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Retro revivals were the defining sneaker trend of 2018, with classic styles like the adidas Falcon Dorf and Nike Air Monarch making major comebacks that lead to the worldwide worship of the dad trainer. But what has 2019 got in store? If January’s fashion weeks are anything to go by (and they usually are), it looks like this year's sneaker designs are going back to the future…
CAT Intruder Sneaker | ASOS Style Feed

Grip-heavy soles

Remember when your mum used to make you wear ‘sensible shoes’? Well, she was actually on to something as protective, performance-based footwear is now the height of cool. Tire-track soles and hiking boot laces were everywhere at the London and Paris menswear weeks this January, and while the Balenciaga Track trainer took centre stage, more affordable styles from brands like CAT and Salomon staked a claim as the new cool kids on the sneaker block.

Nike React Element Trainers | ASOS Style Feed

Streamlined silhouettes

Competing for the title of Hottest 2018 Sneaker Drop was the Off-White x Nike Zoom Fly and Undercover x Nike React Element – both similar in style (translucent uppers and streamlined shapes) and both vastly different from the chunky trainers we’re used to seeing on our IG feed. This year, the sleek sneaker revival is set to continue, so cop a pair of Nike’s original React Elements now to get a head start on the trend. 

Puma Cell Venom Trainers | ASOS Style Feed

Dad shoe 2.0

The dad trainer is sticking around, but this year it gets a 3019 revamp. It’s still 90s-inspired, blocky and uber-wearable with that ‘just off to play a game of racquetball with the guys’ feel, but bubble-like soles and neon accents – as seen on the new Reebok Daytona DMX and PUMA Cell Venom – give it a futuristic edge. Sneakers are about to hit a whole new level of daddy cool.

Sneaker Boots | ASOS Style Feed

Big for your boots

Dystopian-inspired style has been a running theme in the fashion of late, and boot-style trainers (along with utilitarian outerwear and visor sunnies) are a ubiquitous component. As seen at Yeezy, Prada and, most recently, Fear of God, the sneaker/boot hybrids of 2019 are chunky with neon and reflective accents – and look like they could launch you towards an off-world colony at any moment. Armageddon, come at us.

Nike Air Max 720 Trainers | ASOS Style Feed

Pictures: The Urban Spotter

Future proof

If you, like us, spend an unhealthy amount of time researching the latest sneaker releases then you’ll know future-proof features are BIG this year. Statement-making reflective strips, as seen on the adidas Nite Jogger and Yeezy’s upcoming Quantum basketball shoes (which have been banned by the NBA as potential distractions) are popular, while the soon-to-be-released Nike Air Max 720 suggests iridescent metallics are about to have their own fashion moment.