So, the other day, I got this request on twitter:
@TheStateOfTheU any way you can compile a list of the best Canes footwear to rock during the season. Looking to purchase something for the season opener. Thanks— Brandon Gordon (@bgsdabom2) August 18, 2018
I’m a sneakerhead so this kind of piece is right up my alley. After my multiple birthday celebrations, I got back to writing and, well, here we are. Here’s your 2018 Canes Kicks shoe guide!
Since Miami is an adidas-sponsored school, it stands to reason that most of the shoes on this list will be adidas. But, since some people aren’t about that 3 stripe life, I’ll throw in some Nike’s as well.
adidas Ultra Boost - $180
Next to the Yeezy’s (we’ll get there in a minute), the Ultra Boosts are adidas’ premium signature shoe. They’re comfortable and have a top end design. Available in multiple colors. Personally, I think the triple white is the cleanest and most dynamic colorway of these shoes.
BUT, I will have to say that wearing all white shoes to a football game is not practical and is a recipe for disaster. The instant somebody spills something on them, or steps on them, or leaves A FULL HOTDOG CONTAINER OF KETCHUP FOR YOU TO STEP IN (which happened to me while I was wearing white shoes, recently), then they’re ruined.
While there are more additional colorways, the coolest thing is the rumored return of a Miami Hurricanes colorway on the Ultra Boost 4.0 coming this November. The first Canes Ultra Boost colorway only had 36 pairs released to AllCanes back in 2016, so hopefully there will be more pairs available this time around.
adidas Yeezy Boost - $300+
There are 2 versions of this signature adidas shoe: the Yeezy Boost 350 and the Yeezy Boost 350 V2. These are some of the most coveted shoes in the game, and they always sell out FAST. So you’re not actually going to get these at or for retail.
Consignment shops or resellers such as Stadium Goods, Flight Club, or StockX are where you’ll find your Yeezy’s, and they won’t be cheap, either.
adidas NMD R1 - $130
A good and versatile shoe, the NMDs are another adidas signature shoe that’s an option for you. You can go solid color (black, white) or multiple colors. There’s a good variety available to choose from. This is also a good option to buy and have someone custom them.
Side note: FatKidDeals (a must-follow on twitter, IMO) has been lobbing TONS of deals on NMDs on twitter over the last 2 weeks. So, check them out. You may be able to get these shoes for way under retail (depending on colorway and size).
adidas NMD R1 primeknit - $140
Same silhouette as the regular NMD’s, but this shoe has a woven primeknit upper. Multiple colorways available for these as well.
adidas Parley Ultra Boosts - $200
These are a favorite of mine. Made out of recycled plastic, the Parley Ultra Boosts are one of the lightest shoes, and coolest colorways, on the market. White and sea blue. Just a gorgeous shoe.
adidas Human Race Pharrell Williams NMDs - $300+
Like the Yeezy Boosts, the “Hu NMDs” are a premium silhouette in the adidas line. And, like the Yeezy’s, you won’t find these at or for retail. Stadium Goods, Flight Club, or StockX is where you’ll need to go. But these shoes are dope, and you’ll stand out with them on gameday, that’s for sure.
adias Pure Boost - $170
Another solid option for your shoe needs. These, like the Ultra Boosts and NMDs, can be customed on adidas’ website.
Nike Air Max 97 - $160
A classic Air Max silhouette (my favorite, along with the Air Max 90’s) recently got a Canes Colorway. It’s not an exact match for Miami colors, but it’s green and orange and white, and that’s good enough for me. Eastbay has them for $160, with most sizes still in stock (yes, I already checked for you; you’re welcome).
Nike Air Jordan 6 “Like Mike” or “Gatorade” - $200+ / $345+
Same Jordan silhouette, different Canes colorways. Both the “Like Mike” and “Gatorade” colorways rep Canes colors, so you’re good with either. These are a past release, so Flight Club, Stadium Goods, or Stock X are where you’ll find them.
You should be able to get the Like Mike’s for around $200 (give or take) in most sizes. The Gatorades were a more exclusive release, so they’re at a higher price point, starting at $345 and going up from these for the more popular sizes.
You could always go with rotation staples like adidas shell toes or stan smith’s or Nike Air Max 270s (or any version, really) or Air Force 1’s. Classics stay classic.
Most adidas shoes are available to custom on their site. Ultra Boosts. Alpha Bounce’s. And more. The turnaround time is 3-5 weeks, however, so you won’t have them for the season opener, but MIGHT have them for the FSU game. The price is higher than the normal retail colorway of the shoe, so if you’re customing NMDs, for example, expect to pay $200+.
You could also enlist one of the many designers on social media to make you a personal custom design. What you’ll do is buy the shoes (usually either a white colorway or a color close to what you want designed) and then get the artist to do the design on the shoes you’ve already purchased. Some artists will let you pay them to get the shoes directly, so you don’t have to buy them then ship them to their location (which would obviously delay the completion of the design). This is the more expensive option, obviously, but the result can be worth it — if you’re into custom shoe designs.
Soles by Sir hand designed the custom cleats the Canes wore a few years ago. He only makes 1 of 1’s (i.e. exclusive designs) so expect to pay a hefty fee for your unique shoes.
Walking back Into the gym today and saw these customs I had the opportunity to do 3 years ago for all of the @canesfootball players as they faced off against Nebraska. Crazy how time flies, but one thing is for certain.... history was made that Saturday afternoon with @adidasfballus . 123 1of1’s for the ENTIRE @miamihurricanes football squad that took over 500 hours to complete and a Hurricane victory. And had the chance to face off against the Cornhuskers that my bud @mache275 got to lace up with their own customs. TAG your favorite Cane from that team. And heck be sure to Tag who you watched the game with. #SolesBySir #1of1 #customCleats #Miami #Hurricanes #theU #UfaM #FullTeamNoProblem #ProudDay #ThankU #OrangeAndGreen #AdidasFootball #3stripes #IrememberWhen
Mache275 (machecustoms.com) is another top custom shoe designer who has designed custom shoes and cleats for athletes and celebrities. He’ll make you something DOPE, but it’ll cost you. Consultations alone cost $25 (and that’s just to talk about getting your shoes custom designed).
For some reason @mrs_mache must have thought I REALLY behaved this year lol. This truly was a Miami Christmas- so happy to have those 1s and I don’t care I’m still calling the Gatorades the hurricane 6s haha and holy crap she got me a freaking TURNOVER chain!? @dymelyfe @jumpman23 #complexsneakers #itsAllAboutTheU #merryChristmas @mikebrolic @frankcooker @damewrights @jeffroseking @ajohnson1500 @dmiglas
Eddie B’s customs has done a bunch of Canes designs recently. They’re not 1 of 1’s like Mache or Sir, but they’re damn good.
Canes UB #Eddiebcustoms pic.twitter.com/dyLgMdOi9Q— Eddie B. Customs (@B24VO) July 30, 2018
Last but not least, Tommy Covelli has made “Turnover Chain” customs of the adidas NMDs in both black and white colorways. IDK if he’s doing any more of them, but hit him up on twitter and ask.
Custom Adidas NMD "Turnover Chain" by @tommycovelli pic.twitter.com/hnsiEZLISV— Tommy Covelli (@tommycovelli) December 30, 2017
Whether you’re getting some ready to wear retail shoes or designing/getting some customs footwear, you have plenty of options for what you’ll be rocking to Canes games this fall.
Got a favorite shoe? is your Canes shoe game strong? Share with the people in the comments.