From Co-Branded Tie-Dye Kicks to Weather-Reporting Footwear

By: Katherine Pendrill - Apr 23, 2016
The April 2016 shoe trends reveal major innovations in terms of tech-infused footwear, as well as the continued popularity of collaborative sneaker projects.

While designers are constantly tweaking the way shoes are designed, consumers are beginning to see more high-tech changes when it comes to modern footwear. For example, Nike recently made the concept of self-lacing sneakers a reality with the release of the HyperAdapt 1.0. Such innovations demonstrate that shoe companies are beginning to move beyond simply changing the type of textiles they are using or making minor adjustments to the shape of the shoe.

While collaborative shoe collections are less eye-catching than tech-infused kicks, the April 2016 shoe trends reveal that co-branded sneakers remained popular among consumers. These collaborations included celebrity-designed products such as the Fenty Trainer by Rihanna and PUMA, as well as high-fashion collabs such as the Stella McCartney x Adidas collection.