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Sneaker culture is at an all-time high, and even elite fashion houses are designing sneakers. Streetwear and athleisure are the norms now, and men are flexing with egregiously priced hoodies and jeans designed just so they can better show off their kicks. As a result, the term “sneakerhead” no longer applies solely to a small group of committed collectors. A lot of guys now classify themselves as sneakerheads, even if they don’t have hundreds of rare Air Jordans in their closets.
Because sneakerheads know about the best kicks before anyone else, shopping for them can be difficult. As a result, sometimes the best gifts for sneakerheads are not more sneakers. Rather, if you need gift ideas for the sneakerhead in your life, consider shoe cleaning kits and other accessories in addition to shoes. We’ve compiled a list of just that below.
We’ve also got an entire gift guide full of the best gifts for men, so check that out if you’re still searching for the perfect gift.
1. Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner
Keep your sneakerhead looking fresh in every possible way. The Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit by Jason Markk includes a four-ounce bottle of Premium Shoe Cleaning Solution and a great shoe cleaning brush, which makes it a fantastic tool for keeping those kicks fresh and clean. Jason Markk makes really high-quality shoe care products, and this cleaning kit is one of the best gifts for sneakerheads for any occasion.
2. Alpha Industries Bomber Jackets
Alpha Industries may not sell sneakers, but they make clothing that’s perfectly suited for the sneaker-obsessed guys and gals in your life. Alpha Industries got its start as a military contractor making the flight jackets pilots needed to stay warm at high altitudes. Today, they make streetwear that’s both timeless and modern at the same time. Case in point: the iconic Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket. Whether you opt for the classic bomber or the hooded version, we’re confident the sneakerheads in your life will be absolutely delighted with their gift.
3. The Incomplete Highsnobiety Guide to Street Fashion and Culture
There are a lot of websites and blogs dedicated to street fashion and sneakers, but Highsnobiety, founded in 2005, is undoubtedly one of the most influential. They’ve now taken their wisdom from the screen to the printed page, with this tome dedicated to all things street style. The cover looks like it says “The Complete…” until you turn it on its side and see the “In” prefix on the spine. Of course, it’s loaded with vibrant color photos.
4. Reshoevn8r Premium Shoe and Sneaker Cleaning Kit
A shoe care kit might not seem like the most exciting thing, but this kit form Reshoevn8r is so stylishly designed it makes for a gift for sneakerheads you can actually proudly give. The kit includes multiple brushes, a cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth. Best of all, the cleaning solution is made using natural ingredients.
5. GH Bass Larson Weejuns
I know what you’re thinking. Loafers? For a gift for sneakerheads? But loafers are surprisingly hot right now, driven by prep-inspired streetwear brands like Noah and Aime Leon Dore. Plus, even a sneakerhead needs something to wear to a wedding. These black and white loafers are dressy, yet surprisingly versatile. They come from GH Bass, the brand with the most credible claim to inventing the loafer.
6. Jason Markk 30-Pack Shoe Cleaning Quick Wipes
Looking for a gift for sneakerheads that could double as a stocking stuffer? These wipes from Jason Markk will help them keep their shoes clean between proper cleanings. Each kit includes 30 wipes, which are individually packaged.
7. ‘Nike. ICONS: Something’s Off’ Book
Getting your hands on a pair of Virgil Abloh-designed Nikes might be tricky. This book about the shoes? A little easier. It features 352 pages and color photos, and the vibrant green cover would make a stylish addition to a sneakerhead’s coffee table. Since it’s produced by Taschen, one of the best art book companies, you can count on tasteful presentation and printing quality.
8. Nike Sportswear Style Essentials
Getting your hands on the sneakers is just half the battle — finding the right pants to style them with can be surprisingly hard. Jeans are most people’s default pants, but they don’t always go with every pair of sneakers. These pants combine the clean look of chinos with the sportiness of track pants. Plus, the cropped fit makes it easier to show off your footwear. There are also zippered pockets for easier storage.
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9. Nordstrom Men’s Shop Cedar Shoe Tree
Keep odors and unsightly creases at bay with a pair of shoe trees. You shouldn’t spend too much on them, but springing for cedar is a good idea. It’ll do a better job of absorbing moisture and odors, helping to extend the life of your shoes. This affordable pair from Nordstrom is a good bet. Again, it’s not the sexiest gift for sneakerheads. But as part of a sneaker-related gift bundle? It’s just the thing.
10. SneakerFreaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book
A sneakerhead that knows his history is a bit rarer, but this book looking into specific models and the history of sneakers in America makes your favorite sneakerhead that much better at collecting rare sneaks. From the SneakerFreaker magazine comes this “Ultimate” book, which looks into some gorgeous iterations of popular sneakers as well as the culture surrounding them. As one of the greatest deep dives into sneaker culture ever produced, The Ultimate Sneaker Book is one of the best gifts for sneakerheads available right now.
11. The North FaceMen’s Thermoball Traction Mule V
Sneakerheads need something to wear at home, too. These mules are stylish and perfectly in line with the Gorp trend, so they won’t mess with the carefully put-together WFH fits. These mules are inspired by the classic puffer jackets outdoor brands like Patagonia, Columbia and in this case, The North Face is famous for making, adding an outdoorsy edge to an indoor shoe.
12. Herschel Novel Duffle
If you’ve got a serious sneaker collection, it can be hard to pare down when you travel. Fortunately, this duffle bag from Herschel makes it easier to travel with multiple pairs of shoes. There’s one dedicated compartment for footwear, leaving enough room in the main compartment for clothes.
13. J Crew Tie-dyed socks
Tie-dye socks are surprisingly versatile — especially when they’re as tasteful and simple as this pair from J. Crew. These come in multiple shades of blue and green. Get them all to easily mix and match with different sneaker colors.
14. Yamazaki Home 6 Tier Wood Top Shoe Rack
Got a lot of shoes and not a lot of storage space? Yamazaki Home exists just for that kind of problem. This rack is narrow, so it won’t eat up too much floor space, but the five tiers offer plenty of space for sneakers. They’ll stay organized while being easy to access and even easier to show off. Plus, the wood top provides a surface area for keys, sunglasses and the like, making this a great entryway rack.
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15. Todd Snyder Cotton Pleated Pant
Dressy pants work surprisingly well with sneakers — there’s something about the high-low combination of a proper pant with a casual shoe that clashes in just the right way. They can be worn with retro runners like the Nike Tailwind or kept clean and classic with a pair of Nike Blazers.
16. Andy Blank “Moon Force 1” Print
Andy Blank is a design studio that makes affordable, well-designed art. This print comes framed and features the iconic soles of the Nike Air Force One sneakers on the surface of the moon. Who knows, maybe Buzz Aldrin is a sneakerhead?
17. Supreme Logo Utility Pouch
Supreme has quickly surpassed designers to become one of the most coveted brands in the world. Any and all sneakerheads (including us) will drool over anything Supreme. This utility pouch from Supreme’s newest collection offers a great opportunity to flex the prestigious brand without breaking the bank. The bag’s price is only $40 from StockX, which will only skyrocket in the future when this bag’s no longer for sale. It has a see-through mesh design and will hold any toiletries for a short trip in style.
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18. Nike Air Jordan Shoe Patent Set
If your buddy’s sneaker fascination surpasses solely the look and involves more of the make, this patent poster set of six is a dope way for your pal to show off their favorite sneaks in their home. The set pictures the start-to-finish process that went into making the iconic Nike Air Jordan. The prints have a dated, vintage sort of look to them which will add to any home’s aesthetic. Any sneakerhead will love to have these hung up in their bedroom, basement or closet.
19. Master & Dynamic MW65 BAPE Headphones
Sneakerheads often find themselves wanting to add to the entirety of their life’s aesthetic with cool brands that go along with the newest Yeezys or Jordans. These active noise-canceling wireless headphones from BAPE and Master & Dynamic allows them to mix their sneaker sense with their music taste. BAPE is one of the most iconic hypebeast/sneakerhead brands around, and any music buff is sure to recognize the iconic ape head. It isn’t all about the aesthetic when it comes to these headphones either because the sound quality is nuts. Give them a try-out yourself before buying and note why they’re one of the best gifts for sneakerheads this year.
20. MISSLO Nylon Travel Shoe Bags
Shoes are tricky for anyone to travel with, so when you’re packing a small arsenal of your favorite kicks, it gets even tougher. These affordable nylon shoe bags offer a great way to pack your sneakers. They keep your clothes safe from any dirt that might be on your shoes, and more importantly, keep your kicks secured. The bags are made of high-quality water-resistant nylon that won’t tear, and boast fantastic reviews on Amazon.
21. HOMAR No-Tie Shoelaces
One way to upgrade any pair of kicks is with a set of no-tie shoelaces. They’re made of stretchy silicone and slide into your lace eyelets to turn any pair of shoes into slip-ons. No-tie laces like these also upgrade the look of your shoes by making them more streamlined. Sneakerheads will greatly appreciate this on their clean new Yeezys or Nikes, and your wallet will greatly appreciate the $8 price tag.
22. Spalding UO Exclusive Globe Basketball
Sneaker culture is entirely derivative off of basketball, so bring your buddy back to their roots with this dope globe basketball from Urban Outfitters. It isn’t the most OG when it comes to basketball styles, clearly, but it’s a pretty stylish alternative to the classic orange basketball your bud hasn’t touched since grade school. This one isn’t anything you’d really play with either, it’s more made for showing off. It isn’t the most exclusive of basketballs on the market, but it’s an inexpensive gift for you to get while supporting their sneakerdiction.
23. Off White/IKEA “KEEP OFF” Rug
Every sneakerhead is aware of the incredible collab between Virgil Abloh’s Off White Brand and the IKEA Art Event, which all sold out in mere moments and saw 500% returns on the resale market. Abloh has gone on to have collabs with a few more great brands, but we love this old school rug with his signature quotation marks suggesting you “KEEP OFF.” This piece is over retail value, but the price isn’t that bad for a piece of art that can stay on your floor.
24. Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Advanced Insoles
Don’t judge, sneakerheads suffer from foot pain, too. It ain’t a perfect world! If your good buddy goes through these like it’s their job, add a little extra insole pad or two to your gift bag. It’ll be a slight gag gift, but a caring one as well. Meaning, your buddy will wonder why you even bought these for them, but they’ll be thankful, too. Just make sure they aren’t the type to care too much about these, we don’t want them offended or ruining their insoles.
25. ericotry Adjustable Keep Shape
Of course, you want to maintain the look of your favorite sneakers once you’ve made the investment, including keeping away from any toe creases. These shoe trees are a great way to do exactly that. Inexpensive and easy to fit in any type of sneaker, this is a good style to take on the go compared to the more substantial cedar shoe trees.
26. Initial Spark Finds Got ‘Em Mug
Got ’em! If your best sneakerhead buddy has a serious sneaker addiction, snag them this mug as the cherry on top of their collection. The “got ’em” phrasing acts as a slogan to those constantly buying new sneaks every time a new pair drops. The mug itself is pretty straightforward and doesn’t have much to it, but will look great as your buddy kicks their feet up on their coffee table sipping their morning cup of joe in their newest sneaks.
27. Nike Air Jordan 1 LED Neon Sign
The original Nike Air Jordan 1, in the original black, white and red (or “BRED”) colors, helped kicked off the sneaker collecting craze. Even though the shoe debuted in 1985, wearing a pair today, nearly 35 years later, still turns heads. Any sneakerhead would love another pair of Air Jordans, but they would probably prefer to pick out the perfect pair for themselves. So instead of risking it with a new pair of Jordans, opt for this incredibly cool neon sign.
MK Neon’s series of Nike-inspired neon signs have been featured on top sneaker websites like Hypebeast, and there are a ton of great options. The perfect accent to properly showcase any sneaker collection, this neon sign is undoubtedly one of the best gifts for sneakerheads, period.
28. Nike Shoebox Bag
Real sneakerheads love dripping in finesse no matter what the day has to offer. So, if he’s often at the mall shopping for a new pair, gift him this shoebox bag from Nike so he can keep up with his drip and ditch the store bags. It’s a great way to diminish his plastic use and a cool gift any sneakerhead will love.
29. Sneakerhead.com Gift Card
Shopping for a sneaker lover who can barely keep up with themselves? Best to just let them go nuts on their own, as hunting for the perfect pair of shoes is part of the thrill. Pick up a gift card from sneakerhead.com instead. This gift will let your sneakerhead take their time finding a pair of sneakers that perfectly matches their personal preferences.
30. Yeezies N’ Cream
If you really want to make a sneakerhead’s day, grab this intriguing artwork made up of the OG colorways of the Yeezy Boost 350. The sole makes up the cones and prime-knit uppers the ice cream, making for a cool conversation piece about one of the most highly sought-after shoes ever created. This artwork comes in a variety of sizes, from manageable to massive.
31. Sof Sole Sneaker Balls
Don’t be surprised when we tell you that sneakers can stink. Like, duh. Keep his kicks fresh and clean with these sneaker balls mean to de-stink any pair of shoes. They have the ability to remove foot odors and bacterias in any of his sneakers, keeping them fresh and stinkless at all times. All you have to do is twist them to release the fresh scent inside and his shoes will be squeaky clean for as long as he’s got them.
32. Nike Sportswear Classic Fleece Pants
The OG quintessential jogger. These Nike sweats are comfortable, stylish and have created an entire subset of streetwear which has since been copied by a number of other brands. The clean, simple styling of these fleece pants lets them pair easily with any pair of sneakers, and the snug hem stays put so as to better show off those new “grails.” Thanks to the athleisure trend, your sneaker-loving friends can leave the house wearing sweatpants and sneakers without looking too underdressed (assuming you’re heading to the mall rather than, say, a date).
The high-quality construction and sleek styling of these men’s joggers make them one of the best gifts for anyone that obsessively collects Air Jordans. And while they come in a variety of colors and styles, we recommend this fun purple color.
33. Open Spaces Entryway Rack
Alright, alright, there is a solid chance your favorite sneakerhead has way more than just nine pairs of sneakers (which is how many pairs that will fit on this entryway rack), but we have to give it to Open Spaces. This entryway rack is clean. It’s well-constructed and made to look like part of the furniture, unlike a lot of entryway racks you can purchase online. It is pretty heavy and incredibly sturdy, which makes it a great gift for sneakerheads.