Top 20: The Best Sneakers And Sneaker Brands From 2016
The sneaker trend became huge this year and all we saw were collection releases one after the other and plenty of brand collaborations for sneakers. It was the one pair of shoes you just had to have, we saw them on the runway, during high fashion shoots, street style fashion, on the red carpet and pretty much everywhere. Comfort has started to play an important role for many of us now which is why you must have heard about many celebrities ditching high heels for the red carpet and other major events. Sneakers are something that are so comfortable and with all these non stop releases we have plenty to choose from in many different styles. You can now find a pair of sneakers from some of the best sneaker brands to match any outfit from your wardrobe. If you still haven’t managed to buy the right pair of sneakers or are confused about which ones to go for out of the huge number of options, we have narrowed down the best sneakers and sneaker brands from 2016 just for you. From high to low, mainstream to limited-edition, there are simply more options out there this year for ever level of sneaker customer. The market for this is only growing, but for now as we come to the end of this year lets have a look at our favourite kicks from 2016:
Top 20: The Best Sneakers And Sneaker Brands From 2016
Air Jordan IV Retro “Cement”
The “Cement” Air Jordan IV was inspired by the film Do The Right Thing and it came out the year the film was released in 1989. 2016’s release of these sneakers was only the third in the history of this particular colorway.
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3.1 “Super Green”
2016’s Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3.1 was a surprise inclusion that accompanied the standard GEL-Lyte III “Super Green,”, which was originally treated to a low-key 2013 release with proceeds going to charity.
Adidas Climacool 1
In the year 2000 Adidas came out with its Climacool style and this year they reinvented it with the ventilated upper feature which seems to be a big trend in 2016. They released this new version in a couple of tonal colorways.
Adidas Ultra Boost “Triple White”
Ever since these sneakers were seen on Kanye West during several of his performances, this category of Ultra Boost has made it one of adidas’ most famous silhouettes. The white sneaker in particular has been the most sold out item throughout the year and people have loved the upper part of the sneaker that is knitted.
NikeLab Air Force 1 Mid “Vachetta Tan”
This isn’t the first Vachetta collaboration we have seen with Nike but it sure has been one of the best ones. It has been particularly famous amongst women because of it’s beautiful soft palette of naturally tanned leather and a classic style.
Air Jordan XII Retro “Flu Game”
Jordan Brand built on an already huge year for the Jordan 12 by re-releasing the Air Jordan VII “Flu Game” in remastered form. In a year full of AJ 12 releases in colorways familiar and new, this one was a standout among them all.
Concepts x Nike Free Trainer 1.0 “Thermal”
Concepts collaborated with Nike this year on the Free Trainer 1.0, a newly developed sneaker that gives you the feeling of barefoot running. The shoe is constructed from a thermal reactive material that changed color to match the shoe’s upper when heated up. We loved this multicolour style they brought out this year.
Fragment design x Converse One Star ’74
Fragment design presented their own take on the Converse’s skateboarding classic, the One Star. They took out two versions and in petrol blue and the other in off-white, both in a hairy suede material with fragments’s thunderbolt branding on the heel.
Nice Kicks x adidas Consortium NMD R1 PK
To date, this is the only collaborative version of the almighty NMD that we’ve seen from adidas, although we have reason to believe that more are on the way. It has a red and black tie-dye upper, inspired by vintage concert posters and local art from Austin, Texas, the home of Nice Kicks.
There are a total of 13 different styles in the Nike’s “Black Mamba” pack which honours the legendary Kobe Bryant. However the“Black Mamba” XIs will always be a favourite for many as Bryant wore these for his last game for the Lakers. He put up 60 POINTS in them, making these not even arguably but by far and away, the most important sneakers worn in sports this year.
Rihanna x PUMA Creeper
Rihanna’s collections with Puma as Fenty x Puma has won many hearts and this sneaker of hers known as the Puma creeper have become a must need for many girls. She has released a number or different colorways throughout the year along with different materials depending on the season. Sneaker brands have some real competition because of this celebrity singer!
Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit
Nike describes this sneaker as a “T-shirt for the foot,” the Air Presto was originally released back in 2000, and this year, the Beaverton camp presented a new spin on the silhouette, bringing us the Air Presto Ultra Flyknit. The sneaker featured a Flyknit-woven upper along with an extended collar.
Gosha Rubchinskiy x Reebok Phase One Pro
Moscow designer Gosha Rubchinskiy collaborated with Reebok for the Phase One Pro sneaker, which was recreated in white, black and slate grey colorways. Gosha’s branding appeared in bright text on the heel.
Adidas NMD R1 Vintage White
This design came off the popular adidas’ all-white Ultra Boost, the “Vintage White” NMD was released in a few colorways but this was the most well-received style. It features a primeknit upper and Boost outsole completed with the NMD’s signature sole plugs in tonal white.
Reigning Champ x ASICS GEL-Lyte III
Reigning Champ’s second footwear collaboration released this year with ASICS. Navy, grey and black versions of the GEL-Lyte III were conceived as a reference to Reigning Champ’s core color palette.
Nike Air Max LD-Zero H
For Air Max Day 2016, Nike and Hiroshi Fujiwara unveiled the Air Max LD-Zero H. For the annual sneaker holiday he imagined the upper from Nike’s vintage Boston silhouette, paired with the Air Max 2014 bubble platform.
Inspired by the Berlin flag, which is highlighted in the shoe’s mix of grey, white, and red. This sneaker used suede to wrap around the heel instead of the normal plastic heel counter. Riding the momentum of the highly sought after Ultra Boost, the shoe was one of the first to release uncaged before hitting mass production.
Adidas Y-3 Pure BOOST ZG
The Prue Boost ZG features a familiar mix of Boost and Primeknit technology, lensed through Yohji Yamamoto’s preference for black and white aesthetics.
Kanye West hit off this summer’s Yeezy drop with a grey nubuck upper and a gum sole that glows in the dark. As expected with anything Kanye drops, the release sparked a massive hype and the shoes were sold out in minutes, if not seconds, online. Yeezy is definitely working with one the best sneaker brands that fits their aesthetics.
Nike Air More Uptempo
The Nike Air More Uptempo is the sleeper breakout sneaker of the year. Originally released in 1996, the sneaker was known for its trademark “AIR” hit and bulky ’90s shape. The return of the silhouette is perfect timing as it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
This was our round up of the best sneakers from the best sneaker brands from 2016. Shop your favourite look from the links given above or hit the stores to check them out first.
Also published on Medium.