece premium leather upper and a chunky Vibram sole.

|

Dr. Martens x Norse Projects

Price: N/A
From: drmartens.com

Copenhagen-based clothing brand Norse Projects collaborated with Dr. Martens to produce shoes for one of the best restaurants in the world. The two blacked-out styles — a minimalist oxford and understated double monk strap — are made exclusively for the front-of-house team at legendary Danish restaurant Noma.

|

Duke + Dexter x Snoop Dogg

Price: $215+
From: dukeanddexter.com

London-based footwear brand Duke + Dexter just released a collection of summer shoes designed with Snoop Dogg. Limited to 1,000 pairs worldwide, the collab includes a slide, a mule and a loafer designed for casual wear. The classic silhouettes are handmade in England and feature a few irreverent designs including tiled pot leaves and embroidered dice.

|

Everlane Trainer

Price: $98
From: everlane.com

Wardrobe essentials powerhouse Everlane just started it’s own sneaker brand — Tread by Everlane — and announced its first sneaker called the Trainer.

|

Koio Tempo

Price: $248
From: koio.co

“With the Tempo, we were intent on creating a sneaker that fused vintage and modern sophistication in an iconic, sporty low-top silhouette,” Koio co-founder Johannes Quodt said in a statement. “It’s always our goal to design shoes that allow people to seamlessly transition from place to place and scenario to scenario, and with the Tempo we’ve taken that a step further.”

|

Mizuno TC-01 Training Shoe

Price: $140
From: mizunousa.com

The TC-01 Training Shoe helps athletes with balance, so strength training is more natural. Through sensor pods in the soles, these shoes provide your feet with feedback from the ground. The result is that you’re more aware of where your body is moving, helping to perfect your form — and maximize your gains.

|

Native Shoes The Plant Shoe

Price: $200
From: nativeshoes.com

Vancouver footwear brand Native just released an understated sneaker that is quietly revolutionary. The Plant Shoe is crafted entirely from plant-based components and is biodegradable at the end of its life cycle. For Native, the shoe represents the future of its minimalist sneaker designs.

|

New Balance 990 Sport Triplecell

Price: $175
From: newbalance.com

On June 28, Boston-based footwear giant New Balance launched its first sneaker featuring a 3D-printed heel. The 990 Sport silhouette was updated with a TripleCell 3D-printed heel, a lattice structure made from a new photopolymer resin called Rebound Resin.

|

Nike ACG React Terra Gobe

Price: $150
From: nike.com

The stand out feature includes the same cushioned and springy foam from the Nike Odyssey React, which we’ve been running in this winter. Pair the lightweight foam with a ripstop and water-resistant upper and you’re ready to tackle a trail run, day hike or urban exploration.

|

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36

Price: $120
From: nike.com

Built for runners who crave some support in their feet, yet a lightweight-enough runner to take you from hill repeats to tempo runs, the 36th version features subtle tweaks from the 35th iteration. Highlights include a new Flyknit upper with fly mesh that’s super breathable. Nike updates the tongue as well with a flatter, less plush approach that sits nicely against your ankle and as of our first runs, causes no chafing issues.

|

Finding the Right Shoe Size Is More Complicated Than You Think. Start Here

Shoe sizing is confusing. You’re a size 10 in one shoe, a 10.5 in another and, somehow, a 9 in another shoe. How? Getting the right size is a balancing act of a dozen pedial factors, each one of which is simultaneously hyper-specific and frustratingly vague. With expert advice from the professionals at high-end retailer Leffot, boot maker Viberg and sneaker mecca Stadium Goods, we gathered the best advice to guide you to the right shoe size. Read the Story

Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

Gear Patrol

A daily magazine of immersive stories, deals, buying advice, product-forward editorial, and reports from far-flung places.

More by Gear Patrol | Follow on Facebook · Instagram · Twitter · Contact via Email
Sign Up for the
Daily Dispatch
Useful product reviews, work-from-home tips
and expert advice packed into one handy, daily email.

By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive email correspondence from us.