Here’s Ronnie Fieg, the obsessive king of sneaker shopping, in his own words, with top picks from his personal collection (in no particular order).
Asics Gel-Lyte III Emerald
I wanted Pumps growing up, but instead my mom came home with these. At first I didn’t like them, but after I started wearing them I never took them off. I wore them until there were holes in the sock liner. The Gel-Lyte III is also the first sneaker I collaborated on, so it has a very special place in my heart.
Jordan 1 Bred
The 1 is my favorite Jordan. It’s the one that started it all. It’s also a sneaker that has transcended the sport and has become a silhouette accepted in all levels of fashion. The Bred colorway is my personal favorite because of how classic it is, and also because how Nike was able to spin the marketing campaign around it. Everything about this shoe is timeless.
Air Max 95 Neon
The OG Air Max 95 is a staple sneaker for New Yorkers. It also came out during the most influential time of my life, when I was being introduced to the things that would ultimately shape my taste and outlook forever. The colorway was so ahead of its time and played off the design of the silhouette perfectly.
New Balance 990 V2 Grey
There are few things more classic than a gray New Balance. My favorite silhouette from their line is the 990 V2. The tooling used on this model still feels futuristic today, which speaks volumes about the design.
This sneaker is forever ingrained in hip-hop culture and was one of the first sneakers to make that transition to a widely acceptable street sneaker. In my opinion it is Adidas’s most classic silhouette and will forever be relevant. There’s no other design like the shell toe; it’s immediately recognizable and could never be duplicated.