BIGGEST SNEAKER TRENDS OF 2020
Sneaker is something that can be considered as footwear of all seasons. But choosing your favorite sneaker is no easy task. You have to keep in mind about the quality, the color, the brand. You have to think about which shoes work for which occasions.
Yet while some new models are well worth adding to your rotation, others are better left alone. And if you want to avoid looking like a fashion victim, it really pays to be able to tell the difference. So here are the sneaker trends you need to know right now, and some of our favourite designs. It’s time to upgrade your kick game.
In 2019, the Sacai x Nike LDWaffle was arguably the biggest release of the year, and with the Air Dior sneaker, plus another from Adidas and Prada set to land later this year, the trend for high-fashion collaborations is only going to get bigger. These are also tending in 2020.
In recent months we’ve seen all the biggest names in the game playing with this waterproof material, both in new designs and by reworking classic styles. A few examples of the latter are the Adidas Stan Smith and Superstar, the Converse Chuck Taylor, the Nike Air Force 1 and the Vans Sk8 Hi, all of which have been blessed with a watertight upgrade.
As the trend picks up speed, more and more labels are turning their attention to Gore-Tex and looking at how it can be used to give their sneakers a fresh angle. You would be excited to see what else they dream up over the course of the coming year.
Textured trainers are becoming quite a popular trend nowadays. It’s tricky to pinpoint when this all started but if we had to put money on it we’d say it began around the launch of the corduroy Sean Wotherspoon Air Max 1/97 in 2018. Since then texture and trainers have produced some of the slickest snickers you would love to go and grab.
Minimalism in white
Minimalism is something that can be so appropriate for many things, so why not snickers? Simple white trainers are now style of elegant men and their enduring popularity proves they won’t be going away any time soon.
When it comes to footwear designed with sport in mind, pushing boundaries with technology has always been a driving force. Performance running shoes are the latest functional footwear which have been quite trendy.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen knitted uppers become popular, 3D printing starting to be rolled out as a means of production for intricate sole units, and even self-lacing mechanisms. Expect more boundary breaking developments going forward.
Retro is back
Throwback sneakers are huge right now. From the New Balance 990 silhouette, which first came out in 1982, to the Reebok Club C, which was originally released in 1985, retro reissues are destined to be one of the year’s biggest trends.
We thought this day would never come but with the revival of baggy jeans and dangly canvas belts last year, the signs were already right in front of us. For further proof of what’s coming our way footwear wise, look to the recent resurgence of early ’00s styles like Nike’s Shox and the aforementioned shiny, shiny gym shoes made of mesh. Feeling old yet?