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Top 100 Shoes Trends in 2018

From Pony Hair-Constructed Sneakers to Adaptive Heat-Formed Shoes

— January 13, 2019 — Fashion
Sneaker culture is booming and these 2018 shoe trends are a testimony to that. From adidas' traction-centric Maruqee BOOSTs and PUMA's chunky CELL Venoms to Aimé Leon Dore's colorful Air Force 1s and Eytys' rubber-speckled Angels, there is plenty of chic, fashion-forward and performance-driven footwear on the market.

For more tech-savvy consumers, certain brands have relentlessly been experimenting with cutting-edge features. This includes integrated digital features like in PUMA's 80s-inspired RS-Computer Shoe which is app-compatible and provides information about one's calorie burn and distance traveled. Others are minimalist add-ons that are centered around improving the experience. One such techy wearable in the 2018 shoe trends list is the RunPod by Zwift which adds a gamified layer to the act of running.

To learn more about shoe trends for the year ahead, check out Trend Hunter's 2019 Trend Report.
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Muted Tonal Neoprene Sneakers
Muted Tonal Neoprene Sneakers
KITH and New Balance Worked Together on Three Footwear Silhouettes
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99
Desert-Inspired Retro Sneakers
Desert-Inspired Retro Sneakers
Reebok's DMX Run 10 Sneakers Arrive in a 'Sand Beige' Colorway
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98
80s-Inspired Studded Runners
80s-Inspired Studded Runners
adidas Consortium's ZX 4000 Sneakers Boast Retro Design Cues
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97
All-Black Archival Sneaker Packs
All-Black Archival Sneaker Packs
adidas' Never Made Pack Features Triple-Black Colorway Makeovers
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96
Artist-Created Running Sneakers
Artist-Created Running Sneakers
Under Armour's ICON Creator Collabs Series Channels Six Artists
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95
Versatile Pebbled Nubuck Boots
Versatile Pebbled Nubuck Boots
ECCO’s New Aurora Mid Boot Balances Style and Comfort
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94
Citrus-Themed Tonal Sneakers
Citrus-Themed Tonal Sneakers
size? and adidas Originals Revive the Iconic Trimm Master Sneakers
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93
Golden Steel Toe Boots
Golden Steel Toe Boots
BAPE Joins Dr. Martens on Footwear Options Designed for Fall/Winter 2018
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92
Text-Graphic Sleek Boots
Text-Graphic Sleek Boots
NEIGHBORHOOD and Dr. Martens Reworked the 1460 and 1461 Models
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91
Classic Console-Celebrating Shoes
Classic Console-Celebrating Shoes
The PG 2.5 x PlayStation Incorporate Iconic Gaming Designs
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90
Retro Mesh-Wrapped Sneakers
Retro Mesh-Wrapped Sneakers
adidas' Ultra Tech Sneakers are Complete in a Blue and Rose Colorway
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89
Embroidered Sandal Collaborations
Embroidered Sandal Collaborations
Reebok, Needles and BEAMS Partner Up for a Silhouette Update
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88
Rugged Tan Utility Sneakers
Rugged Tan Utility Sneakers
Carhartt WIP and Nike Rework the Signature Air Force 1 Sneaker Model
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87
Gamified Running Wearables
Gamified Running Wearables
The RunPod Adds Running Data into a Gamified Virtual Platform
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86
Soccer-Inspired Leather Sneakers
Soccer-Inspired Leather Sneakers
Hanon & Diadora's Pallone d’Oro Sneakers Celebrate an Anniversary
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85
Tactical Waterproof Utilitarian Boots
Tactical Waterproof Utilitarian Boots
nonnative & ASICS Design the Durable GEL-Yeti Tokyo HI G TX
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84
Reissued Chunky Mesh Sneakers
Reissued Chunky Mesh Sneakers
the PUMA CELL Venom Sneaker Returns from the 90s with Bright Accents
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83
Cork-Accented Men’s Sneakers
Cork-Accented Men’s Sneakers
ECCO’s Corksphere 1 High Sneakers Come in Black and Gray Colorways
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82
Glittering Crystal Sneakers
Glittering Crystal Sneakers
The Crystal-Studded PUMA Suede Was Made in with Swarovsk
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81
Height-Boosting Insoles
Height-Boosting Insoles
SOL3's Footwear Insoles Help to Increase One's Height in Shoes
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80
Luxe Calfskin Engraved Sneakers
Luxe Calfskin Engraved Sneakers
Valentino Introduces the Bounce Sneakers for Fall/Winter 2018
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79
Elegant Suede Footwear Collaborations
Elegant Suede Footwear Collaborations
The nanamica & Dr. Martens Collaboration is Sleek & Refined
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78
Stacked-Tongue Canvas Sneakers
Stacked-Tongue Canvas Sneakers
SSZ and Vans Alter the Construction of the Old Skool Sneakers
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77
Ugly Sweater-Inspired Sneakers
Ugly Sweater-Inspired Sneakers
The Brooks Levitate 2 Ugly Christmas Sweater Shoes are Festive
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76
Flower-Centric Running Shoes
Flower-Centric Running Shoes
Nike's Odyssey React Sneakers are Adorned in Colorful Floral Prints
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75
Vibrant Speckled Sneakers
Vibrant Speckled Sneakers
Under Armour Splashes the Curry 5 Confetti Shoes with Vibrant Colors
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74
Luxe Velvet Sports Slides
Luxe Velvet Sports Slides
Fila's Velvet Slippers are Luxurious and Sporty
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73
Zig Zag-Stitched Sneakers
Zig Zag-Stitched Sneakers
The Nike React Element 55 Shoes Now Come in Metallic Tonal Options
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72
Punk-Influenced Zippered Sherpa Boots
Punk-Influenced Zippered Sherpa Boots
UGG's Classic Short Boot Shows Off a Large Skull Motif
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71
Dazzling Sequinned Winter Boots
Dazzling Sequinned Winter Boots
Dr. Martens' Holiday Collection Boasts Iridescent Design Details
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70
Stealthy Sock-Lined Running Shoes
Stealthy Sock-Lined Running Shoes
The New Moon Racer Sneakers Boast Lightweight Sensibilities
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69
Lightweight Wool Sneakers
Lightweight Wool Sneakers
maharishi and Nike Highlight Forest-Like Design Details Over the Uppers
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68
80s-Inspired Vibrant Sportswear
80s-Inspired Vibrant Sportswear
Don C and Converse Join to Revive the Retro ERX Sneakers
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67
Lightweight Knit Ribbed Sneakers
Lightweight Knit Ribbed Sneakers
Yohji Yamamoto Introduced the Raito Racer Sneakers for Y-3
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66
Waterproof Wrap-Around Boots
Waterproof Wrap-Around Boots
The ECCO Ukiuk Boot is Perfect for the Frigid Winter Months
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65
Traction-Centric Basketball Shoes
Traction-Centric Basketball Shoes
adidas' Marquee BOOST Shoes Feature Intricate Embroidery
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64
Fully Cushioned Running Sneakers
Fully Cushioned Running Sneakers
ASICS' GEL-Quantum Infinity Offers Superior Support for Athletes
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63
Faux Leopard Fur Boots
Faux Leopard Fur Boots
STAMPD and Timberland Introduced a Folded Gaiter Boot for the FW18 Season
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62
Technically Informed Lifestyle Footwear
Technically Informed Lifestyle Footwear
ECCO's UTW63716 Collection Explores Functional Elements
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61
African-Inspired Athletic Wear
African-Inspired Athletic Wear
The Adidas Solar Hu Collection Features East African Flag Designs
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60
Pony Hair-Constructed Sneakers
Pony Hair-Constructed Sneakers
New Balance's 'Made In The USA 998' Sneakers are Monochromatic
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59
Hand-Dyed Indigo Boots
Hand-Dyed Indigo Boots
Tenue de Nîmes and Red Wing Shoes' Moc Toe Boots Boast Deep Blue Leather
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58
Revived Co-Branded Combat Boots
Revived Co-Branded Combat Boots
Marc Jacobs' Redux Grunge Capsule Released Dr. Marten Boots
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57
Sunset-Inspired Tonal Running Shoes
Sunset-Inspired Tonal Running Shoes
Nike's Epic React Flyknit Introduces a 'Mink Brown' Colorway
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56
80s-Inspired Grid Sneakers
80s-Inspired Grid Sneakers
size? Introduced a New React Element 55 Grid-Patterned Colorway
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55
Sporty Sneaker-Style Snowboard Boots
Sporty Sneaker-Style Snowboard Boots
There are Nine Styles of adidas Snowboarding Boots for 18/19
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54
Premium Reconstructed Chunky Sneakers
Premium Reconstructed Chunky Sneakers
Nike's N2K Tekno Sneakers Receive a Luxe Material Makeover
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53
Office-Ready Athleisure Footwear
Office-Ready Athleisure Footwear
The Johnston & Murphy XC4 Prentiss Plain Toe Shoe is Waterproof
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52
Basketball Lifestyle Shoes
Basketball Lifestyle Shoes
Jordan Brand's Westbrook 0.3. Shoes Were Made with Russell Westbrook
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51
Adaptive Heat-Formed Shoes
Adaptive Heat-Formed Shoes
The Tecnica Plasma Thermoform Hiking Shoes Fit Your Feet Perfectly
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50
Southwest-Inspired Suede Shoes
Southwest-Inspired Suede Shoes
New Balance & J.Crew's Canyon Road Pack Draws Southern Inspiration
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49
Retro Neon-Accented Sneakers
Retro Neon-Accented Sneakers
The New adidas Yung-96 Sneakers Draw Vintage Design Elements
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48
Basketball Team Nubuck Boots
Basketball Team Nubuck Boots
Mitchell & Ness Join Timberland to Highlight NBA Team Logos
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47
Rubber Speckled Sole Shoes
Rubber Speckled Sole Shoes
Eytys' Angel Trainers Arrive in a Dark Colorway for FW18
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46
Floral-Printed Satin Sneakers
Floral-Printed Satin Sneakers
Opening Ceremony & Reebok Join to Rework the 'Classic Leather' Model
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45
Scale-Like Neoprene Sneakers
Scale-Like Neoprene Sneakers
Giuseppe Zanotti's Urchin Sneakers Sit on a Spiny Sole
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44
Spooky Python Shoes
Spooky Python Shoes
The Shoe Surgeon Reworked the Air Jordan 1 for an 'All Hallow's Eve' Version
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43
Game-Inspired Soccer Boots
Game-Inspired Soccer Boots
EA Sports and Nike Design the Limited Edition PhantomVSN Sneakers
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42
Laceless Sock-Infused Luxe Shoes
Laceless Sock-Infused Luxe Shoes
Maison Margiela's Replica Shoes Boasts Cut-Out Paneling Details
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41
Unisex Essential Apparel Collections
Unisex Essential Apparel Collections
Foot Locker's Clothing Line Boasts a Minimal Color Palette
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40
Heel-Cradling Bouncy Runners
Heel-Cradling Bouncy Runners
adidas Introduces the New Support-Centric Ultra Boost 19 Sneakers
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39
Inclement Weather-Ready Sneakers
Inclement Weather-Ready Sneakers
The Asicstiger Monsoon Patrol Sneakers are Stylishly Comfortable
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38
Legendary Cartoon Apparel Series
Legendary Cartoon Apparel Series
Vans Commemorates Mickey Mouse with the New November Capsule
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37
Athlete-Released High-Performance Athletic Shoes
Athlete-Released High-Performance Athletic Shoes
Nike Debuts the 12th Signature Kobe Bryant Model
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36
Tv Series-Inspired Cushioned Shoes
Tv Series-Inspired Cushioned Shoes
adidas' Lannister UltraBOOST Center Around Game of Thrones
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35
Retro-Designed Running Shoes
Retro-Designed Running Shoes
ASICS' Upgraded GEL-Kayano Sneakers Boasts Old School Elements
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34
Anime-Inspired Cozy Sneakers
Anime-Inspired Cozy Sneakers
adidas Introduces the Dragon Ball Z-Themed Ultra Tech Vegeta Sneakers
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33
Animated Film-Inspired Sneakers
Animated Film-Inspired Sneakers
The Retro High OG Origin Story Pays Homage to Miles Morales
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32
Game Console-Inspired Sneakers
Game Console-Inspired Sneakers
Reebok's New Aztrek Sneakers Recalls the Design of a Nintendo 64
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31
Eco-Friendly Wool Runners
Eco-Friendly Wool Runners
APL's Techloom Breeze Merino Wool Sneakers are Highly Sustainable
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30
Exclusive Sustainable Everyday Sneakers
Exclusive Sustainable Everyday Sneakers
Amour Vert and Veja Boasts an Ethically Produced Model
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29
Toy Car-Inspired Chunky Shoes
Toy Car-Inspired Chunky Shoes
The Latest PUMA and Hot Wheels Sneaker Celebrates the Camaro Custom
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28
Matcha-Inspired High-Top Sneakers
Matcha-Inspired High-Top Sneakers
The Air Jordan 1 Design by Chase Shiel is Relevant for the Times
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27
Empowering Sneaker Design Initatives
Empowering Sneaker Design Initatives
LeBron James and Nike Set the Spotlight on Women of Color
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26
Tearaway Colorful Sneakers
Tearaway Colorful Sneakers
Sean Wotherspoon Creates the Tearaway Air Max 1 Sneakers
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25
Animal Print Canvas Sneakers
Animal Print Canvas Sneakers
Vans and Taka Hayashi Join for the TH Style 138 LX Animal Pack
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24
Cozy Bespoke Fleece Sneakers
Cozy Bespoke Fleece Sneakers
Aimé Leon Dore Designs a Cozy Iteration of the Air Force 1 Shoe
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23
Cozy Holiday Streetwear Collections
Cozy Holiday Streetwear Collections
Palace Releases Its Holiday 2018 with a Hint of Retro Style
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22
Hybrid Basketball Sneakers
Hybrid Basketball Sneakers
RAC and UBIQ Combined Two Models to Create the Air More Force Noir
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21
Artist-Designed Canvas Shoes
Artist-Designed Canvas Shoes
Tyler, the Creator's Artist Series with Converse Highlights Classics
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20
Luxe Dirty Sock-Like Shoes
Luxe Dirty Sock-Like Shoes
Maison Margiela's New Shoe Highlights Large Logos at The Uppers
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19
Ultra-Exclusive Sporty Sneaker Drops
Ultra-Exclusive Sporty Sneaker Drops
The adidas UltraBOOST Shoe is Available for Only a Week
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18
Retro-Inspired Outdoor Sneakers
Retro-Inspired Outdoor Sneakers
The Viberg Sneakers are Made in Canada and Have a Classic Look
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17
Luxurious Low-Top White Sneakers
Luxurious Low-Top White Sneakers
GIVENCHY Releases an Iteration of Its Jaw Model & Its Striking
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16
Adaptive Smart Running Shoes
Adaptive Smart Running Shoes
Peak Sport's TAICHI 1.0 Features an Innovative PEAK-TAICHI Material
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15
Laceless Basketball Sneakers
Laceless Basketball Sneakers
The adidas N3XT L3V3L Sneakers Highlight Stability On the Court
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14
Futuristic Construction Sneakers
Futuristic Construction Sneakers
The Nike Air Huarache Gripp QS are Stylish and Ready for Action
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13
Motivating Graphic Sock Designs
Motivating Graphic Sock Designs
Hedley & Bennett's Collab with Richer Poorer is Very Cheerful
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12
Multi-Colored Custom Python Sneakers
Multi-Colored Custom Python Sneakers
The Shoe Surgeon Reworks the OFF-WHITE Air Jordan 1 Again
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11
Extravagant Chunky Platform Sneakers
Extravagant Chunky Platform Sneakers
The PUMA x Buffalo London Features Stylish, 90s Footwear
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10
Lavish Celebrity-Headed Footwear Editorials
Lavish Celebrity-Headed Footwear Editorials
The Falcon Campaign Boasts Kylie Jenner for adidas
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9
Mental Health Awareness Sneakers
Mental Health Awareness Sneakers
The Shoe Surgeon's 'Say I Love You' Sneakers Promote Conversation
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8
Rave Culture-Inspired Sneakers
Rave Culture-Inspired Sneakers
A$AP Rockey and Under Armour Join TO Create the SRLo Sneaker
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7
70s Magazine-Themed Editorials
70s Magazine-Themed Editorials
Gucci Highlights Two Chunky Sneakers in the Cruise 2019 Capsule
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6
Contemporary Streetwear Miami Pop-Ups
Contemporary Streetwear Miami Pop-Ups
Fight Club's Temporary Activation Offers Fashion & Footwear
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5
Final Anime-Inspired Footwear Releases
Final Anime-Inspired Footwear Releases
adidas Launches the Last Two Dragon Ball Z Sneakers
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4
Science-Inspired Sneaker Releases
Science-Inspired Sneaker Releases
The PUMA Cell Venom Debuts at a Conceptual Pop-Up in London
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3
Social Media Sneaker Try-Ons
Social Media Sneaker Try-Ons
adidas' Ultraboost 19 Style Can Be Previewed in AR on Snapchat
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2
Revived 80s Smart Shoes
Revived 80s Smart Shoes
The Puma RS-Computer Shoe is Coming Back with Modern Features
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1
High-Tech Climate-Adaptable Shoes
High-Tech Climate-Adaptable Shoes
The OBVS ADPT Sneakerboots Adjust to Any Conditions
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