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 delve 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 will 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 want to flex on everyone with a fresh pair of hyped kicks? Regardless, here are some of the best releases this year offers.
Simons’ Ozweegos or Demna’s Triple S, Kris Van Assche’s approach to the chunky sneaker trend feels much 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 complemented by more premium hints of suede and leather throughout the upper.
worth about $950 – over quadruple the shoes’ price.
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, making this an extraordinary collaboration.
has all the info you need on that. So, once you’ve copped your favorite pair and have the right company, you can rest assured that it won’t last long, as 2018 will be a wild ride for sneakerheads.