Top 7 Sneakers of 2016

Story by Caleb Albert and Sam Gatewood


  1. Timberland 6” Boot

Timberlands have been a New York staple for decades. Starting as a construction boot, Timberlands quickly became “the boot to have.” What makes them popular is their durability, their resistance to weather, and the versatility to be worn with almost any fall/winter outfit.

Retail: $190

Availability: Available at nearly any retail store

  1. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Kanye West, in recent years, has been elevated to a point in which anything he produces — whether it’s music, clothes, shoes, or videos — is noticed by everyone, and coveted by his fans. His recent contract with Adidas has proven that; just look at the spike in Adidas’s stock since he joined the team. His “Yeezy Boost 350” model, in particular, sells out instantly with every release, and prices for these shoes are marked up nearly 400-percent within the resale market. The second version (or V2) was first released in 2016, and although it was more unique and less wearable than other colorways, it continued the tradition of being nearly impossible to buy.

Retail: $220

Availability: Sold out

Market value: $500-700

  1. Air Jordan 12

Although it originally released in 1997, Michael Jordan’s 12th signature numbered sneaker is still being remodeled and perfected by Jordan Brand. The year 2016 was huge for the model, being reintroduced in a variety of familiar and new colorways. There were many releases, but the most popular ones were the “French Blue,” “Flu Game,” and the “OVO” model, which was Drake’s collaboration with the brand.

Retail: $190

Availability: Some colorways still available for retail, but more popular models are sold out.

  1. Adidas NMD

First introduced late 2015, the NMD made its debut as the NMD_R1, which was initially seen as innovative, but not loved by tons of people. However, in 2016, it began to be introduced in a plethora of colorways, and other versions, such as the NMD PK_1, NMD CS_1, the Chukka, and the NMD XR_1. What makes this shoe important is both the number of options available, and the enormous amount of hype generated in such a short amount of time.

Retail: $120-170

Availability: Sold out

Market value: $150-300

  1. Air Jordan 1

Hailed as many sneakerheads’ most iconic Jordan model of all time, the Jordan 1 was the shoe that made history by being banned by the NBA initially. Nike decided to commemorate the icon this year by reintroducing the Jordan 1 in the original “Banned” colorway. They also honored a recently popular colorway, “Shattered Backboard,” by releasing an alternate version of the shoe.

Retail: $160

Availability: Most are sold out, but some are still in stock for at or below retail.

Market value: $200-500 for more hyped up releases

  1. Adidas Ultraboost

Similar to the Adidas NMD, the Adidas Ultraboost started as an understated runner, which generated popularity as more options were introduced. What makes this shoe so popular is the comfort, which utilizes Adidas’s primeknit construction, and a full-length Boost outsole, which is said to be the most comfortable cushioning technology in sneakers as of now. In 2016, Adidas released “Uncaged” versions of the Ultraboost, which were simply the Ultraboost, without a cage with the lacing system covering the upper. The versatility, functionality, and comfort make this a go-to for many people of all ages.

Retail: $180-220

Availability: These sell out any time they release, but have consistent restocks

Market value: $200-350

  1. Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam”

Space Jams – The Space Jam 11s appeared in the 1996 blockbuster, “Space Jam,” starring Michael Jordan. These shoes quickly became one of the most coveted shoes of all time. Jordan Brand is releasing an updated version of the cult classic on December 10th of this year, and it is expected to be one of the most popular models Jordan has released in a while.

Retail: $220

Availability: Out of stock

A DIY Christmas

By: Amber Smith, Carley Calabro, Kelsey Luce


The holidays are right around the corner and we know that budgets are tight; so here at The Hyphen we have given you some ideas for holiday gifts and treats. In ten minutes or less and for ten dollars or less, you can make the ideal present for friends, family and loved ones.

Cocoa in a Jar

What you’ll need:

-Mason jar (Michaels $1.00)

-hot cocoa mix (Meijer/Kroger $2.00)

-marshmallows (Meijer/Kroger $2.00)

-candy canes (Dollar Tree $1.00)

-ribbon (Michaels $1.99)

Step 1: Pour cocoa mix into jar.

Step 2: Put marshmallows, crushed candy canes or any other preferred candy in the jar.

Step 3: Hot glue ribbon around the lid of the mason jar and decorate the jar however you please.

“Ugly” Holiday Sweater

What you’ll need:

-An old sweater from around your home — or from Goodwill ($0.00-$5.00)

-At least two feet of garland of any color (Michaels $2.00-$5.00)

-Two packages of 15 green and red small pom poms (Michaels $1.50 each)

-One piece of 8 ½ x 11 black felt (Michaels $0.20)

-Hot glue gun


Step 1: Start by laying out your garland in the shape of a Christmas tree. You’ll want to lay the top of the garland straight up to make the point of the tree and the wrap the rest underneath it, making it bigger as it goes down. Cut the excess off the remaining garland.

Step 2: After you have your garland set to your desired length, hot glue the garland onto the piece of black felt.

Step 3: Cut the excess felt off to where it fits the shape of the tree.

Step 4: Hot glue the felt onto the sweater.

Step 5: Once your tree is glued to your sweater, glue the red and green pom poms in various spots on the tree to make ornaments.

Step 6: Glue the rest of the pom poms that are left over around the tree on the rest of the sweater.

Step 7: Make sure everything is secure and you have a new holiday sweater in ten minutes or less!

Candy Sleigh

What you’ll need:

-Candy canes- dollar tree(1.00)

-King size kit kat- dollar tree (1.00)

-2 Mini size Snickers- dollar tree

-2 Mini size milky ways- dollar tree

-1 starburst- dollar tree

-1 green or red pom pom

-Hot glue gun

Step 1: Start with the base, which is the king size Kit Kat.

Step2: Start stacking, and hot gluing other candies on top biggest to smallest.

Step 3: Top the sleigh with a green or red pom pom.

Step 4: Hot glue 2 candy canes to the bottom of the King size Kit Kat.

Grinch Kabobs

What you’ll need:

-strawberries- Kroger

-bananas- Kroger

-mini marshmallows- Kroger

-green grapes- Kroger

-red, green, or white kabob sticks- Kroger

Step 1: Cut the bananas in thin slices and cut the stems off of the strawberries

Step 2: Place one grape on the kabob.

Step 3: Put one banana slice on top of the grape making the base of the hat.

Step 4: Put the strawberry over the banana with the tip of the strawberry facing upwards.

Step 5: Top the hat off with a mini marshmallow.