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The Best Shoes in the World, Top 10 Countdown

Some of the best shoes in the world were released in 2015 and this article analyzes presents the top 10 using our favorite Empire characters.  Some of the coolest shoes in the world dropped this year as sneaker companies continue to innovate, delivering better designs that offer more comfort and stability.

While many still consider the Nike Air Jordan I the best basketball shoes ever there were numerous classic sneakers released in 2015 that can be compared to Michael Jordan’s 1985 classics.  The top choices on this list may be included on a top 10 list of the coolest shoes ever considering the hype they were able to generate as well as their amazing design.

Our favorite companies deliver some of the best sneakers in the world year-after-year and most of the time we just complain about any flaws we can find.  Then there are those rare releases that earn instant approval as some of the coolest shoes ever.  


There were numerous major sneaker releases this year: From that patent leather classic that many consider the best basketball shoes ever to an outspoken rapper’s record-breaking releases with a new sneaker brand.  Some of the coolest shoes in the world came out in 2015.

Enjoy our list of 2015’s best sneakers in the world:


10. Nike Air Max 1 Patch

Nike Air Max 1 Patch
Nike Air Max 1 Patch

Nike’s Air Max 1 Patch Pack features 22 patches, paying homage to the important people, landmarks and moments in the sneaker’s 28-year history.  Empire’s Jamal Lyon understands the importance of paying homage to history as he paid his father, Lucious, homage by performing ‘Nothing to Lose’ in the finale episode of the show’s first season.


Jamal Lyon Nothing to Lose
Jamal Lyon Nothing to Lose

9. Air Jordan VI Maroon

Air Jordan VI Maroon
Air Jordan VI Maroon

The Maroon version of the Jordan VI’s are one of the last original colorways to be released by Jordan.  Jordan brand’s new remastered edition approach was used to deliver the classics in their truest form.  Frank Gathers knew something about being an OG, before Lucious took care of him.

Frank Gathers Empire
Frank Gathers Empire

8. Fragment Design x Nike Sock Dart

Fragment Design Nike Sock Dart
Fragment Design Nike Sock Dart

In 2004 the Nike Sock Dart became the first shoe made with computer-controlled knitting.  Nike reminded us how important it is to collaborate, joining Fragment Design to re-release the innovative sneakers. Hakeem and Tiana showed us the importance of collaboration in Empire’s initial season, creating Drip Drop, a song that helped the show’s popularity increase rapidly.

Hakeem Tiana Drip Drop
Hakeem Tiana Drip Drop
7. adidas Ultra Boost

adidas Ultra Boost
adidas Ultra Boost

The adidas Ultra Boost took the company from relevant to dominant this year.  The company is changing the game one innovation at a time.  adidas has traveled a similar journey as Empire’s Jussie Smollett who took his career to the next level in Season 2, landing a record deal with Columbia Records and a commercial deal with Pepsi. 

Jussie Smollett Pepsi
Jussie Smollett Pepsi

6. Air Jordan II x Just Don

Air Jordan 2 Just Don
Air Jordan 2 Just Don

Jordan Brand collaborated with Don C to create the Jordan 2 Just Don.  The Chicago-native decided to use the quilted design after being inspired by a high fashion purse.  Don C is currently a G.O.O.D. music label manager yet he started as Kanye’s DJ before becoming his road manager.  Speaking of Kanye we loved the award-winning rapper’s recent White Hot Holiday special!


Kimye White Hot Holiday
Kimye White Hot Holiday

5. HTM x Nike Kobe X Elite

HTM Nike Kobe 10
HTM Nike Kobe 10

HTM added FlyKnit to the Kobe X, creating yet another classic.  Nike revolutionized the way footwear is made with their FlyKnit technology.  The company understand that you can not influence the world by trying to be like it similar to the way Hakeem understands that he won’t be able to lead Empire in the right direction if he makes the same mistakes as his father.

Hakeem No Lyon
Hakeem No Lyon

4. Air Jordan I Chicago

Air Jordan I Chicago
Air Jordan I Chicago
Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe, the Air Jordan I, was re-released in the white/black/red ‘Chicago’ version.  Chicago is where it all began for MJ similar to Empire star Ta’Rhonda Jones who plays Cookie’s assistant, Porsha. Not only is she from Chicago, Jones also attended Simeon Career Academy, the same school as the Bulls’ current point guard, Derrick Rose.
Ta'Rhonda Jones Empire
Ta’Rhonda Jones Empire

3. Air Jordan V Supreme Camo

Supreme Jordan V
Supreme Jordan V
They say if you’re not ready to go to war, don’t put on your combat clothes.  The camo edition of the Jordan V Supremes helps sneakerheads let people know that they are fighters considering the sacrific most had to make to get their hands on a pair! Cookie needs a pair.  The camo represents the fact that she is always ready for war.
Cookie Lyon
Cookie Lyon

2. adidas Yeezy 750 Boost

adidas Yeezy 750 Boost
adidas Yeezy 750 Boost

Kanye West proved his influence on the shoe game as he jumped over the Jumpman with yet another unforgettable release.  The release black adidas Yeezy 750 Boost made shoe heads around the world camp out to get their hands on another Kanye creation.  Lucious would approve. All black everything.

Lucious Lyon
Lucious Lyon
1. adidas Yeezy Boost 350
adidas yeezy boost 350 on feet
adidas Yeezy Boost 350
Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost 350 won Shoe of the Year at the 29th Footwear News Annual Achievement Awards.  While accepting the award the award-winning rapper described how happy he was to welcome his son Saint into the world.  We are all hoping the Empire’s favorite saint, Andre Lyon will still be welcoming his newborn into the world considering Rhonda’s horrific fall.

Andre Lyon Empire
Andre Lyon Empire

By Jason John

Jason John is based in Maryland and covers Empire BBK’s News and Entertainment. He was previously a producer for the mobile site, helping to present Empire BBK’s news report to readers. More