Christmas is fast approaching and the time to get in early is long overdue. Decisions have to be made now or risk a repeat of last Christmas' chaos.
We understand that finding the perfect gift should take time and is often a difficult process, so we thought we'd give you a hand. Just for you, we've curated a list of what are guaranteed to be the best surprises for your sneaker-loving close ones (or yourself, we won't judge 🤫 ).
You already know that the Nike Dunk Low line-up has some eye-catching designs, however, few releases can match the subtlety of the off-white and cashmere tones featured in the "Light Bone" release.
This rendition of the vintage silhouette is stripped of all colour, consisting of light bone overlays and swooshes, a smooth leather upper, not deviating too far from its roots with its perforated toe box. A neutral palette extending to the cup sole complements its seamless design.
Know someone who has a passion for sneakers but don't want to risk picking them up an outlandish colour-way? Look no further as the Pale Ivory notes of this iteration bolster their reputation as an all-year-round crowd-pleaser.
There's something about this shoe that screams out MJ's Original Air Jordan 1 Low "Chicago" since its inception back in 1985. Whilst it forgoes the "NIKE AIR" branding on the tongue and rocks a relocated signature wings on the lower heel, it sports an inverted design of the OG "Chicago" release which has made for a well-anticipated release.
A perfect companion to your gifts under this year's Christmas tree, the Air Jordan 1 Low "Bred Toe" doesn't disappoint. Whilst it takes inspiration from recent releases opting for the Jumpman logo over the "NIKE AIR" branding, it is made to truly stand out against the blacked-out tongue complementing the dark overlays. A taste of red is offered in the toe box, collar and heel of the shoe which elegantly accompany the red sole and its cup sole.
Made for the Summer, but able to carry you through all seasons, the "Bred Toe" deserve to be a contender in your wardrobe.
It wouldn't be a complete gift guide without mentioning a pair of Nike's Mids. A recent addition to the Air Jordan 1 Mid line-up, the "Game Royal" is sure to be a vital part of anyone's wardrobe.
Sticking to recent designs, the "Game Royal" features a premium leather upper with a white base and contrasting black overlays at the forefront and heel.
So what makes it so Royal? This iteration consists of vibrant hits of Royal Blue which immerse through the suede collar and leather swoosh. The blacked-out tongue, laces and overlays ensure that the signature Jumpman and wings logo stand out in the Royal Blue palette. And of course, there's an Air-sole unit guaranteeing you comfort in every stride.
It would be a no-brainer to cop a pair for your sneaker-loving close one. The seamless, yet bold colour blocking make for the ideal Christmas gift.
Now here's a truly timeless sneaker. No matter the season, the monochrome two-tone colour scheme makes the Nike Panda Dunk Retro Low "Panda" a wardrobe essential that compliments almost any fit you pair it with. Since its inception in 1985, Peter Moore's Dunk line-up has been through various iterations and none will withstand time as well as the "Panda" thanks to their minimalistic appearance.
Consisting of a premium white leather upper enveloped by black leather overlays and swooshes, these low-profile kicks are bound to subtly astound others. Specifically designed for rapid movement on hardwood floors, the "Panda"guarantees a step into traction, comfort and ease all in one package.
Now, everyone has their statement piece but what would a wardrobe be without the building blocks to support the additional layers? That's like not having a monochromatic, subtle pair on standby!
The contrasting white and black accents that make the Dunk "Panda" a true staple deem the pair an all-year, all-season favourite (And you guessed, the perfect Christmas gift for them
A long-awaited return sees the Air Jordan 11 "Cool Grey" finally hit the shelves this December. Originally debuted in 2001, this iteration draws inspiration from the originals worn by MJ as he fixated on his 4th NBA title.
With a frenzied re-release in 2010, this iteration stays true to its retro roots with its monochromatic neutral grey and Nubuck upper.
So, what's changed? If it hasn't already caught your eye, this reissue switches to a hard to miss icy blue translucent outsole, complimenting the cool breeze brought about by evening Summers. Versatility in a sneaker refers to how well it fits into each season. Seamlessly take the "Cool Grey" into Winter with its darker upper palettes with cold days contoured by its azure outsole.
It's taken 11 years to get here, why wait any longer? The icy outsole tops the sneaker, making it the perfect gift to pick up for this Christmas and rock into the Summer.
Nothing hits home more than a pair of OG Air Jordan 1 Highs, especially on Christmas Day.
The Air Jordan 1 "Smoke Grey" features a subtle white toebox with grey overlays, completed together by a Varsity Red ankle flap that can't be missed. The addition of this red plush suede makes this pair ideal for those who want to stand out but would like to feel comfortably at home with the subtler shade palette. A black Nike Swoosh accentuates the Varsity Red whilst complementing the matching black hints running along the rubber outsole and that wrap the collar.
While these highly anticipated sneakers aren't necessarily new to our shelves, they make for an incredible Summer-time pair that will be sure to complement all outfits throughout the year, regardless of the season.
Let's fast forward to Christmas Day, all the pressies lay wrapped under the big tree and the room begins to immerse itself in a sense of restlessness. Unwrapping their mid-sized gift to have eyes met by the tri-colour masterpiece that is the Air Jordan 1 High "Royal Toe". What a sight!
This rendition of MJ's original Jordan 1 High silhouette features a perfect balance between its Game Royal, White and Black overlays. Composed of premium leather that wraps the entire upper with teases of Game Royal at the collar, toe box, and rubber outsole. Of course, it wouldn't be a Jordan 1 without the signature wings logo. Breathe comfort with the perforated toe box and padding that cushions the ankle on each stride.
Fit for all seasons, this twist on a classic shoe remains a timeless pair, giving it a reserve spot in anyone's wardrobe.
What better way to give this Christmas than with one of the greatest Nike silhouettes of all time?
What's a better Christmas gift than a pair of freshly released Air Jordan 1 Lows? While these Mocha Durabuck permeated kicks are a fall essential, they are a must-have for all seasons.
Radiating vibes reminiscent of Travis Scott's own take on the "Mocha", this Air Jordan 1 Low stays true to its origins featuring a sidewall and toe box finished in premium white leather, all wrapped in unique brown suede overlays and swooshes. A pink embroidered Jumpman shines against the blacked-out tongue, luring your gaze to the same pastel hue applied to the collar lining.
Aligning with the Air Jordan 1 Low values, this pair features an enhanced Air-sole unit encapsulated in lightweight foam and a soft quilted textile which combine harmoniously to guarantee a cosy fit every time you lace up.
A staple for summer, without a pair of Jordan 1 Lows in your wardrobe, will you ever give your ankles a chance to breathe?
And that brings our Christmas Gift Guide for 2021 to a close. We above all hope that we have been able to help you narrow your focus in your gift-buying pursuit for those you love most (It can definitely be hard work, hats off to you). It's been an incredibly tough year for all, and you and your close ones deserve a reward.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.