Hypebeast Kicks

What should you and shouldn’t you look out for to maximize your style?


YEEZY footwear released the YEEZY Boost 350 Light on Aug. 28, 2021, for a retail price of $220. The shoe has sold out in a matter of seconds and features an ultraviolet stripe. The UV stripe turns yellow once under direct sunlight.

Back in 2016, the hypebeast trend took off. Streetwear brands left and right made a name for themselves in pop culture, as companies like Nike, Adidas, Jordan, and many more took advantage of this situation. 

Athleisure was the name of the game, and today it’s at an all-time high. While many may be unsure of what to look out for, there are certain pieces that you can buy to elevate your wardrobe.

Kanye’s YEEZY

YEEZY footwear today is the king of comfort. The Boost midsole is a spongy material that gives you bounce in your step and comfort that won’t quit. It’s durable and the Boost sole’s pattern has stood out from the crowd in years past.

The knit upper in many YEEZY shoes have also made their shoes breathable and easy to wear for prolonged periods. 

The YEEZY Boost 350 V2 Light is a comfortable shoe that’s easy to style with most outfits. The light colors make it a great selection that goes well with any choice of bottoms, so it’s a very underrated pickup. They retailed at release for $220 and are seen now from about $250 and above, depending on your size.

Some people don’t care about comfort as much as they care about style. Across the market, there are many stylish sneaker choices that many people lean to, such as the Nike Air Force 1, Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star, Nike Dunk Low, and more. 

New Balance

The New Balance 550 is having a cultural renaissance these days. People used it as a basketball and skating shoe a few years ago. Today it’s a staple of streetwear. 

One thing to note about the shoe is the leather most colorways of the shoe employ. Because of the leather, the shoes are never too glossy.

If you have a more low-key style with matte colors, this will slide into your sneaker rotation perfectly. The shoe has been released so many times too, so there is a pallet with your colors on it. Being one of the cheaper selections, this shoe will only cost around $110, and even most resold pairs won’t crack the $200 range.

The Jumpman

One important brand that basically cultivated the streetwear and athleisure brand are Jordan. Since becoming a professional basketball player in 1984, Michael Jordan has changed what it means to be an icon. His shoes have followed in his footsteps.

The Jordan 1 is a timeless silhouette that has seen all sorts of forms. You can find it in a high-top version, a low-top version, with patent leather, suede, and so much more.

While you feel as if the shoe has been long played out by now, there are still many styles that have a lot of life left to them. 

Released on Sept. 24, the Jordan 1 Taxi is a great pick with a lot of pop to the shoe. The shoe features white, yellow, and black panels to it with a familiar color layout.  

The Jordan wasn’t popular when released. While you can still find it for retail $170, your best bet will be to look on resell websites. Prices are still reasonable as they start at $179.

If you’re not a fan of the high-top look, or aren’t looking to spend that much on shoes, but want the same look, check out the Jordan 1 Low.

If you take a trip down to your local Foot Locker or Champs Sports, you’re likely to find at least a pair or two of either of these shoes sitting around. The beauty of the Jordan 1 Low is that the shoe is just a miniature version of the high-top. 

The low-top shoe has all the advantages of the Jordan 1 but at a cheaper price. The Jordan 1 Low retails at $130 and most resold pairs won’t go over $350