We’re still quite fresh into the year, but it’s never too early to take a closer look at the best sneakers of 2017 so far, so you can remain updated 365 days of the year.
Although this year still has a number of big drops in-store, namely a rumored Supreme x Nike Uptempo and more heat from all of the footwear brands we cover here on Nuella, we’ve included a handful of sneakers below that could take the title of “Sneaker of the Year” in our end-of-year List , which will be rolled out later in December.
While we will keep this list updated with the best sneakers of 2017, here is a selection of the best drops of the year (so far).
COMME des GARÇONS x Nike “Clear” Dunk High
COMME des GARÇONS brought an avant garde approach to the classic Nike Dunk, adding clear panels to the upper. The shoe was first unveiled at the label’s men’s show at Paris Fashion Week last summer, and follows up on many other partnerships between the Japanese fashion house and the Beaverton-based athletic brand.
adidas Originals EQT Support 93/17This new silhouette was leaked around the web in late 2016, but finally arrived early this year as part of adidas’ 2017 EQT offerings. Named the EQT Support 93/17 and released in a SS17 pack of five EQT styles, the result includes a Primeknit upper and Boost sole cleverly debossed with three stripe detailing. In a departure from the classic EQT green that adidas fans know and love, this new version instead shows hits of Turbo Red.
Stone Island x Nike Sock Dartsneaker-zimmer.deStone Island’s fresh spin on the Sock Dart silhouette was characterized by a unique pattern on the toe box, as well as Stone Island and Swoosh co-branding at the tongue. We’ve seen numerous co-branded apparel drops from Nike and Stone Island, and we largely have high expectations any time the two brands come together.
adidas NMD_R1 “OG”Originally released last year, NMD_R1 made a lot of noise in the sneaker world, and was undoubtedly one of the most popular sneakers of 2016 for heads of all ages. Capitalizing on the silhouette’s massive popularity, adidas brought back the OG colorway, featuring a black upper, complete with red and blue plugs in the midsole. You already know, NMD fans went wild.
Sneakersnstuff x Social Status x adidas Consortium Superstar BoostThe Superstar is one of the most classic shoes in adidas’ catalog, and when the German sportswear brand added its touted Boost technology, the refreshed silhouette instantly became a contender for sneaker of the year. Social Status and Sneakernstuff were brought on to introduce the silhouette as part of Consortium’s Sneaker Exchange program.
ACRONYM x NikeLab Air Force 1 DowntownAs a follow up on ACRONYM’s Lunar Force 1 , the German technical brand led by Canadian designer Errolson Hugh once again takes on the Air Force 1, arriving in the form of the high-top Air Force 1 Downtown. Tactical details run throughout, including a milspec strap closure, and militaristic branding, while quality leather lofts up the design. Three total colorways were made available as part of a limited NikeLab release.
adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2If the YEEZY Boost craze wasn’t big enough already, another rendition of the shoe sure added fuel to the fire. Colloquially named the “Zebra V2” by sneakerheads on the internet, this striped, black and white version did bear a certain resemblance to the African horse-donkey, but wasn’t explicitly named as such by adidas.
Rather than being sold at the usual adidas stockists, the release was limited to adidas Originals stores and from adidas online, driving resale prices through the roof, and leading people to believe this was the most limited V2 yet.
Perhaps the most momentous Jordan news since the Nike sub-brand’s Supreme collaboration in 2015, legendary graffiti artist Brian “KAWS” Donnelly served up his own take on the IV. The resulting sneaker is bare of any traditional plastic details, and instead is entirely comprised of premium grey suede, right down to the cage.
The pared-down color scheme pays homage to KAWS’ Companion characters, and is finished with a glow-in-the-dark outsole. Naturally, KAWS’ “XX” is featured boldly on the heel in place of Jordan’s classic “Air” marking.
The New York brand added an unexpected twist to the silhouette, in the form of a velvet leopard upper with embroidered logo on the heel. As we can expect from any limited footwear drop from Supreme, these flew off shelves in seconds.
adidas “Calabasas” PowerphaseAt a New York Fashion Week event in 2016, West was spotted wearing a pair of “Calabasas” branded adidas Powerphase sneakers. Fast forward to March 2017, and the sneakers officially released for $120 along with the full Calabasas range, which included a crewneck sweater, sweatpants, socks and a dad cap. The sneakers feature a Reebok-esque ’80s sportswear aesthetic, with gold printing on the side.
Our Legacy x Vans Vault Pack Vault by Vans joined forces with Stockholm menswear to brand Our Legacy for a collaborative capsule that drew inspiration from California hardcore punk culture. Classic sneaker silhouettes like the Half Cab, Sk8-Mid, Old Skool and Authentic were imagined in bold orange, black and white color schemes. The elevated footwear offerings were also complimented by an apparel range in matching tones.
HAVEN x adidas Consortium Ultra Boost Uncaged
The collaborative between Canadian retailer HAVEN and adidas Consortium features reflective details on the laces, as well as reflective paneling on the Primeknit upper. The highly minimalist design is even bare of adidas’ signature Three Stripe detailing. As with any blacked-out Ultra Boost from adidas, these were an instant hit among sneakerheads around the world.
Theseare the best Sneakers of 2017 so far,from big foot wear brands like Adidas, Puma,Haven, Supremex etc.. it shows that more of the best are yet to come.
Stay glue to Nuella as we present you the full list of “Best Sneakers of 2017” come December…
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