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2010 Performance Picks Of The Year (By Bryan Hinkle)

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Bryan Hinkle lists his year-end top sneaker performance picks.

In a year that saw some companies make a comeback and some just make an appearance, it was the tried and tested brands who fared best, in my mind, overall. With one big surprise, of course.

I tried many different shoes this year, more than most, thanks to this website. After testing all the different styles and brands, I feel like a Foot Locker guinea pig, but in a good way. I wore highs, lows, and all in between, played more ball than I had since college, and constantly had people asking me how I liked certain shoes. I tried to open eyes of players and readers everywhere to different ideas and concepts, not just the tried and true “walk into the Finish Line and grab a pair because it is on the top shelf” approach. With all my wears, here are my picks for several different categories. (Disclaimer: I left out any shoe released since December 1 due to lack of testing time.)

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Great pick,i really like your choise

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uptempo 3 for retro of the year!

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adidas really did come up BIG this year! amazing performance 2010 shoes, puremotion tech, d-rose and dwight taking over. congrats to adi for the strong lines this year. even infiltrates and beasts are sick. rose 1.5 and superbeasts next up……..cannot wait!

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definitely agree the sn creator is the shoes of the year

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yea man the ts are def the top shoe of the year, i copped three pairs thats how great there are for me.

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Great shoe picks. I got the UA Black Ice, adiZero Rose and LeBron 8 kicks based soley on the reviews from this site. Didnt disappoint and loved all of them. 2011 should be ‘nother great year of shoes!!! Salute CK.

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Thanks for the words, guys. Like you, I am just a consumer who appreciates good shoes so this past year has been great. I really expected more different opinions, but it is good to see most thought I was right on.

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@duke4005 i also wonder what is your opioion on the lebron vii ps, i would love to see how those perform but i cant find them in my size.

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Nice list, but not a single mention of Hyperfuse or KD III?

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Great read. Agree with most of it. Kobe’s always great. Love LeBron line since Jason Petrie took it over but those things are still built like tanks…wish it went back to full length Zoom! Adidas came strong with PureMotion. Under Armour Micro G is real nice, I wanna see what they got coming for Black Ice 2. Didn’t try Zigs yet I’m waiting for Jwall official shoe to see what it look like. APL is dope but pricey…got friends who pick it up and they work. Li-Ning BD Doom is future classic for that brand. KD II fun shoes good price. Next hypefuse brings back 90s era memories. 2010 great year! Hope Nike and other companies hooks this site up more cuz the reviews are always in depth and best looks around. Time to start saving up for next round of spring kicks.

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Jc, I was a fan of the Hyperfuse but felt it could have been better with a heel Zoom or even encap Air unit. I would have put it as a strong 6. I left off the KD3 because it came out in December and I haven’t had a good chance to review it yet.

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DOPE REVIEWS THIS PAST YEAR BRYAN. HOPE TO SEE MORE ON CK THIS YEAR FROM ALL THE BRANDS. LOVIN THE VARIETIES!

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Great picks , my SN Creator is still in US until I get to meet my friend :lol: , cant wait to try them on. And thump up for Luke’s comment too :D . Other shoes like the Beast or the HD 2010 disappointed me just a little but this year is truly great for sneaker heads

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Great list, I’m gonna go for the big-fellas version as my favorite, the Supernatural Commander(the PureMotion literally saved my slightly worn out feet), so they’re at the top of my All-Time list too.

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