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Retro revivals were the defining sneaker trend of 2018, with classic styles like the adidas Falcon Dorf and the Nike Monarch making major comebacks that lead to the worldwide worship of "the dad sneaker." 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 mom used to make you wear "sensible shoes"? Well she was actually on to something — 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 Balenciaga’s Track sneaker took center stage, styles by brands like CAT and Salomon earned a reputation as the new cool kids on the sneaker block.

Nike React Element Trainers | ASOS Style Feed

Streamlined silhouettes

Competing for the title of "The Hottest Sneaker Drop of 2018" was Off-White’s Nike Zoom Fly and Undercover’s Nike React Element — both similar in style (translucent uppers and streamlined shapes), and both vastly different from the chunky sneakers we’re used to seeing on our IG feeds. This year, the sleek sneaker revival is set to continue. Nike’s original React Elements are already getting a head start on the trend. 

Puma Cell Venom Trainers | ASOS Style Feed

Dad shoe 2.0

The dad sneaker is sticking around (obv), but this year it gets a 2019 revamp. It’s still '90s-inspired, blocky and uber-wearable with that "just off to play a game of squash with the guys" feel, but bubble-like soles and neon accents — as seen on the new Reebok Daytona and Puma Cell Venom — give it that futuristic stamp of approval. Sneakers are about to hit a whole new level of daddy cool.

Sneaker Boots | ASOS Style Feed

Big booties

ICYMI, Dystopian-inspired style has been a running theme in the fashion of late, and boot sneakers (along with utilitarian outerwear and visor sunnies) are a ubiquitous factor. As seen at Yeezy, Prada and most recently Fear of God’s 2019 drop, the sneaker/boot hybrids of 2019 are chunky with neon and reflective accents, and look like they could launch into space at any moment. Armageddon, come at us.

Nike Air Max 720 Trainers | ASOS Style Feed

Future proof

If you, like us, spend an unhealthy amount of time scanning The Drop Date for 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.