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Gary Vaynerchuk's Favorite Sneakers of All Time

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Gary Vaynerchuk is a man of many talents. As the acting chairman of VaynerX, an umbrella media company that houses VaynerMedia and Gallery Media Group (ONE37pm’s parent company), he plays an active role in the media and communications plans for Fortune 100 clients and his personal brand across platforms.

 

Growing up in a studio apartment in Queens, New York—then moving to Edison, New Jersey—Vaynerchuk is the son of Belarusian immigrants. An avid reseller and profit seeker, Vaynerchuk was always getting his hands into projects that would yield a return: a lemonade stand, selling baseball cards and overhauling the family liquor business to utilize the internet and generate $60 million in sales.

 

Since then, Vaynerchuk has been an angel investor in notable companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, Snap Inc. and Venmo. He’s kept a keen interest in nostalgic products from childhood that could sell for a profit—like sneakers.

 

Here is a definitive list of Vaynerchuk’s favorite sneakers of all time, from his ride-or-die classic staples to his personal collaboration with K-Swiss and his beloved industry up and comers who are making waves. Take a look. 

Classic Sneakers

1. adidas Conductor Hi Ewing

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These Patrick Ewing sneakers hold a special place in my heart. I love Patrick Ewing so much. This 1985 Adidas is money—I hate Michael Jordan and love Patrick Ewing.

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2. adidas Superstar White

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The classic three-stripe adidas were so crucial in hip-hop culture. Run DMC’s track called “My adidas” dropped in 1986, and those guys truly wore adidas in the hood with the tongues out—no laces.

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3. Nike Dunk SB Low Supreme Black Cement (2002)

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I’m such a sucker for Nike Dunks—they’re probably my favorite silhouette. This Supreme collab from 2002 is a huge collector’s item.

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4. Air Force 1 Low White '07

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You can’t get more classic than a crisp white pair of AF1s. I wear a lot of Air Force 1s.

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5. Vans Old Skool Black White

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I’m obsessed with nostalgia and sneaker culture. These Vans capitalize on both of those things.

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Gary Vee x K-Swiss Sneakers

6. K-Swiss GaryVee 005 ComplexCon Coral

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If you told the 24-year-old version of me that I would be paid to be the face of a sneaker, I would’ve laughed you out of my liquor store. There were only 300 pairs of the GV 005 Coral produced, and they’ve sold out, so you can grab a pair on StockX.

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7. K-Swiss x Gary Vee Crushing It

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I saw this sneaker as a win/win scenario. If the partnership with K-Swiss worked, then I would be the first entrepreneur with a legacy sneaker collaboration. It’s a legacy play. And this sneaker came out in conjunction with my number one New York Times bestselling book, Crushing It! There were only 600 made.

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Favorite Sneakers from Industry Creatives

8. Air VaporMax Off-White “The Ten”

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Virgil Abloh’s sign-off on social media is huge today. These VaporMax Off-Whites from his “The Ten” collection are special. When the Virgil and Louis Vuitton deal was announced, it gave hope to aspiring fashion designers from all corners of the world.

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9. Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon

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Sean Wotherspoon is a good homie, and I’m excited to give a hat tip to him and his accomplishments.

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10. Air Fear Of God 1 Light Bone

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I see great things in Jerry Lorenzo’s future, and his Nike x Fear of God collab is one to watch.

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