Sadly, there will probably come a day when all kids know Michael Jordan for is making shoes — that said, there are worse things to be known for than the Air Jordan 4 ($160). While these kicks have been out for a while in a range of colorways, this dark grey and green glow variant hits sneaker shops on Saturday morning, and we're sure they'll go quickly. These retro-designed shoes are based on the silhouette that first brought Jordans to the global market, and were made famous when MJ wore them in game five of the 1989 NBA First Round against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Combining classic footwear designs with top-quality materials and current style touches, Greats Sneakers ($60-$100) deliver shoes that look as timeless as they do modern. Launching with two models — The Wilson and The Royale — they'll soon add a range of shoes in line with their design ethos. The Wilson is an updated take on the classic canvas low top, made from cotton, leather, and vulcanized rubber (available in navy, red, and white). The Royale looks like a retro tennis shoe, and features deerskin and calfskin leather throughout (available in chocolate, grey, and black).
One of the worst things to happen in the life of a sneakerhead is the first major scuff on a new pair of shoes. Jason Markk Sneaker Quick Wipes ($11) help you avert the crisis of smudged shoes, preserving their freshness for another day. They have two sides, with two textures for versatile cleaning — one side has blue abrasive dots for removing difficult stains, while the softer side is better for everyday care. These durable wipes come in packs of twelve, and one or two can easily slip into a pocket for emergency shoe care.
No matter how nice of a pair of boots you buy, it only takes a few wet days trudging through the mud to make them look like crap. Get your boots ready for rainy weather, and keep them looking good for years with a can of Red Wing Boot Oil ($20). Made from an all-natural mix of pine pitch and mink oil, it prevents boots from cracking and drying, lengthens their life, and helps them repel water. It'll even restore good looks to that pair of boots you've abandoned in your closet for years.
A classic design gets a modern upgrade with the New Balance Revlite 574 Sneakers ($75). While they do feature a new Revlite midsole that provides added responsiveness and durability while weighing 30% less than comparable foams, the rest of the shoe is decidedly old-school, from the basic tri-tone design to the leather upper. Available in four colorways, including black/red, the patriotic navy, white, and red, the running-at-nighttime-friendly hi-viz yellow, black, and white, and the springtime special blue with silver.