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It’s the time of the year again. People keep on reviewing their choices, their achievements, their wins and their mistakes. Sneakerheads do that as well – in another kind of way though. We SEE our good decisions and bad decisions right in front of our eyes: in our shoe cabinet! Bargain shopping at the mall gone wrong or best purchase ever? Either way, 2016 has been full of collecting kicks and an always empty pocket. While others start contemplating about their New Year resolutions, we start figuring out which sneakers to cop next year. There will be bargains, investments, fast purchases and bad buys again, but we keep on expanding our collection, no matter what.

Been there, done that. In 2016, we rocked the latest Jordan on one day, while we wore the freshest adilettes the other day. There have been colorful, simple, eye-catching, futuristic, delicate, comfortable as well as odd sneakers on our feet, but we still have our very own favorites. Sneakers, we wore at concerts, in clubs and at festivals – and we can’t believe that they still look that fine. Sneakers, we solely wore at rare occasions because they were to precious to even be outside their box. Sneakers, we wore everyday because they matched every possible outfit in our closet. Sneakers, we loved at first glance while others showed their true value after a time. Sneakers, we were complimented for and raised eyebrows. Sneakers, we tried to hide into our closet because we were in such a shopping frenzy, we bought everything that was in close distance.

Thus, we decided to start a photo competition. Competition might be the wrong choice of words, though. Of course, we don’t just want to show off our kicks. We rather would like to create an interactive experience. Share your own favorite sneakers with us! Believe us, it is actually quite difficult to decide which sneakers are your favorite shoes of 2016. Apart from becoming part of a larger sneaker-loving community, you can also win something. Convinced?



Win a pair of K1X-sneakers from KICKZ.COM!
How to participate:

1. Follow us on Instagram @kickz93
2. Post a picture of your favorite four sneakers of 2016 on Instagram
3. Use hashtag #fav4kickz and tag @kickz93
4. Also tag 5 of your friends and challenge them to see who has the fresher kicks

The winner will be selected by us. The criteria we pay attention to the most are originality and execution. And we also love basketball. In addition to the first prize, we will also select 3 runners-up who’ll each receive a stylish smartphone case. The winners will be announced on Instagram @kickz93 and contacted through direct message. The jury’s decision is final, there is no legal recourse. The competition is not supported, sponsored or organized by Instagram. Last chance to participate is Thursday, December 22, 2016, 11:59 AM.

The KICKZ Crew’s favorite sneakers of 2016



Dennis (CEFacebook/Beer Mug-lifting-Champion)


Air Jordan 3 Retro
My favorite pair of Js in my shoe shelf… as you can tell by the rather used look. Simply love the fire-red/black/grey combination,
how they match almost everything and how comfy they became over the months/years of usage.
Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Moire
This pair is in this pic to represent all my other classics… AF1s, other Air Max 90s and 1s and also my low dunks.
Had to chose one and those where always a fresh and good choice this year!
Nike Roshe One
Simply too much history with those ones! Excessive weekend and day festivals, thousands of miles travelled in airplanes
and smaller distances travelled by foot in different countries and continents. My No. 1 shoe for my journeys!
Summer must have for laid-back BBBQs (the third ‚B‘ stands for ‚Beer‘)
and relaxed days with the boys at a lake or a pool. Can’t wait for the summer to come back!



Cathrin (Senior Accountant)


Puma Fenty Camo
“Shoe of the year 2016”, what more can I say!
Puma Suede Platform Elemental
Burgundy Love. I’m in love with fancy sneakers!
Adidas Superstars Personalized
My fav sneaker of summer 2016. It was personalized by my husband. It’s quite special without the original Adidas stripes and the little notice from my love.
Adidas Stan Smith
The little black one. Every woman needs a pair of black sneakers.



Philip (Head of Instagram/Bowling Champ)


adidas Skateboarding x A$AP Ferg Adi-Ease „Traplord”
I love skateboarding silhouettes. I love black and white sneakers. And I’m a fan of the A$AP Mob.
Had to get both colorways, but the black is my favorite. And of course, I love GOOOOLD!
Nike Air Jordan 1 SB “Lance Mountain”
AJ1s and Dunks are my all time favorites, so this one was a no-brainer.
Bought the all-whites in 2014, but when parts of the white started coming off,
I decided to fully unleash the colors. Perfect shoe for everyday use and late night extravaganzas!
Packer Shoes x Reebok Phase 1 Pro „Corner ‚85“
Black, white, gold and GUM SOLES! What a Combo! Had to get those… Perfect for shorts and white socks.
Nike SB Dunk Low Elite „Pink Box“ 
After picking up the orange and the grey box Dunks, I wasn’t sure about these first.
But after seeing them in person my inner Killa Cam told me to get’em Dunks! He really meant it… DIPSET!


Sophia (Content Marketing)


Nike WMNS Roshe One Diamondback
Sure to make heads turn! This one is the shoe I have been approached the most.
It’s a true piece of jewelry! I mean, the Swoosh is glittering – come on, best Roshe ever!
Nike WMNS Air Huarache Run Ultra BR Triple White
Never thought that I would ever buy white sneakers, but truth be told, they are actually quite fresh in summer.
Blue Jeans + white sneakers + tanned = perfect combination!
Nike WMNS Air Max 1 Black Leopard Sunburst
Still one of my favorite shoes, even if they are already pretty worn out.
Actually quite eccentric for my taste – prints, leo prints – but while buying this one, I let my inner sneaker self be wild and untamed.
Nike WMNS Air Force 1 ’07 Premium “Black Pony Hair”
My latest pick and probably my favorite one in 2016. All black, as usual. But with the pony hair… damn, this AF1 is a sexy beast!


Rob (Editor-in-chief)


Nike Air Huarache
This is actually my first pair of Huaraches and I bought them for my last vacation as I needed something light for everyday use.
The triple white colorway goes with about anything and they are extremely comfortable to wear. Not my last pair of Huaraches I’m sure.
Nike Free Flyknit Chukka
I did not even realize I brought the same shoe like last time. Well, it just shows how much I like the Flyknit Chukka.
Easily the most comfy sneakers I own. In the morning if I already know there will be a lot of walking during the day, this is the shoe I put on.
Nike Air Jordan Spizike Bordeaux Obama
I usually stick to subdued colors, so getting this one a couple of years was a leap for me. No regrets tho.
This is one of my favorite shoes to wear on a sunny day. The many colors make it impossible to color coordinate it with anything else and that’s what I love about it.
Nike Air Trainer SC II
I have lots of SCII but this colorway got the most mileage by far. The gun metal colorway is subdued and a bit shiny at the same time.
It’s the sneaker I wear when I don’t put too much thought about the whole look. Need a new pair though. These are WORN.


Elli (Graphics)

Nike Air Force 1 “Uptowns”
No 1. travel shoe: A lot of cities, planes, ferries, beaches, festivals and cool moments in this pair. One day they will get their own showcase!
Nike Air Jordan 4 “Alternate 89”
First new pair after a big change in my life… time for new memories with new dope kickz!
adidas Jeremy Scott Leopard
Very special pair…but I am also pretty special, so I think it’s a perfect match! Still in love!
Nike Air Max 1 Vachetta Pack Pink Flash
The vachetta pack is one of the best AM1 I have ever seen. When I first saw them, my heart screamed I WANT YOU!


Dustin (E-Commerce)

Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam
Just a great shoe with an even greater story to it. I grew up with Space Jam being one of my absolut favorite
movies therefore it was a must-buy for me and i`m more than glad about the 2016 version!
Adidas UltraBoost Uncaged
As you can see i was rocking’ this one a lot this year. Nice to see a big company reacting to a customizing trend like this – really one of my most comfortable shoes!
Adidas Gazelle
There were a lot of good colorways adidas released this year and this one was my personal favorit and the quality is great as well!
K1X H1ke Territory
My All-Black-All-Weather Classic for this year.
Light, Durable, Comfortable and warm = Fall/Winter Essential!


Franzi (Retail)


Nike WMNS Air Huarache Run “Rio Teal”
My number one for relaxed days in the city and busy days in the office.
Super-comfortable, perfect cushioned for long days and I simply love the shiny/metallic green.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Black/White
My all time favorite! You can’t go wrong with the black/white color way –
plus the Air Jordan Wings Logo spices up every outfit in a fresh and stylish way!
Vans Authentic
Summer-feeling on my feet! My favs for chilled and laid-back summer days at the Isar or relaxed sun-downer drinks at bars in Munich-City with my girls.
Nike Air Jordan 12 “Barons”
A shoe for experts and sneaker heads. I really love those to differentiate from the broad Jordan 1s
and 3s mass out on the streets and only true sneaker heads have love for them. A real head turner!




Thanks for participating!

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