As we move through the first quarter of 2018, we’ve already seen an impressive lineup of kicks hit the shelves.
The chunky or “ugly” sneaker trend has taken over and high fashion houses are delving into streetwear culture like never before. Collaborations are popping up more often, performance technology is improving and even the biggest players are taking more experimental approaches to their releases. New silhouettes are hitting the streets and classics are being reimagined.
So, if the first few months are anything to go by, 2018 is going to continue to be a great year for sneakerheads, albeit not their wallets. Need a new pair of performance runners? Want to try something a little more expensive, or do you simply want to flex on everyone with a fresh pair of hyped kicks? Regardless, here are some of the best releases this year has to offer.
Unlike Raf Simons’ Ozweegos or Demna’s Triple S, Kris Van Assche’s approach to the chunky sneaker trend feels a lot more balanced and considerate. The sole is still fairly exaggerated and the unlikely color combinations will stand out in any crowd, but you won’t be getting funny looks from your parents when you walk out in a pair. Assuming you can afford them, anyway.
Although it’s worth mentioning that unlike most high fashion sneakers, the B22’s tend to hold some value with the standard combination of mesh and rubber being complemented by more premium hints of suede and leather throughout the upper.
While most non-sneakerheads may look at these and wonder whose mom they belong to, there’s much more to the GEL-BURZ 1 than meets the eye. The well-done combination of light pink and beige tones are found throughout the silhouette, which is given dimension thanks to the gray and black accents.
They’re quite reminiscent of dad shoes, albeit sleeker. The cushioning technology is no joke, though. With ASICS’ standard Gel cushioning and some added Flyte Foam, you’ll be the most comfortable dad at the barbecue.
Adidas’ best EQT is already a huge hit thanks to its reputation as the most comfortable Boost shoe. With last year’s OVERKILL collaboration, the next brand to add their name on the box had a lot to live up to. And so they did. The German transit company added some never before seen detail to the EQT: a yearly train ticket worth about $950 – over quadruple the price of the shoes.
Not only do you get a year’s worth of free rides in Berlin, but also some custom black and yellow laces, along with detailing on the medial side and cage, all inspired by the U-Bahn train network itself, making this a truly special collaboration.
While you’re at it, be sure that you know how to complement your kicks with the right outfit. Dudepins.Com has all the info you need on that. So, once you’ve copped your favorite pair and you have the right outfit, you can rest assured that it won’t last long, as 2018 is going to be a wild ride for sneakerheads.