8 sneakerhead approved gifts you won’t go broke for
It’s not always easy to make a sneakerhead happy. What they want is either limited, expensive, or dates back to 2009 and is obviously no where to be found. So before buying your boyfriend, sister or best friend a pair of shoes they probably aren’t even going to like, take a look at this list of sneakerhead approved gifts that will not, or maybe less, disappoint them. On a side note, these potential presents are a lot cheaper then a pair of limited edition deadstock sneakers too.
Article and selection by Yaell Monas
The Incomplete Highsnobiety Guide to Street Fashion & Culture
A few months ago Highsnobiety, number one streetwear website worldwide, launched its new book The Inclomplete Highsnobiety Guide to Street Fashion & Culture. This is a gift which has more to offer than just sneakers. It’s about the culture, how youth-driven movements had an impact on streetwear and the latests collabs of high end fashion brands with streetwear- and skate brands. The book involves stories of Tom Sachs, Virgil Abloh, A$AP Rocky and Nike’s CEO Mark Parker on the internet’s effect on sneaker culture. Totally worth the 60 dollars.
You can buy the book at the Highsnobiety Store.
Angelus Sneaker Paint
This one is for the creative sneakerhead, or the one who has a shitload of shoes he never wears. Customised sneakers have been a trend for a few years now, and Sneaker Paint is the perfect gift for someone who wants to customise his own sneakers. It works for leather, canvas and even suede shoes. The basic kit, which involves five colours of choice, a preparer and five brushes, only costs 25 dollars on Angelus’ website.
You can buy the paint at Angelus Paint webshop.
Crep Crate Sneaker Storage Box
Give your Secret Santa the chance to build his own sneaker closet with Sneaker Storage Boxes from Crep Protect. The boxes are easy to set up, protect sneakers from UV and have a magnetic door. They are stackable, so the sneakerfreak can build a whole closet made of Storage Boxes and enjoy the view of his favorite kicks. Showing off a collection has never been easier but it only fits for shoes up until size 43,5. For 40 euros, you get two boxes.
You can buy the storage box at the Crep webshop.
This is a present for the male sneakerheads, and a little more expensive. At Sneakertub, you can take a Sneakertub lite subscription. A three month subscription costs 150 dollars and includes three packages delivered at home, with three pairs of sneakers, shirts, socks, sneakercleaning and more. What’s in the boxes is worth way more than 150 dollars, but 150 dollars might be something you’ll go broke for. So for the rich Santa’s, this might be the coolest gift on the list.
You can subscribe via the Sneakertub website.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir By The Creator Of Nike
A story every single sneakerhead should know, read and enjoy. Phil Knight was the founder of one of the biggest brands in the sneakerworld, Nike. Although he and Bill Bowerman only had 1200 dollars when they started the company, it turned out to be a hit all over the world. Knight wrote down the whole story, and bundled it in a book you can buy for only 13 euros. Contribute to the knowledge of a sneakerhead by giving him or her this book.
You can buy the book at bol.com
Overkill x Nike: Kiss My Airs Doormat
Nothing shouts ‘Hi I’m a sneakerhead’ more than a doormat saying Kiss My Airs. Overkill and Nike collaborated on what must be one of the coolest doormats ever, for only 45 euros. It’s a sold out item on the Overkill website, but we ensure you you can buy one at every single sneaker convention there is. December 15th you can stop by Sneak’Up in Ghent to buy one, and maybe pick up some other cool gifts for your favourite sneakerhead.
You can buy a doormat at the Sneak'Up Event.
Sneaker Freaker Magazine Subscription
A sneakerhead wants to know everything new and upcoming, and what’s better than a magazine to stay updated on the latest drops, collaborations or colourways? Sneaker Freaker is the first and only international footwear magazine since 2002. There are 3 Sneaker Freaker issues a year, and for 40.99 dollars you provide your favourite sneakerhead with two years of magazines.
You can subscribe via the Sneaker Freaker website.
Sneaker Case by Private Label NYC
Is your secret santa a sneakerhead who travels the world? Stop searching, because the sneaker case by Private Label NYC is the perfect gift. This case for your sneakers weighs nothing, but keeps your sneakers separated from all the other stuff in your luggage. Sneakers up until size 44, yes even high-top sneakers, fit in and there’s a small zip bag inside for extra laces or insoles. The best part of it is the price, as they cost only 15 dollars.
You can buy a case via the Private Label NYC webshop.