Best Sneaker Releases of 2014 by Kicksologists Staff

2014 Sneaker of the Year

2014 Kicks of the Year

2014 was a great year for sneakerheads starting with the release of the Prelude Pack to ending the year with some serious heat from the Fragment Air Jordan 1.

Our staff at Kicksologists took a look at all the best releases from this year, retro to collaborations to new releases and threw them all on the table to sort out the best 50 releases of the year.

50. Nike Air Foamposite Pro Volt

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These Volts released in December, but were a much anticipated release for many foamheads.

NEXT: KD 7 Sneaks in a Last Minute Gem

49. Nike KD VII EXT Black Suede

Nike KD VII EXT Black Suede

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These lifestyle kicks from the KD 7 line are probably the best colorway so far.

NEXT: Aunt Pearl Always Remembered

48. Nike KD VI Aunt Pearl

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A classic colorway from the Kevin Durant signature shoe line continues it’s tradition of class and beauty.

NEXT: Flyknit 4.0

47. Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 Multicolor

Nike Free Flyknit 4 Multicolor

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Simple adjustments to the ankle support area make this flyknit runner a must have.

NEXT: Challenge Red for the Black Mamba

46. Nike Kobe 9 KRM EXT Challenge Red

Nike Kobe 9 KRM EXT Challenge Red

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When leaks of these came out, comparisons to the Red Octobers were instantly made. Fire is not enough to describe the heat on these.

NEXT: Hot Lava

45. Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 Hot Lava

Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 Hot Lava

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A lot of nostalgia releases this year came out and these Agassi kicks definitely hit home with a lot of sneakerheads.

NEXT: A Smooth Lunar Glide

44. Nike Lunarglide 6

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Nike took advantage of the World Cup to release the 6 and show some futuristic designs that are sure to continue the solid reputation of these runners.

NEXT: Stan Knit Prime

43. Adidas Primeknit Stan Smith

Adidas Primeknit Stan Smith

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A simply perfect marriage of new tech with old school feel.

NEXT: Military Grade Nikes

42. Nike ACG Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB

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These military grade hiking boots just look amazing for urban wear.

NEXT: Under the Radar Fragment Drop

41. Fragment Nike KD VI Elite

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Hiroshi Fujiwara snuck thse KD 6’s in earlier this year and showed how clean the KD designs really are.

NEXT: Get Your Pump On

40. Concepts Reebok Insta Pump Fury

Concepts Reebok Insta Pump Fury

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A design that got everyone thinking that Reebok teamed up with Versace, the team at Reebok really hit a homerun with these prints.

NEXT: Asics KFE with a Special Touch

39. Ronnie Fieg Asics KFE

Ronnie Fieg x Asics KFE

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Combine a trip to Brazil, the World Cup and a New York City stud and you get these amazing designs for Asics.

NEXT: Making Pinoys Proud

38. Nike Kobe 9 EM Low Philippines

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A true tribute to one of the greatest basketball & Kobe Bryant fans in the world.

NEXT: The Carmine 6

37. Air Jordan 6 Retro Carmine

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A much anticipated retro release from the team at Jordan Brand, these Carmines were definitely were a must grab.

NEXT: Diamonds Not So Rough

36. Nike Dunk SB High Diamond

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The sequel to the diamond lows, these SB high tops caused a lot of havoc at local skate shops.

NEXT: Any Height You Want

35. Ricardo Tisci Nike Air Force 1

Ricardo Tisci Nike Air Force 1

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An amazing collaboration of high fashion and a street staple, Air Force 1.

NEXT: The Racer

34. Adidas Y-3 Qasa Racer

Adidas Y-3 Qasa Racer

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This roll cage design brings in a new chapter into adidas runners.

NEXT: Going Ape Sh*t

33. A Bathing Ape Reebok Instapump Fury

A Bathing Ape Reebok Instapump Fury

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A great collaboration gives this Fury an exotic look that can hang in today’s fashion.

NEXT: JCrew Independence Day

32. J. Crew New Balance 998 Independence Day

J.Crew x New Balance 998 Independence Day

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A classic sneaker gets a classic look from the team at J.Crew. Definitely a must for the casual sneakerhead.

NEXT: Because Roger Wore It

31. Nike Vapor Tour 9 Black Cement

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Roger Federer broke these out at the US Open and definitely broke necks as Jordan worked with Roger on the next chapter in Tennis fashion.

NEXT: Loopers at Adidas

30. Adidas SL Loop Runner

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NEXT: The Early Release that Held them Off

29. Kobe Prelude VII

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Still going strong with a lot of NBA players playing in these special edition Kobe 7s.

NEXT: Getting Ready for Orbit

28. Nike Free Orbit II SP

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The same designer behind the Yeezy 2 gets the credit for creating these limited released runners.

NEXT: The Zoom Hypercross

27. Nike Zoom Hypercross

Nike Zoom Hypercross Volt Black

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NEXT: White or Wheat?

26. Nike Air Foamposite One Wheat

Nike Air Foamposite One Wheat

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One of the more anticipated releases of the year using the classic wheat look on the futuristic foamposite one.

NEXT: The Supreme Foamposite

25. Supreme Nike Air Foamposite One

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Easily the most hyped foamposite of the year.

NEXT: Kobe’s First

24. Kobe Prelude I

23. Nike Kobe 1 Prelude

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NEXT: Nike SB’s Climb Up the Mountain

23. Nike SB Air Jordan 1 Lance Mountain

Nike SB Air Jordan 1 Lance Mountain

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NEXT: A Classic 6 Returns

22. Air Jordan 6 Retro Infrared

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NEXT: LeBron Coming Home Again

21. Nike LeBron 12

Nike LeBron 12 HRT of a Lion

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NEXT: Triple Black is Triple Nice

20. Nike Air Huarache Triple Black

Nike Air Huarach Triple Black

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NEXT: The Future is Now

19. Jordan Future

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NEXT: Who’s Ready for the Tube?

18. Adidas Tubular Runner

Adidas Tubular Runner

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NEXT: The Forgotten 11

17. Air Jordan 11 Pantone

Air Jordan 11 Pantone

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NEXT: AF1 Supreme

16. Supreme Nike Air Force 1

Supreme Air Force 1

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NEXT: Stan Smith Concepts

15. Concepts Adidas Stan Smith

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NEXT: It’s not the Flux Capacitor

14. Adidas ZX Flux

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NEXT: Pharrell Gets Busy

13. Pharrell Adidas Stan Smith Solids Pack

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NEXT: Y-3 Boost

12. Adidas Y-3 Yohji Boost

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NEXT: The Best Pair in the Prelude Pack?

11. Kobe Prelude II

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NEXT: Thank You HTM

10. Nike Mercurial Superfly HTM

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NEXT: The Late Fragment Release

9. Air Jordan 1 Fragment Design

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NEXT: One Word – Yeezy

8. Nike Air Yeezy II Red October

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NEXT: XX9

7. Air Jordan XX9

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NEXT: White Men CAN Jump

6. Nike Air Command Force

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NEXT: Out of Nowhere

5. Nike Kobe 9 Elite

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Eric Avar and Kobe Bryant arguably brought super high-tops back into fashion after years of rocking lows with the release of the Kobe 9 Elite.

NEXT: 500,000 of these Sold

4. Air Jordan 11 Legend Blue

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500,000 of these sold in one weekend. That is all.

NEXT: Adidas is Keeping Up & Maybe Leading

3. Adidas Pure Boost

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Adidas came out with a slam dunk, home run, touch down of a sneaker when it combined it’s best running tech into this silhouette.

NEXT: Never Released 11s?

2. Air Jordan 11 Low Concord

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The fun fact is that 2014 is the first time the Air Jordan 11 Concord lows have been officially released.

NEXT: The Absolute Best Shoe of 2014

1. Kobe 9 Elite Low HTM
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Only released in Milan, these Kobe 9 HTMs are quickly climbing the charts as a legendary design.

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