We are running into the final days of 2016 and it has been a big year for sneaker lovers. From vamped up re-releases to brand spanking new kicks, there has been something out there for everyone; whether you swoon for the swoosh or you strive for the three stripes. So here’s my overview of the biggest and most anticipated drops of year. [PS… they aren’t in any particular order, I haven’t saving the best until last, simply because narrowing them down to was hard enough!]
– Adidas Triple White Ultra Boost –
The hype around this shoe was down to Yeezy himself, after he was spotted wearing them at the Billboard Music Awards show and they later went on to be released in June 2015 in the US. Adidas have since dropped the shoe another two times this year and claimed that the 3rd time was the final release… but do we believe them? Be careful where you step in these kicks though… white doesn’t stay white for long.
– The Supreme x NikeLab Air Max 98 –
These chunky kicks released online way back in April in four colourways. As we all know, Supreme drops tend to create quite a stir on the streets so online is probably a calmer option if you don’t fancy them 600 mile long queues. Although the shoe isn’t aesthetically pleasing to some people, they have grown on me and you can definitely say they are different from anything else that have hit the sneaker scene this year.
– The Pharrell x Adidas ‘Friends & Family’ NMDs –
This year Pharrell Williams teamed up with Adidas (yet again) to create another take on the Human Race NMDs. This time in a beautiful burgundy tone with Japanese lettering on the sock meaning ‘friends’ and ‘family’ upon a clean white sole. The logo on the heels appears as it does on Pharrell’s range of Adidas Superstars, bright and colourful as hell.
– The Nike Air Max 97 Silver Bullet –
This was probably one of the most hyped up releases of 2016. This retro re-release sold out as quick as expected and I’m extremely jealous of anyone who managed to grab a pair! The iconic visible air bubble of the 97 is approaching its 20th anniversary and Nike did not disappoint with these, and even let out an early exclusive drop in Italy, where the shoe upholds the Italian colours on the tongue and heel tag.
– The Adidas Consortium x Naked ‘Wave’ Ultra Boost –
Again, majorly jealous of anyone who copped a pair of these beauties! They sold out within seconds; I was nearly pulling my hair out… sigh. The gorgeous turquoise colour is inspired by the ocean, which is reflected elegantly in the advertisement campaign… the photography alone is just amazing! The Ultraboosts signature cage gets revamped from plastic to primeknit just like the upper! Imagine how light that shoe would be on your feet.
– The Saucony x Extra Butter Shadow 500 ‘For The People’ –
If you’re after a crazy quirky kick then these are for you. Saucony teamed up with the New York brand Extra Butter to create this social media influenced crep, the colourway was voted for by the public – hence ‘for the people’. Inspired by retro American drive in cinemas, they are truly a statement kick and personally, I think these are underrated and need more recognition. Amazing how a pair of trainers can be influenced and inspired by a car isn’t it?! They are still available online too!
– The Nike Air Zoom Spiridon –
“It’s OK to be fast” with these lightweight creps. Another retro 90s re-release that came out in tiny sizes so even I managed to get my hands on a pair! The mesh sets off the tiny red swoosh on the toe, which is embedded on the leather upper. Such a good everyday kick.
– Adidas EQT Support ADV –
We’ve seen a fair few pairs of EQT’s but the advanced have a much sleeker look. The sock-like upper creates a cosy ass fit whether you’re wearing them on a running track or to make your outfit pop. Three stripes have certainly got the colourways down too but the ‘pink rose’ has to be my favourite! Just recently a ‘powder blue’ take on the silhouette has been released so check them out if you want to add an eye-catching colour to your collection.
– Nike Flyknit Racer ‘Oreo’ –
Re-released in January 2016, yes it’s nearly been a year since Nike graced us with these gems again, the Flyknit got a biscuit makeover and they are just to die for! Snug fitting and extremely breathable, the racer is built for that lightweight feel when running but I would say they aren’t the comfiest style of shoe I own. If you’re looking to cop a pair of Nike Flyknit Racer’s always go a size up, like I said… they fit snug.
– Adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 V2 by Kanye West –
Although I’m not the biggest fan of Yeezy’s I thought I would add these in. The hype surrounding the release of these kicks is just mad and resellers make a killing off them. This year the Yeezy Boost came back with a darker primeknit upper and three colours of the single side stripe: Green, Copper and Red. It goes without saying these kicks are becoming more apparent on the streets, and this release of the three different colourways has spiked the population of the Yeezy.
If you managed to cop any of the sneaks I’ve mentioned or your feet got blessed this Christmas then get at me with your pictures on Twitter: @b3cksthompson, I’d love to see! Or if you have some heat in mind that you think should have been on my list then hit me up too!