The 20 Best Gifts for the Sneakerhead

Nov 12, 2021

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Sneakerheads tend to differ across the spectrum of style, with some seeking out more luxe options of streetwear while others simply love iconic looks and tend to stick to the basics. Regardless, there is one commonplace aspect among all of them, and that is their unabiding admiration of the culture itself. Among countless shapes, sizes, and silhouettes, it is hard to argue against the sneaker’s prominence in the world of footwear, let alone fashion itself. While shoes are often the first gift idea that comes to mind, there are countless other options that members of the counter culture have produced over the years to fit every shoe lover’s needs, be it whether they’re casuals or full-on historians of the game.

Air Jordan 1 DMP Pack

Why gift one when you can gift two? The Air Jordan 1 turned the sneaker world on its head entirely upon their release, and this emblematic pair of Bred 1s is accompanied by a sleek pair of Celtic-themed ones to recall the 63 points he dropped on them in the same shoe. Together, they make for the Defining Moments Pack. And by purchasing them on eBay with the site’s new Authenticity Guarantee for sneakers, you can be sure that you’re getting the real deal.

Purchase: $600

Honorable Mention Sneakers:

Air Jordan 13 Ray Allen PE

The fact that these shoes are even relatively accessible now is hard to believe, as they are truly one of the most coveted pairs of Player Exclusives ever crafted prior to sneakers being so easily ready for purchase. The long-tenured sneakerheads surely know about the Ray Allen 13s.

Purchase: $1,500+

Nike Kobe V Fade to Black

This symbolic pair was ironically released long before the late, great Kobe Bryant’s passing. Nevertheless, these were part of the extremely exclusive Fade to Black collection that went along with his entire series of shoes, and also serve as one of the more iconic silhouettes in basketball history.

Purchase: $1,700

Sneaker Stories

This is a pair of biographies that basically go hand-in-hand with each other, each making for essential reading material for anyone within this circle.

MJ: The Life: $20 Shoe Dog: $16

Supreme Hanes Crew Socks

Supreme has been here, there, and everywhere when it comes to streetwear, and sneakerheads will have no problem throwing these socks on before choosing their pair for the day. Truly, this may have been the most expected gift of the bunch.

Purchase: $24

Reshoevn8r Suede Kit

Reshoevn8r’s angle at cleaning suede is done exactly as it should be, with their signature Suede Kit featuring a dry brush to get those scuffs out of what sounds like a rather luxurious pair.

Purchase: $25

Jason Markk Starter Kit

There are genuinely no names more renowned in the shoe cleaning world than Jason Markk, and every single sneakerhead knows that name like the back of their hand.

Purchase: $30

Nike Shoe Box Bag

It’s more than likely whoever you’re buying this for may already have too many of these boxes; luckily for them, this is a bag.

Purchase: $35

Pop Chart Sneaker Compendium Poster

This incredibly intricate compendium showcases the lifeline of sneakers with many of our personal favorites in the mix, as well as countless grails that every sneakerhead simply has to know.

Purchase: $40

Houndsbay Cedar Shoe Trees

These American-made shoe trees are geared to adjust the sizing of any shoe that may seem a bit too tight. These would look great by a Christmas tree, pun intended.

Purchase: $40+

Nike: Better is Temporary

This awesome coffee table book provides a visual history and breakdown behind some of their most iconic pairs, as well as a bit of what’s to come in the future. New or old, any sneakerhead would be happy to take a deeper look at their favorites.

Purchase: $59

Jordan Essentials Fleece Pants

Jordan sweatpants are as popular on the court as they are off of it, and have been around for decades now. As part of the brand’s essentials set, they’ve practically grown as large of a staple as the shoes themselves. Embellished with a tonal signature of the man himself, these comfortable fleece-knit pants are hard to pass on.

Purchase: $60

Wilson Authentic NBA Basketball

While pros have been blaming the league’s new ball for their shooting woes, park-goers can get their practice in with this full-leather, NBA-grade ball manufactured by the association’s new sponsor in Wilson.

Purchase: $60

Nike Sportswear French Terry Hoodie

Crafted from french terry, this hoodie sets itself apart from the standard Nike garment thanks to its tonal embroidery and sporadic stitching — for style’s sake, of course.

Purchase: $85

Brain Dead Reverse Fleece Crewneck

The L.A.-bred brand has collaborated with everyone from Converse to Reebok in recent years and is well aware of how to deliver on highly-innovative streetwear. This cozy fleece crewneck is one of their simple essentials, serving as a great winter garment.

Purchase: $120

Sneaker Throne Shoe Rack

This light-up rack serves as both a display case and storage space, putting a spotlight on your pairs without the bells and whistles.

Purchase: $160

Open Spaces Entryway Rack

While a light-up display case is always something to behold, many prefer a more practical, accessible approach, and Open Spaces is a brand adept at optimizing storage both in and out of closets.

Purchase: $174

The Shrine Waterproof Backpack

Made from entirely waterproof fabrics, this backpack comes equipped with a laptop compartment, and also serves as a duffel bag! If you know a sneakerhead who wouldn’t love to transport a quartet of shoes as safely as possible, then you may not really know a sneakerhead, after all.

Purchase: $200

DONDA Stem Player

Regardless of how you feel about Kanye’s latest album, this is an incredible gadget that garners the name of someone who shifted sneaker culture entirely — not to give him an ego boost or anything.

Purchase: $200

A-COLD-WALL Beats Studio Headphones

Stemming from Virgil Abloh’s protege, these speckled Beats headphones designed by Samuel Ross’s fashion house are stylish enough for sneakerheads who haven’t even heard of A-COLD-WALL.

Purchase: $350

adidas x Pharrell Myshelter Coat

This winter-ready joint effort is brought to you by the streetwear wizard in Pharrell and performance icon adidas. Providing optimized warmth through the winter by way of its full down filling, the coat is ready to go with practically any pair of kicks.

Purchase: $424

Trio of Jerseys

Aside from the aforementioned Mr. West, the three greatest basketball players ever are the quintessential reason why sneakerhead culture grew so prominent across countless circles. Pay homage to the trio of icons in a variety of ways, rather than just with their shoes alone.

Jordan: $300+Kobe: $2,400 LeBron: $1,250

20 Best Hoodies for Men

Hoodies and sneakers go together like MJ and championships, so have a look at our guide to the 20 best hoodies for men to pick out your next favorite sweatshirt.

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