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3 NEW SNEAKER TRENDS FOR SS17
By Nic Hayman, April 24, 2017
There’s no wrong time to bag yourself a new pair of kicks, but there is a very right time. Spring brings with it the promise of improved weather, which, most importantly, means more opportunity for un-deadstocking some heat and shaking up your shoe rack for the new season. We drafted in the experts from Looped for a rundown on the styles to invest in now.
While, today, their footprint is global, sneakers are a quintessentially American export. From Vans to Converse, some of the heaviest hitters are lining up to pay homage to that heritage by taking iconic silhouettes back to their original form. Instead of woven uppers and space-age sole units, these high-fidelity bring-backs feature heavier materials and bulky builds, proving that they actually do make them like they used to.
Footwear designers everywhere seem to have become increasingly obsessed with the lesser-appreciated aspects of sneakers. Namely: their insides. Tinker Hatfield set the ball rolling in 1987 by cutting out a window into the sole with Air Max, but in recent years collaborative projects from Garbstore x Reebok and Alexander Wang x adidas have exposed a previously-hidden aesthetic. Visible size tags, raw seams and deconstructed styling are features to look out for this spring.
We’ve seen the future, and it is wonky. Asymmetrical silhouettes had a big moment in the fitness world back in the '90s, with their technical benefits being briefly backed by casual runners and weekend warriors alike. That novelty quickly waned, but their style legacy lives on in 2017. From ASICS with its GEL-Mai to Nike with the Footscape family, brands have brought back this pleasantly unorthodox styling for a victory lap this season, and we're cheering them on.