Often, professional athletes have a lot of expendable income and less taste in material things. You’ll see world footballers and soccer players receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in weekly salaries, donning in casual, unfashionable attire and footwear.
However, there are exceptions to this stereotype the likes of Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr. Looking at his Instagram feed, it’s clear that Neymar Jr. has a commendable taste, especially in sneakers.
Then again, that’s to be expected as until recently, Neymar was signed with Nike. During the tenure, the Brazilian superstar would front some global advertising campaigns for the VaporMax and other sneakers. He even released his own take on the Air Jordan 5.
Bottom line, Neymar has a cool sneaker collection, and here’s a rundown of his top 6 favorite sneakers that goes to show that not all pro athletes have horrendous taste, especially when it comes to sneakers.
Nike Air Vapor Max
Although Nike Air Vapor Max took over seven years to materialize, they are a transcendent revolution. The model is a sleek hybrid that brings the much-needed comfort and a unique style that fits everyday use.
The model features a snug, foot-hugging bootie construction that provides adequate stability for on and off-court activities. Its stability is further boosted by the internal cage that wraps the midfoot. The iconic VaporMax cushioning results in a springy bounce that’s felt with every step. As such, the model is a complete transformation of the standard Air Max. It’s a direct thumbs up to the ahead-of-its-time Air Max Plus of the 90s. – 1998 to be exact.
With Nike Air Vapor Max, you experience a throwback design revamped with the revolutionary Nike Air. They mimic the original style while taking into account the future of sneakers. And with Neymar’s approval, these kicks are a must-have for techy-sneaker lovers in the world.
Note, the kicks are reported to run small and as such, you should order a size up for a more comfortable fit.
The model features a floating, molded TPU cage that’s direct uproot from the original 90s design. The compression-molded upper enhance its durability while the iconic VaporMax Air sole ensures a lightweight and soft responsiveness.
Added to the design is a durable rubber outsole. Rubber pods are placed in high-wear areas of the shoe to boost its durability. At the same time, the integrated lugs offer aggressive traction.
It’s also easy to slip-on thanks to its lace-up closure. Why not grab yourself a pair here at an affordable price?
ACRONYM x Nike Air Force 1
Nike’s continued collaboration with the hyper-technical label Acronym has yielded footwear that tech-fashion fanatics and sneakerheads drive in droves to purchase. If you can recall, the duo had earlier partnered with the result being the much-coveted Nike x Acronym Presto.
In the Air Force design, Hugh revisited the design in Lunar Force 1 kick he first flipped back in 2015. He settled for the new, all-white iteration that was the ninja fashion, obviously without all the black.
See, the said Lunar Force 1 was released at a time when the futuristic “health goth” and excessive zippers look was the in thing. Note, this trend surged in part thanks to Acronym and its co-founder Errolson Hugh. Naturally, the Zippered-up sneaker was an instant hit.
This round, going all white made the Acronym x Nike Air Force 1 the star of the show. The model also includes unique spins from the likes of Roc-a-Fella founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, rapper Travis Scott, and Off-White designer Virgil Abloh.
Neymar x Air Jordan V
In 2016, the Jordan signature line collaborated with Neymar to create Neymar’s own colorway of the Air Jordan 5. Now how would Neymar not love such a shoe?
The flashy model features a fully-reflective silver upper that’s covered with black and Infrared speckles to add the accents. It also has Neymar’s number 10 stitching on the left kick.
Air Max 90 “Moon Landing”
Air Max 90 “Moon Landing” pays tribute to Neil Armstrong for being the first man to walk on the moon. The model is made with a Nike Air heel unit and Lunarlon midsole, with an all-over 3m moon print that’s complemented by a speckled midsole.
The limited-edition is different and offers a country’s cultural heritage as well. It’s no wonder that’s its first photo sent the internet on a frenzy.
Victor Cruz x Nike Air Trainer
The Victor Cruz x Nike Air Trainer features 2 adjustable straps for support and closure. The model is a modified version of the OG Air Trainer, with a durable leather upper, rubber outsole with multidirectional traction pattern, and visible Air-Sole unit.
The pair is available in standard size and thus, be sure to measure your feet size and correctly match the resulting figures to the chart provided by online retailers. For an in-store purchase, be sure to fit the kicks before purchase.
Air Max 90
The Nike Air Max 90 is a fly, comfortable, and proven sneaker that remain true to its original roots and revolutionary Waffle sole. The substantial rubber outsole is rugged enough to provide adequate grip on any surface.
The model features a stitched overlay and cool plastic accents around the heel and eyestays.
The kick makes use of Max Air cushioning to add comfort to your run, walk, or any activity.
It’s available in multiple colorways (Iron Grey, White, Obsidian, and more) making it the ideal sneaker for when you’re in the mood for retro casual styling, without compromising on cushioning protection, stability, support, and comfort.
The Air Max 90’s has a slightly above low-cut profile with a well-padded collar that provides ankle support and added comfort. The iconic Max Air heel cushioning absorbs impact and provides a touch of visual impact.
Upper: durable and fashionable suede and/or synthetic
Collar: padded for ankle support and added comfort
Closure: eyestays provides customizable lacing options
Cushioning: Max Air unit absorbs impact for that extra protection
Midsole: full-length polyurethane to ensure daylong comfort
Outsole: Tough, waffle-style to provide superb traction
Heel: split design to help displace any force during impact
The soccer superstar has some good taste in sneakers, which makes him a fashion icon to a majority of his fans.Outlined above is Neymar’s favorite kicks, which makes it easier for you to steal his style.
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