With another year coming to an end, it’s time for us to again look back at the styles that were released in 2023 and which ones will be in contention for the Laced Shoe of The Year. 

Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 Pine Green

Following their 2019 joint release, Nike SB and Air Jordan this year dropped a fresh colourway for a seasoned classic. This iteration of the Air Jordan 4 features all the hallmark design staples you’ve come to expect, but delivered in a neutral colourway that has sharply accented green hits throughout. Thanks to its wide size range and mix of contemporary and classic styling, this shoe became one of the most sought-after for this year. 

adidas Samba OG White Black

What more can be said about the Samba? It’s been the go-to sneakers for a lot of us throughout the year, and whether you’re more taken with the collaborative styles from the likes of Wales Bonner or Sporty & Rich, or opt for the classic general release style, the Samba has become a frequent feature of a lot of footwear rotations. 

Air Jordan 4 Retro Frozen Moments Womens

Another Air Jordan 4 release that turned heads this year, proving the style’s resurgence into  must-have silhouette status. Hitting at the perfect time to also ride on the metallic sneaker trend that hit this year, the Frozen Moments release managed to land at the perfect moment to reach a fever pitch of popularity. 

Nike Air Max 95 Sp X Corteiz Rules The World

When a brand with such a cult following gets a cosign from one of the biggest brands in the world it’s sure to be a contender for this list. Taking inspiration from military gear both in its colour palette and design details. Earthy tones of green and khaki are accented by the bright yellow, co-branded, embroidered emblems which gets mirrored in the 95s iconic heel bubble. The upper panel of the sneaker is adorned with a mesh netting that harks back to that military inspiration and sets this collaborative pair of Air Max’s apart from general release pairs. 

UGG Tazz Slipper Mustard Seed Womens

The return of the most Y2K shoe that ever was — UGG made waves this year with their resurgence in the zeitgeist and the releases of their new mule-ified styles like the Tasman and Tazz Slipper. The latter of the two is the shoe we’re choosing to hero this time. It’s a style that’s been able to rock the boat and beat out some popular sneakers to get onto (and change the name of) our end of year list thanks to it’s perfect combination of comfort, with that sheepskin lining and double height sole, and huge amount of styling potential we’ve seen this shoe have across our social feeds since the end of the summer. 

2023 has been another year of stellar releases and head-turning styles that we’ve loved being able to showcase. Check back in after Christmas to find out who we’ve crown our winner.