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Top 100 Shoe Trends in 2016

From Textured Sweater Sneakers to Pikachu-Shaped Pokémon Slip-Ons

— January 28, 2017 — Fashion
Throughout these 2016 shoe trends, the reemergence of retro styles, uniquely futuristic releases and everything in between is seen.

Building off the popularity of her Puma Creepers, Rihanna continued her work with the athletic brand to drop a series of new updates, offering the Creepers in fresh colorways and textures and releasing punk-inspired sneaker boots and furry slip-on sandals too.

Also featured in these 2016 shoe trends in the collaborative effort between Vans and Disney. Playing on consumers' amiable nostalgic feelings, the two designed a line of Toy Story-honoring sneakers. The look of the characters were incorporated into the colorways and the designs on the uppers and "ANDY" was scrawled across the bottom of the soles.

Pharrell and Drake had a hand in these 2016 shoe trends as well, with each artist incorporating their branding throughout the designs, helping them appeal to their extensive fan bases. Products from influential figures like these and more can be found in our 2017 Trend Reports.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Popstar Platform Boots
Popstar Platform Boots
Rihanna Updated Her FENTY PUMA Series with a Zippered White 'Sneaker Boot'
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99
Sneaker-Celebrating Sandals
Sneaker-Celebrating Sandals
The OVO Air Jordan 12 Sneaker Received a Complementary Slip-On Sandal
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98
Replenished Singer Sneakers
Replenished Singer Sneakers
The FENTY Sneaker Boot by Puma and Rihanna Makes a Bold Statement
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97
Olympics-Celebrating Sneakers
Olympics-Celebrating Sneakers
These Stylish Sneakers Feature the Colors Of the Brazilian Flag
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96
Velvet Holiday Sneakers
Velvet Holiday Sneakers
Rihanna and Puma's Collaboration Will Launch Another Collection Next Month
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95
Luxe Bespoke Shoes
Luxe Bespoke Shoes
Farfetch and MySwear Created a Platform for Designing Customized Shoes
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94
Skeletal Tan Sneakers
Skeletal Tan Sneakers
These Nike Sneakers Have an Uncommon Bare-Bones Design
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93
Deconstructed Sneaker Soles
Deconstructed Sneaker Soles
The Clarks Trigenic Flex Offer Support with a Separated Sole Design
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92
Exclusive Rare Sneaker Events
Exclusive Rare Sneaker Events
Michael Jordan's Son is Releasing His 'Trophy Room' Collection
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91
Collaborative Tie-Dye Sneakers
Collaborative Tie-Dye Sneakers
Adidas Boldly Partners with Nike to Create a Joint Shoe Model
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90
Simple Sock-Like Sneakers
Simple Sock-Like Sneakers
The adidas NMD City Sock Has a Sharp White Colorway and No Laces
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89
Loafer-Like Jogger Shoes
Loafer-Like Jogger Shoes
The Freeman Plat Zip and Quarter Jogger are Inspired by Two Aesthetics
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88
Neoprene Nova Sneakers
Neoprene Nova Sneakers
The Adidas Tubular Shoe Styles Opt for a Red Upper for Valentine's Day
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87
Revolutionary Climbing Shoes
Revolutionary Climbing Shoes
'So iLL' Shoes are Functional, Fashionable and Retro-Inspired
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86
Exercise-Specific Sneakers
Exercise-Specific Sneakers
The 'Nike Metcon 2' Sneakers are Designed for CrossFit Athletes
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85
3D-Printed Platform Heels
3D-Printed Platform Heels
The Energetic Pass Footwear is Inspired by the Movement of the Foot
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84
Ultra Lightweight Footwear
Ultra Lightweight Footwear
The Very Versatile Antibacterial Athletic Shoes are Odor and Waterproof
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83
Wheat-Inspired Sneakers
Wheat-Inspired Sneakers
The New Air Max BW from Nike Has a Beige Leather and Suede Construction
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82
Futuristic Performance Trainers
Futuristic Performance Trainers
The Fenty Trainer Displays an Aesthetic That is Ahead of its Time
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81
Revolutionary Running Shoes
Revolutionary Running Shoes
The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Drastically Rethinks the Collar and Sole
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80
Anime Character Sneakers
Anime Character Sneakers
These Conceptual Vans Slip-On Shoes are Shaped Like the Pikachu Monster
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79
Ventilated Performance Sandal Shoes
Ventilated Performance Sandal Shoes
The NikeLab Rift Wrap Shoe Sandal is a Shoe for Summertime
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78
Cherry Blossom Sneakers
Cherry Blossom Sneakers
These Nike Shoes Feature a Striking Cherry Blossom Design
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77
Satin Slip-On Shoes
Satin Slip-On Shoes
Vans Japan Released a Lookbook That Includes Beautifully Embroidered Designs
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76
Famous Graffiti Shoes
Famous Graffiti Shoes
TOMS Joined with the Keith Haring Foundation for a Series of Graffiti Shoes
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75
Handmade Luxury Sneakers
Handmade Luxury Sneakers
RONE Revitalized Its Ninety Model with a Royal Blue and Black Colorway
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74
Blended Sneaker Designs
Blended Sneaker Designs
The NikeLab Free Huarache Carnivore Features Best of Three Shoes
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73
3D-Printed Athletic Footwear
3D-Printed Athletic Footwear
The Under Armour 'Architect' Trainers are Limited to Just 96 Pairs
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72
Updated Pop Star Sneakers
Updated Pop Star Sneakers
Rihanna's PUMA Creepers are Getting More Color Options
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71
Automatic Shoe Lacers
Automatic Shoe Lacers
The Rolling 8 Turns Laced Shoes into a Slip-On Footwear
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70
Jedi-Inspired Boots
Jedi-Inspired Boots
These Tan Leather Boots are Inspired by Those Worn by Luke Skywalker
<
69
Textured Sweater Sneakers
Textured Sweater Sneakers
These Custom Nikes Were Inspired by Coogi Sweaters from the 1970s
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68
Floral Couture Sneakers
Floral Couture Sneakers
The Gucci Tian Print Sneakers Boast Retro Eastern Style
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67
Futuristic Boot Sneakers
Futuristic Boot Sneakers
These Reebok High-Top Athletic Boots Creatively Celebrate Alien Day
<
66
Violet Combat Boots
Violet Combat Boots
These Dazzling 'Purple Diamond' Boots Make a Bold Fashion Statement
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65
Reissued Retro Runners
Reissued Retro Runners
The NikeLab Air Zoom Talaria is Re-Released with Slight Updates
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64
Affordable Leather Dress Shoes
Affordable Leather Dress Shoes
The Toecap Shoe Line Helps Men Dress Well on a Budget
<
63
Kinetic Energy Harvesting Shoes
Kinetic Energy Harvesting Shoes
InStep NanoPower Footwear Technology Transforms Steps into Energy
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62
Floral Season Sneakers
Floral Season Sneakers
The New Nike Air Max Zero Ultra Celebrates Spring in Tokyo
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61
Curated Appointment-Only Shoe Shops
Curated Appointment-Only Shoe Shops
World of Niche in NYC Carries Only Three Kinds of Shoes
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60
Industrial Adventure Sneakers
Industrial Adventure Sneakers
The Christopher Shannon x CAT Shoes Offer Atheletic-Style Boots
<
59
Cozy Leather Sneaker Slippers
Cozy Leather Sneaker Slippers
The Nike Air Moc Bomber Shoes are for Indoors and Outdoors
<
58
Integrated Concept Sneakers
Integrated Concept Sneakers
MR COMPLETELY Combined the adidas Gazelle with the Puma Creeper
<
57
Water-Repellent Rubber Sneakers
Water-Repellent Rubber Sneakers
The Converse x Hancock Jack Purcell Sneakers are Weather-Friendly
<
56
Cityscape Sport Sneakers
Cityscape Sport Sneakers
The Air Jordan 10 Celebrate the City of Chicago and the Bulls NBA Team
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55
Feminine Retro Sneakers
Feminine Retro Sneakers
The Iconic Nike Air Force 1 Silhouette is Given a Girly Makeover
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54
Modernized Hiking Boots
Modernized Hiking Boots
These New Balance Boots Combine a Stylish Design with Athletic Versatility
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53
Moon-Themed Sneakers
Moon-Themed Sneakers
Reebok's Instapump Fury Road Has Undergone a Galactic Makeover
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52
Explorative Space Sportswear
Explorative Space Sportswear
UEG x Puma's Gravity Resistance Line Draws Upon Intergalactic Travel
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51
Robot-Made Sneakers
Robot-Made Sneakers
adidas' Futurecraft M.F.G Sneakers are Made Almost Entirely by Robots
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50
Moccasin-Inspired Sneakers
Moccasin-Inspired Sneakers
French Footwear Brand N.D.G. Released a Line Dubbed 'Native Runs'
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49
One-Toned Spring Boots
One-Toned Spring Boots
These Mono Grey Boots by Timberland are Designed for Spring Weather
<
48
Junk Food Sneakers
Junk Food Sneakers
These Vans Shoe Line Feature Designs Inspired by Candy and Sweets
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47
Cartoon-Inspired Sneakers
Cartoon-Inspired Sneakers
These High-Top Tabi Boots are Inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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46
Unisex Ergonomic Sandals
Unisex Ergonomic Sandals
These Comfortable Sandals from Maku Were Originally Made for Running
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45
Splashed Paint Sneakers
Splashed Paint Sneakers
These Rainbow Adidas Shoes are Perfect for the Summer
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44
Comfort Food-Inspired Sneakers
Comfort Food-Inspired Sneakers
These New Nike Sneakers are Inspired by Chicken and Waffles
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43
Unusually Structured Sneakers
Unusually Structured Sneakers
These Adidas Sneakers Boast an Eccentric Design
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42
Ergonomic Waterproof Shoes
Ergonomic Waterproof Shoes
The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Shield Sport Shoe Protects from the Elements
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41
Casual Colorful Sandals
Casual Colorful Sandals
People Footwear Released Two Vibrant Sandal Variations for Summer
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40
Luxurious Leather Slippers
Luxurious Leather Slippers
These Slippers are Made from a Single Sheet of Premium Calfskin Leather
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39
Trailblazing Skateboarding Shoes
Trailblazing Skateboarding Shoes
The New Nike SB Shoes Feature Distinctly Danish Designs
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38
Blossoming Tree Sneakers
Blossoming Tree Sneakers
The Nike Air Max 1 Has Been a Cherry Blossom Design for the Spring Season
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37
Cobranded Functionalist Boots
Cobranded Functionalist Boots
The OFF-WHITE Dr Martens BRAUN Collaboration Will Yield New Kicks
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36
Distinguished Modern Sneakers
Distinguished Modern Sneakers
CASBIA's Stylish Shoes for Men Incorporate Contemporary Designs
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35
Humanized Footwear Editorials
Humanized Footwear Editorials
This Camper Shoe Campaign Brings Footwear to Life
<
34
Japan-Inspired Sneakers
Japan-Inspired Sneakers
These Luxury Sneakers are Inspired by the Japanese Flag
<
33
90s Flashback Sneakers
90s Flashback Sneakers
These Colorful Couture Runners are Reminiscent of Childhood Playmats
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32
High-Fashion Sneakers
High-Fashion Sneakers
The Y-3 PureBoost ZG Primeknit Meld Two Worlds into One
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31
Hemp Skateboarding Shoes
Hemp Skateboarding Shoes
The adidas Happy 420 Sneaker Boasts a Hidden Pocket for Cash
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30
Chromatic LED Sneakers
Chromatic LED Sneakers
The Electric Styles LED High-Top Shoes Feature Illuminated Soles
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29
Luxury Knit Plaforms
Luxury Knit Plaforms
This Season's Ferragamo Spring Shoes Feature Towering Platforms in Color
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28
Celebratory Sneaker Shop Takeovers
Celebratory Sneaker Shop Takeovers
The Livestock Nike Air Max Day Takeover Popped Up in Toronto
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27
Classic Weatherproof Shoes
Classic Weatherproof Shoes
These Sneakers Offer a New Take on a Classic Adidas Silhouette
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26
Retro Couple Sneakers
Retro Couple Sneakers
PUMA Deputs a 60s-Influenced His and Hers Sneaker Pack for Valentine's Day
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25
Premium Waterproof Boots
Premium Waterproof Boots
These New Timberlands Include an Array of Luxuriously Stylish Features
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24
Songstress Denim Footwear
Songstress Denim Footwear
Rihanna's Denim Dessert Collection is Full of Statement-Making Footwear
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23
Supportive Sock-Like Sneakers
Supportive Sock-Like Sneakers
These Stylish Nike Sneakers Expand and Contract in All Directions
<
22
Exclusive Footwear Pop-Ups
Exclusive Footwear Pop-Ups
This Adidas Pop-Up Store Showcases New Products & Adidas Originals
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21
Disney Cartoon Sneakers
Disney Cartoon Sneakers
Vans is Releasing a Line of Toy Story Shoes in Collaboration with Disney
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20
Woollen Boot Slippers
Woollen Boot Slippers
The Glerups Booties are Engineered to Retain Warmth and be Worn Barefoot
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19
Extravagant Sneaker Series
Extravagant Sneaker Series
The Ferragamo Shoe Collection Was Expanded with a Variety of Luxe Looks
<
18
Removable Shell Sneakers
Removable Shell Sneakers
The Y3 Shoes by Chanel Shi are Inspired by Crustaceans
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17
Wool Running Shoes
Wool Running Shoes
Allbirds Designs Help Keep Feet Smelling So Fresh and Clean
<
16
Japanese Character Shoes
Japanese Character Shoes
These Limited Sneakers Were Designed by Adidas and Pharrell
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15
Knit 3D-Printed Shoes
Knit 3D-Printed Shoes
JS Shoes Manufactures with 3D Printing and Automated Knitting Machines
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14
Classic Cork Midsole Sneakers
Classic Cork Midsole Sneakers
This Stan Smith Luxe Model Features a Cork-Wrapped Midsole
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13
Car-Inspired Sneakers
Car-Inspired Sneakers
The Puma X-CAT DISC Was Inspired by the Design of the BMW GINA
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12
Fitted Sock Sneakers
Fitted Sock Sneakers
The Skinners Athletic Socks are Designed to be Worn as Running Shoes
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11
Streetcar Shoe Experiences
Streetcar Shoe Experiences
The Nike SNKRS XPRESS is a Curated Event for All-Star Weekend
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10
Interactive Football Cleat Launches
Interactive Football Cleat Launches
This Puma Tricks Event Launched the Shoe in London
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9
Dedicated Sneaker Pop-Up Shops
Dedicated Sneaker Pop-Up Shops
This Adidas BOOST Pop-Up Launches the Tech in London
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8
Collaged Cleat Designs
Collaged Cleat Designs
The Nike Mercurial Superfly IV "What The" Combines 16 Past Colorways
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7
Futuristic Sock Sneakers
Futuristic Sock Sneakers
The City Sock by Adidas Offers a Slip-on Fitted Wear
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6
Futuristic Sporty Sandals
Futuristic Sporty Sandals
The PUMA x McQ Tech Runner Sandal is a High Fashion Design
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5
Platform Sneaker Concepts
Platform Sneaker Concepts
The Golden Shape Has Reimagined the Nike Blazer Low with a Creeper Sole
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4
Connected Smart Shoes
Connected Smart Shoes
The Digitsole Smartshoe at CES 2016 is Designed for Men and Women Alike
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3
Interchangeable Design Sandals
Interchangeable Design Sandals
The 'Dooq' Women's Sandals Focus on One Sole with Multiple Styles
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2
Rugged Urban Sneakers
Rugged Urban Sneakers
The adidas NMD Grey Model Boasts a Masculine Monochromatic Design
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1
Sneaker Heritage Festival Venues
Sneaker Heritage Festival Venues
The Nike Air Max Con Hong Kong Event Shows the Shoe's History
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