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What were your favorite shoes that came out in 2013? We asked all of our Sneak Geeks the same question. Based off each of their rankings, Finish Line has equated an official Best Shoes of 2013 countdown. Stay tuned throughout the month of December as we get closer to the #1 spot.

#13 – Air Jordan XX8 SE

“The XX8 released to mixed emotions, simply because people were looking for a street shoe & it’s 100% performance and VERY minimalistic. Enter the SE, price point is amazing for the tech that you get AND one of the few shoes you can wear out AND directly onto a court.”@DeadstockNYC

“Personally, from an aesthetic point of view, I prefer the SE of the Air Jordan XX8, but I’ve included each due to the impact these will have on the future of Nike Basketball. The flight plate alone will allow for a new standard of zoom cushioning. The shroud allows for a variety of upper options in the standard XX8 and the shroud-less SE does as well. Hey, it’s an Air Jordan too. It’s gotta be top of the line.”@krvanch

#14 – Nike Air Python

#15 – Nike Free Flyknit

#16 – ASICS x Ronnie Fieg Gel Lyte III “East Coast Project”

#17 – Nike Zoom Flight Glove

#18 – Air Jordan I “Black Toe”

#19 – Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”

#20 – Nike Inneva Woven

#21 – atmos x Nike Air Max 1

#22 – Air Jordan III “Fire Red”

#23 - ASICS Gel Lyte III “Urban Camo”

#24 – Nike Kobe VIII “Area 72″

#25 – Air Jordan 5 “Fear”

Let us know which was your most coveted pair of the year in the comments, and if you agree the picks.

Phone orders will be taken for the Air Jordan 6 Infrared release.

Looking to cop the new Js? We hear ya…along with 23,232,323 other sneakerheads!  Air Jordans are highly sought after and in most cases hard to get your hands on for retail price. So, we want to help you out by giving you some insider information on how to make your release experience on Finishline.com the best possible.

Other Tips for Buying Jordans:

1.       Verify with your financial institution that you have the necessary funds available on your credit card to cop your Js.

2.       Be sure that the personal info submitted on your order matches the personal info your financial institution has on file.

3.       Make sure your billing address and shipping address are the SAME or your order will be denied.

4.       To avoid placing multiple holds on your bank account, only submit your order once.  If you submit more than once, your bank may take up to 72 hours to release those holds.

5.     If you’ve had troubles in the past, consider purchasing a gift card prior to the release to use as your payment type.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When do the new Retro Jordans release?
    • Nearly all of the Retro Jordan shoes will release on Saturdays at 8 a.m. ET (5 a.m. PT). There are always exceptions, and we will do our best to inform you of release times.
  • Can I only find/buy the shoes from your Facebook or Twitter link?
    • You will be able to find and buy the release shoes with our links or by searching for the shoes on finishline.com. Most of the time there will be a homepage banner you can click on to take you to the product.
  • What does the SPA (countdown) page mean? Has the site crashed?
    • If you see the SPA page (30 second countdown clock), the site has not crashed. We purposely limit the amount of traffic going to finishline.com on release days to insure that the site doesn’t go down. Wait patiently (or as patiently as possible!) on the SPA page, and you will eventually get in to buy your kicks. Might we suggest checking out the latest articles on the Finish Line Blog in the meantime?
  • I put the shoes in my cart, but then got kicked out, and I’m on the SPA page again. Will the shoes still be in my cart?
    • As long as the shoes have not sold out, they will still be in your cart, and you will be able to continue to checkout once you get back into the site. Having the shoes in your cart will not reserve them. You must complete the checkout process in order to secure a pair.
  • I buy from Finishline.com all the time, but can never buy the Jordan releases due to checkout errors. Why?
    • Finishline.com has a fraud protection system that checks to make sure any flagged accounts are not fraudulant purchases. This method can take a few days to complete. Since the Jordans will sell out within a day, the system automatically rejects any accounts flagged as potential fraud. We recommend contacting your financial institution to confirm your account information in order to resolve the issue.  In the meantime try the eGift card method in our tips above.
  • I received a confirmation email from PayPal but not from Finish Line. Am I good?
    • You must receive an order confirmation email from Finish Line in order to be sure you secured a pair of shoes. Once you receive your order confirmation from Finish Line, you’re set!
  • How long does it take to get the order confirmation email?
    • There isn’t a specific timeframe for when you will receive an order confirmation email, but it should come shortly after you place an order. If email confirmation is not received, check your Spam folder.

***Using these tips does not guarantee a pair of Jordan shoes from finishline.com. They are meant to make your experience on our site the best possible, but availability of Jordan releases are limited and while supplies last.

Many shoe technologies released in the past decade have been more about show than performance at the end of the day.

Shoe companies have good intentions and do their research on improving the runner’s experience, but when it comes right down to it, many runners are reluctant to buy into unfounded technology. However, the ZigWild 3 Trail Runner may be the exception.

SHOE OVERVIEW:

It’s built on the ZigTech principle and is beefed up in the outsole with carbon rubber and small rubber lugs for better traction along the trails.

TESTED TERRAIN:

I took them for a test run to the neighborhood peak, Mt. Sanitas, a formidable climb of 1,200’ in elevation gain in just 1.2 miles, which is why its a local favorite.

FIRST IMPRESSION:

After putting them on, I immediately noticed how well my foot fit into the footbed with a fair amount of support in the arch. 

TRACTION: 

The shoe had good traction while climbing medium to steep terrain, a mix of loose dirt, gravel, rock and wood steps.

FLEXIBILITY:

Trail shoes can tend to be a bit stiff to provide extra support and traction, but with the pattern of the outsole the shoe flexed nicely with my foot as I pushed uphill.

STABILITY & CUSHIONING:

Equally as impressive was its stability and cushioning as I descended down the technical rocky trail then eventually on to a more open trail where I could pick up my speed. The extra rubber under my foot from the zig pattern made the ride all that more comfortable, and I was really able to enjoy a plush ride down. With the large gaps between the zigs, I was expecting to catch more than a few rocks, but was pleasantly surprised to find none after the run.

UPPER: 

The mesh upper is overlaid with a synthetic pattern not only serves for styling, but it kept my foot in place while negotiating tricky terrain and added a bit more protection for times when I caught a rock on the side. 

BEST BENEFITS:

The ZigTech outsole provided plenty of cushion while being flexible enough to negotiate technical terrain. Plus the mesh upper provided a great feel of support while descending. 

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: 

They were a bit heavier and bulkier than I prefer. 

LAST THOUGHTS:

Overall, I was impressed with how well this particular shoe technology translated to the trail. The outsole not only grabbed the terrain, but will also grab attention when wearing around town. 

Todd Straka is a regular contributor to BoulderRunning.com and the Examiner, is a competitive Master’s Runner, and loves running from the mile to the marathon with the Runners Roost team. Give Todd a follow on Twitter @BoulderRunner.

What were your favorite shoes that came out in 2013? We asked all of our Sneak Geeks the same question. Based off each of their rankings, Finish Line has equated an official Best Shoes of 2013 countdown. Stay tuned throughout the month of December as we get closer to the #1 spot.

#14 – Nike Air Python

“Timeless.”@DeadstockNYC

“My best of 2013 may not even make any other list and this is purely personal for me as this shoe was my ‘white whale’. In 1989 when I first started at Foot Locker, this shoe was on our ‘Fourth Down’ wall, meaning it was a last chance shoe, and was $19.99. I planned on buying them because brown and white were my school colors. One day they were no longer there. This always stuck with me, and when the internet ‘came out’ I researched and found out the rarity of the shoes. I always regretted not buying those Pythons back then. When I saw their return, it was as a complete shock and surprise that this forgotten gem was going to make a return.”@krvanch

#15 – Nike Free Flyknit

#16 – ASICS x Ronnie Fieg Gel Lyte III “East Coast Project”

#17 – Nike Zoom Flight Glove

#18 – Air Jordan I “Black Toe”

#19 – Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”

#20 – Nike Inneva Woven

#21 – atmos x Nike Air Max 1

#22 – Air Jordan III “Fire Red”

#23 - ASICS Gel Lyte III “Urban Camo”

#24 – Nike Kobe VIII “Area 72″

#25 – Air Jordan 5 “Fear”

Let us know which was your most coveted pair of the year in the comments, and if you agree the picks.

What were your favorite shoes that came out in 2013? We asked all of our Sneak Geeks the same question. Based off each of their rankings, Finish Line has equated an official Best Shoes of 2013 countdown. Stay tuned throughout the month of December as we get closer to the #1 spot.

#15 – Nike Free Flyknit

“This shoe may have been the highlight of the summer for me simply based on the technology it offers, the implications of its uses in future Nike models and the coloring options of the upper.”@krvanch

“The Nike Free Flyknit conjoined all that is holy for hipsters in NYC, EVERYONE has frees…EVERYONE has Flyknits. So what’s better than a next to nothing “sock” essentially for either daily errands or track ready?”@DeadstockNYC

#16 – ASICS x Ronnie Fieg Gel Lyte III “East Coast Project”

#17 – Nike Zoom Flight Glove

#18 – Air Jordan I “Black Toe”

#19 – Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”

#20 – Nike Inneva Woven

#21 – atmos x Nike Air Max 1

#22 – Air Jordan III “Fire Red”

#23 - ASICS Gel Lyte III “Urban Camo”

#24 – Nike Kobe VIII “Area 72″

#25 – Air Jordan 5 “Fear”

Let us know which was your most coveted pair of the year in the comments, and if you agree the picks.

What were your favorite shoes that came out in 2013? We asked all of our Sneak Geeks the same question. Based off each of their rankings, Finish Line has equated an official Best Shoes of 2013 countdown. Stay tuned throughout the month of December as we get closer to the #1 spot.

#16 – ASICS x Ronnie Fieg Gel Lyte III “East Coast Project”

“The East Coast Project set the bar pretty high for hype in early 2013. It was a hectic week for the whole Kith family, but I can honestly say that the shoes lived up to buzz. Both warrant their own spot in the top 25, but to be charitable, I’ll combine them into 1 spot.”@AndyOliverWPG

“Whether you love or hate Mr. Fieg, you can’t argue that he doesn’t know how to execute a colorway. The Knicks ECP gel lyte 3 is a perfect example.”@EricMatenaer

#17 – Nike Zoom Flight Glove 

#18 – Air Jordan I “Black Toe”

#19 – Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”

#20 – Nike Inneva Woven

#21 – atmos x Nike Air Max 1

#22 – Air Jordan III “Fire Red”

#23 - ASICS Gel Lyte III “Urban Camo”

#24 – Nike Kobe VIII “Area 72″

#25 – Air Jordan 5 “Fear”

Let us know which was your most coveted pair of the year in the comments, and if you agree the picks.

What were your favorite shoes that came out in 2013? We asked all of our Sneak Geeks the same question. Based off each of their rankings, Finish Line has equated an official Best Shoes of 2013 countdown. Stay tuned throughout the month of December as we get closer to the #1 spot.

#17 – Nike Zoom Flight Glove 

“The Glove is one of those shoes you either loved or hated. I always thought they were a great addition to Nike Basketball but at the time you had to pick your poison, Penny, Payton, MJ, etc.—so it’s nice to see the legends get their shine.”@DeadstockNYC

#18 – Air Jordan I “Black Toe”

#19 – Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”

#20 – Nike Inneva Woven

#21 – atmos x Nike Air Max 1

#22 – Air Jordan III “Fire Red”

#23 - ASICS Gel Lyte III “Urban Camo”

#24 – Nike Kobe VIII “Area 72″

#25 – Air Jordan 5 “Fear”

Let us know which was your most coveted pair of the year in the comments, and if you agree the picks.

In 1992 The PUMA Disc shook up the industry as the first laceless running shoe.

The internal wire system enhanced fit while an optimized amount of Trinomic cushioning technology allowed for long mileage.  Just turn the Disc’s dial and the internal wires tighten the upper to maximize fit and comfort. Trinomic was PUMA’s performance technology launched in the ’90s that focused on stability and cushioning and is still very relevant today.

When unleashed on the world of track and field, the Disc was head-turning and record breaking. Many athletes wore track spike versions of the Disc, and the laceless system proved to be not only fast, but also a stylish addition to the track [see historical disk below].

Now, this ground-breaking style makes a triumphant return with the “Tech’d Out” version – complete with a glossy cage, lighter breathable upper and a lightweight Faas bottom. While the Disc still has all the same performance technology from back in the day, in 2013 it makes an impact on the lifestyle side, combining technology with clean lines and street style.

Mix it up, and get the Disc in your sneaker rotation stat.

What were your favorite shoes that came out in 2013? We asked all of our Sneak Geeks the same question. Based off each of their rankings, Finish Line has equated an official Best Shoes of 2013 countdown. Stay tuned throughout the month of December as we get closer to the #1 spot.

#18 –  Air Jordan I “Black Toe” 

“Classic Bulls color on the all time classic Jordan.”@EricMatenaer

“The “Black Toe” Air Jordan I creates a visual separation of the toe box and heel counter. Also, great to see the shoe from the Jumpan logo make its return.”@krvanch

#19 – Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 “Daytona”

#20 – Nike Inneva Woven

#21 – atmos x Nike Air Max 1

#22 – Air Jordan III “Fire Red”

#23 - ASICS Gel Lyte III “Urban Camo”

#24 – Nike Kobe VIII “Area 72″

#25 – Air Jordan 5 “Fear”

Let us know which was your most coveted pair of the year in the comments, and if you agree the picks.

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