Labor Day weekend is here, which means it’s the final leg before school starts for many of you.
If you’re still looking to turn heads on the first day back or you’re an avid sneakerhead looking to elevate your footwear game without emptying your wallet, don’t worry, Nice Kicks and Nice Drops have you covered.
This week we are highlighting the 10 best sneakers under $150 that cater to men, women, and kids. From timeless silhouettes, bold colorways, and transitional options, this compilation proves that high-quality kicks don’t have to come at a high cost. Check ‘em out below.
Style #: DZ4136-002
Colorway: Cement Grey/White/Tech Grey/Black
For a more hyped option, this Air Jordan 1 Mid SE Craft, which is part of Jordan Brand’s lauded “Craft” collection, is all the buzz. The pair’s design details balance classic elements with modern details, such as the ballistic mesh and suede construction and the exposed foam tongues. “Tech Grey” accents provide contrast, while “Black” detailing enhances the sneaker’s visual appeal. Lastly, the AJ1’s versatile colorway makes it easy to mix and match with different outfits. Buy Now.
Style #: DZ2628-100
Colorway: White/Sea Glass/Black/Volt
Keep the summer vibes alive with this Nike Air Max 1 donning hi-vis “Volt” accents. The women’s exclusive Nike Air Max 1’s mesh and suede construction is primarily anchored in white and grey, while the contrasting volt hue arrives on the toe boxes, Swooshes, and mudguard. This refreshing iteration is rounded off with a signature exposed Air Max unit. Buy Now.
Style #: DZ6333-083
Colorway: Light Smoke Grey/White/Stadium Green/Total Orange
For the mini sneakerheads out there, this Air Jordan 1 Low SE “Rabbit” is a playful and vibrant sneaker designed with youthful and fun aesthetics. Inspired by Looney Tune’s iconic Bugs Bunny character, the pair’s white leather base acts as a canvas for the grey faux fur and nubuck overlays, as well as the carrot profile Swooshes to capture the spirit of the beloved character. The little one will be sure to have a blast running around in these. Buy Now.
Style #: FD9088-002
Colorway: Tech Grey/Cement Grey/Sail/Black
For the big kids out there, this Air Jordan 1 Low SE dipped in various grey and black tones will allow you to transition from running around at recess to riding bikes around town with ease. Due to its sleek colorway, this offering will pair easily with whatever outfit you choose for the day with the added benefit of not having to worry too much about getting them dirty. Buy Now.
Style #: FN6881-100
Colorway: White/Gym Red/Sail/Midnight Navy
For those looking for a modified take on a classic, the Nike Dunk Low “Washed Denim” sees the silhouette’s usual smooth leather build swapped out for a denim and tumbled leather construction. The denim textile adds a contrasting look to the Swooshes and ankle collar, while vintage nylon tongues and inner liner add to the sneaker’s overall distressed theme. Whether you’re cruising the hallways or the mall, the Nike Dunk Low “Washed Denim” will be sure to elevate your head-to-toe fit. Buy Now.
Style #: FN6882-100
Colorway: White/Oil Green/Cargo Khaki/Light Bone
This autumnal Nike Dunk Low suits up in “White,” “Oil Green,” “Cargo Khaki,” and “Light Bone”. Various green and brown hues are spotlighted throughout, giving the pair a grounded and versatile look with a touch of outdoor-inspired charm. Whether you’re exploring the urban jungle or embracing outdoor adventures, this colorway provides a balanced and nature-infused approach to sneaker style. Buy Now.
Style #: DZ4135-002
Colorway: Tech Grey/Cement Grey/Sail/Black
Along with the Mid-top variation showcased earlier on this list, we’ve included the more popular Low variant: the Air Jordan 1 Low Craft in “Cement Grey”. This Air Jordan 1 Low Craft “Cement Grey” combines different shades of grey and black accents to create a sleek and understated look. A neutral sail color is used for the midsole, providing a nice contrast to the darker tones of the upper. Buy Now.
Style #: FD4116-300
Colorway: Geode Teal/Geode Teal
Still not ready to put pool season behind you? Nike’s Calm Slide, which looks oddly similar to the Adidas Yeezy Slide and even the Adidas Adilette 22, will have you looking fresh into the early days of fall. The pair is made from flexible foam and features a grooved insole and midsole as well as a cozy upper strap debossed with a signature Swoosh. Rounding out the final details of this monochromatic offering is the larger Swoosh on the textured footbed and a full-length textured outsole for added grip on both wet and dry surfaces. Buy Now.
Style #: FJ4924-008
Colorway: Black/Cardinal Red/White/Vivid Orange
Make sure you’re the most stylish kid in class on Halloween day with this Air Jordan 1 Mid SE. Jordan Brand’s classic basketball shoe arrives in an appropriate “Black/Cardinal Red/White/Vivid Orange” color scheme that will have you looking fresh both on and off the court. Buy Now.
Style #: FN7671-008
Colorway: Black/Light Graphite/Cardinal Red/Vivid Orange
Our final suggestion this week is another Halloween-inspired take. Sporting some retro colors, this Air Jordan 1 Low SE features a genuine and synthetic leather upper for a luxurious look and feel. This kid’s exclusive offering is finished off with Nike Air in the sole to ensure every stride, from the walk home to playing with friends, is in comfort. Buy Now.
Lead image courtesy of @sam_tabak.