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5 Sneaker Trends For 2016

Did I get it right? Are pastel shades, classic shapes and Jordans going to reign 2016? Let me know in the comments.

  1. Texture

2015 was a great year for texture, with Nike releasing the Air Max Cork 90s and just recently, the Dunk CMFT Sneakerboot, featuring a full suede upper.

2016 is taking a turn towards softer fabrics that play with the idea of shape, like the recently released Adidas Tubular Doom Primeknit and Reebok Furylite in Slip-On knit iteration. Watch this space.


Adidas Tubular Doom Primeknit, credit: Highsnobiety

2. Pastel Colours 

2015 saw the birth of a whole trend dedicated to futuristic sneaker shapes; think Raf Simons x Adidas and Maison Margiela’s Future 100s.  With them came a host of neon and block-colour designs.

Judging by what we’ve seen of the newest drops in December, it looks like, at least in the early months of 2016, designers will be stripping shoes back. Think mottled and steel greys, coffee hues and soft peach.


The CLOT x ASICS GEL-Lyte III, credit: Hypebeast

3. BIG Exclusives

Exclusives? Not quite a revolutionary, granted. However, with the rise in personalised marketing expected for 2016, more frequent personalised and exclusive merchandise can only be so far behind.

With the news of Nike Jordan’s latest app, which lets users unlock exclusive sneaker colours and then buy them, it looks like Nike, as always, will be leading the way. See the app here.

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Striking Control

4. Classic Shapes Reborn 

Newsflash: normcore is out in 2016 and so therefore, are traditional Adidas Stan Smiths. How to keep up the momentum? Reinvent the classic.

Keep your eyes peeled for ever-covetable Jordans, Stan Smiths and Huaraches in the coming months.


The Air Jordan 1s White Elephant, credit: Highsnobiety

5. Collaborations

2015 celebrated sneaker collaborations, with Complex pitting Concepts x New Balance 997 “Luxury Goods” as number one (full list here).

All good trends must come to an end, but sneaker collaborations is not one of them, at least not for now. Thanks to social media and an air of entreprenurial spirit, new brands, new artists and new musicians are popping up left right and centre. And what does that mean? More hard-to-get, one-of-a-kind capsule collections. Yes please.


Concepts x New Balance 997 “Luxury Goods”, credit: New Balance

What have I missed? Let me know your predictions (and shout me if you think I’m wrong) at the below:

IG: @LeakeStreetBlog  

Twitter: @RhiCDavies


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